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Plumbing and Drainage Occupational Licence Fee

From 1 March 2019, individuals (not companies) who hold a QBCC plumbing or drainage related contractor’s, nominee supervisor’s or site supervisor’s licence are not required to pay a fee if they apply for, restore or renew a range of corresponding occupational licences under the Plumbing and Drainage Act.  

The affected QBCC licensees are listed in the first column in the table below.  The corresponding occupational licences for which the licensees may apply for, restore or renew without a fee are listed in the table’s second column.    

If you are applying for a plumbers, drainers or restricted occupational licence and an associated QBCC licence, you only need to pay the application fees for the associated QBCC licence (unless your application for the associated QBCC licence is refused).

If you hold a plumbers, drainers or restricted occupational licence ONLY you are not impacted by these changes and must pay the prescribed fee. 

Associated QBCC licence

Licence holders in these classes under Schedule 2 of the QBCC Regulation Are not required to pay for the following
PD Act occupational licence fee
  • plumbing and drainage licence
  • plumbing and draining restricted to plumbing licence
  • plumbing and draining restricted to tanks—water supply licence
 plumbers licence
  • plumbing and drainage licence
  • drainage licence
drainers licence
  • gas fitting licence (You must continue to hold your gas work license or authorisation issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.)

water plumber—gas licence

  • irrigation licence

water plumber—irrigation licence

  • fire hydrants and hose reels licence (install and maintain)

Water plumber – fire protection (hydrants and hose reels) licence

  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain) 
  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain—restricted to commercial or industrial type)

water plumber—fire protection (commercial and industrial) licence

  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain)
  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain – restricted to domestic or residential)

water plumber – fire protection (domestic and residential) licence

  • drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance)

drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance)

  • drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation)

drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation)

Refund

If you hold an associated QBCC licence and you received a renewal notice for your relevant occupational licence and the renewal date is on or after 1 March 2019, you are no longer required to pay and QBCC will be contacting you. If you paid to renew your occupational licence in these circumstances you are entitled to a refund.   

The law doesn’t allow the QBCC to refund licensees who have had their occupational licence issued, restored or renewed before 1 March 2019.  If you are entitled to a refund, please contact us online via the General Enquiries and Feedback Form or call 139 333.