A plumbing permit is required when installing or altering plumbing equipment
A plumbing permit is required under the provincial Safety Codes Act when installing or altering plumbing equipment such as:
- Shower stalls
- Wash basins
- Water piping
- Auto washer
- Laundry tubs
- Backwater valves
- 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.
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.
Submit the application online.
Email or Drop off the Application
- Download and complete the appropriate fillable PDF:
- Attach a detailed drawing with piping layout, including fitting descriptions and sizing, and any specifications to the completed application, and
- All homeowner permit applicants may be contacted by the permit issuer to confirm identity and residency by presenting government-issued photo ID, driver's licence or equivalent through a video call
- Begin work only after the City of Edmonton has issued the required permits following a satisfactory review of the application
- Request an inspection within the SelfServe project dashboard under the 'Inspections' heading, or if necessary, call 311
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 the work is completed, an inspection of the equipment is required
- All equipment that will be concealed must be inspected and approved before it is covered
- If the work has not had an inspection but has been covered, the inspector has the authority to request the area to be opened for inspection
Request an inspection within the SelfServe project dashboard under the 'Inspections' heading, or if necessary, call 311.
Find inspection information on the Safety Codes inspection services web page.
City of Edmonton
For new single-family home construction:
Effective January 1, 2023, the include details about plumbing fees
For new duplex or semi-detached construction and for any other types of residential plumbing:
- Effective January 1, 2023, $115 per address or unit, plus a minimum $4.50 Safety Code Fee