Building & Plumbing
The new Building Act and TasWater
The Building Act 2016, effective 1 January 2017, takes a risk-based approach to building approval:
• Low risk work – such as sheds and carports – can be carried out by a licensed builder without a building permit.
• Medium risk work – such as a standard three bedroom house, which doesn't need planning permission – can be carried out by a licensed builder with regulatory oversight by a building surveyor. The council and TasWater will be notified that the work is taking place but does not need to give approval.
• High risk work – such as architect-designed houses or commercial, multi-storey buildings; or Works within two (2) metres of TasWater infrastructure – will still need to go through a full building approval process with the council.
Determinations issued by the Director of Building Control detail of the type of work in each category. For more information on these determinations please refer to www.justice.tas.gov.au/building/regulation/review
| Example of type of
work within category
| Certificate for
Assessment responsibility for Certificate for
Certifiable Works (CCWs)
| Categories 1
| Sheds and carports with no encroachment upon
TasWater’s easements or infrastructure
| No CCW required
|| Assessment is performed by home owner or licensed builder.
| Standard three bedroom houses not needing
| CCW may be required – refer TasWater Guideline
(see below and the Determination of the
Director of Building Control (see link above)
| Assessment is performed by licensed building services provider in accordance with the Determination of the
Director of Building Control.
Works identified by a licensed building services provider as having a certifiable component and requiring
a CCW (e.g. a new connection) are referred to and assessed by TasWater.
| Category 4
| Architect-designed houses or commercial,
multi-storey buildings; or Works within
two (2) metres of TasWater’s infrastructure,
or within a TasWater easement
| As per category 3
| As per category 3
TasWater’s CCW Guideline
conjunction with the Building Act 2016 we have developed a new Guideline for
Certificates for Certifiable Work (CCWs) which will assist streamlining
TasWater’s role in the new approvals framework.
The Guideline has the major focus of ensuring:
that clearly have no impact on TasWater’s infrastructure or operations
immediately proceed to building and plumbing permit or straight to building
stage (our consent is not required); and
that do require our consent/approval (i.e. by a CCW), contain all the required
information (both documents and details on plans) to enable full assessment.
For a copy
of the guideline refer here.
What are certifiable works?
Guideline links the new approvals framework in the Building Act 2016 to the definition of certifiable work in the Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008. S.56TA of the Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008 defines certifiable work, for
building work or plumbing work, and in summary requires a CCW for any work that
impacts on TasWater.
accordance with “certifiable works” definition, the following works are NOT Certifiable Works by virtue that ALL of the following are satisfied:
works will not increase the demand for water supplied by TasWater
works will not increase or decrease the amount of sewage or toxins that is to
be removed by, or discharged into, TasWater’s sewerage infrastructure
works will not require a new connection, or a modification to an existing
connection, to be made to TasWater’s infrastructure
works will not damage or interfere with TasWater’s works
works will not adversely affect
not within 2m of TasWater’s infrastructure and are outside any TasWater
LISTMap has been checked to confirm the location of TasWater infrastructure
water meter is in place, or has been applied for to TasWater, for the subject
If works are
not certifiable works then a CCW is not required.
Further, works have been identified
that fall within the definition of Certifiable Work under the Water and
Sewerage Industry Act 2008 (the Act) that are of such low risk/complexity
as to not require a Certificate for Certifiable Works (CCW), being:
- new connections assessed via other
processes (e.g. planning referrals or engineering design approvals); and
- demolition works where TasWater
services are not impacted.
The Act provides for these works to
be identified in an Excluded Works Policy, a draft of which is available here.
for Certifiable Work
works must be assessed by TasWater, via an application for a Certificate for
Certifiable Work. If TasWater determines that there is no impact on its infrastructure
or operations, then an Exemption certificate will be issued for a fee of $37.86
(FY2017), as approved by the Economic Regulator. The application of a fee for
an Exemption will commence on 1 January 2017.
for CCW will relieve the Permit Authority for the need for subsequent
Certificates of Compliance.
14 calendar days for building and 10 calendar days for plumbing only to reply
with any required conditions and advice. TasWater has 7 calendar days to
request further information if required. Where further information is sought
the ‘clock stops’ and the timeframe recommences when satisfactory additional
information is received.
Connections to TasWater infrastructure
In the course of development, a new connection, upgrade or removal of a connection may be required to TasWater’s infrastructure. A Development Services application form for Water & Sewerage connections must be submitted. This form can be found here.
In most circumstances, a Planning Permit (including a Submission to Planning Authority Notice (SPAN)) or Certificate for Certifiable Work (Building) and/or (Plumbing) is required, that condition connection requirements.
Developers applying for a Certificate for Certifiable Works (Building) and/or (Plumbing) should be aware of TasWater’s trade waste requirements. These apply where the proposed development will result in a tenant, owner or occupier discharging sewage considered to be trade waste to sewer.
Developers applying for a Certificate for Certifiable Works (Building) and/or (Plumbing) should be aware of TasWater’s liquid trade waste requirements. These apply where the proposed development will result in a tenant, owner or occupier discharging sewage considered to be liquid trade waste to sewer.
The occupier of a property must make a trade waste application where the activity results in the generation of sewage from trade, industrial, commercial, institutional, medical, dental, veterinary, agricultural, horticultural or scientific research or experimental activities (or similar). Where the business occupier is not known the developer should be aware that trade waste requirements for tenants may include the installation of appropriate trade waste pre-treatment prior to the business operating.
Trade waste is not to be discharged to TasWater’s sewerage system without prior written consent of TasWater. Consent will be provided where the discharge to sewer aligns with TasWater’s stated aims and objectives in managing liquid trade waste and appropriate pre-treatment infrastructure is in place.
Certificate of Water and Sewerage Compliance (Building) and/or (Plumbing)
Under the Water and Sewerage Act 2008, the owner of a building or land may, after the completion of certifiable work in relation to the building or land, apply to TasWater for the issue of a Certificate of Water and Sewerage Compliance (Building) and/or (Plumbing) specifying that the conditions of the Certificate for Certifiable Work (Building) and/or (Plumbing) have been complied with and that the work has been completed substantially in accordance with the information or documents submitted. The Permit Authority (Council) cannot request the Certificate of Water and Sewerage Compliance without written consent from the owner/applicant. An application form for a Certificate of Water and Sewerage Compliance (Building) and/or (Plumbing) is required to be submitted.
The Permit Authority (council) must not issue a Certificate of Completion until the Certificate of Water and Sewerage Compliance has been issued by TasWater.