Responsible person for plumbing work and inspection requirements

Plumber under sink
  • The responsible person is a licensed person for the work; and
  • The person who performs, directs the performance of, or supervises, the work; or
  • For on-site sewerage work that must be assessed – a person who performs, directs the performance of, or supervises, the work.

 

Inspection requirements

Inspections are required to be scheduled by the responsible person at each of the following stages of regulated work (including on-site sewerage work) which are prescribed under Section 86(5) of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002. Approved plans are to be given to the Council plumbing inspector on site at the time of inspections. For further information refer to Plumbing Plan Requirements INFO 012 (for print)

An inspector must start assessing the work within 1 hour after:

  1. the time agreed between the responsible person for the work and the local government; or
  2. if a time is not agreed 48 hours after the local government receives the request.

 

Inspection requirement examples

Job: plumbing or drainage laid under a floor slab or in another area where pipes or fittings will be covered.

  • Inspection required: Before the floor slab is laid or the pipes or fittings are covered.

Job: plumbing or drainage that is laid below ground level and external to a building or other structure.

  • Inspection required: before the backfill is placed.lumbing installed in a building or other structure – before the cladding or lining covering the plumbing is fixed;

Job: plumbing installed in a building or other structure before the cladding or lining covering the plumbing is fixed.

  • Inspection required: before the cladding or lining covering the plumbing is fixed;

Job: plumbing or drainage work, the subject of the request for compliance assessment.

  • Inspection required - after the work is completed.greywater use facility – after the subsurface irrigation in the greywater application area is installed;

Job: greywater use facility.

  • Inspection required: after the subsurface irrigation in the greywater application area is installed;

Job: relevant compliance permit imposes a condition requiring an assessment at 1 or more stages of the work

  • Inspection required: at each stage stated in the condition;
  1. for a trench or sub-surface irrigation:
  2. before filling with backfill; or
  3. after substantially filling with backfill but leaving a cross-sectional area of the trench or sub-surface irrigation not backfilled;
  4. after all pipes for the relevant on-site sewerage facility are connected, and effluent resulting from sewage generated on the premises can be treated by the on-site sewage treatment plant; and

Job: relevant compliance permit imposes a condition requiring an assessment at 1 or more other stages of the work.

  • Inspection required: at each stage stated in the condition.

 

Further information

For further specific information about the responsible person under the Drainage Act, contact Building & Compliance - Plumbing Section on 131 872 or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in this article is a guide only. This information has been prepared by Toowoomba Regional Council to help people gain an understanding of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme. Please consult the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme for detailed information including maps (zones, local plans, overlays and priority infrastructure plan), provisions and policies. The content of this information sheet is not intended to replace the provisions of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme.

Last Updated: Friday, 06 September 2019 10:59
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