Shoalhaven Water has requirements that must be adhered to prior to demolition works. Non-compliance of the requirements can result in damage or blockages to Council’s assets and may result in costly rectification works and/or legal action. 

Demolition

Demolition requirements

The demolition of an infrastructure must have Shoalhaven City Council’s approval (such as a DA) to proceed, and it may also require a Water Development Notice issue by Shoalhaven Water.  

Shoalhaven Water must ensure that all water and sewerage services must be disconnected from Council’s mains to ensure damage or blockages to the mains are avoided. All works must be undertaken by a licensed plumber in accordance with the below water and sewer requirements. 

When disconnection of water or sewer lines are undertaken, an inspection must be arranged through our online Book an Inspection portal.  

Water Services 

Prior to demolition, the internal water lines on the property are to be disconnected from the existing metered water service/s currently serving the lot. Metered and unmetered fire services shall only be disconnected downstream of the meter or stop valve (located just inside the property boundary) where the fire service is no longer required. The disconnection from the water meter must be undertaken by a licensed plumber followed by an inspection by Shoalhaven Water. 

Disconnection is necessary to ensure Council’s water supply is protected from potential backflow which may contaminate the water supply system.  

Sewerage Services 

Prior to demolition, all existing internal sewer drainage pipe work is to be flushed, disconnected from the existing sewer junction and the sewer junction is to be temporarily capped off.  

At the developer/applicant’s cost, works must be inspected by Shoalhaven Water to ensure the temporary capping off the sewer junction is not impacted by debris which can impact (block the sewer main) the normal operation of the sewerage system. 

Non-Compliance Penalties 

Non-compliance with these requirements can result in damage or blockages to Council’s assets and may result in costly rectification works and/or legal action. 

All works must be undertaken by a licensed plumber in accordance with Shoalhaven Water’s requirements.

How do I arrange an inspection?

To arrange an inspection simply follow this link to our online request – Book an Inspection 

Please allow 2 working days from the time of submission for an inspection to take place. The applicant submitting the request will be responsible for payment of the inspection, unless otherwise stated in the inspection request form.  

The Inspection Booking will ask for the requesting person, (generally the plumber or contractor on larger projects) to provide their licence number and WorkCover General Induction for Construction Work in NSW (white card) details and contact details.  

The plumber or contractor shall be required to sign Shoalhaven Water’s digital inspection sheet after each inspection has been completed. Failure to do so will result in the inspection being recorded as non-compliant and another inspection will be required.  

Need more help?

For further information, or to modify an inspection date or timecall us on 02 4429 3547 or email swdevelopment@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au providing details of the property and development application it relates to.