Finding A Plumber or Gasfitter
Any plumbing work in Victoria must be completed by a plumbing contractor who is either licenced by the VBA or working under the supervision of a licensed plumber.
If your Venatic report recommends engaging a plumbing contractor or you are planning on having other plumbing work done, you must engage a registered or licenced plumber. You can find a registered or licenced plumber by using the Victorian Building Authority ‘Find a practitioner’ search tool, use Google to search for a qualified contractor in your local area or ask your Venatic inspector for a referral.
Ask to see their Registration/Licence
All licensed and registered plumbers are issued with a photo ID card that lists the plumbing work they are eligible to complete.
See in the example below, if you are engaging a gasfitter to service a gas appliance you will want to see the plumbing registration and licence of your plumbing contractor and confirm they are specifically registered and licenced for “Gas Servicing – Type A”.
There are 10 main classes of plumbing work –
- Drainage (Removing sanitary waste or stormwater from a site)
- Fire Protection (Installation, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems)
- Gasfitting (Installing and commissioning gas lines and Type A gas appliances)
- Irrigation (Non-agricultural) (Installing irrigation systems to provide artificial supply of water to parks, gardens etc.
- Mechanical Services (Mechanically heating, cooling and ventilating)
- Refrigerated Air Conditioning (Providing desired heating and cooling requirements)
- Roofing (Stormwater) (Roof drainage systems, collecting and disposing of stormwater.)
- Sanitary (Basins, sinks and toilets form the homes sanitary system)
- Type B Gasfitting (Installing and commissioning Type B gas appliances)
- Water Supply (Hot and cold water supply to the home)
In addition, there are 5 specialised classes of plumbing work
- Type A Appliance Servicing
- Type A Appliance Conversion
- Type B Gasfitting Advanced
- Backflow Prevention
- Thermostatic Mixing Valve
The difference between registered and licenced plumbers
- Only a licenced plumber can issue a compliance certificate to certify compliance of their work with relevant regulations, codes and standards.
- A licenced plumber must hold insurance that protects you in case of any defective plumbing work.
- A licenced plumber has a higher standard of knowledge and experience.
- A licenced plumber may supervise other plumbers or plumbing apprentices in the same class of plumbing work in which they hold a licence.
Ask for a Plumbing Compliance Certificate
A licenced plumber is required to lodge a compliance certificate within five days of any of the following work –
- Has a total value of $750 or more, including labour, materials, appliances and fixtures (regardless of who purchased them)
- Was carried out on below ground sanitary drains
- Involved the installation, relocation, replacement or conversion of any gas-using appliance
- Involved the installation, modification or relocation of consumer gas piping
- Involved the construction, installation, relocation, alteration ot replacement of cooling towers.
Who to contact if you have issues
If your plumbing contractor does not show you his/her registration/licence or does not issue you with a certificate when required, you can raise your concerns with the VBA.