Why are permits for your plumbing project so important?

The city wants to make sure that a licensed professional is working on your plumbing.

There have been shady contractors existing since the beginning of time. They can leave a tremendous amount of damage in their wake while also stealing money from hard-working people. Without a “Responsible Master Plumber’s license” it is impossible to obtain a permit from city offices to work legally. The requirements and testing for this license are extremely rigorous. It requires at least 15 years of working in the field under the supervision of a Master Plumber to become a Master. The hours worked in the field are documented by the state.  There are also written tests given by the state. This is designed to protect YOU, the consumer. By holding contractors accountable, the work performed for your property is completed safely and effectively.

The city wants to know that the work was completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

As we know already, raw sewage can be dangerous to you and the environment. When a trusted plumbing professional obtains a permit, the city will examine the scope of work and inspect the project as necessary to ensure that the work completed is safe for the environment and safe for your home. There are other risks besides sewage; if there are any leaks that are unknown, it can waste a tremendous amount of water. There are also backflow preventers and other types of equipment that need to be installed correctly to make sure that your home is safe from contaminated water. These are the types of things the city wants to know in order to keep the public safe. 

The City of Austin wants to protect the trees in our community.

You may have noticed that Austin is a very beautiful place to live. There is beautiful landscape everywhere you look, and Austin’s trees are a very important ingredient in that equation. The City of Austin has an entire department of arborists dedicated to preserving the trees in the Austin area. Often times plumbing work requires digging trenches in your yard to access the pipes underground. Sometimes this can impact the root system of the tree, causing long-term damage to the tree. However, some trees are designated as “protected” by the city and others are not. A protected tree is defined as having a trunk diameter of 19 inches or greater 4.5 feet up from the base. When the scope of a plumbing project potentially impacts the critical root zone of a protected tree, the city will want a qualified arborist to consult with the plumbing contractor to ensure the tree is not harmed.