Plumbing/Mechanic Permits

Alterations to an existing structure and/or change of current use of space within a structure may require a building permit or an over-the-counter permit.

  • Building Permit Required: Structural alterations with new openings in bearing walls, moving of interior structural members, changing the layout of interior spaces, changing the use of interior spaces.
    • Building Permit Needed – Review the Alteration Page under Home Improvements for building permit requirements. 
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Permit Required: When the scope of the proposed project does not include any structural changes or change in use, but does include plumbing and/or mechanical work, then a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit (PDF) is required.
  • Plumbing work includes, but is not limited to the installation or replacement of:
    • water heater 
    • water distribution lines 
    • sewage drain lines 
    • sewage ejector pumps 
    • sump pumps 
    • bathtub/shower mixing valves 
    • whirlpool/jetted bathtubs 
    • Lawn irrigation systems or components 
    • With the exception of a new electrical service, new electrical work can be included under a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit. If a new electrical service is to be installed, a separate over-the-counter Electrical Permit (PDF) is required
  • Mechanical work includes, but is not limited to the installation or replacement of:
    • Furnace
    • Boiler
    • Heat Pump
    • Air Conditioning Unit
    • Fireplace Inserts
    • Gas Log Sets
    • New Natural Gas Lines or Extensions of Natural Gas Lines
  • The permit fee, due at time of application, is based on the dollar value of the project. Review page 2 of the Building Permit Fee Schedule (PDF) for plumbing/mechanical permit fee information.
  • Either the property owner or agent of the owner (i.e. contractor) can make application for a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit.
  • A Plumbing/Mechanical Permit is valid for six months from date of issuance.
  • All new work is subject to field inspection and approval prior to concealment and when work is completed.
  • If you are unsure what, if any, type of permit your project will require, please contact the Code Compliance Department prior to the commencement of any work.