Electrical, Plumbing & Gas Permits

Permits


Depending on the extent of the project you are undertaking, you may also require an electrical, plumbing or gas permit. Whoever does the work takes out the permit. If you are having a contractor undertake your electrical, plumbing or gas installation, that person should apply for the permit, which makes him responsible to ensure that the work is done to code.

Obtaining a Permit


Electrical, plumbing and gas permits can be obtained through the Town Office in person or through Superior Safety Codes.

Electrical


Electrical permits are required whenever any new wires are being installed. You do not need a permit for low voltage items such as security systems, doorbells, thermostats or patio lights. If you own and reside at the premises where the work is being carried out, you may take out the permit to do the work yourself or the work must be carried out by a person who is a master electrician.

Plumbing


Plumbing permits are required if new fixtures are being added, including any new drains. You also need a permit if you are making changes to the plumbing equipment. You do not need a permit to replace existing faucets, sinks, toilets, etc. If you own and reside at the premises where the work is being carried out, you may take out the permit to do the work yourself, otherwise the work must be carried out by a person who has a certificate of proficiency, such as a journeyman plumber.

Gas


Gas permits are required when an installation, alteration or addition is made to any gas installation. If new venting is required for a furnace, for example, a permit is required. You do not need a permit to replace a residential gas dryer or range provided there are no changes to the pipe or venting system. If you own and reside at the premises where the work is being carried out, you may take out the permit to do the work yourself otherwise, it is issued to a holder of a certificate of proficiency such as a journeyman gas fitter.