As of 1 November 2012, plumbing approvals for any additions or alterations will no longer be required. This includes work any to existing houses and townhouses. This type of plumbing will become known as “notifiable work”, and a licensed plumber will lodge the necessary forms to the Plumbing Industry Council within the required time frame of completing the work.
Some examples of notifiable work and work that requires a plumbing permit are listed below:
- A detached home with existing drainage and water supply is considered an existing building.
- A new detached home is not an existing building as it does not have drainage or a water supply.
- A detached shed that has a water supply but no drainage is not considered an existing building.
- A new granny flat built on to an existing detached residential dwelling will be subject to notifiable work.
- A new detached residential building built on the same lot, but not connected to an existing residential building is not considered to be an existing building.
- A new townhouse will not be considered to be an existing building.