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Plumbing Permit – The Process Explained

Plumbing Permit – Do I Need One?

Late last year we talked about why you should pull permits for plumbing repairs.  This time we will get a little deeper into the process of pulling a plumbing permit and why. Only a licensed professional, or in some cases the homeowner, can pull a plumbing permit.  As a homeowner if you are requested to pull a plumbing permit for someone who presents themselves as a professional, that person is more than likely to be unlicensed. You may get a better price for unlicensed work but that carries a risk of poor craftsmanship and even substantial fines for the property owner. It can be quite time consuming for the plumbing company and add a little cost to the plumbing services, but the benefits far outweigh the savings.

You may be wondering which services require a plumbing permit. This is determined by the individual municipalities and counties where the work is being conducted. Most of the time it is for major plumbing services like home water re-pipes, main sewer line replacements, and water heater replacements. Pulling the proper plumbing permit protects the homeowner or commercial property owner against substandard work, and creates a public record that the plumbing services were completed to local code requirements and inspected. This can be a real advantage when selling, refinancing, or insuring the property.

So yes, for major plumbing repairs you need to pull the proper plumbing permit.

Plumbing Permit – Overview

Plumbing Permit - Application

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Once the determination is made that a permit is required for the plumbing services, your plumbing contractor accesses the public property records to determine zoning, ownership, and property descriptions that are required by the permitting authority where the property is located.  Some require that the plumbing permit be posted at the job site, many do not have this requirement. Additionally, if the work requires a permit and the value of the work is $2500.00 or greater, another legal document known as a Notice of Commencement (NOC) is required. This is a notarized document that certifies that the work was done with the knowledge and authorization of the owner or the owner’s representative. It is recorded with the County Court and a certified copy of the NOC is delivered to the appropriate building department to be attached to the plumbing permit. Only then will then the permitting authority allow the property to be inspected and the permit to be finalized and closed.

Plumbing Permits  – Step by Step

  1. Plumbing services that requires a permit are identified and an internal company request is made for a plumbing permit to be pulled.
  2. The plumbing company permit specialist researches the property in public records and gathers the necessary property information.
  3. An application is filed by the plumbing services contractor or their agent. This may be in person or online depending on the permitting authority.
  4. If the plumbing permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC), the permit specialist prepares this legal document and secures the notarized signature of the owner or authorized person for the property.
  5. The document is hand delivered to the county courthouse for recording and to secure a certified copy.
  6. The certified copy of the NOC is delivered to the building department to be attached to the plumbing permit and an inspection can now be scheduled when work is completed.
  7. When the plumbing service is complete and ready for inspection, a date is set for the inspection. No permitting authority allows a specific time of day for appointments so the owner or a designated person may need to be available all day on the day of inspection if access to the interior of the home is required.
  8. The inspection is completed and passes, or approval is withheld if even one criteria needs attention. If so a follow up inspection is scheduled to complete the job.
  9. When the job is complete, the plumbing company’s permit specialist follows up to verify approval and all necessary paperwork is completed.

So there you go.  And remember, if a plumbing company indicates that a permit needs to be pulled, it is not as a means of making more money.  It is so the consumer is protected and will have the peace of mind that they received quality craftsmanship and the work is done to local codes. If you have any questions leave a reply and I will update the post to answer.

Who’s Got Plumbing??? We all do! See ya soon.

Find a Good Plumber – 8 Simple Steps

Tips on Picking a Good Plumber

How to Find a Good Plumber - 8 Simple Steps

As a 24 hour plumbing company we take a LOT of calls from customers who are cautious and a little distrusting when they call looking for a good plumber. Service providers who visit your home require a higher level of trust and comfort than the dry cleaner or computer store that you visit on their territory. Many times customers will insist on a getting a price for plumbing services over the phone. Because they want the reassurance of price comparing when shopping for services, customers will call multiple plumbers. This is a valid method for shopping for many items and is a practice I have used many times myself. However, plumbing problems can be very complex and nearly impossible to accurately price over the phone.

A good plumber will want to examine the problem and arrive at a true diagnosis. They can then give an accurate written estimate for the plumbing repair service. Therefore, any price you get on the phone is a vague estimate, not a firm price. Additionally, if you use this technique for plumbing services you are putting yourself at the mercy of unscrupulous companies. They will low ball you on the phone just to get their “foot in the door”, and raise the price once they are in your home or business. The best way to be a smarter plumbing consumer is to do some research in finding a good plumber before you need one. This will help to avoid making a  panicked call to to get your plumbing issue fixed by the first plumber that can get to your home or business.

8 Simple Steps to Finding a Good Plumber:

  1. Visit a few local plumbing company websites and look for informative content.
  2. Research the company owner. Is it a faceless chain or local family owned business?
  3. Be sure they are a licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing company.
  4. Insure they provide binding, written estimates explaining the plumbing repairs.
  5. Insure they guarantee their work and the warranties are written on the estimate.
  6. Read their reviews on their website, and sites like Google+ and Home Advisor.
  7. Check the Better Business Bureau website for the plumbing company’s rating.
  8. Make sure there is no trip charge, estimate charge, or fuel charge.

In conclusion, a little research can go along way in finding a good plumber. It can give you the peace of mind you are looking for when you have a plumbing issue in your home or business. Once you have the information and assurance through your research, pick the plumbing company that you are most comfortable hiring. A great place to start your research are local plumbing companies and not the big name-brand chains.

Who’s Got Plumbing??? We all do! See ya soon.

Plumbing Permits – The Legal Side of Plumbing

Why Pull Plumbing Permits?

Just spent the better part of the morning and afternoon pulling plumbing permits for some of our upcoming jobs in the Tampa and the Brandon areas. Plumbing projects like home re-pipes, drain replacements, sewer line replacements, and water heater installations require plumbing permits.  Most of all, the municipalities require them  to protect the consumer.

Plumbing Permits

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If you contract an unlicensed handyman to complete these types of plumbing jobs for you it can cost you. Code enforcement fines, hours of your time, thousands of dollars to repair shoddy workmanship, and out-of-compliance repair can result. In addition, worker injury and damage claims become the property owners responsibility. Lawsuits are always a possibility if unlicensed contractor accidents occurs on your property.

Rather than taking the chance, the plumber you hire should be licensed, insured, and bonded. They will have the ability to handle all of the permitting and inspections required by your local city, county, or municipality. Furthermore, this will alleviate your responsibility for worker injury. Licensed plumbing companies are required to carry workers compensation insurance. While pulling the proper plumbing permits may cost a couple extra dollars and some time at the permitting office. Consumers will have the peace of mind they deserve when hiring a service provider and investing hard earned money in a home’s plumbing  system.

Professional Plumbing Repairs

If you are looking to complete some major plumbing upgrades or repairs make sure to always hire a licensed, insured and bonded plumbing company. They will have experienced plumbers that are trained to comply with all local building codes. For absolutely professional plumbing work, whether it be sewer repair, home re-pipe, 24/7 emergency plumbing services, or just day-to-day plumbing maintenance contact a fully licensed local plumber.

Finally, more information on the permitting and inspection process, read our post on the plumbing service permitting process.

Who’s Got Plumbing??? We all do! See ya soon.