Gasfitters must notify Access Canberra:
- before beginning work
- when work is ready for inspection
- when work is completed.
Please note the online lodgement form cannot be used for any commercial gas installations. Visit the Mitchell Service Centre to notify us of commercial start of work or to book an inspection. A Gas start of work notice is also required for all extension or additional gasfitting work for commercial projects.
Before beginning work
These forms have a modified Gas Certificate of Compliance at Part B. This is the only certificate that can be accepted for this work.
The existing Gas Certificate of Compliance books will be accepted only for additional work to an existing residential gas service. Examples include installation of a new type A appliance, replacing, extending or modifying the consumer piping system to a building or structure of class 1 and/or an associated structure of class 10a. In this case a gas indicator plate must be fixed to the wall of the home. Inspection of this work will remain on an audit basis. The contractor is NOT required to book an inspection but must lodge a gas certificate (blue) within seven days of completing the work.
When work is ready for inspection
Arrange an inspection of the installation at both pipe rough-in stage and when the installation is complete.
Book an inspection by calling 13 22 81 or visiting the Mitchell Service Centre. Rough-in inspection for pipe work (residential) will be inspected on a targeted basis, but all work booked for completion (final) will be inspected unless you are advised by Access Canberra that an inspection is not required.
For all new residential and new commercial gasfitting work, the practitioner must lodge a signed Gas Certificate of Compliance at the Mitchell Service Centre before a final inspection will be booked.
Testing of appliances
Immediately after completing appliance work, gasfitters or gas appliance workers are required to inspect and test the appliance to ensure it operates as per manufacturer's instructions and specifications. Gas installations may be inspected. Gasfitters must provide compliance certificates to Access Canberra on completion of all gasfitting work.
Gasfitters must also notify Access Canberra of any unsafe appliances and defect tags.
Immediately after completing appliance work, gasfitters are required to inspect and test the appliance to ensure it operates as per manufacturer's instructions and specifications.
If a gasfitter inspects and tests an appliance and concludes the appliance is unsafe, they must immediately:
- isolate the appliance from gas and electricity supplies
- if necessary, disconnect the appliance from the consumer piping system or the electricity supply
- securely attach, in a conspicuous place on the appliance, a defect tag.
If you are not qualified to isolate or disconnect the appliance from the electricity supply, you need to employ a licensed electrician to do that work.
Gasfitters must provide written notification to the owner or occupier of the premises identifying the appliance and its location, stating the date when the notice is given and setting out the reason for the isolation of the appliance and the action necessary to make it safe. The notice must include their name, accreditation number and phone number. Failure to do this could result in a fine. It is also the practitioner’s responsibility to inform us about the unsafe appliance and the actions they have taken.
The defect tag must indicate the appliance is unsafe and should not be operated, for example 'Danger, do not operate'. The defect tag must also indicate that the appliance has been isolated or disconnected, state the reason for the isolation or disconnection, and state the person's name, accreditation number and phone number. Failure to do this could result in a fine.
The only circumstance in which a defect tag can be removed is if a practitioner or an inspector believes on reasonable grounds that the appliance is safe. If an inspector removes a defect tag they must, as soon as practicable, tell the person who attached the tag that it has been removed.
Gas safety on Type B appliances
To achieve an acceptable level of gas safety on all Type B appliances and flue systems installed in industrial and commercial premises, a technical submission for a Type B gas appliance must be submitted to Access Canberra. Find out more about gas appliance – type B approvals.
Find out about:
- plumber, drainer and gasfitter responsibilities
- gas appliance worker responsibilities
- industry resources
Contact us for more information.