Plumbing and Drainage

What plumbing or drainage work requires Council approval?

All plumbing work in Queensland is regulated by state government legislative requirements and is categorised as:

  • permit work
  • notifiable work
  • minor work
  • unregulated work

Only permit work is approved by Council. Information on permit work, how to lodge applications and the services offered by the Hydraulics Team is provided below. Further information on plumbing and drainage can also be found in our Plumbing and Drainage FAQs.

Services council provide

As well as assessment and inspection of permit work, the Assets and Hydraulics Unit at Council also:

  • conducts physical inspections (report provided) of the condition of plumbing and drainage located at premises (pre-sale inspections)
  • offers searches of Council's electronic records of plumbing and drainage installations within a property
  • supplies a consultancy service for plumbing and drainage related issues.

These services are provided at a competitive price. For more information on fees, refer to the Planning Services schedule of fees and charges.

As constructed drainage plans

Council can also supply existing "as constructed drainage plans" and "all services plans" of council assets. To request an as constructed drainage plan, please complete this online form. For more information, read our As Constructed Drainage Plans information sheet, or contact council.

Plumbing and drainage information and resources

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On Tap is a newsletter released every four months from the Assets and Hydraulics Unit to our customers in the trade community, for general updates as well as the latest in processes and legislation.

For more information, subscribe to On Tap.

Dial before you Dig

Dial before you dig is a free referral service for information on underground pipes and cables anywhere in Australia. Using Dial before you dig can prevent damage, disruption, injury, and even death.

Plumbing and Drainage Legislation

For more information and links to current laws and regulations, visit the Department of Housing and Public Works website.