If you are thinking about applying for a plumbing permit in Kentucky, you should visit the official website of the Kentucky government regarding the Plumbing Code changes introduced in June 2020 and published by the Director of Plumbing.
Certain rules are to be followed:
- A plumbing construction permit should be obtained before construction, alteration, or installation of plumbing activities. This is applicable for all individuals, firms and, businesses associated with such activities.
- The permit has to be issued by the Division of Plumbing.
- Permits are issued to owners of houses for plumbing in their residences and licensed master plumbers.
- A licensed journeyman plumber should install all plumbing works, and a licensed master plumber would supervise his work. A homeowner who is doing plumbing work with his own permit is exempted from this rule.
An individual having a plumbing permit can have his project inspected 5 times without additional fees. For an additional inspection, the fee is 50 dollars, which must be paid before the final inspection. If the cost of a plumbing permit is more than 200 dollars, there would be no additional inspection fee.
A Plumbing Inspector is not allowed to review or approve plans in the following cases:
- An accommodation meant for rent but has not been occupied
- An unlicensed day-care facility
- A private water system project which has not obtained approval from the Division of Water
- A sewerage treatment plant or the main extension sewerage which does not have required approval from the Division of Water
About the Kentucky Division of Plumbing:
The Division of Plumbing is responsible for consumer protection, public health, and compliance with the Kentucky State Plumbing Code requirements. It is entitled to perform the following activities:
- Conducting examinations
- Issue licenses to journeyman and master plumbers
- Review the plans of all public and privately owned buildings to be constructed for public service
- Approve the construction of all buildings meant for public service
- Issue construction permits for plumbing
- Inspect all plumbing installations to verify whether they comply with the Kentucky State Plumbing Code
- Implement administrative regulations related to plumbing as per the Kentucky State Plumbing Code
- Establish fees for issuing plumbing permits and inspections. The fees should be reasonable.
When do you require a plumbing permit?
A plumbing permit is mandatory if:
- There is a new plumbing installation
- Relocation or shifting of a fixture, waste opening, soil, or conductor for an existing installation
- Installing a new house sewer
- Replacing an existing house sewer
- Adding a backflow prevention device for an existing water service
- Installation of a new water heater
- Replacement of an existing water heater
For a master plumber, a new plumbing permit is required in the following cases:
- A master plumber takes over an installation that was earlier assigned through a permit to some other master plumber or owner of a house
- A master plumber takes over the responsibility to test or repair an installation that was constructed by some other individual
A journeyman plumber is not allowed to construct, install, or alter plumbing, sewerage, or drainage unless he is working under a licensed master plumber’s supervision with a valid permit.
The Kentucky Division of Plumbing will issue a permit for construction, installation, and alteration of plumbing, sewerages, or drainages to the following individuals:
- A licensed master plumber
- A homeowner
The homeowner requires the permit for carrying out plumbing activities in an accommodation occupied by him or at his residence. The application has to be made before he starts the activity.
He has to submit the application form and an affidavit declaring that he would follow the terms and conditions as mentioned. The plumbing activities have to be carried in compliance with the rules and to be personally done by him.
The homeowner should not have in his possession another homeowner permit for construction of a new home within the last 5 years.
How to submit a plumbing plan:
There should be a complete form of Plan Application and three sets of identical plans, which would consist of:
- A complete plan of the flooring
- The drainage, vent, and wastage system represented in an isometric plumbing diagram
- A site utility plan
These should be submitted for review and approval.
A plumbing permit would expire one year after the issuance date if construction work has not started or the construction activity is suddenly stopped for 12 months or more.
For obtaining a plumbing permit, an appointment has to be taken with the State Plumbing Inspectors, who visit the Local Health Departments every week. You can get the permit only through them as Local Health Departments are not authorized to issue Plumbing Permits on their own. Also, it is mandatory to get an On-Site-Sewage Permit before getting a Plumbing Permit.
Repairing activities related to leaks, cocks, valves, and cleaning of waste or sewer pipes are exempt from permits.