WORK REQUIRING INSPECTIONS- INFORMATION FOR PLUMBERS

What type of work should I book an inspection for?

By law, you must book an inspection for all work covered by a Notice of Work (NoW). In the Wakool Shire Local Government Area (LGA) these inspections are carried out by Wakool Shire Council Officers on behalf of NSW Fair Trading.

Plumbers and drainers in the Wakool Shire LGA must book an inspection for:

  • all external drainage including the point of connection to the Wakool Shire sewer main
  • all internal drainage
  • water supply work is finished and before cladding walls and or ceilings
  • alterations and additions to existing drainage work that did not comply in any earlier inspections
  • any work on an alternative water supply system (for example recycled water plumbing, grey-water/black-water treatment systems)
  • when the plumbing and drainage work is complete (i.e. a final inspection). This happens when all fixtures are fitted and connected, including correct termination of overflow gullies, inspection shafts, boundary traps, vents and inspection openings.

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 Wakool Shire Council's sewer main is finished and before backfilling
  • water supply work is finished and before cladding walls and or ceilings
  • when there is a need for re-inspection or for an inspection of non-compliant work
  • at the completion of all the plumbing and drainage work, i.e. a final inspection.

A minimum two (2) days’ notice is required when booking inspections to be carried out by Wakool Shire Council.

Trade waste applications, treatments and discharges

The Wakool Shire Council retains responsibility for trade waste applications, treatments and discharges throughout the Wakool Shire LGA.

NSW Fair Trading is the regulatory authority for the drainage to and from the trade waste apparatus. Council officers have been delegated the authority to carry out inspections of this work on behalf of NSW Fair Trading.

Recycled water

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

Rainwater tanks

Fair Trading has reviewed the requirements for inspections of rainwater tanks where the tank is collecting water from roof catchments.

Licensees connecting rainwater tanks independently of or to a potable water service are not required to book an inspection in the Wakool Shire LGA if the work is carried out as Exempt Development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) Codes.

The plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber and comply with the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS/NZS 3500.

The licensee must issue a Certificate of Compliance to Wakool Shire Council and the owner as required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011. Failure to follow these requirements may result in a non-compliance and/or penalty infringement notice.

Wakool Shire Council will review the process at regular intervals and has the right to alter this process as it deems fit.

What is a point of connection?

The term 'point of connection' is used to refer to a common identified point of a plumbing installation and/or sanitary drainage system.

This reference as described here is the point where the Network Utility Operator (NUO) services end and the private service (owner) begins at or within the property boundary.

The importance of the 'point of connection' for Fair Trading is that it defines the scope of onsite plumbing and drainage works that the 'responsible person' may be held accountable for.

A property may have multiple points of connection defining the scope of works that Fair Trading may hold the 'responsible person' accountable for.

Go to the work requiring inspections page on the Fair Trading website to download the Point of Connection explanatory notes as a PDF document.