When do I need a permit for sewer work in NJ?


When do I need a permit for sewer, water and plumbing work?

A sewer permit is required when you:

  • Replace a water heater or underground piping.
  • Alter piping inside a wall, ceiling, or beneath a floor.
  • Install a plumbing fixture where one did not exist previously.
  • Make an emergency repair or alteration on a section of pipe five feet or longer.

A sewer permit is not required when you:

  • Repair or replace a sink, toilet, or faucet not concealed in the wall.
  • Replace or repair countertops, shower heads, rain gutters, or downspouts.
  • Resurface shower walls or regrout tile.
  • Add to or alter an irrigation system with an existing approved backflow device.
  • Install a water filter.
  • Replace a hose bibb.
  • Install a water feature or exterior
  • hot tub that is filled by a hose.
  • If you are still not sure if you need a permit, check out A1 sewer & Drain it is a great resource for additional information regarding work on sewer repair and sewer pipe lines replacement in NJ.

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Where do I get a permit for sewer work in NJ?

  • Permits are issued by your local NJ building department to locate the proper jurisdiction based on your address.

How do I get a permit for sewer work in NJ?

  • Locate your local building department.
  • Complete the permit application – Jurisdictions offer permit applications at their office and many also provide them online or via fax.
  • Pay the permit fee – Permit fees are based on the size and complexity of your project and are paid when the permit is issued.
  • Receive your permit – A permit will be issued in the name of the person performing the work and the work can begin once the permit has
    been issued.

How do I get an inspection?

If you are having the work done by a contractor, be sure you are both clear on who will be responsible for scheduling the inspection. Follow these steps:

  • Call the request line at the building department responsible for your area at least 24 hours in advance.
  • When you call to make the appointment, have all the details (permit number, project address, etc.) available.
  • If the work was done inside, an adult needs to be at the site for the inspection.

Some important reminders:

  • If you have installed water or sewer piping, the work must be operational and exposed for inspection.
  • Inspectors may require that drainage piping be plugged and filled with water during the inspection.

How do I plan to do sewer work on my home? Can I replace a sewer line by myself?

You have two options to get the work done, you can:

  • Hire a licensed plumbing contractor in NJ.
  • Do the work yourself without a license.
  • Anyone else who is not a licensed NJ plumber legally can not do the work. This includes friends, neighbors, tenants, and general contractors.

Some important information:

  • All materials must be listed and approved for their specific uses.
  •  If you hire a plumbing contractor, he or she must be licensed with the Construction Contractors Board.
  • Journeyman plumbers must have a current license with the NJ plumbing and Building Codes Division.
  •  If you are using a licensed contractor, he or she must obtain all necessary permits