Form 4s for fire protection work

Notifiable work is a type of plumbing and drainage work, which allows plumbers, drainers and sprinkler fitters to perform most types of work in existing buildings, without needing local government permits or inspections.

The schedule of what is classified as notifiable work is provided in schedule 2 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and includes:

  • work necessary for extending or removing a fire service if the work is associated with a building development approval as defined under the Building Act 1975, schedule 2.

For these purposes, a fire service is taken to include water pipes, fire hydrants, fire hose reels, fittings, and water storage or pumping facilities, which are installed solely for firefighting and extinguishing purposes in and around a building or property. It may also include part of a fire sprinkler system.

If a licensee extends or removes a fire service in association with a building development approval, a Form 4 is to be submitted.

However, if there is no building development approval in place, and a licensee extends or removes a fire service, they must apply to the local government to assess the work with a Compliance Assessment Application.

Under notifiable work, the responsible person for work must ensure that a Form 4 is lodged with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) within 10 business days of completing the work, and pay the relevant fee. Form 4s can be lodged either electronically through the Plumbing Application Service (PAS) for $27.80 or manually for $37.85 per form. If the work was done for a public sector entity, a Form 4A can be lodged which does not have a fee.

It is an offence under section 87(3) of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to fail to lodge a Form 4 within 10 business days of completing the work. The QBCC conducts audits of licensees to ensure they are complying with this requirement, and to provide education about the notifiable work system.

Furthermore, local governments are able to access the notifiable work data that the QBCC receives in order to obtain plumbing and drainage records for buildings in the local government area. They also may audit a percentage of notifiable work to ensure that the work complies with the relevant laws and Australian Standards.

The QBCC is also currently developing a new electronic lodgement system, which will allow licensees to submit notifiable work Form 4s and Form 4As through myQBCC. For more information about these changes, please visit this page*.

If you need assistance with setting up a PAS account or lodging or paying for Form 4s, please contact the QBCC on 139 333 or by email at notifiablework@qbcc.qld.gov.au.

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