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Plumbing Exemptions

There are exemptions under the Plumbing Regulations 2004, these are as follows:
(Remember if unsure please call our Customer Service Team on 6216 6800)

Certain plumbing and plumbing work exempt

  1. In this regulation –
    "exempt plumbing work" means –
    (a) plumbing work that is not solely for the purposes of repairing a fire service; or
    (b) plumbing work that is not the subject of a special plumbing permit.
  2. These regulations, other than Parts 1, 2 and 7 and regulations 35, 37, 39, 41 and 47, do not apply in relation to obtaining a permit under section 75 of the Act for the carrying out of exempt plumbing work or plumbing work to repair a plumbing installation if –
    (a) the work is limited to the repair or replacement of any part of a water supply system which has a nominal pipe diameter no greater than DN 20 millimetres, a sewerage installation or a stormwater system; and
    (b) the work –
    (i) is located above ground; and
    (ii) is readily visible when the repair or replacement is complete; and
    (iii) does not impair any of the building’s prescribed essential safety and health features or measures; and
    (iv) does not impair the health and amenity of the occupants of the building with which the work is associated; and
    (v) complies with the Tasmanian Plumbing Code.
  3. A plumber may relocate or replace an existing fixture or appliance without a plumbing permit, if – (a) the fixture or appliance remains in the same room; and
    (b) the work  –
    (i) does not adversely alter the existing installation; and
    (ii) does not have a water supply with a pipe size greater than DN 20 millimetres; and
    (iii) does not form part of a fire service; and
    (iv) does not impair the building's prescribed essential safety and health features or measures; and
    (v) does not impair the health and amenity of the occupants of the building associated with the work; and
    (vi) complies with the Tasmania Plumbing Code.
  4. A plumber may clear a drain to remove a blockage without a plumbing permit if –
    (a) it is carried out through openings designed for that purpose; and
    (b) the relevant regulated entity or council is notified within 3 days after the blockage is cleared.