If you didn’t have guttering, not only would water run-off from your roof create an unsightly mess, the run-off would eventually undermine your foundations and create a host of other problems. With professionally installed guttering, water run-off is contained and controlled. Some water can be stored in rainwater tanks and used to reduce your dependence on public water supplies and what cannot be saved can be safely diverted.
Licensing of Guttering Installers
State statutory authorities take different approaches to the licensing of guttering installers. In some states, guttering is considered a specialised part of the plumbing and draining trade (roof plumbing). Other state and territory authorities consider guttering part of the roofing industry. Depending on where you live, your guttering installer may have a licence associated with either of these broader trade categories.
Scroll down to our state-by-state entries below to find out about licensing requirements in your state or territory. Also note that where a specific trade licence is not required, guttering installers throughout Australia must adhere to national standards.
Types of Guttering Jobs
Guttering includes the installation, replacement or repair of gutters, downpipes and related fixtures designed to contain and control water run-off. It is required by law on any roofed building that produces enough run-off to pose a potential risk to surrounding structures or the environment. In addition to installing, replacing or repairing gutters, other guttering jobs can include:
In some cases the licensing requirements for these specialised skills may be different. An individual or company that specialises in cleaning gutters and installing gutter guards only may only require a Licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by WorkSafe in their state. Installation of stormwater pits and/or rainwater tanks may require an additional licence or licence endorsement.
Fair Trading is the statutory body charged with issuing trade licences in New South Wales. Fair trading includes the installation, replacement and repair of guttering in the licence category of roof plumbing. Roof plumbing does not include the installation of roofing. Separate trade licences are required for the installation of roof tiling and roof slating.
Unlike many other building-related trades in NSW, a licence is required to install guttering regardless of the cost.
Your guttering installer in New South Wales may have one or more of the following licence types:
Any individual or company you enter into a contractual agreement with should hold a current Contractor Licence.
In Victoria, the Victorian Building Commission (VBA) classifies guttering as part of the general plumbing class of trade activities. Plumbers must be licensed in Victoria, but specialists require registration cards.
Specialist plumbing activities are divided into eight classes of work. Guttering falls under the classification of Roofing (stormwater) and a guttering installer may hold a registration card restricted to Class 10a buildings, which include most residential buildings.
If your guttering installer is also going to install an above or below ground stormwater draining system, they will also need to be endorsed for these specialised draining jobs.
Depending on the scope of work, your guttering installer may hold one or both of two types of contractor’s licences issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC):
In most cases, the MFG restricted licence will suffice, but if further installations, such as below ground stormwater drainage installation is required, a PDN licence may be required.
A contractor’s licence in Queenland also entitles the licence holder to supervise and carry out the work they are contracted to perform. If the contractor is not supervising the guttering job, a Nominee Supervisor must oversee the project and hold the appropriate supervisor’s licence.
If you are having roofing installed along with your guttering, your contractor must also carry one or both of two contractor’s licences:
Consumer and Business Services (CBS) governs all building trades in South Australia. The CBS issues two general types of licences:
Both types of licence are subject to “Standard Registration Conditions” that include “scope of work” limitations. Guttering specialists may have one or more of a variety of “scope of work” standard conditions:
“Roof Plumbing” includes the installation of guttering and downpipes. It does not include the installation of roofing materials. For information about installing, replacing or repairing roofing, see our Roofing category entries.
The Building Commission of the Department of Commerce governs building-related trades in Western Australian. There are two general types of trade licences in WA:
A licence is only required for works that cost $20,000 or more and require a building permit.
Installing guttering involves working at unsafe heights. For this reason, most guttering installers in WA will hold a Licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by WorkSafe SA. All workers in the construction industry hold Construction Induction Cards (CIC) or “white cards” which are issued after the successful completion of safety induction training.
If your guttering specialist operates as a business, they must hold the appropriate business licence and their business name must be registered in Western Australia.
The Department of Justice is the statutory authority in charge of licensing tradespersons in Tasmania. The Department’s “accreditation” scheme is the equivalent to the licensing schemes in other states.
Guttering is captured under the scope of roof plumbing which is licensed work in Tasmania.
Guttering involves working at unsafe heights. For this reason, most guttering installers in Tasmania carry a Licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by WorkSafe Tasmania.
To ensure your guttering is professionally installed, your installer should have a Certificate III in Roof Plumbing from a registered training organisation. Professional companies will have years of experience in the installation of guttering.
If more technical work, such as the installation of below ground stormwater drainage systems is required, your installer may need to have a plumbing and draining licence issued by the Department of Justice.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) issues trade licences in the Australian Capital Territory. A Class D licence authorises the holder to carry out non-structural building work. A building practitioner’s licence will be limited to the activities they are “endorsed” or qualified to carry out.
In order to obtain a Class D licence and endorsement for guttering installation, the applicant will need to complete Certificate III training in Roof Plumbing at a Registered Training Organisation.
Guttering installers in the ACT will probably be licensed by WorkSafe to Perform High Risk Work issued and all workers in the construction industry must have “White Cards” (Construction Induction Cards) that are issued after they receive safety induction training.
Roof plumbing or guttering licences are not required in the Northern Territory.
Contractor Accreditation Ltd (CAL) is a non-profit organisation established by the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, the Master Builders Association NT and the NT Small Business Association. The CAL accreditation scheme is a voluntary scheme that issues trade accreditation based on similar requirements to licensing schemes in other states.
In some parts of the NT, a Home Improvement Licence is required for all home improvement projects that cost over $3,000. Check with your local council to find out if this is the case in your area.
To be sure your guttering service is qualified and professional:
In many cases, roofing services in the NT will also offer guttering services.