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Form 4/4A reminder for backflow prevention devices

There has been confusion in the industry about whether a Form 4/4A is required for backflow prevention devices.

A licensee is required to lodge a Form 4/4a if they install, replace or remove a testable backflow prevention device (refer to category 8 of schedule 2, Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003).

A licensee is required to lodge a Form 9 with the Local Government Authority (LGA) every time they test a backflow prevention device.

Frequently asked questions – Licensing requirements for plumbers and drainers

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Here are some frequently asked questions and answers relating to the licensing requirements for plumbers and drainers.

Q: What licences do I need?

A: There is currently some confusion in the plumbing industry about what licences are required for the work they perform.

The basic types of plumbing and drainage licence include:

When to lodge your Form 4

Is the work operational before you issue an invoice?

As a licensed plumber, you give a quote for the installation of 10 toilets and this is considered to be a single transaction.

The quote is accepted and you commence work. Each toilet becomes operational in turn over a period of five days.

The work is considered to be completed after the tenth toilet becomes operational on the fifth day. An invoice is issued a week later.

Are you doing major renovations on your home?

Get your Form 4 for plumbing and drainage work

If you engage a builder to build an extension on your property, which includes a bathroom, the builder will employ a licensed plumber to perform the plumbing and drainage work.

On completion of the work, the plumber lodges a Form 4 with the QBCC and must provide a copy of the notice to the builder. As the property owner, you may also contact the QBCC to access a copy of the Form 4.