A gas compliance certificate is provided when a gas installation has been completed. But that isn’t all you should know – keep reading to learn more about why they are so important (and why you should have one). If you would like to know more, give Ryan Old Plumbing a call on 1300 055 940.
WHAT IS A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE?
A gas compliance certificate is a certification that is provided when all or part of a gas installation is completed. This applies to both natural gas and LPG.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE, GAS INSPECTION CERTIFICATE AND GAS SYSTEM COMPLIANCE PLATES?
Gas compliance certificate
A gas compliance certificate is a certification that is provided when all or part of a gas installation is completed. This applies for both natural gas and LPG.
Gas inspection certificate
Gas inspection certificates are in relation to vehicles and their onboard gas installations, as opposed to homes or workplaces.
Gas system compliance plates
Gas compliance plates are required to be placed on any installation or gas system, or a part of a gas system, that is supplied with fuel from a fuel gas network. This applies to both natural gas and LPG. Head to the DNRM website if you would like further information.
WHAT ABOUT A GAS DEFECT NOTICE?
A gas defect notice can be issued by a qualified gas fitter if they are concerned about a gas installation that may not be compliant with the relevant regulations. This applies when there is an imminent risk of any kind to either life and/or property if appropriate action is not taken
ARE THERE REGULATIONS IN PLACE FOR GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION?
Yes, there is. The Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety Act) 2004 is the piece of legislation that applies to all gas appliances in Queensland. It requires any person who installs all or part of a gas system to provide to both the owner and the supplier a gas system compliance certificate and, if necessary by law, attach a gas system compliance plate.
In relation to gas system compliance plates, section 96 of the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 is the best place to start when it comes to legislation.
DO YOU NEED A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE?
Yes. Gas compliance certificates are compulsory. Always ensure you have checked the qualifications of any gas fitter you have complete works for you, as incorrect or unregistered gas fitting work can have a range of issues in the future (including not being covered if something goes wrong).
WHEN DO YOU NEED A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE?
If your gas fitter does not already provide you with a gas compliance certificate, you will be required to request one when:
- The gas in your building is connected for the very first time.
- A new gas appliance is installed. This can include stoves, cooktops, hot water systems, fireplaces and ovens.
- A gas appliance is being replaced.
- The gas in your building is being reconnected.
- A new gas pipe is installed. This can include gas hot water or a gas bayonet for outdoor BBQs.
WHY HAVE A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE?
Besides the obvious reason that it is a legal requirement, a gas compliance certificate shows that you have safe gas appliances and installations in your home or workplace. Safety around gas is a huge priority, so gas compliance certificates ensure just that.
Additionally, should there be any concerns with your gas installation in the future due to faulty workmanship, you can contact the person who completed the installation to complete repairs. Ryan Old Plumbing always ensures they complete all gas works to the highest standards to minimise any issues that may arise.
WHO CAN ISSUE A GAS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE?
Only an appropriately qualified gas plumber can issue a gas compliance certificate ie. someone who holds a Gas Work Licence or Authorisation.
SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR GAS APPLIANCES INSPECTED?
Definitely. Although it isn’t a regulatory requirement, having your gas appliances inspected and tested every 3-5 years is strongly suggested. This allows for any problems to be located before they become too large, as well as ensuring your safety and saving in large costs, later on, should a nasty surprise arise.