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Local government declarations

Local governments may tailor the application of the plumbing and drainage laws to meet the needs of their communities.

They can do this by making various declarations by resolution.

Fast-track work declaration

Permit applications are divided into 2 streams: fast-track and standard. Read more about what types of applications may be fast-tracked.

Local governments can expand the types of permit work that can be performed under the fast-track model in their areas.

By resolution, local governments can make a fast-track work declaration that transfers standard application work to the fast-track application process.

However, the following standard application work can’t be transferred to fast-track:

  • combined sanitary drainage or a water supply system or drainage system installed as part of a community title scheme
  • trade waste connection
  • on-site sewage facility.

For details, see Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019, section 39(1).

Fast-track opt-out declaration

Local governments may, by resolution, make a fast-track opt-out declaration.

This means all permit applications are assessed under the standard application process.

This gives local governments, particularly regional councils, the flexibility to choose the approval model that best suits their resources.

They may opt back into the fast-track model at a later date and by resolution.

For details, see Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019, section 40(1).

Remote area and eligible work declaration

Smaller, regional local governments listed in Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019, schedule 7 can make a remote area declaration that nominates remote parts of their areas where permit work won’t be inspected.

About the declaration

The remote area declaration must:

  • identify the permit work being declared as eligible work
  • state that it considers the work, even if not inspected, isn’t likely to adversely affect public health or safety, or the environment.

Local governments must:

  • ensure each remote area declaration includes a map identifying the remote area
  • publish each remote area declaration on their website
  • give the chief executive a copy of the declaration
  • ensure the declaration can be viewed at the local government’s public office free of charge.

Compliance notice process

Once the local government passes the declaration, they may accept a Form 6—Remote area compliance notice (PDF, 142KB)​ from the responsible person or suitably qualified person.

For eligible plumbing and drainage in a declared remote area, the responsible person must give this form to the local government within 10 business days of the work being operational and fit for use.

The notice must certify that the work is compliant, operational and fit for use.

The responsible person may authorise a suitably qualified person to prepare and send the form. If this occurs, the local government must give the responsible person its decision on the notice within 5 business days after receiving it.

This decision advises whether the local government accepts or refuses to accept the notice from a suitably qualified person.

If accepted, local government must issue a final inspection certificate for the plumbing or drainage work within 2 business days.

For details, see Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019, section 71.​​​​

Last updated 30 June 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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