Restricted plumbing permit

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 like-for-like basis, provided that the following circumstances apply:

  1. No change to the existing pipes is required.
  2. The existing pipes are in safe and proper working order.
  3. The temperature/pressure relief valve overflow pipe complies with the plumbing standards.
  4. The use of a flexible hose connection is not required.

Obtaining a restricted plumbing permit

Applicants for a restricted plumbing permits are required to hold either:

  1. An electrical worker’s licence issued under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 regulation 24.
  2. A gasfitting permit or authorisation issued under the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 regulation 12.

Applicants are also required to have completed a training course approved by the Plumbers Licensing Board and to be deemed a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a restricted plumbing permit. The current training required is successful completion of the unit of competency Exchange Water Heating Systems. Further information on obtaining a restricted plumbing permit is available by calling 1300 489 099.

Application fee

An application fee is payable at the time of lodging an application.

* Please note: Application fee is non-refundable; and GST is not payable.


Form 106 – Restricted plumbing permit application form.

Licence fee

Fees are available from the fee schedule.

If your application is unsuccessful the licence fee will automatically be refunded and posted to the address specified on the application form above.

All licences are valid for three years from the date of approval.

Should you have any queries regarding your application please contact 1300 489 099.

A guide to restricted plumbing permits

Information on restricted permits

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