Is a plumbing permit required for my project?

A plumbing permit is required for the erection, installation, enlargement, alteration, repair, removal, conversion or replacement of any plumbing system regulated by the plumbing code. Work should not be started until a plumbing permit has been issued.


Plumbing permits are not required for the following:

  • The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste, or vent pipes. However, if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the drain or pipe with new material, then the work is considered new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in the code.
  • The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, if the repairs do not involve or required the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.


Click the following links to view the Plumbing Information Sheet and a Plumbing Permit.

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1. What construction codes (building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical) does the City of Portage administer and enforce?
2. Is a building permit required for my project?
3. Is an electrical permit required for my project?
4. Is a plumbing permit required for my project?
5. Is a mechanical permit required for my project?
6. If a homeowner is doing the work is a permit (building, electrical, plumbing or mechanical) still necessary?
7. Do I need a permit to construct a driveway or work in the public right of way?
8. Do I need a permit for a new roof?
9. Do I need a permit to run a business from my home?
10. Do I need a permit for a fence?
11. When do I have to get a sign permit?
12. Do I need a permit to have an outdoor promotional event for my business?
13. I want to build a shed. What are the requirements and do I need a building permit?
14. I am planning a residential building project. What are the requirements and do I need a building permit?