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Plumbing inspectors carry out random inspections of plumbing work on behalf of the Plumbers Licensing Board . Approximately five per cent of water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work is randomly inspected based on minimisation of risk to public health and safety and the environment. This...
Inspections
Water supply and sanitary plumbing work can be selected for inspection from notices of intention and certificates of compliance. It is also possible that an inspection could arise from a compliance inspection of the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. The plumbing inspector will...
Inspections
Inspections of drainage work Drainage plumbing inspections are done while the work is under construction. Most drainage inspections will arise from notifications made by, or on behalf of, the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. A drainage inspection can also arise at random from...
Inspections
Please note: The reporting requirements are changing for all minor plumbing work completed on or after 1 January 2020. Please see the Reporting minor plumbing work performed on or after 1 January 2020 webpage for further information...
Certificates and diagrams
When to lodge a certificate of compliance When major plumbing work is completed, the licensed plumbing contractor who lodged the notice of intention for the work must submit a certificate of compliance within five working days of completing the work. A certificate of compliance can only be lodged...
Certificates and diagrams
National licensing (NOLs) in Western Australia On 13 December 2013 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided not to proceed with national occupational licensing. Status: Closed 30 September 2013 Information session A public information session on the current status of the national...
Consultations
Reasonable time, if no time set A contract or agreement for the supply of services usually states when the services will be provided and the date they will be completed. If not, you automatically guarantee to supply the service within a reasonable time. What is ’reasonable’ will depend on the...
Guarantees and warranties
Services must achieve the consumer’s stated purpose You guarantee your services will be reasonably fit for any purpose specified by the consumer and that any products resulting from the services are also fit for that purpose. Example: A consumer asks for a key to be cut to fit his door and shows...
Guarantees and warranties
What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that cost up to $100,000*, regardless of purpose or use. *post 1 July 2021 or $40,000 pre 1 July 2021 Which services are not...
Guarantees and warranties
Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties

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Publications

Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2017.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2018. Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Building Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the building, building surveying and painting industries and replaces the Building Commission News. Building Focus Issue 1 Click here to view...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
10 Dec 2018
On 23 February 2018, the Minister announced the establishment of the IAG, as a means of facilitating consultation with key industry stakeholders on measures to improve security of payment for...
Building and Energy
Reports
11 Dec 2018
Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the electrical, gas and plumbing industries and replaces the Energy Bulletin and Building Commission News. Energy and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
19 Jul 2019
Application form to modify or set aside plumbing standards.
Building and Energy
Form – application
05 Nov 2018
Use this form to apply in writing for mutual recognition of your licence if you are working as a plumber, electrician, or gasfitter. This document works best when using Internet Explorer 11. For all...
Building and Energy
Form – application
04 May 2021
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
19 Jul 2019
What is eNotice? eNotice is a web based facility for the electronic lodgement of Notices of intention and Certificates of compliance for plumbing work (excluding multi-entry). Please note: From 1...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
17 Apr 2019
What is an application to modify or set aside plumbing standards in Western Australia? A licensed plumbing contractor is able to lodge an application on the approved form together with the payment of...
Building and Energy
Guidance note
12 Sep 2018

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Announcements

The December 2016 edition of Building Commission News is out now.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Dec 2016
Information about amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) that came into effect on 14 December 2016.
Building and Energy
Department News
14 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Dec 2016
The Minister for Commerce has approved amendments being made to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Plumbing Regulations) to help improve health and living conditions in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. The changes will allow a suitably qualified environmental health worker based in or close to communities where ready access to a licensed plumber...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Currently, all new heated water installations are required to be temperature controlled at the outlets of sanitary plumbing fixtures used primarily for personal hygiene in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS/ NZS 3500.4:2015, clause 1.9.2. The requirement above also applies when replacing a water heater with one of a different type, capacity or heat source; for example, when an...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2016
Are you a subcontractor or small builder engaged in the WA building and construction industry? Would you like some useful tips about entering into construction contracts in WA? Do you want to learn more about making sure you get paid or what to do in the event of a dispute? If you answered 'yes' to the above, these training sessions are for you: Getting paid: information sessions on the...
Building and Energy
Event
23 Nov 2016
Laws introduced by the Liberal National Government to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry have passed State Parliament.
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Nov 2016
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Nov 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Oct 2016

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