Plumbing Permits

Permit Requirements


A plumbing permit is required to:
  • Install or replace a plumbing fixture (bathtub, shower, water heater, etc.).
  • Install, repair or replace a water supply line, storm or sanitary drainage line or vent line.
  • Mechanical de-rooting of a sanitary drainage system to remove a blockage.
A plumbing permit is not required to
  • Replace a rubber or fiber washer in an existing faucet.
  • Use a rubber plunger to remove a blockage drainage system.

Who Can Do Plumbing Work


The owner-occupant of a single-family dwelling may perform his / or her own plumbing work, but must first obtain a plumbing permit at the Cohoes Building Department. Before a plumber starts work, ask to see the plumbing permit. Only emergency repairs can be made before a plumbing permit is issued, but a permit must be obtained within 48 hours of an emergency repair and the work must be inspected.

Where to Get A Building or Plumbing Permit


You can get a permit at the
Cohoes Building Department
9 Mohawk Street
2nd floor
Cohoes, NY 12047

You can also call 518-233-2127 for more information. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How to Get a Permit


An owner or his contractor can apply for the permit. Depending on the type of work planned, you may need a survey of the property and plans or drawings that show details of construction. You can call ahead to check.

Permit applications must be checked against the various codes the City enforces - building, housing, plumbing, zoning, preservation, etc. Specially trained staff in the Cohoes Building Department will help you with this process. In most cases fees are based upon the cost of the project; in some cases the fees are pre-set. You can call ahead to check.

When a permit application is approved, a permit card is issued and must be displayed on the job until the work is finished. A set of approved construction plans should remain on the job site during the period of construction. Inspections of the work are performed to insure the project complies with the code and is performed professionally.