Selecting a contractor
Who's doing your plumbing?
The simplest and most effective way to ensure that plumbing work complies with regulations is to use a licensed plumber and drainer. By engaging a licensed professional you minimise unnecessary risks to your family's health and safety.
It's also important for your bank balance, as rectifying defective or non-compliant work can be far more expensive than the original cost.
What licence should a plumber hold?
In some instances, it may be necessary for a tradesperson to hold both an occupational and contractor licence to carry out work, regardless of the value. If you want to check the details of a licensee, go online or call 139 333.
Work that can be done by an unlicensed person
Below is a list of the unregulated work that can be performed by an unlicensed person; all other plumbing and drainage work must be done by an appropriately licensed person.
Sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage
- cleaning or maintaining ground level grates to traps on sanitary drains
- replacing caps to ground level inspection openings on sanitary drains
- maintaining an above or below ground irrigation system for the disposal of effluent from an on-site sewerage facility.
- installing or maintaining an irrigation or lawn watering system downstream from an isolating valve, tap or backflow prevention device on the supply pipe for the irrigation or lawn watering system
- replacing a jumper valve or washer in a tap
- changing a shower head
- replacing, in a water closet (WC) cistern, a drop valve washer, float valve washer or suction cup rubber.