Are Plumbing Permits Required When Changing a Water Heater?

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Water HeaterI keep getting asked this question, which makes me wonder if someone out there is telling customers you can save money by not getting a permit. Yes, most municipalities require permits. Permits are for your benefit, ensuring that the proper safety and technical requirements have been met in the installation of your water heater. Your water heater is not only connected to water, but also either gas or electricity. If it’s gas, there are venting issues to handle so that carbon monoxide does not become a threat. By having your local plumbing official inspect the installation, you can be assured it complies with all the necessary standards.