Notifiable work for plumbing and drainage
Notifiable work compliance
We want to ensure that plumbing, drainage work continues to be performed at a high standard so we regularly conduct compliance checks on notifiable work and the accompanying paperwork.
What happens during a compliance check?
We can request documents and check:
- that forms have been lodged correctly
- whether you have the right licence and/or endorsements to carry out the work
- whether the work complies with relevant legislation and standards
- whether you have given the owner/occupier a copy of the form 4
Local governments and compliance checks
Local governments may also audit notifiable work within their region. They will generally target notifiable work which has a higher risk of non-compliance.
The licensee or owner/occupier may also contact the local government directly to request an inspection of the work. If this inspection is not within the scope of an audit program, an extra cost-recovery fee may be charged.
There is a range of penalties that may apply where a licensee performs work that is non- compliant, defective, or performed without an appropriate licence. Additionally, a local government may issue a defect notice if they find non-compliant plumbing and drainage work.
If local government issues a compliance notice, they will negotiate a time with you to rectify the work. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
What happens if I can't fix work within the required time- period?
If you are unable to comply with the notice within the time period, you must provide a reasonable excuse.
The following audit program has been approved under section 33TB(1) of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to monitor compliance with the notifiable work laws:
|Purpose of the program||To monitor compliance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003|
|Start of the program||1 July 2016|
|Period over which the program is carried out||12 months|
|Criteria for selecting licensess||All licensees who may act as the responsible person for notifiable work and the lodgement of Form 4s|
|Particular classes of licensees to be audited||
|How will licensees be advised that they have been selected?||Licensees will be advised in writing if they have been selected for an audit.|
|The obligations to be complied with by licensees selected for audit under the program||Licensees must comply with the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and all the relevant subordinate legislation, and supply any documents or information requested for the purposes of conducting an audit|