Plumbing fees and important information

Sewerage and drainage are part of any major residential or commercial building project. 

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.

Copies of plans

Drainage plans show the in-ground private sanitary drainage within a property that connects plumbing fixtures within the dwelling to a sewer connection or on-site sewerage facility. They do not show water supply or stormwater drainage.

To purchase a copy of an existing drainage plan, visit Council or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

As-constructed hydraulic plans for commercial, industrial or multi-dwelling premises can be viewed at Plumbing Services Group by appointment. Selected copies may then be purchased. To make an appointment with Plumbing Services Group, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Working with sewers and drains

Sewer connections

To find out if your property has a sewer connection, contact Queensland Urban Utilities on 13 26 57.

Combined drains

Combined drains can be referred to as “communal sewers” and are located throughout Brisbane.  A combined drain is a common private house drain that is not owned by Council or Queensland Urban Utilities and serves two or more properties. Maintenance of this drain is the responsibility of the property owners that connect to it.

To find out if you have a combined drain on your property, contact Council's Plumbing Services Group on 07 3403 8888.

Trade waste

Visit the Queensland Urban Utilities website to confirm if your proposed works involve trade waste.

You can learn more about working with sewers and drains, as well as what approvals you may need, by finding out about minor water and sewer works approvals.

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.

16 January 2018