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.
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
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