Do I Need a Permit when Changing My Plumbing?

No matter what kind of home improvement project you’re undertaking, safety should always be the main priority. Plumbing repairs are no exception. Depending on the kind of repair or installation, you may need permission from your local municipality before proceeding.

Why Do I Need a Permit?

Permits are required for all types of construction, repair, and renovation projects as a way to make sure all work is completed safely and accurately by trained, licensed professionals. If you proceed with a project that requires a permit and you fail to obtain one, you could face fines or other penalties. It could even put your entire project in jeopardy of completion or affect the future sale of your home.

For example, if you renovated an attic space and added plumbing without the correct permits, you may not be able to claim that space as usable square footage. That’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario would be that you would have to redo the entire project with the correct permits in place before listing the house. No one wants to buy a house with spaces that are not up to code or that lower the value of the property.

Where Do I Obtain Permits?

City hall typically issues all permits. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about this part of the project because your plumbing contractor will usually secure these permits for you. It’s part of the professional service.

What Projects Require Permits?

It depends on the particular municipality where your home is located. Here a few circumstances may be required:

• Alterations or installation of concealed piping
• Relocation of plumbing during a renovation
• Sewer installation
• Rain drains

A permit may also be required for water heater installation. Check with your local plumber to find out if this applies to you.

Permits are not required for minor repairs or adjustments such as faucet repair, toilet installation, water or drain attachments.

For more information about the permit process for your particular project, contact your local Rooter Hero Plumbing tech for more assistance.