When do I need a Sewer Repair Permit?

A residential NJ sewer repair permit for sewer line repair is almost always needed if you are actually repairing pipes.  If you are going to repair, replace, relocate, install or add to the sewer piping system you need a permit.  If you are replacing a sewer pipe, relocating a sewer pipe, even relining a sewer pipe you will usually need a permit from your town plumbing or building department.  You should always check with the plumbing board of your NJ town to find out if a permit is required, especially if your sewer contractor says one is NOT required.  Most plumbing departments in NJ are helpful and will provide information over the phone.

Who can apply for a Sewer Line Repair Permit?

A sewer repair permit may be submitted by the property owner or a sewer contractor that is actively licensed according to the laws of the State of New Jersey (a NJ Licensed Master Plumber).  Ideally, the contractor will be one that is knowledgeable and has experience with the construction and repair of sewer facilities and will have experience with permits and inspections.

Sewer line repair is not work that property owners typically choose to do themselves: usually a NJ sewer contractor is hired to do the work and they submit applications for the sewer line repair permit for the homeowner.  Any work done on your sewer line, whether it is sewer repair, sewer replacement, sewer installation or even sewer cleaning should be done under the supervision of a New Jersey Licensed Master Plumber.

When is a Permit Not Required for Sewer Repair work?

Whether a permit is required for sewer work will depend on your town’s plumbing code. Generally in NJ a permit or a written notice is required for all plumbing work except the following (please check with your town’s plumbing department whether a permit is needed before authorizing or doing any work).

The following typically does not require a plumbing permit (please check with your city plumbing board):

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  • Replacement of valves and the working parts of valves , including hose bib valves, shower or combination bath/shower valves in residential single family dwellings;
  • Replacement of traps (such as sink traps, P-traps) except for commercial restaurant grease traps;
  • Refinishing of existing bathroom fixtures (this does not include relining of fixtures);
  • Replacement of a ball cock fill valve with a new an approved anti-siphon ballcock;
  • Repair of plumbing leaks which require replacement of plumbing piping between two adjacent joints only;
  • Replacement of a faucets, washing machines and dishwashers or their working parts;
  • Replacement of a flushing toilet, bathtub, shower or kitchen sink in a single family dwelling with the same fixture as long as no change is made to the piping;
  • Clearance of sewer or drain blockages (sewer cleaning);
  • Specifically excluded from this list is any alteration of, addition to, replacement or relocation of  any piping related to any water supply, sewer, drainage, standpipe, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping.

If you have any questions about whether you need a permit for your sewer repair job or you would like an estimate of the cost of your sewer repair please feel free to contact us: call us today at 201-645-0888.