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Information for plumbers and drainers

 

IMPORTANT – The arrangements outlined in this section apply to Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle area from 1 July 2012. 

An audit-based system for inspecting plumbing and drainage work is in operation in Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle areas.

The inspection system allows for only a portion of the plumbing and drainage work to be inspected rather than all of it. Plumbers and drainers are required to book an audit inspection but they will not know if the work has been selected for an inspection until the appointment time.

If you are a plumber or drainer in Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle area you must submit

  • a Notice of Work to Fair Trading before starting work,
  • a Certificate of Compliance to Fair Trading and the property owner at the final inspection, and
  • a Sewer Service Diagram to Fair Trading and the property owner at the completion of the drainage work.

This section details the type of work that requires an inspection, when and how you should book an inspection, what documents you need and who you should provide them too. It also outlines the fees you are required to pay when organising an inspection. 

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

How to book

To book an audit inspection, contact Fair Trading’s Plumbing Inspection and Assurance Service (PIAS) on 1300 889 099 between 8am and 2pm, Monday to Friday. See Booking an inspection page for detailed information.

Technical advice for licensed plumbers and drainers

NSW Fair Trading provides technical advice about the interpretation of the Plumbing Code of Australia and relevant industry standards. This service is only available to licensed plumbers and drainers in the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle regions.

Email Fair Trading with technical enquiries at PIAStechnical@finance.nsw.gov.au. If you do not have email access, you can call on 1300 889 099 between 8am and 12pm, Monday to Friday.

For all enquiries you must have a current version of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) and standards (AS/NZS 3500) available as Fair Trading’s technical support staff will refer to these documents.

Plumbers and drainers outside Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle should contact their local council or water utility operator for technical advice.

Regional plumbers

If you are a plumber or drainer located outside of the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle regions, the information in this section does not affect how you book inspections. You should continue to contact your local council for all on-site bookings.

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