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Introduction of MyInspections

Fair Trading is hosting free information seminars introducing the new MyInspections online gateway. All sessions run 5-7.30pm, for dates and locations please download our MyInspections seminar brochure (PDF size: 441kb). To book, or for more details, visit our Events Register or call 13 32 20.

The MyInspections gateway allows users to pay fees and submit documents related to plumbing and drainage work, and applies to all on-site plumbing and drainage work in the areas where Fair Trading conducts inspections in the Sydney and Newcastle regions only.

To access the MyInspections Gateway the user must first register. Once registered, users are able to:

  • submit an audit inspection application (pay for an audit inspection)
  • correct an audit inspection application
  • submit or correct an alternative solution application (please note only property details can be corrected)
  • submit or correct a Notice of Work (NoW)
  • submit a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)
  • submit a completed Sewer Service Diagram (SSD).

During this transition period up to 31 December 2014, plumbers working in the Sydney area will still be able to pay fees through existing Quick Check agents. Plumbers and drainers in the Newcastle area will maintain the current process of paying fees on the MyInspections website.

During the transition period the NoW, SSD and CoC documents will still be available on the Fair Trading website:

The NoW, SSD and CoC can be submitted to Fair Trading by post, email or in person.

Who is the plumbing regulator in my area?

Download Local plumbing regulators in NSW (PDF size: 244kb) to see who carries out the plumbing regulation functions in your area. 

Technical notes now available to download


Fair Trading has a selection of technical notes with information on technical solutions, installation requirements and code interpretations. To view and download please visit the Plumbing code, standards and notes page.  

Metro plumbing and drainage inspections

This section provides information on plumbing and drainage inspections in the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle areas. Find out about the type of work that requires an inspection, when and how you should book an inspection, inspection fees, what documents you need and who you should provide them too.

Work requiring inspections 
Plumbing and drainage inspection fees
Applying for a Notice of Work 
Booking an inspection
Plumbing inspection documents
Unattended final inspection
Non-compliant plumbing and drainage work

Note: Newcastle plumbing and drainage inspection fees must be paid through the MyInspections website. Go to the MyInspections page on the Fair Trading website for more information.

Regional plumbing and drainage inspections


Our Regional plumbing and drainage inspections section provides information on plumbing and drainage inspections outside the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle areas from 1 January 2013. It includes who to contact to book inspections, Notices of Work and Certificates of Compliance.

Plumbing reforms 2012

Plumbing reforms in 2012 were part of a NSW Government initiative to make standard setting, on-site regulation and licensing in NSW more effective and consistent.

As part of the plumbing regulatory framework, Fair Trading licenses plumbers and drainers under the Home Building Act 1989. All plumbing and drainage work must be completed by a person who holds a licence, qualified supervisor certificate or tradesperson certificate.

An on-site regulation system also monitors NSW plumbing and drainage work in line with technical standards and regulations.

Reform of the residential home building laws


The NSW Government is reviewing residential home building laws. Visit the Review of the home building legislation page to read more and download the position paper outlining the 50 proposed changes to current laws.

Subscribe to keep up-to-date 

Subscribe to Foundations, Fair Trading's home building enewsletter, to receive up-to-date information about the plumbing and drainage reforms and other home building matters.

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