When you are planning on home renovations, there may be some things you need to do first, such as getting permits. However, not all plumbing repairs require one. Here are some ways to figure out if you need a permit for your plumbing job.
Are you replacing a water heater?
While replacing simple plumbing fixtures in your home, such as installing a new sink or bathtub, doesn't usually require a permit, a new water heater might. This often depends on where you live and what type of water heater you are having installed. Your location might not have requirements if you are installing the same type of heater that uses the same connections, but if you are converting to an electric water heater or other upgraded option, you may need to get a permit. It is best to find out for sure any time you want a new water heater.
Are you working with the main sewer line?
While you can clear up clogs and do minor plumbing maintenance without a permit, dealing with the main sewer line is something else entirely. It is better to leave these types of plumbing tasks to a professional plumber. However, if you want to do some work on the sewer line on your own, you need to consult your local building office to find out if you need a permit. It is very likely that you will, since this can also affect your neighbor's plumbing system.
Will you be installing new plumbing pipes?
If you are going to install brand new plumbing pipes in your home, you will likely need a permit. This is a major plumbing job that can have a major effect on your home's condition. It is another plumbing job that is better left to a plumbing professional unless you have some plumbing skills through work or other means. For example, if you have old pipes in your home that keep getting clogged or damaged, you may want to switch to all copper pipes. You will probably need a plumbing permit if you intend to do this on your own.
If you have any questions about whether or not a permit is needed, it is best to contact the local permit office and inquire about it. You will need to pay a small fee if you do need a permit, but it is nothing compared to what you would owe in penalties if you fail to get one and someone finds out about the repairs or upgrades you made.