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A plumbing permit is required when installing or altering plumbing equipment

About the Service

A plumbing permit is required under the provincial Safety Codes Act when installing or altering plumbing equipment such as: 

  • Sinks
  • Shower stalls
  • Wash basins
  • Water piping
  • Bathtubs
  • Auto washer
  • Drains
  • Laundry tubs
  • Backwater valves
  • Toilets
  • Backflow prevention devices

You do not require a permit to replace a fixture or maintain an existing system which remains in the same location.

Maintenance means the like-for-like repair or replacement of worn or damaged building components or systems, including mechanical and electrical systems, for their preservation or upkeep but not their improvement, renovation, remodel or upgrade.

How Do I Obtain the Service?

Apply for a plumbing permit together with the appropriate building permit type:

  • As part of a New House Permit application for a new single detached, semi-detached, row house or garden suite. New home plumbing work must be completed by a licensed mechanical contractor
  • As part of the Home Improvement Permit application in the case of an existing single detached house, garden suite, or a single address on a semi-detached house or row house

A plumbing permit is not to be applied for separately unless the project is limited to only plumbing work. Where the work includes other interior or exterior alterations, apply for a plumbing permit together with the appropriate building permit.

No fee refunds will be given if a standalone trade permit is applied for when trade permits should be included as part of the building permit project. 

To obtain a homeowners plumbing permit, a homeowner must own and occupy the single detached house for which this permit is intended and perform the work themselves.

Contractors must be licensed with the City of Edmonton.

Apply Online

Submit the application online.

Apply: Homeowners

Apply: Contractors & Professionals

Email or Drop off the Application

A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work and booking an inspection.

For inquiries and questions, please book a virtual or in-person appointment.


After your project has progressed to the right stage, you must request that a Safety Codes inspector visit your site.

Failure to complete required inspections may result in you having to remove finished walls and/or additional inspection costs and delays.

All required inspections for a project are listed in SelfServe after issuing a permit. You can request, cancel, or reschedule them there. You can also request inspections by calling 311 (outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311).

Review the Residential Inspections page to learn:

  • How to prepare for your inspection by displaying the address, providing safe access and having the reviewed permit documents printed on site for reference by the inspector 
  • At which stages to request inspections
  • How to request inspections
  • What to expect during each inspection type

For new single-family home construction:

For new duplex or semi-detached construction and for any other types of residential plumbing:

  • Effective January 1, 2024, $115 per address or unit, plus a minimum $4.60 Safety Code Fee
Contact the City About This Service

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation (by appointment):

Monday - Friday


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311