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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Renovation savings in new legislation

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Renovation savings in new legislation

    Home renovators and people extending their homes will be able to save big dollars on plumbing when legislation introduced to Queensland Parliament today is passed.

    Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said one of the aims of the wide ranging bill was to amend the Plumbing and Drainage Act to cut red tape and reduce compliance costs.

    Mr Lucas said that under the proposed changes, a wider range of works would no longer require council assessment or inspection.

    “Plumbing can be one of the most expensive components of carrying out renovations that a home owner can incur,” Mr Lucas said.

    “What these amendments will do is allow renovations and home additions to be carried without the need for a council assessment.

    “We’re talking about work to existing homes including and extensions like new bathrooms and kitchens and the associated pipework.

    “This will reduce costs for home renovators, cut red tape, shrink approval times and cut compliance costs for the industry and allow councils to focus on carrying out inspections when new houses are built and ensure plumbing is done right the first time.”

    Mr Lucas said that estimates had shown significant savings could be made for both councils and homeowners.

    “The way it is at the moment, plumbers need to apply for a permit from a local government for regulated plumbing work like adding a second bathroom or an outdoor kitchen,” he said.

    “Just submitting the application can incur a cost of between $300 and $1600 which is passed on to the home owner.

    “This can also result in lengthy approval and inspection delays of up to eight days.

    “These changes will save homeowners money and streamline the approval process.”

    Mr Lucas said that the quality of plumbing work would not be affected.

    “Standards will still need to be upheld with the Plumbing Industry Council notified of any works, self assessment carried out and local governments continuing to play a role in audit programs,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The Plumbing Industry Council will also be able to impose fines and recover those fines from people who refuse to pay.”

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