Reform of the residential home building laws
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Technical notes now available to download
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.
The MyInspections website allows users to pay fees and submit documents related to plumbing and drainage work in the Sydney and Newcastle regions. In addition to paying fees the Licensee can complete and submit the required Notice of Work (NoW), Sewer Service Diagrams (SSD) and Certificate of Compliance (CoC).
The MyInspections website applies to all on-site plumbing and drainage work in the areas where Fair Trading conduct inspections in the Sydney and Newcastle regions only. Plumbers working in the Sydney area, during a transition period up to 31 March 2014, 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.
To access the MyInspections website the user must first register. Once registered, users are able to:
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.
This section provides information on plumbing and drainage inspections outside the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle areas from 1 January 2013. The section includes information about who to contact to book inspections, Notices of Work and Certificates of Compliance.
Plumbing reforms in 2012 were part of a state-wide initiative by the NSW Government to provide a more consistent and effective approach to standard setting, on-site regulation and licensing in NSW.
As part of the plumbing regulatory framework, Fair Trading licenses plumbers and drainers under the Home Building Act 1989, and all plumbing and drainage work must be completed by a person who holds a licence, qualified supervisor certificate or tradesperson certificate.
In addition, a system of on-site regulation ensures that NSW plumbing and drainage work is monitored, so it complies with technical standards and regulations.
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