Approval to hire a metered standpipe - Unitywater - Queensland


You will need approval to hire a metered standpipe to gain access to bulk volumes of water. A standpipe is a metered portable device used to obtain water directly from fire hydrants to water mains. Once you have hired a standpipe, you can only use it within your service provider's area.

You will be responsible for the quality of water supplied from a metered standpipe. You will also be responsible for:

  • operating the standpipe safely and in accordance with the terms and conditions of use
  • ensuring compliance with all relevant approvals and legislation relating to the carrying, supply and use of potable water sourced from a tanker filling station.

Use of metered standpipes is often limited, and availability will be reserved for situations where other options are not available. Examples of approved uses of a metered standpipe include:

  • concrete cutting
  • earthworks on development sites
  • road works
  • swimming pool and spa fills
  • domestic water carriers
  • dust suppression
  • landscaping
  • water mains pressure testing for new mains
  • sewer mains pressure testing and cleaning
  • stormwater testing / cleaning
  • tunnelling contractors
  • wash down of driveways, paths and other hard surfaces
  • dewatering.

Unitywater is responsible for the water management within the following councils:

  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council.

If you reside in one of these council areas, you will need to apply for this approval through Unitywater.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You do not need this approval to take water for firefighting purposes.

Eligibility requirements

You may need to ensure you have the following prior to submitting your application:

  • a current public liability insurance certificate (minimum of $20 million)
  • backflow test reports for all tankers
  • standpipe operator tickets for all standpipe operators.

A standpipe operator ticket can be obtained by completing training in the safe operation of the equipment. The training must be done through an approved training provider.

Potable water carriers will also be required to hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Access to a water fill station may need to be assessed before the hire of a standpipe can be considered.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Inspection All $171.00

Site visit (per hour). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All -


  • Up to 32mm - $1280.00
  • 65mm and low flow - $2160.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $98.00

Monthly hire charge (per month). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $4.85

Consumption (per kilolitre). Fees for 2023-24

Application process


Be sure to include the following documents with your application:

  • Backflow certificate for any tankers listed on your application or as requested for high risk activities
  • Public liability insurance certificate (no less than $20 million per claim)
  • Food business licence issued by your local council (if applicable)
  • Standpipe operator training tickets issued by a recognised training provider
  • Completed water hygiene induction assessment form after reading the water hygiene awareness program document 
  • A site plan of where and how the standpipe will be used, if standpipe is being used on a site.

Administering agency


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.