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When Do I Need A Plumbing Permit?

when do i need a plumbing permit

When Do I Need A Plumbing Permit?

Many homeowners have questions about obtaining permits when it comes to plumbing.

A permit is required by the International Residential Code (IRC) anytime new plumbing is installed or existing plumbing is affected by new work or alterations to the existing plumbing system.

The plumber will be required to obtain a plumbing permit application and that application must be submitted to the building department.

Normally, the licensed plumbing contractor will obtain the permit to do the work but you should verify that it is being done.

When a permit is pulled the fire code services or building department in your city keep records of the change and inspect the work when it’s completed.

Do You Need a Permit to Replace a Hot Water Tank?

Yes, anytime you change out a hot water tank it must be permitted and inspected to ensure that the installation meets both code and local ordinance requirements.

Once the inspection has been completed a certificate of approval is issued.

When a permit is pulled and the job is finished and inspected you and your family remain safe.

Does Changing a Faucet Require a Permit?

When a faucet is changed it doesn’t require a permit if the actual plumbing system such as the water pipes feeding the faucets are not altered or replaced.

Does a Plumber Need a Permit to Install a Sprinkler System?

If you have a sprinkler system installed in your yard you will need to have a permit pulled.

This is required because the existing plumbing system is being affected by installing a sprinkler system onto it.

When your local fire code services department comes out to inspect your newly installed sprinkler system they will check the water lines that services the backflow preventer and making sure that it’s code compliant.

A backflow prevention device is used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow.

Other Types of Plumbing Repairs and Installs That Require Permits

  • When you replace or repair underground piping (new or extensions).
  • When you repair or replace a sewer line.
  • When you are replacing or repairing pipes inside walls or beneath a floor.
  • When a kitchen upgrade is being added.
  • When a bathroom addition is being added.
  • When a water softener is installed but only if an air gap isn’t existing.
  • When a dishwasher is being installed but only if an air gap isn’t existing.
  • When a standpipe is being installed. (washing machine or softeners)
  • When new gas piping or extensions are being added.
  • When replacing or installing a garbage disposal but only if the plumbing is changed.
  • When replacing or installing a fixture (bathtub, shower, bidet, sink, toilet, lavatory or laundry tray)

Final Thoughts

When a contractor or plumber installs anything that requires a permit it is important that you make sure that the permit is pulled because:

  1. It ensures that the company that is doing the work is qualified and licensed through your city and state.
  2. It also legally ties the plumber to the work he or she has performed and ensures accountability.
  3. It allows a qualified inspector with the city to review the work that has been done. This makes sure it has been installed safely and in a functional manner that meets local and international code requirements.

If you are unsure whether your plumber will need a permit to repair or replace your plumbing you can always call the city in your hometown to find out.

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