If you're thinking about taking on some plumbing work and need to know whether you're legally allowed to do the work, then read on for the answers.
The municipal, state or federal government owns the infrastructure that you see around you - from roads to public toilets to bridges and pathways. But they also own the infrastructure that we all often forget about - the sewer system, the electricity lines, and the drainage systems under ground.
When you as a normal person (ie, someone without a licence) wants to interact with that infrastructure, you'll interact with it in a 'normal person' kind of way - through an interface eg through an electrical outlet, a toilet, a switchboard, etc. These interfaces are already a form of licensing, because they are made conform to standards set by the people who own the infrastructure.
If you want to interact with the infrastructure behind the interface, you'll usually need a licence to do so. This licence is another form of standards set by the people who own the infrastructure - standards in the form of:
A licence is awarded to someone who conforms to the standards, and this is what you as a customer use to establish whether they're allowed to do work on the infrastructure.
For plumbing work, a general rule of thumb is that a licensed professional is needed for work on anything behind a tap, plug, of gas pipeline. Lots of people can forget (or didn't know) that plumbing and gasfitting as usually done by the same people, and then there is also an overlap in some states with roofing licensing and plumbing as well. This can make it very complicated to know whether you need a licence or not.
Most states give tradesmen concessions for incidental work which isn’t covered under their licence (usually restricted by type of trade and value of incidental work) but usually plumbing work can't be done by anyone other than a plumber. Restricted licence classes can be available to trades other than plumbers, for example roofers and air-conditioning tradies.
Service Central automatically checks the licences of each business that responds to your job, based on the category that you have chosen. In the plumbing category, we require a licence for all categories.
While most plumbing and gasfitting rules and licences are very similar from state to state, there can be subtle differences - especially in the sub-categories of licensing. We recommend that you check the details of the job and the licence with your state authority before proceeding.
Simplypost your job on our website todayand get quick responses from three qualified businesses.