Plumbing and Drainage Applications

Byron Shire Council is the regulator of plumbing and drainage in the Byron Shire.

All plumbing and drainage work carried out in the Byron Shire must comply with the current version of the Plumbing Code of Australia, Australia Standard AS/NZS 3500 and all work must be undertaken by a NSW licensed plumber.

When is an application for a Section 68 under the Local Government Act for Plumbing or Drainage Work required?

You need to obtain Council approval if you are planning to:

  • Carry out water supply work
  • Draw water from a council water supply or a standpipe or sell water so drawn
  • Install, alter, disconnect or remove a meter connected to a service pipe
  • Carry out sewerage work
  • Connect a private drain or sewer with a public drain or sewer under the control of a council or with a drain or sewer which connects with such a public drain or sewer

Note: Council's Local Approvals Policy (LAP) may exempt some minor plumbing and drainage work. The LAP provides exemption circumstances / requirements that need to be met if the works are considered exempt and a Plumbing and Drainage Application is not required.

Most properties will have an existing or require a single water connection and water meter.  All water connections must meet minimum requirements as outlined below in the applicable standard drawings and Council policies.  The applicant must detail all existing and new proposed water meters on the plans submitted with your Section 68 Plumbing and Drainage application. 

Minimum requirements for water meters

All Council owned water meters must be 400mm from the property boundary. If this is not achievable due to pressures and flows or other circumstances, an agreement MUST be sought and approved by Council prior to a Section 68 application submission. Contact Council's Infrastructure Services if this applies to you.

Where constructing a single dwelling or a single dwelling and granny flat, typically only one water meter is required. It is possible however to request a second meter for the granny flat. This will need to be applied for and detailed on the Section 68 plumbing and drainage plans submitted.

Other important requirements to remember include:

  • A water meter must be installed before any on-site activity begins which requires water.
  • If the proposed water connection is more than 20 metres from Council's water main an extension will be required.
  • Water connections are not permitted on a trunk main supply.
  • Council is not be liable for any problems that arise due to undersized services. It is the applicant’s responsibility to choose the most appropriate water service and metre for the subject property. The customer is responsible for completing hydraulic investigations to assist in determining the correct size requirements.
  • If Council believes that connection to the water supply is not practical or equitable the application may be refused.
  • No in-ground water meters or water meter boxes (as depicted in the standard drawings) will be accepted, and any existing water meters shall be upgraded to councils current standards.

Strata Residential - Policy 3.4  – Water Meters and Charges on Strata Units.(PDF, 82KB)

Council policy requires that all residential strata units MUST be individually metered via a council water meter. This must be applied for and detailed on the Section 68 plumbing and drainage plans. All Council owned water meters must be 400mm from the property boundary (not strata boundary). If this is not achievable due to pressures and flows or other circumstances, an agreement MUST be sought and approved prior to lodging your Section 68 application. Contact Council's Infrastructure Services if this applies to you.

Strata Commercial and Industrial Development

For lots containing multiple commercial and industrial units, in order to strata subdivide, each unit shall be individually metered by Council owned water meters and installed  to councils requirements.  

Standard Drawings 

All Council water meters must be detailed on the plans and in accordance with the following standard drawings:

20mm and 25mm

Standard Drawing 102(PDF, 142KB)

New property service (50mm or under)

Standard Drawing 101(PDF, 80KB)

40mm

Standard Drawing 322

50mm

Standard Drawing 322

65mm

Standard Drawing 322

80mm

Standard Drawing 323-324-325-327

100mm or larger

Standard Drawing 323-324-325-327

 

If your proposal is to install, alter, disconnect  or remove any Council asset in relation to Byron Shire Councils reticulated Sewer and/or Potable Water supply systems (for example, water meters, water tappings, property sewer connections), you need approval under Section 68 of the Local Government Act prior to carrying out the works. These works must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

To apply for approval, complete an Activities Application Form and submit the application to Council together with the prescribed fee.

Download an Activity Application Form for Plumbing and Drainage Works(PDF, 295KB)

The fee is determined by the size/diameter of the connection required.

Once the application has been submitted and determined it is up to the applicant to liaise with a licensed plumber to carry out the approved work.

It is the licensed plumber's responsibility to have the site ready for the Council to perform the new connection to the water and/or sewer mains (often referred to as the “tapping”), all other works are completed by the plumber.  

Council will then provide a water meter connection to the site (if applied for).

If you need a diagram/map of Council's assets relevant to your job (ie. location of storm water (pipes swales), sewer pipes, water, etc),  you can email Council and request a copy of the map.

Request a copy of Council's Asset map.

Private property plumbing refers to any works plumbing and drainage works required to be carried out with minor alterations, renovations, additions or the relocation of an existing drainage line. 

To apply for approval, complete an Activities Application Form and submit the application to Council together with the prescribed fee.

Download Plumbing and Drainage Works application form(PDF, 1MB)

Once an approval is given for the requested work, a notice will be issued together with a number of conditions specific to the work being proposed. These conditions will also identify the stages to which inspections will be required to be undertaken prior to the covering or backfilling of the work.

Council approval is also required for plumbing work being carried out on properties connected to On-site Waste Management Systems.

 

Once you have obtained an approval under Section 68 and prior to carrying out plumbing and/or drainage work the plumber engaged to carry out such work must apply for a Plumbing Permit.

Apply for a Permit to do Plumbing and Drainage Work(PDF, 122KB)

The requirement to obtain this permit will also be a condition of your approval to carry out the work.

A plumbing permit must be lodged with Council no later than 2 business days before the work is carried out.

 

Bookings for inspections may be arranged using the online form or by telephoning Council on 02 6626 7050.

Book a plumbing and/or drainage inspection online

Before booking an inspection please ensure that a plumbing permit(PDF, 122KB) to carry out the work has been obtained from Council by the contractor.

What work should I book an inspection for?

You will typically require an inspection for the following prior to covering or backfilling:

  • All external drainage including the point of connection to Councils sewer
  • All drainage (internal and external) including trade waste
  • Water rough in
  • Stack work
  • Alterations and additions to existing water and drainage
  • Sealing of disused services (water and sewer)
  • Work that did not comply with an earlier inspection
  • Any work relating to the modification of an on-site sewage management system
  • Land application areas associated with on-site sewage management systems
  • Final inspection at the completion of work and prior to premises being occupied

Conditions imposed on your Plumbing and Drainage approval will specify the exact inspections required for your development.