Hey, it's been a while since I've checked in. Got a question for us Jersey
guys. A guy I know has two houses, he lives in one & is fixing up the other,
possibly to rent or sell. He's done all the work in this house himself but
the plumbing, which he has asked me to advise him on. The house needs to
have the DWV piping re-roughed & new water piping installed. He is being
told by the building dept. in his town that he must hire a licensed plumber
to do the work & have his plumbing permit signed & sealed by a master
plumber. I think the town official who told him this is wrong. Is there a
state law in NJ saying that a homeowner cannot do his own plumbing work in
his own house? If it passes inspection, what difference does it make who
does it? I could understand if he was trying to do this for his next door
neighbor, in a house he doesn't own. Bottom line is, the guy really can't
afford to do what the town is telling him to do. I am a licensed master
plumber and, of course, I am reluctant to sign & seal a permit for work I am
not actually doing, which is what he would like me to do.
Federal law says the local authority must keep 3 copies
for use by the general pubic to use.
Federal law is above state law.
He must pay for the permit. He must show a drawing of
the plumming. It must be only for HIS home and for him
to live in it.
He must obtain a permit follow the code and pass inspection.
[ passing inspection is very hard if you do not know the code.]
The plumming code is law and is for the benefit of the public
as its a public health law. This is no joke nor any place to make
Its best he pay a Master to at least make a drawing, but due to
a possible lawsuit few masters would so.
I in fact thought it would be a great idea to use Auto Cad drawings
and sell them for each DIY. [ Like a doctor, why should I make
house calls ?]
It did not work.
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