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Plumbing inspection documents 


IMPORTANT - The arrangements outlined below apply to Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle area from 1 July 2012.

Notice of Work 

Plumbers and drainers must submit a Notice of Work (NoW) before work commences.

For more information go to the Applying for a Notice of Work page on the Fair Trading website.

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At the final inspection  

At the final inspection you must provide the Fair Trading inspector with a Certificate of Compliance (CoC).

If no inspection takes place, the signed CoC and the SSD must be sent to Fair Trading and the property owner within 7 working days. You can email to if the inspection fee was paid through a Quick Check agent or submit it through MyInspections in other cases.

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For your customer 

Your customer must be given a copy of the CoC and SSD when the work is completed to confirm the work has been undertaken by a licensed plumber or drainer and that it complies with the Plumbing Code of Australia and standards (AS/NZS 3500).

You must always give a copy of the CoC to your customer, whether the work is inspected or not.

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Certificate of Compliance  

By law, a CoC must be completed by a licensed plumber or drainer for all work they undertake.

A CoC confirms the work complies with the Act, Regulation, Plumbing Code of Australia and standards (AS/NZS 3500).

Each CoC is recorded against the plumber's licence number and it becomes their responsibility.

The CoC may be submitted via the MyInspections website if the inspection fee was paid via MyInspections. The CoC will also remain available on the Fair Trading website for instances where the inspection fee was not paid through MyInspections or where no inspection was required.

Three copies of the CoC are required - one copy for Fair Trading, one for the customer and one for the plumber or drainer's records.

Download the Combined Notice of Work and Certificate of Compliance (PDF size: 368 kb) for the licensee, owner and regulator.

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Sewer Service Diagram 

A Sewer Service Diagram (SSD) shows the location of private sewer pipes on a property.

When doing sewer drainage work on a residential, commercial or industrial property, plumbers and drainers are required to submit an updated or new SSD to Fair Trading and the property owner at the completion of the drainage work.

In the Sydney Illawarra and Blue Mountains areas Sydney Water retains these drawings and they are available from Quick Check agents and Property Link brokers.

SSDs are not available for purchase in the Newcastle region.

You can download Sewer Service Diagram requirements  (PDF size: 576kb) and a Quick reference guide (PDF size: 90kb) from the Fair Trading website.

The Fair Trading website has a range of SSD templates available for download in PDF or AutoCad drawing (DWG) format. They include:

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