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Plumbing/Mechanic Permits

Alterations to an existing structure and/or change of current use of space within a structure may require a building permit or an over-the-counter permit.

  • Building Permit Required: Structural alterations with new openings in bearing walls, moving of interior structural members, changing the layout of interior spaces, changing the use of interior spaces.
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Permit Required: When the scope of the proposed project does not include any structural changes or change in use, but does include plumbing and/or mechanical work, then a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit is required.
  • Plumbing work includes, but is not limited to the installation or replacement of:
        • With the exception of a new electrical service, new electrical work can be included under a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit. If a new electrical service is to be installed, a separate over-the-counter Electrical Permit is required.
        • water heater
        • water distribution lines
        • sewage drain lines
        • sewage ejector pumps
        • sump pumps
        • bathtub/shower mixing valves
        • whirlpool/jetted bathtubs
        • Lawn irrigation systems or components
  • Mechanical work includes, but is not limited to the installation or replacement of:
        • Furnace
        • Boiler
        • Heat Pump
        • Air Conditioning Unit
        • Fireplace Inserts
        • Gas Log Sets
        • New Natural Gas Lines or Extensions of Natural Gas Lines

  • The permit fee, due at time of application, is based on the dollar value of the project.  Review the Residential Fee Schedule for permit fee information.

  • Either the property owner or agent of the owner (i.e. contractor) can make application for a Plumbing/Mechanical Permit.

  • A Plumbing/Mechanical Permit is valid for six months from date of issuance.  

  • All new work is subject to field inspection and approval prior to concealment and when work is completed.

  • If you are unsure what, if any, type of permit your project will require, please contact the Code Compliance Department prior to the commencement of any work.

Manheim Township • 1840 Municipal Drive • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 • 717-569-6408
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