Renovating or refurbishing wet areas in your home
This page has information on the approvals you need to renovate wet areas of a house, shed or garage in the Northern Territory.
Wet areas are rooms such as a bathroom, toilet, ensuite, powder room or laundry.
Your building project will fit in one of the following approval groups:
- work that needs a plumbing certificate
- work that needs a plumbing certificate and a building permit
- work that does not need approvals.
If your renovation is for an apartment or townhouse, you may need different approvals. For more information, talk to a building certifier. Read about engaging a registered building certifier.
Always use a licensed and registered plumber
You should always use a licensed plumber for plumbing work, including work to fixtures and fittings, whether or not you need a plumbing certificate.
A licensed plumber checks plumbing work and installations against current plumbing codes and standards.
Go to the Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board website to find a licensed plumber.
Getting plumbing certification
A certifying plumber and drainer is a licensed plumber who is also registered with the Building Practitioners Board.
A certifying plumber and drainer can issue your plumbing and drainage work a certificate of compliance when it is done.
If your project involved any drainage works, the certifying plumber and drainer will also lodge a copy of the plumbing certification documents with the Director of Building Control to be included on the building file for the property.
Read about access to building files.
Go to the Building Practitioners Board website to find a certifying plumber.
Keep building work documents safe
Keep all your building work documents, such as plumbing certificates and inspection reports. You may need these to support the value of your property if you decide to sell it.
Work that needs a building permit and plumbing certification
The table below lists wet area building work that requires a building permit before you start work and certification at the completion of work.
Before starting work you must engage a registered building certifier.
You will also need to engage a certifying plumber and drainer.
Type of work
Putting in or taking out partitions or walls
Breaking into or altering the walls or floors
Installing new fixtures or fittings where they do not already exist
Work that needs plumbing certification only
The table below lists wet area building work that requires only certification by a certifying plumber and drainer at the completion of work.
Type of work
Replacing any external sanitary drainage or installing a new water supply
Replacing any plumbing fixture or fitting with a different component, providing there is no alteration to existing services
Work that does not need approvals
The table below lists wet area building work that does not need building approval or plumbing certification.
Type of work
Maintenance or repair of fittings, fixtures and floor and wall tiling
New joinery work
|New cabinets and benchtops provided there is no extension or inclusion of new plumbing work.|
Replacing existing plumbing fixtures or fittings with similar
|Installing a new or replacing an existing shower screen.|
Retiling an existing wet area
If your work involves removing and replacing tiles, it may damage the waterproof membrane that protects the floor and walls. You can protect the membrane in these areas by reinstalling waterproofing and checking it is done in accordance with Australian Standard AS3740 (Water Proofing of Wet Areas).
Last updated: 07 March 2019
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