Plumbing codes exist to make sure that potable water is supplied to a home properly, and to also make sure that sewage is disposed of properly. The incorrect installation of plumbing fixtures is a violation of the law. As a result, if you need to make plumbing repairs, obtain the proper plumbing permit.
Permits Aren't Always Necessary
Fortunately, you do not need a permit for plumbing repairs that involve the replacement of one part with another. As an example, if your faucet has an o-ring that has worn out and needs to be repaired, you can simply purchase a replacement o-ring. Also, you are allowed to clear a stoppage in the drain without a plumbing permit.
Sometimes, Permits are Legally Required
You are not allowed to engage in plumbing work until the plumbing permit has been issued by the appropriate authority. If you do, you may be forced to pay a fine and you may also need to completely redo your plumbing repairs. If you are the owner of the home, you can perform your own plumbing repairs after you have obtained a permit. However, if not, you will be required to be a licensed plumber to perform repairs.
Obtaining a Permit
The United States has national plumbing standards. However, there are also state and local plumbing standards that supersede national plumbing standards. You can find out the building code and obtain a permit from the building and safety department. You will then need to fill out a permit application and pay a fee. The fee will vary based on the size of the project.
The situations that are the most likely to require a plumbing permit include:
Replacing all of the water supply pipes for your home
Altering already existing pipes
Sewer repair and replacement on your property
Water heater replacement
Drain line replacement
Installing or replacing a plumbing fixture
Even with a permit, most of these tasks should not be performed by an amateur because any mistakes can lead to serious health and safety risks. Therefore, you will ideally want to hire a plumber to perform your plumbing repairs.
You will need to schedule an inspection of your home after you or the contractor has completed the plumbing repairs. You will want to contact the building department to schedule an inspection. Make sure you have the permit number and your address so that the inspector can begin the process.