Notifiable work vs minor work

What is the difference between ‘replacing a pipe’ and ‘repairing a broken or damaged pipe’?

Schedule 3 Item 3 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 provides that repairing a broken or damaged pipe is considered minor work. 

Repairing a broken or damaged pipe may require a small section of pipe to be removed, replaced and attached with joiners. When notifiable work was introduced it was considered that a repair constituted the use of a coupling or fitting/s without the need to replace any length of pipe. However, it would be unreasonable to expect a repair to be completed without the need to include a new piece or section of pipe.

This example is minor work not requiring the lodgement of a Form 4 or approval by local government.
 

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Schedule 2 Item 2 This item provides that work for extending, altering, replacing or removing existing water supply piping for all classes of building is notifiable work

When a length of pipe is replaced, this is categorised as notifiable work and requires a Form 4 to be lodged with the QBCC within 10 business days of completing the work.

It is intended that there be no limit on the amount of new piping that can be installed for an existing building.

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Sanitary drainage comparison

Schedule 3 Item 2 This item provides that work for repairing a broken or damaged pipe is minor work.

Repairing a broken or damaged pipe may require a small section of pipe to be removed, replaced and attached with joiners. When NW was introduced it was considered that a repair constituted the use of a coupling or fitting/s without the need to replace any length of pipe. However, it would be unreasonable to expect a repair to be completed without the need to include a new piece or section of pipe.

This example is minor work not requiring the lodgement of a Form 4 or approval by local government.

Image source: Extracted from 'How to Repair a Broken Clay Drainage Pipe' YouTube video (Charlie DIYte)

Schedule 2 Item 4 This item would allow the removal, relocation and replacement of sanitary drainage

When a length of pipe is replaced, this is categorised as notifiable work and requires a Form 4 to be lodged with the QBCC within 10 business days of completing the work.

It is intended that there be no limit on the amount of new piping that can be installed for an existing building.

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More examples

Schedule 2 - Notifiable Work 

Item 2: This item provides that work for extending, altering, replacing or removing existing water supply piping for all classes of building is notifiable work, unless the work involves extending or removing a fire service. It is intended that there be no limit on the amount of new piping that can be installed and overseen by a licensee for an existing building. 

For example, this item would allow the extension of the existing water supply to allow a new tap/s to be installed. 

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Replacing faulty galvanised water supply pipes is another example of plumbing work that requires the lodgement of a Form 4 under the notifiable work legislation. 

If a repair was made by the use of only a coupling or repair band then that would be minor work however as this example is replacing a water service with new it would be considered notifiable work.

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These examples are categorised as notifiable work and require a Form 4 to be lodged with the QBCC within 10 business days of completing the work.

Schedule 3 - Minor Work 

Item 2: This item provides that work for repairing a broken or damaged pipe is minor work.

For example, a broken pipe may be repaired using silver brazing alloys without the need to replace any length of pipe. This work is minor work and does not require the lodgement of a Form 4 or approval by local government.

Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-torch-brazing.htm

Another example - a broken pipe may be repaired using a coupling compression fitting without the need to replace any length of pipe. This work is minor work and does not require the lodgement of a Form 4 or approval by local government.

This item provides that repairs undertaken on an existing pipe are classified as minor work.

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If you require additional information on this matter or if you have enquiries about notifiable work, please contact the QBCC on 139 333 and ask for our Notifiable Work team, or visit Notifiable work for plumbing and drainage.

See Notifiable work for plumbing and drainage - overview for more information.