What is Planning Permission for Plumbing?
Planning permission for plumbing projects mostly consists of the Water Supply Regulations, which are put in place to ensure drinking water supplies remain healthy and safe. This means certain plumbing projects will require approval from local water suppliers before they are undertaken.
Once your claim has been submitted, local water suppliers will then approve or deny the project based on whether or not it could affect the safety of the water supply.
It’s important to note that the owner, occupier, plumber, or installer must follow the water supply regulations, and notify the relevant water supplier before any work begins. If the occupier or owner doesn’t gain permission, the duty rests fully with the plumber or installer.
Failing to obtain planning permission for plumbing projects can result in legal action or prosecution.
Which Plumbing Projects Require Planning Permission?
Planning permission for plumbing projects is applicable to both commercial and domestic jobs - for both new and existing properties. It can be required even when planning small, everyday projects – such as certain types of bidets, baths, or garden watering systems.