Plumbing Permit Guide

The purpose of this information is to assist  homeowners, builders and contractors through the Plumbing Permit process and provide information on the City's requirements for permits and inspections.

When is a Plumbing Permit Required?

Plumbing Permits are required when you wish to:

  • Install plumbing fixtures and system components.
  • Alter or extend an existing plumbing systems.
  • Install an in-ground swimming pool, spa pool or hot tub.
  • Install an in-ground irrigation sprinkler system.

Plumbing Permits are not required for:

  • For repairs to minor leaks in water pipes.
  • When replacing plumbing fixtures (C.S.A approved only).
  • When removing soil or waste pipe blockages (via system clean-outs only).

Plumbing Permit Application and Procedures

Click Here to Apply for a Plumbing Permit

A valid building permit must be issued in advance of applying for a plumbing permit, unless the work is exclusively plumbing related.

The applicant must:

  • Provide evidence of Plumbing Trade Qualification (contractor only).
  • Provide evidence of current City of New Westminster Business License (contractor only).
  • Provide evidence of Home Ownership (homeowners only).
  • Provide evidence of Approved Building Permit.

Process of Plumbing Permit Applications:

Upon receipt of a Plumbing Permit application, review and processing by the Plumbing Department requires a minimum of 48 hours. This time line may be extended due to:

  • volume of applications
  • complexity of the project
  • accuracy of the application

Issuance of a Plumbing Permit:

The Plumbing permit will be issued following the acceptance of a complete permit application. The applicant will be mailed a copy of the Plumbing permit.


  • Provide isometric drawings for dwellings units containing more than three bathroom groups (indicating both water pipe and drainage locations and sizes).
  • Sign declaration assuring plumbing knowledge and responsibility for project (homeowner doing plumbing work themselves only).
  • Provide all permit monies at the time of permit application.

For more information, please visit the plumbing permits page.