Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a plumbing permit?
- Where can a sump pump be discharged?
- How far off the property line must the sump pump discharge be?
- Is the County responsible for my sewer from the clean out to the street?
- Will the County pay for any damages as a result of a sewage back up in my basement?
- Can you recommend a plumber?
- Do I need to get a permit to replace my hot water heater?
- What number do I contact to get a water meter?
- How do I coordinate an inspection time?
- How can I obtain a plumbing application permit?
- Where can I obtain information and forms used in the plumbing process? May I file the permit?
Q. Do need a plumbing permit?
A. Plumbing permits are normally required for almost all types of plumbing work with the exception of clearing stoppage in waste lines.
If in doubt please contact Bill Witty at 410-887-3620.
Q. How far off the property line must the sump pump discharge be?
A. Sump pumps cannot be directly discharged onto an adjoining property. The point of discharge shall be 10 feet from any property line.
Q. Is the County responsible for my sewer from the clean out to the street?
A. The county is not responsible for any portion of the sewer line on private (homeowners) property. The sewer and the clean out are the property owner's responsibility. The clean out is located near the property line and is used by the county to clean their portion of the sewer from the property line to the main located in the street.
Q. Will the county pay for any damages as a result of a sewage back up in my basement?
A. 5.5 or drains 0.1 of the 2012 National Standard Plumbing Code (which has been adopted by Baltimore County) requires backwater valves to be installed on all fixtures and that are below the level of the street curb to protect against basement sewage backups. For damages as a result of sewage back up, contact the Insurance Division of Budget and Finance at 410-887-8400, and ask for Liabilities.
Q. How do I coordinate an inspection time?
A. You may take advantage of Inspection Connection where you will be able to schedule, reschedule, inquire about an inspection. Or, you can inquire about an inspection by calling 410-887-4638 and follow the prompts. You will need:
- Your permit number
- A three-digit inspection code provided on the website or by calling 410-887-4638
You and your contractor should coordinate your inspection requests so that they can be provided in a timely manner. To contact your area inspector call 410-887-3620, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 to 8 a.m. or 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Q. Where can I obtain information and forms used in the plumbing process? May I file the permit?
A. You may obtain information and forms, available online or call 410-887-3620. Only a licensed plumber may file a permit.
Revised April 11, 2014