Department of Commerce
'The Building Commission'

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Jane Vallance



1300 489 099

(08) 9476 1330

Level 1, 31 Troode Street
West Perth WA 6005

Imagine life without the humble kitchen tap for clean drinking water, showering, watering the garden, flushing the toilet. It goes on and on.
Plumbing is seldom thought about, but so vitally important to our modern lifestyle.

When you need to install or repair your plumbing you may be tempted to save money by doing the plumbing work yourself or using a handyman for a cheap price.  
It is illegal to do plumbing work unless you are a licensed plumber. The Plumbers Licensing Board assesses and licence suitably qualified tradespeople to do plumbing work in Western Australia.  

The Board also regulates and monitors the work of licensed plumbers to ensure their work complies with the State’s water supply, sanitary and drainage standards.

Unlicensed plumbing work presents three major risks to householders:
Firstly; there is the risk to the health of themselves and their family.
Secondly, there is the risk of contamination to the community’s water supply and damage to infrastructure.
Lastly, there is the risk the householder will incur substantial costs in the event repairs need to be carried out on substandard plumbing work.  AND, If a person knowingly engages an unlicensed plumber they risk a fine of up to $5,000.

The Plumbers Licensing Board provides a License Card with their licence number, a photo ID and the expiry date. You should check this card and make sure the licence is current.