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The building services Acts and the plumbing regulations set out obligations that registered service providers and licensed plumbing contractors must adhere to. These obligations are set out in the fact sheets below: Obligations for licensed plumbing contractors Obligations for registered building...
Compliance and audit
Western Australia’s system for regulating plumbing work protects consumers and the community by ensuring that only suitably qualified people who hold plumbers licences granted by the Plumbers Licensing Board are legally entitled to carry out plumbing work. Corporate entities such as companies and...
Responsibilities
Under Regulation 54 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000, the Plumbers’ Licensing Board may: declare that a specified plumbing standard does not apply to specified plumbing work or specified plumbing; or modify in a specified way a plumbing standard that applies to...
Responsibilities
If you were previously licensed as a plumber you will not need to provide evidence of your qualifications and experience to the Plumbers’ Licensing Board . You will still need to demonstrate to the Board that you are suitable to be reissued and will need to complete the reissue application form...
Reissue
A guide to licence, notification and certification obligations under the Regulations and the compliance audit program, including: General licence obligations Notification and certification obligations New fixture fees Drainage plumbing inspection notifications Minor plumbing work Multi-entry...
Responsibilities
Regulations made under the Plumbers Licensing Act 1995 set out the licensing requirements for a provisional tradesperson’s licence (drainage plumbing). Who needs a provisional tradesperson’s licence (drainage plumbing) A person undertaking plumbing work must hold a licence or permit. The...
Overseas applicants
All fees listed below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2017. Please note that the fees and charges are subject to change on 1 July of each year but these new amounts are not known at this time. Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee. Owner-builders...
Fee schedule
All fees below are effective from 1 July 2017. Please note that the fees and charges are subject to change on 1 July of each year but these new amounts are not known at this time. Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee. Initial licence – application fee Contractor's...
Fee schedule
The Building Commission fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2017. Please note that the fees and charges are subject to change on 1 July of each year but these new amounts are not known at this time. Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee...
Fee schedule
Restricted plumbing permits allow eligible gasfitters and electricians to disconnect, remove, install and connect a compression union, a temperature/pressure relief valve or an expansion control valve in the course of removing, removing and reinstalling or replacing a water heater on a strictly...
Initial grant of licence

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Publications

The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
Articles on the Amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000, the transfer of Ascons to the Building Commission, survey results and links to the latest Plumbers'...
Building Commission
Newsletter
28 Apr 2016
This technical note has been issued to inform plumbing industry stakeholders that Standards Australia has published new 2015 versions of AS/NZS 3500, Parts 1, 2 & 4 of the plumbing and drainage...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016
This technical note has been published to provide information on the objectives and requirements of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry about the current situation when providing live or dormant water and sewerage connections to houses or buildings on survey strata...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016
This technical note has been issued to provide technical information on the terminology and use of pressure control valves in water services installed in accordance with Plumbing Code of Australia (...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016
This technical note is to advise the plumbing industry that all vertical risers used for inspection purposes as well as risers from gully traps shall rise vertically and not contain offsets of any...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016
This technical note has been issued to clarify the current support and fixing requirements in the Deemed to Satisfy Provisions of the Plumbing Code of Australia. These are listed in AS/NZS 3500:2003...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016

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Announcements

Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2016
An interim report into the discovery of asbestos in the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has found the procurement processes used by principal contractor John Holland Pty Ltd to be comprehensive and consistent with industry practice. However, industry and government must improve processes for detecting and preventing the presence of non-conforming and hazardous products in buildings. Released...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Sep 2016
The Building Commission has released a decision paper on reforms that will allow a specified range of basic emergency plumbing repairs to be carried out by trained Environmental Health Workers in 205 of Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities.
Building Commission
Department News
17 Aug 2016
Kinross man Hajir Mobin trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, whose conduct has been the subject of several public warnings and prosecution action by the Department of Commerce, has been prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016
A report by Auditor General Colin Murphy has assessed how well the Building Commission regulates Western Australia’s residential building industry.
Building Commission
Department News
24 Jun 2016
Hammond Park licensed plumbing contractor Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879) has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and ordered to undertake retraining for failing to meet his notification obligations for plumbing work and installing uncertified plumbing products. In disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) and settled on 10 May 2016, Mr Mason...
Building Commission
Media release
31 May 2016
Halls Head man Roy Keith Perkins (TL2619), director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, has been fined and had his plumbing tradesperson’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
09 May 2016
World Plumbing Day is an international event that was launched seven years ago by the World Plumbing Council, and is now held every year on 11 March. On this day, government, industry and the community come together to celebrate all things plumbing, and recognise the important role plumbers play in protecting public health and safety, as well as the environment. Plumbing is vital to global health...
Building Commission
Department News
08 Mar 2016
Regional building industries will be briefed on imminent changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other industry matters at information sessions run by the Building Commission.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Mar 2016
Red tape reforms set to save West Australians at least $150 million during the next five years have been revealed in the State's inaugural Red Tape Reduction Report Card.
Building Commission
Department News
17 Nov 2015

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