The information contained within this section relates to Plumbing and Drainage within the boundaries of Singleton with the exception of some areas of Branxton serviced by Hunter Water Corporation Sewer Rising Main.
For these areas, contact Plumbing Inspection and Assurance Service (PIAS) on 1300 889 099 between 8am and 2pm, Monday to Friday to book an inspection. (https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/construction-and-trade-essentials/plumbers-and-drainers/) for more information.
Plumbers and Drainers NSW Department of Fair Trading
NSW Fair Trading is the state's single plumbing and drainage regulator for all plumbing and drainage work and has delegated inspection and enforcement powers to Singleton Council within its area of operations. As part of the plumbing regulatory framework, Fair Trading licences plumbers and drainers under the Home Building Act 1989, and all plumbing and drainage work must be done by a person who holds a licence, qualified supervisor certificate or tradesperson certificate in the appropriate class. Also, a system of on-site regulation makes sure that NSW plumbing and drainage work is monitored, so it complies with technical standards and regulations.
What does this mean for plumbers and drainers?
Plumbers and drainers must contact their council to book inspections, pay inspection fees, submit documentation and for enquiries with the exception of areas serviced by a Hunter Water Corporation Sewer Rising Main.
Documents and forms
Plumbers and drainers are required to submit the following documents at certain stages of the work:
When must I book an inspection?
Inspections are generally required when:
Codes and Standards
The Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) is the technical standard for all plumbing and drainage work in NSW. All plumbing and drainage work in NSW must comply with the PCA. The PCA replaced the more prescriptive NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage and other local requirements and allows plumbers to work easily across different regions, without needing to know local variations. Go the to plumbing code standards and notes (https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/construction-and-trade-essentials/plumbers-and-drainers-/plumbing-code-standards-and-notes) page for more information.
Plumbers and drainers must submit a Notice of Work (NoW) to Council before starting most plumbing and drainage works. Circumstances where it does not apply include: emergency work and 'minor works' like replacing tap ware and existing hot water systems, and bathroom renovations where the location of fixtures has not changed.
A NoW is an approved form that outlines the work and who is responsible.
Council must be advised if the onsite licensee changes. If a licensee takes over work both licensees must make sure their NoW and CoC accurately describes the work they have done, or are about to do. The original licensee will need to arrange a final audit inspection to complete their work. An updated NoW, Sewer Service Diagram (SSD) and CoC that accurately describes the work completed to date will need to be supplied. The new licensee must make sure the fee is paid and a NoW is submitted.
All Sewer Service Diagrams (SSD), need to be submitted meeting the following specifications:
The SSD is required to be submitted at the completion of drainage works either prior to or at the time of the final inspection. If for some reason a final inspection does not take place, then the SSD must be submitted to Council within seven (7) working days of the work being completed.