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Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include a performance solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage Performance Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage...
Responsibilities
Drainage plumbing diagrams are a diagrammatic representation of a property’s drainage plumbing work. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams are regularly used by homeowners, licensed plumbing contractors and others to...
Certificates and diagrams
Frequently asked questions Can I use an online service to submit an updated photo to the PLB? You can submit your updated photograph online through the Building and Energy website . Simply ensure your digital photograph is not more than one month old and shows your head and shoulders against a...
Online licensing services
Frequently asked questions The Plumbers Licensing Board has improved powers regarding the way plumbers are licensed and how plumbing standards are enforced. In particular, the capacity to reassess applicants fitness for a licence at each renewal. The term “fitness” elates to a person’s character...
Online licensing services
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

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This technical note has been published to provide information and list mandatory procedures about the disinfection of drinking water storage tanks and water supply pipes as set out in AS/NZS 3500.1:...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
23 Aug 2019
This technical note has been published to provide information on unintentionally heated cold water, floor wastes and floor waste gullies, flammable insulation in wall cavities and plumbing services...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide advice on the correct requirements when installing water heaters and water tanks in roof spaces.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry of the mandatory requirements and best practice when installing flow and return lines from solar water heaters/panels on the roof...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide technical information about pressure control valves in water services. The majority of these valves are used where the pressure supplied from the...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
25 Jun 2019
This technical note has been developed as a guide to the Western Australian plumbing industry for the correct use and installation of air admittance valves (AAVs) for sanitary and drainage plumbing...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
25 Jun 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Feb 2020
This technical note provides advice on the correct configuration of vertical risers used for inspection purposes as well as risers from gully and fixture traps. This is a requirement of the Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
30 May 2019
This technical note has been issued to clarify the requirements for the installation of inspection openings on drainage plumbing systems in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
30 May 2019
This technical note provides clarification on the requirements for connecting condensate from refrigerated air conditioners, cabinets, sterilizers, autoclaves and similar appliances to sanitary or...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
30 May 2019

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Announcements

FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Cloverdale plumber Matthew David Mitchell (TL13359) , trading as Seven Star Plumbing and Gas Pty Ltd , has been ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 to the Building Commissioner by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of disciplinary action taken against him. At their 23 April 2018 meeting, the Board imposed the fine as a result of disciplinary breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
Building and Energy is inviting public comment on proposed reforms to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The proposed reforms are contained in a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) published by the Department on 1 May 2018.
Building and Energy
Department News
09 May 2018
Background: The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued a warning and advice to WA's plumbing industry. Commissioner’s Blog: Upselling could land plumbers in hot water Video and FAQs: https://youtu.be/4VUu0Dl2ytk It comes after a large number of complaints and enquiries over the last six months, which indicate some plumbers / plumbing service providers are attending properties to carry...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018
The Plumbers Licensing Board is reminding civil contractors that only suitably qualified people who hold the required plumbers’ licence are legally entitled to carry out plumbing work in Western Australia and that all plumbing work must be certified.
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Mar 2018
Update (26 March 2018): In response to enquiries from plumbers, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page has been published. With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Plumbers could find themselves in hot water if they go to a home to carry out one job but end up taking payment for more than they were called out for. A 10 business day cooling-off period applies to any approach from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
The WA Government has announced a review to improve security of payments for subcontractors in Western Australia's building and construction industry, and the establishment of an Industry Advisory Group (IAG).
Building and Energy
Department News
23 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now formally merged the operations of the former Building Commission and Energy Safety to form the new Building and Energy Division. Ken Bowron will lead the Building and Energy team. He holds the statutory positions of the Building Commissioner and the Director of Energy Safety. Building and Energy oversees the regulation of...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2018

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