When to lodge notifiable work

Notifiable work (NW) is a category of plumbing and drainage work allowing a plumber or drainer to perform work without a local government permit or mandatory inspections. It includes most work performed in existing homes and limited work on commercial buildings.

All regulated plumbing and drainage work, including permit, notifiable or minor works, must be performed by a QBCC licensed plumber or drainer.

When is notifiable work considered finished?

If payment is to be made for all or part of a job, any notifiable work for which payment is to be made is finished when an invoice for the work is given to the person who asked for the work to be carried out.

For example

  1. A plumber gives the building owner a quote to carry out notifiable work to renovate a kitchen and bathroom. The plumber gives the owner an invoice for the notifiable work done on the bathroom before the renovation work on the kitchen starts. The notifiable work for the renovation of the bathroom was finished when the invoice was issued. The plumber later gives the owner another invoice for the notifiable work carried out to renovate the kitchen. The notifiable work for the renovation of the kitchen was finished when the second invoice was given.
  2. A plumber gives the building owner a quote to carry out notifiable work to renovate a kitchen and bathroom. The notifiable work for the kitchen and bathroom renovation is finished when the plumber gives the owner an invoice for all the work.

If all or part of the work is carried out free of charge, notifiable work is finished when the work becomes operational. For example, if a plumber carries out notifiable work for the renovation of a kitchen and bathroom for a family member and the work is done free of charge, the notifiable work is finished when all the work for the kitchen and bathroom renovation becomes operational.