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Nil licence renewal fee

The Queensland Building and Construction Commissioner decides applications for plumbing and drainage licences in accordance with the:

You may not have to pay a fee for a plumbing and drainage occupational licence if you both:

  • apply for, renew or restore a plumbing and drainage occupational licence
  • apply for or hold an associated Queensland Building and Construction Commission contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence.

This ‘zero-dollar renewal’ doesn’t apply to company licence holders.​​

Eligible licences

Licences under the QBCC Act​​

Zero-dollar occupational licences under the PDA 2002 and 2018

Plumbing and drainage licence

Plumbers licence

Plumbing and draining restricted to plumbing licence

Plumbers licence

Plumbing and draining restricted to tanks – water supply licence

Plumbers licence

Plumbing and drainage licence

Drainers licence

Drainage licence

Drainers licence

Gas fitting licence (You must continue to hold your gas work licence or authorisation issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy)

Water plumber—gas licence (restricted licence)

Irrigation licence

Water plumber—irrigation licence (restricted licence)

Fire hydrants and hose reels licence (install and maintain)

Water plumber—fire protection (hydrants and hose reels) licence (restricted licence)

Sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain)    

Water plumber—fire protection (commercial and industrial) licence (restricted licence)

Sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain—restricted to commercial or industrial type)

Water plumber—fire protection (commercial and industrial) licence (restricted licence)

Sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain)   

Water plumber—fire protection (domestic and residential) licence (restricted licence)

Sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain—restricted to domestic and residential type)

Water plumber—fire protection (domestic and residential) licence (restricted licence)

Drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance)

Drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance) (restricted licence)

Drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation)

Drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation) (restricted licence)



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