Plumbing and drainage work permit - Townsville City Council - Queensland


You will need this permit if you intend to undertake complex plumbing and drainage work that has a higher risk of failure. Examples of this work include:

  • construction of a new building or structure
  • work that will involve or is likely to involve discharge of prohibited substances into a regulated sewer including via an on-site disposal system
  • drainage work for a building or structure served by a combined drain
  • work that involves a dual reticulated water supply provided by a water service provider
  • work that involves an alternative solution under any of the Codes as may be applicable.

You can only perform the permit work covered by your licence.

Once the permit work has been satisfactorily completed, your local council will issue either an inspection certificate or a final inspection certificate.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You need to be licensed to carry out the appropriate category of plumbing and drainage work stated in your permit.


A permit commences the day it is issued.


Permits are valid for 2 years unless it has been issued for a longer period. You can apply to extend the permit by up to 2 years. You can apply for multiple extensions. If you need to apply for an extension, you will need to apply at least 10 business days before the end of the permit's term.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please contact the Council for information on fees to be submitted.

Approval time

New permit applications are divided into 2 processing time frames: fast-track and standard. Standard applications are usually approved within 10 business days. Fast-track applications are usually approved within 2 business days.

Additional information

The local council will:

  • assess your application, the hydraulic plans, specifications and any other supporting documentation
  • inspect the work once it is complete to ensure that it complies with the approval and the Act.

Administering agency

Townsville City Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Townsville City Council

Operating address: 103 Walker Street
Townsville, Queensland 4810
Mailing address: PO BOX 1268
Townsville, Queensland 4810
Phone: 13 48 10
Fax: 07 4727 9050
Website: Townsville City Council (Opens in new window)