Plumbing and drainage laws and codes

This section lists the plumbing and drainage laws and codes that apply to Queensland's plumbers and drainers, builders, developers, local governments, community title managers, water service providers and householders.

New plumbing laws and regulations commenced on 1 July 2019. Read more about changes to legislation.

Make sure you're aware of the penalties for breaching plumbing laws.

Current laws and regulations

Superseded Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Codes

  Publish date Commencement date
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 422KB) 26 October 2017 27 October 2017
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 245KB) 15 January 2013 1 February 2013
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 310KB) 1 April 2011 6 May 2011
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 254KB) 19 January 2011 21 January 2011
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 248KB) 21 April 2010 28 May 2010
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 270KB) 3 February 2010 1 March 2010
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 400KB) 17 June 2009 17 July 2019
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 252KB) 3 February 2009 1 March 2009
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 325KB) 3 November 2008 14 November 2008
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (currently unavailable) 23 November 2007 1 January 2008
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (PDF, 303KB) 1 March 2006 1 March 2006

Note: The Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code replaced the On-Site Sewerage Code published in November 2003.

Contact

Small business hotline: 1300 654 687

General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)