Apply for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence

What isn’t mechanical services – plumbing work? 

The following fact sheets provide information about what is and is not mechanical services – plumbing work: 

What licence type do you need? 

The QBCC licence type you require is determined by the type of work you need to perform. All mechanical services - plumbing work requires a licence. 

We offer four types of licence to cover different roles and responsibilities in the building industry. You must ensure that you only carry out building work covered by your licence type. '

Type Supervise 
building work
Personally 
perform work
Be a nominee 
for a building company 
Enter into contracts 
for building work 
Contractor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nominee supervisor Yes   Yes  
Site supervisor Yes      
Occupational Yes Yes    

Please note, a company licence is required to operate as a company. When applying for a company licence, you must nominate a nominee supervisor who is licensed for the same scope of work. For more information, read our fact sheet Companies and licensing (PDF)

Occupational licences 

We encourage you to apply early to ensure you have the qualifications and experience to be licensed by the 1 January 2022 deadline. 

Apply now for extended renewal period 

Mechanical services employees who apply and have their licence granted sooner can benefit from a greater period of time before their first renewal date.  

Mechanical services occupational licences granted now will commence on 1 January 2022 rather than the date the licence is issued, meaning the first renewal date for these licences will be 1 January 2023. 

Note: eligibility for this extension of the renewal period is not available for those also applying for a nominee or trade contractor licence at the same time or existing licence holders. 

Use your experience  

Until 31 December 2021, those applying for an occupational licence for mechanical services – plumbing work have the opportunity to use an alternative qualification pathway which provides an option for those who may not have the required technical qualifications.  

Read more on our mechanical services alternative qualification pathways webpage. 

How to apply 

All licensing applications require proof of identity and evidence of your technical qualifications.  

Details of the required technical qualifications can be found on the following fact sheet: 

How to lodge  

You can lodge your application form online with myQBCC at my.qbcc.qld.gov.au/s/licence-app 

For more information, see  myQBCC Mechanical services licence application user guide (PDF).

Alternatively, you can complete an application form and include all the supporting documents and correct application fee by completing the appropriate PDF form/s: 

For more information about the documents needed to support an application for each licence type, use the Journey fact sheet for mechanical services – plumbing (PDF). 

If you completed a PDF form, you can lodge: 

  • By post: to GPO Box 5099, Brisbane QLD 4001 (please don’t send in original documents, such as qualifications, unless we request them) 
  • In person: at your  nearest QBCC Office 

What are the fees? 

Licence fees vary depending on what type of licence you are applying for. For contactors, fees vary depending on whether you are applying for an individual or a company licence. 

Nominee Supervisor, Site Supervisor and Occupational licence fees are a set fee. 

Licence fee information is available on the Licence Fees page

How long will it take to be processed? 

We will take up to 6-8 weeks to process your application. This includes checks to confirm you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.  

For contractors, this includes time to assess your ability to meet the Minimum Financial Requirements.  

We will contact you if we need any further information. 

After you've applied 

If your licence is approved, you'll receive a letter, which includes your licence number and scope of work for the licence class.