Plumbing Permits: Do You Need One?

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If you are planning on completing some plumbing repairs at home, you might be wondering what permits will be required. When hiring a plumbing contractor, you have the benefit of their knowledge in regards to permits. They usually know local laws and will let you know if you need to obtain a permit before they complete the work. However, if this will be a DIY project, you first need to find out if a permit is required. Typically, minor repairs to your current plumbing system don't require permits, but there are some situations where you might need one. Here is more information about obtaining a permit and some types of repairs that often require a plumbing permit.

When You Need a Plumbing Permit

First of all, you should be aware of the times when you might need a plumbing permit. Overall, this will include any time you are replacing major plumbing lines or pipes, or moving your plumbing. Here are some times when a permit might be required:

Replacing Drain Lines - Most cases of permit requirements have to do with replacing the plumbing, as opposed to just completing repairs. One good example of this is with drain lines. If you need to replace your drain pipes, this is a big job, especially if you are attempting to do it yourself without help from a professional plumbing contractor. You will most likely need a permit, so find out beforehand what the requirements are.

Re-piping - Another situation where you need a permit for replacing parts of your plumbing system is in the case of re-piping. When you re-pipe, you are removing all of your current water supply pipes and replacing them with new pipes. Like the drain lines, pipe removal and replacement requires a lot of work and knowledge. It is not usually something done by homeowners and DIY enthusiasts, but if you feel like you have the skills to get it done, you should find out first if you need a permit to complete the work.

Sewer Replacement - If you are just completing repairs on your sewer system, you might not need a permit, though this will depend on your location. However, it is much more likely that you will need a permit if you are replacing any part of your sewer system, including the sewer lines. This is because you must abide by certain safety codes, and because sewer lines don't just affect your own plumbing system, but nearby homes and businesses as well.

Moving Plumbing - Finally, you might need a plumbing permit if you are moving your current plumbing system to a different location. This is often done during extensive home remodeling projects. If you home is being moved to a different location on your property, you will need to contact your local building office and find out about obtaining the right permits.

When You Don't Need a Plumbing Permit

There are also situations where a plumbing permit might not be required. Keep in mind where you live determines exactly when you do or do not need a permit. However, the following plumbing repairs don't usually require a permit:

Minor repairs – Minor repairs usually mean fixing a leaky faucet, snaking a clogged drain, or switching out plumbing fixtures in your home. Your local building permit office will give you a list of exactly what they mean by minor repairs, and whether or not you would need a permit.

Emergency repairs – If you need to call a plumbing contractor for an emergency plumbing issue, you most likely will not need a permit. In these cases, the water leak or other issue must be fixed as soon as possible, and there isn't time to get the permit. Any time there is an emergency, don't hesitate to call a plumber and get it fixed. Don't wait to find out about getting a permit if it is urgent.

For more information, work with an experienced plumber or sewer repair company like Drain-O-Rooter


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