Plumbing laws help protect and improve the health, safety and well-being of Tasmanians.
You need a permit from the council permit authority unless the described work is low-risk or medium-risk (notifiable work) under the Building Regulations 2016.
Work you can do without a permit
If you are an owner of a building that needs work, you can do the following work on your own home only or use a non-licensed qualified contractor or contract a licensed plumber (Category 1).
- repair and or replace tapware, shower head or shower hose (like for like) except for vegetable spray mixer, shower spray on hose
- replace domestic water filter cartridge (like for like)
- replace potable water tanks (like for like) using the same pumps, connections and pipework
- put in a household or commercial irrigation and lawn watering system (connected to a network utilities reticulated water supply)
- remove and replace caps to ground level inspection openings for sewage or stormwater drains or grates on stormwater pits and channels
- unblock toilets, showers or other plumbing fixtures with a handheld plunger
Important note: Doing plumbing work that is not listed in Category 1 must be done by a licensed plumber. Penalties apply.
A Plumbing Permit will also be required for plumbing work in:
- Hazardous areas (including landslip-prone areas) and
- If there special requirements of a locality; examples are:c
- combined drainage area and the combined sewerage and stormwater system (within the Launceston City area)
- sewer drainage and stormwater disposal in Karst (limestone) landscape areas (within the Meander Valley municipality).