In December, we launched a property maintenance awareness campaign aimed at educating home owners about their responsibilities when it comes to property maintenance.
In some instances there are specific lawful requirements for property owners to maintain their property. For example, the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 requires the owner of premises to take all reasonable steps to ensure all plumbing and drainage on the premises is kept in good condition and operates properly.
Under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 a number of licence classes and subclasses exist for fire protection work. There are also four grades of licence for a majority of these licence classes, resulting in over 90 different licence types that can be issued for fire protection work. The current fire protection licensing framework accounts for approximately 33 percent of all licence types that may be issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
Solar collector panels can be orientated within 90 degrees of north, due to a recent amendment made to the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. The amendment is referred to as the Standard Plumbing and Drainage (Solar Heated Water Systems) Amendment Regulation 2017.
If you disagree with a decision made by a local government about a plumbing application you have made or work you have performed, you may be able to lodge an appeal about the decision to the Development Tribunals.
The Development Tribunals are a low-cost and quick appeal process, and can hear appeals about:
The QBCC has recently addressed concerns about fire-rated wall systems, in particular, a national manufacturer who referred to their system as having CodeMark when the system had no current CodeMark accreditation.
Following the QBCC’s intervention, the manufacturer voluntarily removed the CodeMark reference and logo from their publications.
The Solar and Heat Pump (SHP) endorsement is required on plumbers’ licences to install, replace, test, repair and maintain solar and heat pump hot water systems. To obtain a SHP endorsement you are required to undertake a non-accredited course required for all plumbers' who wish to gain an endorsement on their plumbing licence.