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 compliance assessment and matters under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002, Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulations 2003 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 visit and search ‘plumbing and drainage’.

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 compliance assessment, inspections and concurrence agency requests.

Application fees

An application fee is charged for all requests for assessment that require a permit to be issued. A discount is applied to this fee for applications that are lodged through Council’s online lodgement portal, where available.

Assessment fees

An assessment fee is charged for all requests for assessment that require a permit to be issued. Fees for compliance assessment of hydraulic plans 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 hydraulic plans are payable upon lodgement unless they exceed $20,000.

Applications that also involve the assessment of an onsite sewerage facility or greywater treatment system will incur a fee for the extra element.

Inspection fees

For single detached dwelling houses, 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 compliance certificate. Additional fees are required if further inspections are necessary.

Where Council is assessing hydraulic 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 a 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.


Council’s PlumbSMART process (fast-track permit application) is available for new class 1a detached dwelling houses that will be located on individual lots, have their own direct connection to Queensland Urban Utilities’ sewer and water infrastructure and won’t require trade waste approval. PlumbSMART is not applicable when the dwelling is connecting to an onsite sewerage facility or combined sanitary drain.

For more information about PlumbSMART, visit and search ‘PlumbSMART’ or call Council on 3403 8888.

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:7 May 2019