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Proposed Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017 

What is this about? 

The NSW Government is remaking the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2012.

The proposed Regulation provides administrative detail to support the effective operation of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011 which regulates certain on-site plumbing and drainage work in NSW. The Act establishes NSW Fair Trading as the single plumbing regulator in NSW to monitor compliance with the Act and perform audit-based inspections to target plumbing activities that pose the greatest risk to consumers and public health and safety. The Act also prescribes the Plumbing Code of Australia as the technical standard for plumbing and drainage work in NSW.

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Why is this needed? 

It is necessary to remake the Regulation as the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2012 will be automatically repealed on 1 September 2017 by the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. Without supporting regulations, the Act cannot operate or be effectively administered. 

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What are the proposed changes? 

Options to amend the Regulation are outlined in the Regulatory Impact Statement (access it from the Have your say section below).

The preferred option is to make the proposed Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017 which amends the 2012 Regulation by:

  • revising the plumbing regulator’s fee structure for inspections of plumbing and drainage work
  • removing the requirement that a notice of work must be given to the plumbing regulator two days before work not involving an alternative solution commences
  • reducing the maximum penalty payable for certain penalty notice offences
  • broadening the methods a person can use to provide information to a plumber or drainer for work involving a proposed alternative solution
  • other minor changes to update requirements.

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Have your say 

To have your say on the proposed regulation, please read the following documentation:

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Submit feedback 

Please send your comments by 5pm Friday, 7 July 2017.

We prefer to receive submissions by email at

Alternatively, if email is not available you can post your submissions to:

Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017
Better Regulation Policy
NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
McKell Building
2-24 Rawson Place

Where possible, it would help us if you can relate your feedback to the relevant clauses in the Regulation.

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Next steps 

NSW Fair Trading will review all submissions, which may result in further amendments to the Regulation. If required, we may conduct further targeted consultation on any key issues identified. If you submit comments, you will be notified when the Regulation is finalised.

The final Regulation will be published on the NSW legislation website.

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