Plumbing court case exploits the risks of working without a license – Stewart Newby

The Western Australia Plumbing Regulator reminds consumers that plumbing work on water supply, sewerage and drainage must be carried out by licensed plumbers.

The Plumbers Licensing Board has warned that improper or uncertified plumbing work can cause property damage and jeopardize public health and safety.

The warning was issued by the Commission following a $2,000 fine against Stewart Newby, doing business as SSS Renovations and Butler-based Neebee Renovations, who carried out regulated plumbing work without the license required to undertake a bathroom renovation for a disabled pensioner.

On June 24, 2022, in Perth Magistrates’ Court, Magistrate Deen Potter also awarded $259.30 in costs and noted that Mr Newby had already received an education notice in 2017 for advertising services of plumbing without the required license.

Mr Newby, who did not attend the sentencing, was prosecuted by the Commission under the Plumbers Licensing and Standards Regulations 2000.

The court heard that the owner of the Bentley home hired Mr Newby in July 2021 to renovate a bathroom to improve access, safety and mobility.

Mr Newby has never held a plumbing licence, but during the renovation he carried out plumbing work which can only legally be done by a licensed plumber. This included the installation or modification of pipes and fittings for hot and cold water and drainage as well as the installation of new fixtures and fittings.

An investigation conducted by Building and Energy on behalf of the Régie revealed that the work carried out by Mr. Newby did not comply with plumbing standards. Isolation valves were not fitted for the basin mixer, the toilet bowl was incorrectly leveled and not properly secured and sealed to the floor and there was a kink in the supply hose connection water for the toilets.

The Board encourages consumers to check if a plumber is licensed by using the ‘license search’ function on the Building and Energy website (

All major plumbing work requires certification and the homeowner must receive a copy within five business days of completing the work.

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