New plumb­ing laws to re­duce red tape

Central and North Burnett Times - - DOMAIN -

NEW plumb­ing laws that will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce red tape, de­lays and costs for in­dus­try,

lo­cal gov­ern­ments and con­sumers started on 1 Novem­ber 2012.

The no­ti­fi­able work’ re­forms ex­panded the amount of work a plumber or drainer can per­form with­out the need for lo­cal gov­ern­ment per­mits or manda­tory in­spec­tions.

These re­forms mark the big­gest change to the state’s plumb­ing and drainage in­dus­try in many years.

It will now be cheaper and faster for most rou­tine work to be per­formed so it’s a win for ev­ery­one.

Pre­vi­ously, plumb­ing work such as a bath­room or kitchen ren­o­va­tion would have to go through lo­cal gov­ern­ment ap­pro- val and in­spec­tion pro­cesses which could cost up to $1600 and take up to 20 busi­ness days just for per­mits and in­spec­tions.

From 1 Novem­ber 2012, plumbers and drain­ers sim­ply need to no­tify the Plumb­ing In­dus­try

Coun­cil within 10 busi­ness days of com­plet­ing this type of work and it will cost $25 for an elec­tronic lodge­ment or $35 for a man­ual lodge­ment.

The changes have cre­ated a new cat­e­gory called "no­ti­fi­able work".

This cat­e­gory in­cludes most plumb­ing and drainage work per­formed in ex­ist­ing homes in­clud­ing kitchen ren­o­va­tions, putting in a new bath­room and ex­tend­ing or al­ter­ing pipes.

Queens­lan­ders are expected to save up to $25 mil­lion on plumb­ing ap­pli­ca­tion fees an­nu­ally on kitchen and bath­room ren­o­va­tions alone.

The new process re­places the cur­rent 73 var­i­ous pro­cesses and re­quire­ments across Queens­land’s 73 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Work will be au­dited by the Plumb­ing In­dus­try Coun­cil and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to en­sure

that Queens­lan­ders continue to en­joy the cur­rent high lev­els of health and safety stan­dards.

The re­forms will al­low lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ar­range in­spec­tions as re­sources al­low and to more pre­cisely tar­get their in­spect pro­grams to­wards high­risk ar­eas.

Guide­lines, user guides and fact sheets are avail­able for li­censees, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and con­sumers at www.hpw.qld.gov.au/ no­ti­fi­able­work

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