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Fact Sheet: Homeowner’s Plumbing Permit

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Homeowner’s Plumbing Permit

Apply for a plumbing permit if you plan to:

  • add or remodel bathroom/kitchen
  • add or replace sump pump/water heater
  • replace toilet/sink/shower valve
  • install permanent whirlpool/hot tub
  • add or replace dishwasher or garbage disposal
  • install permanent irrigation system install yard hydrant


Issuing of a homeowner’s plumbing permit

  • Allow seven business days for review of application and issue of permit.
  • Permit will be mailed to you.
  • Do not begin plumbing work until you have a permit.
  • Display permit near work site.
  • Submit an isometric drawing of all waste and vent lines.

Responsibility of permit holder

  • All engineering, workmanship, pipes, fittings, and fixtures must comply with Ohio Basic Plumbing Code.
  • Pipes extending through walls must be supported by compatible materials.
  • Shower heads and tub spouts must be secure.
  • Shower and tub valves must be A.S.S.E. 1016 compliant.
  • All hose bibbs must be protected with vacuum breakers.

Copies of code available through Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractor’s Association at (440) 543-4011, or Cincinnati Master Plumber’s Association, (513) 742-2672.


Scheduling a plumbing inspection

  • Plumbing must be inspected before being covered.
  • For same day inspection, call (513) 946-7854 between 7:30-9:00 a.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Inspection testing equipment must be supplied by permit holder.
  • Test should be applied to system at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled inspection.


Inspection requirements on sanitary waste and vent

  • 1st Rough Inspection – prior to covering any underground plumbing. Seal openings of all new sanitary waste and vent piping. Fill piping with approximately 5 pounds of air pressure (5 P.S.I) or fill plumbing with a 10′ head of water. If there are no leaks, call for an inspection.
  • 2nd Rough Inspection – prior to covering pipes with dry wall or insulation. Seal openings of all new sanitary waste and vent piping. Fill piping with approximately 5 pounds of air pressure 5 P.S.I) or fill plumbing with a 10′ head of water. If no leaks, call for an inspection.
  • Final Inspection – After all plumbing fixtures are set and connected. Seal openings of all new sanitary waste and vent piping. Fill all traps with water. Apply final air/bowl test. Call for an inspection.


For more information about obtaining a homeowner’s plumbing permit, contact the plumbing division at 513.946.7854 or visit our Website at


Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.


250 William Howard Taft Road
2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone 513.946.7800 Fax 513.946.7890