Plumbing and drainage licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to perform plumbing and drainage services. This licence will allow you to install, commission, maintain and test plumbing and drainage services in all classes of building and premises, including but not limited to:

  • compressed air, heating, steam, vacuum or ventilation systems
  • irrigation
  • metal fascias and gutters
  • on-site domestic waste water management systems
  • roof and wall cladding
  • skylights
  • fire hydrants, with or without pumps
  • fire hose reels, with or without pumps.

You will also be able to install fire collars if they are incidental to the work mentioned above, and prepare plans and specifications for plumbing and drainage work for the licensees personal use.

Additionally, you must also comply with applicable licensing requirements in the plumbing and drainage legislation.

You can apply for this licence as a:

  • contractor - allows you to perform, supervise and enter into contracts for building work
  • company - allows a company to contract for and perform building work, provided a person is nominated as a supervisor
  • nominee supervisor - allows you to supervise work on behalf of a licensed company, but not to contract out individually to perform building work.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your requirements will vary depending on your class of licence. To be eligible, you will need to meet the appropriate:

  • technical requirements
  • managerial requirements
  • financial requirements.

If you do not meet the technical qualifications, you may be able to obtain one through recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a registered training organisation (RTO). Please see the attached resources for specific information on these requirements.

If you are an interstate applicant, you may be eligible to obtain a licence through mutual recognition. If you are an international applicant, you may have to have an overseas qualification assessed for equivalency prior to applying.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


To apply for this licence, you will need to fill out the licence application form, building and designer experience form and complete the referee report, providing:

  • evidence of your qualifications
  • financial information showing that you meet the minimum financial requirements (for contractor types only)
  • proof of identity
  • a current copy of your Record of Registration form from ASIC, if you are contracting under a trading name
  • if you are contracting under a partnership, proof of the business partnership
  • the applicable fees.

Approval time

Applications can take between 6 and 12 weeks to be processed, depending on their complexity


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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