Yes, if your proposed development falls into any of the following categories:
Hydraulic Plans shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Australia and Australian Standards AS/NZ 3500 and Hunter Water services connection policy.
The submitted design shall clearly identify design standards and referenced as AS/NZS3500 or a Deems to Satisfy System. Deems to satisfy systems would require the accompanying independent certification documents. The design shall fully encompass the scope of works detailed in the Hunter Water services connection policy.
No. A Development Assessment Application is not necessary if you are planning a single residential dwelling on a serviced vacant lot, however assessment of your home plans is still required (Plan Stamping)
If your property has a Non-Standard Connection Hunter Water will require you to enter into a separate agreement you for the provision of services - this agreement will provide clarification of your rights and responsibilities. Hunter Water is unable to offer a minimum standard of service in this agreement.
If your building is 1.5 metres or less from one of our water or sewer mains or sewer junction you should submit an application at one of our Customer Centres before submitting your building plans to your local council.
All recycled water plumbing and fixtures should comply with Plumbing Code of Australia - AS/NZS3500.1 plumbing and drainage – water services. In summary this standard requires that:
You will be required to make a Development Assessment Application to enable Hunter Water to assess the impact on its assets (typically water and sewer network infrastructure).
In most cases you will also be directed to our hydraulic consultant for advice on hydraulic requirements. If you are upsizing the water meter then a hydraulic assessment will be required. If you are adding equipment that will aid in the discharge of oils or greases or you have the potential to discharge oils or grease then you will be required to comply with our trade waste policies guidelines.
Hunter Water requires Hydraulic Plans to be prepared and submitted if the proposed development includes any of the following criteria.
Complete an application form and submit to Hunter Water. Attach a covering letter that should include the following details:
The Hydraulic Plan Checklist should also be submitted with the designs.
The plan is assessed by our technical staff to determine the suitability of the design with regard to meeting Hunter Water’s requirements.
Assessment of the plan is focused mainly on the points outlined below:
Details not assessed by us on hydraulic designs:
Hydraulic Plans shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Australian Plumbing Code, Australian Standards AS/NZ 3500 and the HWC services connection policy. The submitted design shall clearly identify design standards and referenced as AS/NZS3500 or a Deems to Satisfy System. Deems to satisfy systems would require the accompanying independent certification documents. The design shall fully encompass the scope of works detailed in the HWC services connection policy.
In some circumstances, the identified works may require you to have access to an adjoining property. It is your responsibility to provide Hunter Water with a signed ‘permit to enter’ form from the adjoining property owner.
In addition, some developers will require the creation of an easement for services to be laid. It will be your responsibility to arrange any documentation for the creation of such an easement.
Please review to the specific requirements set out in your Notice of Requirements. Hunter Water will nominate the appropriate constructor in the Notice Letter. Any licensed plumber can undertake routine minor works where the works are less than 1.5 metres in depth and less than 150 mm in diameter. However, for routine major works you must engage one of Hunter Water’s Accredited Construction Contractors which also includes select Licensed Plumbers.
Hunter Water strives to have the development assessment completed within 30 days. A written response will be sent to the applicant with our requirements.
Pre-laid water services may be installed in a parallel position to the adjoining property. All other service connections must be installed in the horizontal position.
The water meter assembly must be fully supported with minimum ground clearance of 150mm. Water meters shall not be installed above a height of 1.5m due to OHS regulations.
We may allow you to build structures over various types of assets like sewer mains, subject to certain conditions, which may include piers under the structure and concrete encasement of the sewer main. Submit an application.
We will not allow you to build over a sewer manhole as they must remain accessible at all times.
Any structure must be at least 1.5 metres or more from a sewer manhole. Submit an application.
We will not allow you to build over a sewer rising main, or within an easement containing a sewer rising main.
However, we may allow you to build adjacent to a sewer rising main or sewer rising main easement, subject to certain conditions, which may include piers under the structure. Submit an application.
We will not allow you to build over a water main, or within an easement containing a water main.
Council may allow you to build next to a water main or water main easement, subject to certain conditions which may include piers under the structure. Submit an application.
When building or renovating, you need to have your building plans checked and stamped by us before they are submitted to your local council.
If we identify you are building on or adjacent to any of our assets you are required to submit an application. Find out more about building over our assets.
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