Only licensed Plumbing Contractors may apply for a plumbing permit from the City.
Plumbing permits are required by the City to assure that plumbing installations are performed by licensed personnel and that the installations are in compliance with City and State Codes. This is necessary to safeguard persons and property from unsanitary and unhealthy plumbing conditions.
A plumbing permit is required for the installation, alteration, renewal, replacement or repair of plumbing. Additionally, plumbing plans are required for:
- New construction (except one- and two-family)
- Additions (except one- and two-family)
- Alterations in residential occupancies with five (5) dwelling units or more.
- Alterations or repairs in other spaces greater than 2,000 sq. ft.
- Site drainage
A plumbing permit IS NOT required for the following activities:
- Minor repairs, including the replacement of faucets or valves or parts thereof, with like material or material serving the same purpose.
- The removal and reinstallation of water closets (toilets), provided the work does not include the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
- The sealing of sewer laterals for building demolitions contracted by the Department.
- Stopping leaks in a drain, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided that no piping is replaced with new material.
- Clearing stoppages or repairing leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, provided that those fixtures are not replaced or rearranged.
Applying for a Plumbing Permit
Plumbing Permit Application Regularly scheduled reviews can take up to 30 business days.
NOTE: Effective November 24, 2014, faxed Electrical and Plumbing Permit applications will not be accepted. Applications and all required documentation may be submitted in person or emailed to the L&I Mechanical Services Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most permits require plans to be submitted with the application.
Get More Information about how to submit plans, Inspection Information, and Fees
Important: Plumbing inspections are conducted by L&I. and must occur at prescribed times during the work process. The permit holder is required to call 48 hours in advance of the desired inspection date.
Plumbing Permit Fees The Department will collect a non-refundable filing fee of $100 for each permit application. This fee will be credited toward the final permit fee.
For accelerated reviews, an additional fee of $540 is required. This is in addition to the regular permit fees listed in the fee schedule. The results of accelerated reviews are returned to the applicant within five (5) business days.
Some projects may qualify for an EZ Plumbing Permit, which do not require the submission of plans.
EZ Permit for Standard Plumbing Permit Qualifications, plans are not required for the following:
- One and two family dwellings (new construction, addition, or alteration)
- Three and four family (alterations only)
- Any occupancy (Except those requiring approval from The Department of Health) if the fixture total is 7 fixtures or less
- Replacement of house trap, house drain, fixtures and water distribution regardless of occupancy (Except those requiring approval from The Department of Health)
In order to obtain an EZ Plumbing Permit an application is required to be completed and sealed by a registered master plumber along with a copy of current tax clearance and insurance certificates. All required documentation can be submitted in person or emailed to the mechanical services unit at email@example.com. Effective November 24, 2014, faxed Electrical and Plumbing Permit applications will not be accepted.
The Plumbing Permit Process
- The Department of License and Inspections will collect a non-refundable filing fee of up to $100 for each permit application. The filing fee will be credited to the final permit fee.
- You must be a licensed Plumbing Contractor in order to obtain a permit with the City of Philadelphia.
- Applications must be completed in their entirety before submittal. Each application will include only one plan revision. A new application will be required if the revised plan does not meet the construction document requirements specified in the Code.
- You must have the legal address of the property, as established by the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT), to file any application. Separate permits for each address will be issued.
- Construction plans need to be kept for the life of the building. Therefore the Department must collect a fee ($4 per page) to scan and store the approved plans for each project. This includes plans associated with zoning applications. The maximum size of submitted plans is 34” X 44”.
- The Department will also charge a state imposed $4 surcharge on all electrical permits, to be collected at the time of application.
- As of October 1st, 2017, a separate permit is required from the Philadelphia Water Department for a lateral and slant/connection.