Permit Fees

Permit Areas

  • Amador County

  • Eldorado County

  • Placer County

  • Sacramento County

  • San Joaquin County

  • Solano County

  • Sutter County

  • Yolo County

Permit Cost

$80

$115

$120

$100

$90

$115

$90

$140

Permit Service*

$90

$90

$80

$80

$90

$90

$90

$80

Total cost & Service

$170

$205

$200

$180

$180

$205

$180

$220

Homeowners may obtain their own permit or may choose to pay for the service, service includes

submitting permit application & paying all fees, scheduling inspectors visit to view completed work. *Permit service provided by “Quick Permit Services” 916-459-6562 an independent company.

 

DO I NEED A PERMIT FOR SACRAMENTO, PLACER, YOLO COUNTY AREAS

Not all areas require a permit for water heater replacements. If your home is located within Sacramento, Yolo or Placer cities and/or counties,YES PERMITS ARE REQUIRED, per (2013 CPC Section 502.1) these areas have had recent code changes regarding water heater installation, these changes effect the environment, health, safety and protection of your family and home.

PERMIT COST

Permit fees range from $80 to $215 this fee is paid directly to the City or County depending on your city or county where the water heater is located. Permits require homeowners and plumbers to complete the work properly using only approved materials and installation methods required by local building codes, this can increase the replacement cost to the customer and to the plumber.

PERMIT SERVICE

We offer our customers a service to obtain your permit, for a flat fee of only $80 plus the cost of the permit, This fee includes our independent permit service company to obtain your permit through your local building department and schedule an on-site plumbing inspector to visit your home to inspect the completed work. Inspectors must have access to your property to inspect and approve the completed work.

WHY DO I NEED A PERMIT

An inspector is going to assure you, that the water heater was installed correctly and meets all local code requirements. Only a licensed plumber is allowed to install a water heater. If a water heater is installed by a home owner, a handyman or an unlicensed contractor, there can be issues if something goes wrong. If the water heater was installed incorrectly and it causes flood damage or a fire inside the house the insurance company may deny your claim for damages.

Code requirements regarding water heater installations have changed alot in the last few years, and inspectors want to make sure these changes are fully implemented.

For instance, all new water heaters installed in Sacramento and Yolo counties must be fitted with a thermal expansion tank to help reduce the wear and tear that water pressure fluctuations can cause to pipes and plumbing fixtures including your water heater tank. A water heater that is located inside the home, must have a drip pan fitted underneath it to catch any water that may leak. A gas drip leg must also be installed to the gas line to catch any debris and/or condensate traveling through the line before it reaches the gas control valve, the way the flue vent is installed including clearances must be viewed.

There are many more code related requirements that must be met, such as clearances, vent sizing, gas line sizing, temperature/pressure valve, drain etc. All these requirements are in place to make sure that your water heater will operate efficiently and safely. Incorrectly installed water heaters are responsible for a number fire and deaths here in the United States every year and that is why Water Heater Pros Installs every water heater correctly and to current codes. We take your safety seriously.

CAN I GET MY OWN PERMIT?

Yes, homeowners may obtain their own permits and schedule the inspection themselves. Permits must be obtained from your local building department permit division, a permit application must be filled out and given to the clerk. You will then be required to pay the fee(s) to obtain the permit, some building departments now have on-line service to obtain a permit.

After the permit has been issued, and after the work is completed an inspection per (2013 CPC Section 503.2) must be scheduled by phone or website.

Someone must be home on day of inspection to give the inspector access the the work. The permit must be onsite and available for the inspector to view and sign off on the work as PASSED or if FAILED the work must be corrected and the inspector re-scheduled for follow-up inspection.

 

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