Plumbing consists of the new installation, maintenance, repair, modification, extension or alteration of waste, domestic water, gas, sprinkler off the domestic water service (30 or less sprinkler heads), or standpipe (not connected to a sprinkler) systems in any building. Plumbing systems installation and modification in general cover five separate subsystems, and work may involve any one, or a combination of these systems:
Installation and modification work may also include plumbing fixtures, equipment, finishes and appliances, which are required elements of these subsystems and often critical in completing the project. For example, water heaters or furnaces / boilers, used for heating the building, and appliances including oven / cooking range in kitchen and dryers in laundry room, make up equipment and appliances under these subsystem. In outlining the plumbing project requirements, plumbing work may include any of the following major subsystems:
New York City Administrative Code clarifies work exempt from permit. For example, replacing an existing plumbing fixture is minor work that could be performed without a work permit.
In general, a Licensed Plumber may do the following without a permit:
The Department encourages anyone hiring a Construction Professional to check both their disciplinary and voluntary surrender records, as well as current license status. Property owners are responsible for any work performed on their buildings and should ensure qualified and experienced professionals that will comply with all requirements of the NYC Building Code and Zoning Resolution are hired.
The Know Your Construction Professional Directory provides disciplinary and voluntary surrender records for licensed Plumbers, Professional Engineers (P.E.) and Registered Architects (R.A.), Registrants and other Skilled Trades. Search our master list of all construction professionals monitored by the Department or search by category:
New York State-Licensed Professional Engineers – use the links below to contact the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) or the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) to find a New York State-licensed Professional Engineer:
New York State-Registered Architects – use the link below to find contact information for your local American Institute of Architects (AIA) chapter to find a New York State Registered Architect:
If the plumbing project exceeds the work allowed under the categories of Limited Plumbing Alteration work as described in NYC Administrative Code, a P.E. or R.A. must submit drawings, for approval by the Department, to obtain a work permit.
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