Victorians breaking plumbing rules fined tens of thousands

Plumbing practitioners breaking the rules and individuals impersonating plumbers have been penalized over $ 40,000 by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for work done in Epping, Dallas and Truganina and other suburbs.

The VBA’s recent plumbing inquiry has dealt $ 44,855.79 worth of penalties to practitioners and amateur tradespeople for various breaches.

The offenses included conducting plumbing work without a registration or license, carrying out gasfitting and mechanical services when not licensed to do so, carrying out drainage work and gasfitting that did not comply with the Building Act and Regulations, failing to book an inspection for sanitary drainage and lodging a Compliance Certificate which contained a misstatement of fact.

The VBA’s executive director of regulatory operations David Brockman said most plumbing work had to be done by a qualified professional.

“Plumbing work is vital and carries with it safety risks if the person does not know what they are doing, that is why it is important to only engage a registered or licensed professional,” Mr Brockman said.

“Anyone found to be working without qualification, or not abiding by the Building Act and Regulations, will face the consequences.”


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