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Hamilton County homeowners and property owners – are you aware that all new and replacement water heaters, once installed, are required to have a plumbing permit and inspection?

Why are permits and inspections necessary?

Water heaters that are installed improperly can:

  • result in structural water damage
  • malfunction
  • catch fire
  • release carbon monoxide into your home
  • cause serious injury or death

If a hardware store (Lowe’s, Home Depot etc.) or a contractor is installing your water heater, make sure they obtain a plumbing permit.

If you, the homeowner of a single family residence, are installing the unit yourself, you may be eligible to obtain a “Homeowners” permit. Call 513-946-7854 for more information.


Inspection process

During the inspection, the plumbing inspector will:

  • inspect the appliance to see that it is compliant with the Ohio Basic Plumbing Code
  • check the water pressure and/or discharge
  • check applicable safety devices


Scheduling an inspection

Hamilton County Public Health will send you a postcard with the permit information and our phone number. Just call the listed number to schedule an inspection.


Saturday Inspections

Health District staff have scheduled the second Saturday of every month to inspect water heaters for customers who are not available for a weekday inspection. Request a Saturday inspection when you call to schedule.


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