One of the questions we’re often asked as NYC plumbers is “Do I need a permit to get this plumbing work done?” It’s a good question, as the Department of Buildings has many complex rules and regulations. As a building owner or property manager, you want to make sure that everything is done in compliance, otherwise you can wind up with expensive fines.
Here’s the situation. This issue on most NYC plumbing upgrades is not permits; it’s the fact that you’re required to have a licensed plumber do the job. If it’s a simple repair – think fixing a leaking sink – or you’re replacing a plumbing fixture with the same kind of plumbing fixture – think replacing your faucet – then you don’t need a licensed plumber. For everything else, you’re required to have a NYC licensed plumber do the work.
This is especially important when you’re talking about your sprinkler system, fire suppression system components, boiler, gas appliances and other similar work. In some instances, there are permits or other paperwork associated with having this work completed; your NYC licensed plumber is generally the one who handles this.
Heating systems are a special area of concern. Moving or replacing a radiator doesn’t require a licensed plumber, but if there’s work being done to the boiler, or extensive piping work needs to be done within the building, you do.
NYC building owners also have to have sprinkler systems inspected regularly. The Department of Buildings has their own inspectors; any NYC licensed Master plumber who pulls the relevant permits can also perform this work for you. If you’re not sure about your plumber’s license, ask: having this information can make sure you’re fully covered in case there are any questions about the inspection later!