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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, reinstalling and or replacing a water heater on a strictly like-for-...
Initial grant of licence
How to apply for a replacement of your lost, stolen or damaged plumbing licence Applying for a replacement of your plumbing licence can be done using the online reprint service. How does it work? To use the reprint service you will need to know your licence number which can be found on the front of...
Online licensing services
How to lodge your plumbing renewal application An application to renew a plumbing licence or permit can only be made within the ‘renewal period’, which begins 12 weeks before the expiry date, and ends 28 days after the expiry date. To lodge your renewal application online, you will need: Your...
Online licensing services
As an alternative to post or email, licence and permit holders can use the department's online Change of Contact system. To use the system you will need to have: The number of your current licence or permit. You can find the number of your licence or permit, and see if it is current, by checking...
Online licensing services
Decision RIS Publication of the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement: Reforms to Plumbing Regulation in Western Australia (DRIS) on 27 November 2019 signals the completion of Building and Energy’s extensive review of Western Australia’s plumbing laws. The next stage in the reform process is the...
Responsibilities
A person who holds a tradesperson’s (drainage plumbing) licence is authorised to undertake drainage plumbing work under the general direction and control of a licensed plumbing contractor , including: carrying out drainage plumbing work subject to any conditions on the tradesperson’s licence;...
Initial grant of licence
A tradesperson's licence authorises the holder to: carry out water supply and sanitary and/or drainage plumbing; and supervise the carrying out of such work by an apprentice, under the general direction and control of the holder of a plumbing contractor's licence. To be eligible to obtain a...
Initial grant of licence
The Media Liaison Officer is the first point of contact for journalists and other members of the media wanting information about Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) and its activities. Contact the media liaison officer: Email: bemedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au Mobile:...
About Building and Energy
Regulations made under the Plumbers Licensing Act 1995 set out the licensing requirements for a provisional tradesperson’s licence. Who needs a provisional tradesperson’s licence A person undertaking plumbing work must hold a licence or permit. The provisional tradesperson’s licence enables a...
Overseas applicants
Reporting minor plumbing work Reporting minor plumbing work completed on or after 1 January 2020 Drainage plumbing work notifications Drainage plumbing work notifications Drainage Plumbing Diagrams Information and search function for drainage plumbing diagrams Plumbing eNotice Information on using...
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This technical note has been issued to clarify the general installation requirements of water heaters, including the correct termination of drain lines from temperature/pressure-relief valve and...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
14 Aug 2019
As part of the implementation of the remote Aboriginal communities plumbing scheme, a commitment was given that a review of the scheme would be undertaken once it had been in place for at least...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
01 Aug 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide information about regulated limitations on the use of plastic pipes in solar water heater installations. There are restrictions on the use of plastic...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
01 Aug 2019
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry of the installation requirements for water using appliances in domestic and commercial application. It covers connection of water...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
23 Jul 2019
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

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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) has been running information sessions in metro and regional areas discussing proposed changes to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. Two more Perth dates have been added and this is the final opportunity for stakeholders to find out more about the proposals and provide any feedback to the Department. Dates and times: 4...
Building and Energy
Department News
14 Jun 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018
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
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
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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