When you begin planning a plumbing repair or project, one of the first things to consider is building permit requirements, whether for your business or home.

The construction or remodeling of a home or commercial premises requires planning and some specific considerations before beginning the building process. You must consider not only the decoration but also the plumbing, the HVAC systems, and the construction materials that will be used.

Building permits are often thought of as being required only for major renovations and not for the average home improvement project. However, this is not always the case. Plumbing permits are required for many seemingly small projects by the county, so ensure you check your local plumbing permit requirements before getting started.

When is a plumbing permit required?

A plumber will install pipe repairs and maintenance, fixtures, and other work related to water distribution, such as sewage disposal. Plumbers can work in commercial and industrial spaces and buildings.

They must be able to read blueprints, drawings, and other specifications to discover specific designs of plumbing and water supply systems and ways to fix and drain them. Various types of pipes and water lines must also be acquired by the plumbing. Plumbers can install and pre-assemble any wall systems, such as risers and plenums.

Most large plumbing projects will require a building permit before the work is done. If you hire a plumber to do the job, you’ll often discuss what plumbing permits are needed. To comply with local building codes, smaller plumbing jobs usually handled by homeowners may also require a permit.

Ensure your building permits

The first thing to do before installing a plumbing system is to obtain and secure the proper permits; we recommend getting in touch with building permit experts like us at Suncoast.

Getting permits will help ensure that the home or space you use meets all code guidelines and safety requirements.

A permit is necessary for your safety, as it allows professionals to inspect and check for any errors in your pipe design and prevent pipe malfunctions in the future.

It would be better to consider your present and future plumbing needs when designing a plumbing system.

Choosing where to install drain lines, plumbing, and sewer is crucial to ensuring functionality. Incorporate every present and future need for water into your plumbing system while you can still easily access it and avoid spending money on repairs in the future.

Work that requires a building permit

County regulations are different, but most will require a permit for large plumbing jobs:

  • Replacement of sewer lines: Due to safety codes, any work involving sewer lines will likely require a permit.
  • Replacement of Drain Lines: A replacing drain line is a large job that will usually require a permit.
  • Water Heater: Replacing a water heater is considered a major plumbing project and will most often require a county permit. There are safety regulations for water heaters that must be followed.
  • Re-plumbing: New plumbing requires changing all the water supply pipes in the home, so it is a major project. It is usually necessary to obtain a plumbing permit and to hire a professional plumber.
  • Move Existing Pipes to a Different Location: When pipes are moved from one location to another, it is considered a remodel. There will be building code requirements and a permit will be required.

A certified plumber guarantees a well done job

Plumbing is a basic requirement on all residential and commercial construction projects.

Plumbing contractors who are professional, highly trained, and provide excellent customer service, are the best to give you a well done job, with all the building permits and other requirements you need.

Plumbing contractors are typically engaged in a wide variety of tasks including:


  • Installation, repair, and maintenance of water heaters
  • On-site waste disposal: estimating, bidding, accounting, and bookkeeping
  • Repair of sinks and toilets
  • water conservation
  • Fuel gas piping and building re-plumbing
  • Maintain a safe workplace
  • read construction plans

If you need to carry out any plumbing work for your business premises or inside your home, remember that before making any changes you need permits and licenses.

Suncoast Permits, building permit experts to help you get approved documents and get work done legally and within county safety regulations.