|IMPORTANT - Plumbers and drainers in Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle areas are required to book inspections for all internal drainage from 1 July 2012. For more information download the Changes to internal drainage inspections document from the Fair Trading website.|
By law, you must book an inspection for all work covered by a Notice of Work (NoW).
Plumbers and drainers in Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle area must book an inspection for:
Go to the Fair Trading website to download the Point of Connection explanatory notes.
The Network Utility Operator (NUO) retains responsibility for trade waste applications, treatments and discharges throughout Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle areas.
NSW Fair Trading is responsible for the drainage to and from the trade waste apparatus.
Inspections are generally required when:
In certain circumstances an inspection may be carried out at any time during the installation process. For instance when sanitary plumbing is finished and before the premises are occupied (the final inspection).
For alternative and recycled water services, additional inspections are required.
Fair Trading has reviewed the requirements for inspections of rainwater tanks where the tank is collecting water from roof catchments.
As of 1 December 2012, licensees connecting rainwater tanks independently of or to a potable water service are not required to book an inspection in the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle Fair Trading areas of operations.
The plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber and comply with the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS/NZS 3500.
The licensee must issue a Certificate of Compliance to Fair Trading and the owner as required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011. Failure to follow these requirements may result in a non-compliance and/or penalty infringement notice.
Fair Trading will review the process at regular intervals and has the right to alter this process as it deems fit.
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