Grease arrestors installation guidelines

What you need to know about installing grease arrestors.

Grease arrestors must be installed by licensed plumbers according to our trade waste requirements and the manufacturer’s instructions. Incorrect installations can affect the ability to service the grease arrestor to the required standard and allow greasy wastewater to discharge to the wastewater system where it can cause blockages and overflows to the environment.



Refer to the following brochure for information on sizing of grease arrestors for the retail food industry.


The walls and floor of grease arrestors must be impenetrable, and the inner surface acid resistant.


Grease arrestors may be constructed, prefabricated or precast. The design, material used and size must be accepted by Water Corporation prior to installation.

Typical grease arrestor drawing


Where grease arrestors require baffles the minimum thickness is 19mm. Baffles constructed of uPVC or HDPE must be reinforced.


Gas tight covers to an arrestor are required where:
  • there is vehicular traffic
  • there is pedestrian traffic
  • the arrestor is subjected to stormwater intrusion
  • the arrestor is installed inside a building
  • light duty gas tight lids are recommended when grease arrestors are installed above ground.

Vertical clearance

Ensure there is vertical clearance above the grease arrestor, greater than the maximum depth of the grease arrestor and allows servicing of the arrestor in accordance with our standards.

Safe access

All above ground grease arrestor installations are required to have a platform and steps manufactured to Australian Standards 1657-2018 for safe access to inspect and maintain the grease arrestor.

Fixed suction lines

Fixed suction lines shall terminate with a camlock fitting and ball valve adjacent to the grease arrestor and also where the pumping contractor locates their vehicle. Fixed suction lines are not permitted inside grease arrestors.


Grease arrestors should be located exterior of the building wherever practicable.

Maintenance and cleaning

Maintaining and cleaning of grease arrestors

Hose tap

A hose tap should be installed within 6 metres of the arrestor and must have an appropriate testable backflow prevention device fitted as required by plumbing standards.

Inlet connection

The inlet connection cannot enter at the side of the grease arrestor.

Sampling point

Sample points can not be used as a relief disconnector gully, refer to the diagram Trade waste sampling point for details.

Dishwashing and glass washing machines

Dishwashing machines and glass washers are not to discharge to grease arrestors.


  • All industrial waste grease arrestors are to be vented to atmosphere, refer to venting of a grease arrestor diagram for details.
  • Air admittance valves are not to be used on the grease arrestor vent or the sealed trade waste sampling point.
  • Chamber vents may be combined above the overflow levels of the highest fixture connected to the grease arrestors providing the resulting vent size is in the accordance with Table n AS/NZS 3500.2:2015.


All associated plumbing work is to comply with Water Services Licensing (Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards) Regulations 2000 and AS/NZS 3500.1:2015 and AS/NZS 3500.2:2015.

Grease arrestor plumbing work case study

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