Work requiring inspections

What type of work should I book an inspection for?

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 audit inspection for:

  • Internal drainage, including all sanitary drainage located internal of a building.
  • External drainage, including all sanitary drainage located external of a building up to the point of connection as detailed in the NSW Fair Trading point of connection (PDF, 475.22 KB) document.
  • Recycled water front run, this includes all recycled or alternative water service pipework from the point of connection to the building entry.
  • Recycled water rough-in, this includes all recycled or alternative water service internal of the building.
  • Final inspection, once all fixtures and fittings are connected and the building is ready to be occupied.
  • Final inspection recycled water, once all fixtures and fittings are connected and the building is ready to be occupied.This also requires a flow test to be completed
  • Reinspection, where work did not comply in an earlier inspection, a reinspection of that inspection type must be booked to confirm rectification.
  • Any installation where an approved performance solution is used.

Note: In the case of alterations and additions to existing buildings internal and external drainage work would be considered one inspection when, and only when, the external portion of the drainage works is no longer than three meters, and does not include construction of additional buildings, such as but not limited to a Studio, Granny Flat, or Garage etc.

Trade waste applications, treatments and discharges

The Network Utility Operator (NUO) retains responsibility for trade waste applications, treatments and discharges throughout Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle areas. Fair Trading is responsible for the drainage to and from the trade waste apparatus. Go to the Sydney Water website or the Hunter Water's website for more information.

When must I book an inspection?

Inspections are generally required when:

  • drainage work is finished and before backfilling or covering the installation
  • a connection to a NUO sewer main is finished and before backfilling
  • Fair Trading requests an inspection, ie. when there is a need for re-inspection or for an inspection of non-compliant work.

In certain circumstances, an inspection can be carried out at any time during the installation process like when sanitary plumbing is finished and before the premises are occupied (the final inspection).

Recycled water

For alternative and recycled water services, additional inspections are required.

Rainwater tanks

Licensees connecting rainwater tanks independently 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 standards (AS/NZS 3500). The licensee must issue a Certificate of Compliance to the owner as required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011. Failure to follow these requirements may result in the issuing of a written direction and/or penalty infringement notice.

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