Plumbing permits

Information on plumbing permits licensed by the City of Minneapolis.

New plumbing permit application coming

As of Monday, January 2, 2023, all plumbing permit applications must be submitted using the new plumbing permit application. 

Important application information:

  • The new application will be released after 12 noon on Friday, December 30, 2022.
  • Make sure your permit application includes the current version date of "V01.23" in the footer of the document. Applications submitted on an older version will be rejected. 
  • Clear all internet/web browser caches on your computer, tablet or phone on January 1, 2023 to ensure you are using the most current (required) version of the plumbing permit application.

Other changes that will go into effect on January 2, 2023 for the plumbing permit application submittal and review process include:

  • Change from three (3) Work Types (Residential, Commercial with Food, Commercial without Food) to five (5) Work Types (Residential, Commercial Minor (not Food or Beverage related and 19 or fewer total fixtures), Commercial New Construction (all new commercial buildings regardless of use or type), Commercial Major (not Food or Beverage related and 20 or more total fixtures) and Food and Beverage establishments.
  • All permits that are submitted for work associated with the following new Work Types: Commercial New Construction, Commercial Major, or Food and Beverage will require the submittal of plumbing plans with a review and approval by CPED Construction Code Services review staff prior to permit issuance. A Plumbing Plan Submittal Requirements document will be added to the City plumbing permit application information shortly.
  • Any plumbing permit application work type that triggers a Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) review (including the Residential and the Commercial Minor work types) will also require the submittal of documentation for review and approval by HPC staff.
  • Updated fixture names and organization on page 2 of the plumbing permit application.

Find more information on the electronic (ePlan) plan submittal process

If you have questions, contact Minneapolis 311 and ask that a "Permit Question" case be set up for you.

Note: Many projects require more than one permit. To determine which permits you need for your project, contact Minneapolis 311. 

A plumbing permit is required to:

  • Replace or install fixtures (sinks, showers, tubs, etc.).
  • Replace or install water piping.
  • Replace or install a water heater.
  • Install a non-testable backflow preventer device.  Note: Testable backflow device is covered under Regulated Backflow Assembly (RBA) Program.
  • Connect gas appliances, such as stoves, dryers, or fireplaces, to gas piping.
  • mechanical permit is required for connecting a furnace.) Note: A licensed contractor must get the permit and perform the work of connecting the gas to the furnace. Find a licensed contractor 

When a plumbing permit is not required:

Unless the plumbing work poses an unsanitary or hazardous condition, the administrative authority Minneapolis Construction Code Services waives the permit, inspection, and testing requirements for the following plumbing work performed in one- and two-family dwellings,

  1. The reconnection of an existing water supply line to a replacement appliance that is in like kind and does not involve the replacement or alteration of the existing water supply line.
  2. Replacement of the internal working components of existing water closets, faucets, or valves.
  3. Replacement of sink faucets when the work does not include alterations to the existing plumbing piping system; or
  4. Replacement or resetting of water closets when the work does not include alterations to the existing plumbing piping systems.
  5. Replacement of a clean-out plug
  6. Minor repair of broken drain, waste, and vent pipes
  7. Minor repair of leaking fixtures
  8. Minor repair of leaking water pipes
  9. The reconnection or replacement of a dishwasher or ice maker
  10. New or replacement of garbage disposals

Additional information regarding plumbing work that may be exempt can be found in the Minnesota Plumbing Code MN Rules Chapter 1300.0215.

Emergency repairs

Emergency repairs can be done without first obtaining the necessary permits but the permits must be obtained after the work has been completed within a reasonable timeframe.

Licensing requirements

A homeowner who is the occupant of a single-family detached dwelling or single-family attached dwelling may apply for a permit to perform plumbing work as listed above on that property. (Note: single-family detached and attached dwellings as defined in Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Section 89.30)

The City of Minneapolis issues licenses to plumbing contractors. A contractor applying for a license must either hold a City of Minneapolis Certificate of Competency at the master level or employ a tradesperson who does. Obtain a business license

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