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Timeframes for permit applications

Compliance assessable work is now known as permit work.

A permit is required before permit work can commence, and an applicant must comply with the permit and all permit conditions.

All permit work is inspected to ensure it complies with the plumbing laws and the permit, and substantially complies with the plans accompanying the permit application.

New permit applications are divided into 2 processing time frames: fast-track and standard.

Fast-track applications

The approval time frame for fast-track applications is 2 business days.

This applies to most new residential dwellings, sheds or domestic out-buildings (class 1a and 10a buildings).

Fast-tracked applications are considered lower risk domestic plumbing and drainage work, as they connect directly to the water and sewerage supply and don’t need additional approvals.

A local government may make a declaration to opt out of the fast-track process​ and deal with permit applications only under the standard process.

Standard applications

The approval time frame for standard applications is 10 business days.

This applies to multi-unit residential and commercial buildings (class 2–9) and any applications excluded from the fast-track process. It doesn’t apply to class 1a and 10a.

Read more about National Construction Code building classifications (PDF, 38KB).

Exclusions from fast-track process

Some applications are excluded from the fast-track process because they pose a higher risk to public health, safety and the environment.

A local government needs to assess the relevant plans and accompanying documentation before issuing a permit. Therefore, these types of applications are assessed under the standard application process.

Combined sanitary drainage/community title sanitary drainage

Work for combined and community sanitary drains is excluded because:

  • it can affect multiple properties
  • changes to an individual property may affect drainage performance for other properties.

Trade waste connection

It is an offence to discharge trade waste to a sewer without approval, as it may contain toxic or harmful substances such as oil, heavy metals, solids, organic solvents or chlorinated organics.

Water service providers (local governments) or distributor-retailers (e.g. Queensland Urban Utilities) need to assess trade waste applications to ensure trade waste is disposed of safely and effectively.

On-site sewage and greywater treatment facilities

These facilities are used for to treat, store and dispose of domestic waste generated on premises in unsewered areas.

Poorly sited or maintained facilities can affect public health and the environment.​​​



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