Plumbing fees and charges

The information on this page and the fees and charges brochure will help you determine which Brisbane City Council plumbing and drainage fees will apply to your application.

These fees apply to plumbing and drainage applications, sourcing copies of existing drainage plans or certificates, requests for the assessment of permit work and matters under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 and the Planning Act 2016.

Getting started

If you need help preparing your application, or are unsure whether your proposal will meet the requirements of the relevant legislation, you can discuss your application with officers from Council’s Plumbing Services Group by calling Council on 3403 8888. You can also find information on this website.

For business enquiries on what to include in your application, which application fees to pay and how the assessment process works, call Council’s Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263). It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Types of fees

You will need to pay a fee when lodging a plumbing and drainage application. This includes applications for the assessment of permit work, inspections and referral agency requests.

Application and assessment fees

Application and assessment fees are charged for all applications that involve assessment by Council before a permit is issued. Permit work that is deemed to be Fast-track permit work under s37 of the Regulation does not incur an assessment fee. Fees for the assessment of plans for buildings other than dwellings include a flat base charge plus a charge for each proposed plumbing fixture, capped point or water meter (depending on the nature of the project) and for each testable backflow prevention device. When lodging online, the application and assessment fees for such plans are payable upon lodgement unless they exceed $20,000.

Applications that also involve the assessment of an on-site sewage facility or greywater treatment system will incur a fee for the extra element.

Inspection fees

For single class 1a dwelling houses, secondary dwellings or class 10a buildings, the inspection fee is paid together with the application and assessment fees upon lodgement. This fee covers a set number of inspections during construction and the issuing of the final certificate. Additional fees are required if further inspections are necessary.

Where Council is assessing plans, the applicable inspection fee is calculated and indicated on the approved plans. This fee is payable prior to the first inspection and covers all inspections required during construction. Inspection fees are recalculated each financial year until paid.

If Council issues an Action notice for non-compliant work identified during an inspection, a fee will be charged and no further inspections will be carried out until payment has been received and rectification works completed.

Virtual Inspections

Council will offer a 50% discount on inspection fees when two or more virtual inspections are conducted for the following application types:

  • plumbing new dwelling house
  • plumbing new secondary dwelling
  • plumbing new class 10a building, including fast-track equivalents.

Only virtual inspections that achieve a pass will count towards the discount.

It will be applied to the inspection fees paid at lodgement following the issue of a final inspection certificate.

Note, final and part-final inspections cannot be conducted virtually.

Visit plumbing inspections and as-constructed plans for further information on virtual inspections and how to place booking. 

Online lodgement

Council offers an online lodgement portal where applicants can enter the details of their application, attach plans and documents and pay the relevant fee. Council recommends all plumbing applications be submitted online, as it is the fastest and easiest way to lodge your application. An additional scanning fee is applied to hardcopy applications where an online option is available.

Fees and charges

A list of Brisbane City Council's fees and charges for plumbing and drainage applications and approval processes is available.

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The full list of development assessment and compliance fees is also available.

Last updated: 11 August 2021

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