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Plumbing Permits for Homeowners

In some cases, homeowners may apply for a plumbing permit and complete the work themselves, without hiring a contractor. All work must be inspected.

 

When can I apply for a “homeowner’s” plumbing permit?

You can apply for a “Homeowners” plumbing permit if you: 

  • own and live in single family residence where work will be completed
  • continue to live in single family residence for one year after work is completed
  • complete the work yourself (any “helpers” must be bonded and registered)
  • live in Hamilton County outside City of Cincinnati

No, I do not meet these requirements:
You must hire a registered and bonded plumbing contractor to do the work.

Yes, I meet these requirements:
Complete and submit the following information:

  • Homeowner’s Information and Agreement Form (must be notarized)
  • Completed Application for Permit to Install Plumbing

You must have a building permit number before a plumbing permit can be issued. Contact your local building department for more information.

 

Inspection process

Once your plumbing permit has been issued and depending on the type of work to be done, a series of inspections will occur as your work progresses.

For same day inspections, contractors must call the Plumbing Division and request an inspection between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. After that time, same day inspections cannot be accommodated.

Lower Rough Inspection – Prior to covering any underground plumbing. Seal openings of all new sanitary waste and vent piping. Fill plumbing pipe with a 10′ head of water. Exception: Fill piping with approximately 5 pounds of air pressure 5 P.S.I (when specifically allowed by the pipe manufacturer in accordance with the pressure limitations and conditions by the manufacturer). If no leaks, call for an inspection.

Upper Rough Inspection – Prior to covering pipes with dry wall or insulation. Seal openings of all new sanitary waste and vent piping. Fill plumbing pipe with a 10′ head of water. Exception: Fill piping with approximately 5 pounds of air pressure 5 P.S.I (when specifically allowed by the pipe manufacturer in accordance with the pressure limitations and conditions by the manufacturer). If no leaks, call for an inspection.

New Buildings
An MSD or Sewage Disposal permit number is required before an upper rough plumbing inspection will be conducted on new construction. Contact MSD at (513) 244-1330 or Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7800, to obtain a Sewage Disposal permit.

Water Line Inspection
Inspection of the water line from the water meter to the building. Must be inspected prior to final inspection. Line installation, depth, and material must be approved.

Final Plumbing Inspection
Inspection of all set plumbing fixtures: toilet, water heater, sinks, etc. System must pass a final a test.

Final Test
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 test equivalent to a least 1″ water column. Call for an inspection.

 

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