Plumbing Permit Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule
Type of Permit
Single Fixture Only
  • Residential or Commercial (Minimum Fee) - $45
New Residential Buildings (Each Dwelling Unit)
  • Up to 3 inspections - $175
  • Each additional inspection - $30
Existing Residential Buildings (Addition, Remodel or Replacement)
  • First fixture - $75
  • Each additional fixture - $10
New or Existing Commercial, Educational, Dormitories, Sororities, Fraternities, Churches, or Farm Buildings
  • First fixture - $150
  • Each additional fixture - $10
Re-inspection Fee (Per Building)
  • $30
Water piping - charged as single fixture
No charge for water piping done in conjunction with other plumbing work
  • $45

Section 4.3.3 of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code

As required under Section 4.3.3 of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, permits to perform plumbing work shall be issued to licensed plumbers only. Permits to perform plumbing issued to persons licensed by the Board of Examiners of lumbers as Journeyman plumbers only, are issued on condition that such licensed Journeyman plumbers must comply with the definition of a "Journeyman", a person who himself does any work in plumbing subject to inspection under any law, ordinance, by-law, rule or regulation. A violation of this statute shall be subject to penalties as prescribed under Section 6 of Chapter 142 of the General Laws. Permits may be canceled if in the opinion of the Inspector of Plumbing, the code has been violated. Permits shall be invalid if work is not started within 90 days of the date thereon. Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 211 amended Chapter 142 Section 21A; "Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, no licensed plumber or gas fitter, acting in the capacity of a self-employed contractor, shall be issued a permit for the performance of plumbing and gas fitting, pursuant to this chapter unless the licensee has a current liability insurance policy including completed operations coverage, which has been issued by an insurance company licensed to do business within the commonwealth, or other type of indemnity against liability providing substantially equivalent coverage, or a bond. The licensee shall check the appropriate block on the uniform application to perform plumbing and gas work. In lieu of such insurance requirement, plumbing and gas inspectors shall accept the signature of the owner or his agent on the uniform application for a permit to perform plumbing or gas work upon the property of said owner."

Effective: October 1, 2005