Plumbing Permits

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A plumbing permit is required to install, renew, remove or change any plumbing equipment or a plumbing system, unless a permit for the work has been issued by the municipal inspector.  A qualified plumber licensed by the City of Medicine Hat must submit the permit application, unless the work is done under a Homeowner's Permit.

A Plumbing Permit is not required to install plumbing fixtures in a Single Family Dwelling if the rough-in piping has been completed under another permit.

Licensed Contractors:

Homeowner's Permit:
  • As a Homeowner, you are entitled to apply for a Homeowner's Permit if:
    • You own and reside at the premise to be plumbed, and
    • You will be personally installing the Plumbing system, and
    • You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the Safety Codes Act..
  • You may not apply for a Homeowner's Permit if:
    • You do not own and reside at the premise to be plumbed, or
    • You are not personally doing the plumbing, or
    • the work involves a Secondary Suite or Rental Property.
  • Complete the Plumbing Permit Application, Homeowner's Acceptance Form and a piping drawing of the work to be done and submit in person at the Planning, Building and Development department on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Note: If you have no previous knowledge or experience with plumbing systems, it would be in your best interest to hire a licensed plumber who is eligible to receive permits. Work completed by inexperienced individuals often requires extensive corrections to bring the installation up to code, and may create a serious hazard.

Permit Cancellation:
A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or telefax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:
  1. incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;
  2. information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the proposed work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;
  3. the proposed work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or
  4. the permit was issued in error.

Expiration of Permit:

A plumbing permit expires if the work is not commenced within 90 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

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