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.

Audit program 

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.

The following audit program has been proposed to take place between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. 

Purpose  To monitor compliance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003
Start Date 1 July 2017
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
  • Plumber licence holders
  • Drainer licence holders
  • Provisional plumber licence holders
  • Provisional drainer licence holders
  • Restricted water plumber - electrical licence holders
  • Restricted water plumber - gas licence holders
  • Restricted Water Plumber – fire protection licence holders
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, selected for audit, must comply with the PD Act and all relevant subordinate legislation, and supply any documents or information requested for the purposes of conducting an audit.