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Reform of the residential home building laws


The New South Wales Government is reviewing the residential home building laws. Visit the Review of the home building legislation page to read more and to download the position paper which outlines the 50 proposed changes to the current laws.

Who is the plumbing regulator in my area?

Download the Local plumbing regulators in NSW (PDF size: 244kb) document 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.

Introduction of MyInspections

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:

  • submit an audit inspection application
  • pay plumbing and drainage inspection fees
  • correct an audit inspection application
  • submit  an alternative solution application
  • correct an alternative solution application (please note only property details can be changed).
  • complete and submit a Notice of Work form
  • correct a Notice of Work form
  • submit a Certificate of Compliance
  • submit a completed Sewer Service Diagram (SSD)

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. 

Regional plumbing and drainage inspections


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 2012

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.

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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