Plumbing and drainage applications

Listed below are common types of compliance assessable applications that must be submitted to Council, including the lodgement requirements and options for each.

Definitions

For plumbing applications Council applies the following definitions:

  • Domestic - a class 1a dwelling that meets the definition of a ‘dwelling house’ under Council’s City Plan 2014
  • Commercial – all other classes that do not meet the ‘Domestic’ definition.

Assessment timeframes

Plumbing applications are generally assessed with 20 business days with the exception of applications that meet the PlumbSMART criteria which are processed within 2 business days and fast-tracked commercial applications.

Permit lifespan

Compliance permits are valid for a period of two years from the approval date. If no plumbing inspections are completed within this time-frame, the permit lapses and a new application must be lodged and approved prior to work commencing.

Domestic dwelling - with sewerage connection

Applications for approval of plumbing and drainage works associated with a domestic dwelling connecting to Queensland Urban Utilities’ sewerage network should include the following:

Lodgement options

You can lodge the application and supporting documents by:

  • online (easiest and preferred option)
  • visiting Council
  • mailing to Locked Bag 1 Fairfield Gardens, Fairfield QLD 4103. 

Domestic dwelling - with on-site sewerage facility

Applications for approval of plumbing and drainage works associated with a domestic dwelling with an on-site sewerage facility (e.g. septic tank or aerobic wastewater treatment system) should include the following:

Lodgement options

Online lodgement for ​on-site sewerage facilities will be available in 2018. You can lodge the application and supporting documents by:

Commercial applications - with sewerage connection

For an additional fee, commercial applications can be fast-tracked. Fast-track applications are processed in accordance with the following timeframes:

  • less than 10 fixtures (where a Development Application is not required): 5 business days
  • up to and including 50 fixtures: 10 business days
  • 51-250 fixtures: 10 business days.

The applicable assessment fees include charges per fixture or water meter depending on the nature of the work plus a charge for each Testable Backflow Prevention Device. 

Commercial plumbing applications should include the following: 

Lodgement options

You can lodge the application and supporting documents by:

  • online (easiest and preferred option)
  • visiting Council
  • mailing to Locked Bag 1 Fairfield Gardens, Fairfield QLD 4103. 

Drawings do not need to be submitted for minor commercial applications (i.e. four fixtures or less with no trade waste or inground drainage).

Where an alternate solution is being submitted for assessment, the following form is also to be completed and submitted:

Plumbing approvals are valid for a period of two years from the approval date. If no plumbing inspections are completed within this timeframe, the plumbing approval lapses and a new application must be lodged and approved prior to work commencing.

Commercial applications - with on-site sewerage facility

In addition to the above requirements the application should include the following:

  • site and soil report
  • site plan showing:
    • location and details of the proposed or existing on-site sewerage facility
    • location of the proposed and/or existing buildings when applicable.

Modifications to an on-site sewerage facility

Applications to replace part of an on-site sewerage facility such as the land application area, tank or plant without carrying out work on the associated building should include the following:

Lodgement options

Online lodgement for on-site sewerage facilities will be available in 2018. You can lodge the application and supporting documents by:

Minor commercial application

Drawings do not need to be submitted for minor works in a commercial premise that meet the following criteria:

  • Four fixtures or less
  • No in-ground drainage
  • No trade waste

Submit the following and then contact Council to arrange an inspection:

Lodgement options

You can lodge the application by:

Request for concurrence (referral) agency advice

If you are carrying out building work on a class 1 building that involves adding one or more bedrooms and the building is connected to an on-site sewerage facility, concurrence agency advice is required to confirm that the facility has sufficient capacity to handle the potential increase in wastewater (Planning Regulation 2017 - Schedule 9 table 11).  

Submit the following:

  • request form
  • floor plan
  • site plan as described on the request form

A Plumbing Services team member will contact you to arrange the fee payment. After Council has reviewed the request, a written response will be issued via email.

Lodgement options

You can lodge the application and supporting documents by:

More information

Find out more about plumbing and drainage by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888 for residential customers, or 133 BNE (133 263) for business customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

15 December 2017