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You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Long Beach?”

Currently, Long Beach does require a permit for a water heater installation. The good news is we can pull the permit for you, and it will not slow down any work on our end.

Every few years, Long Beach water heater and plumbing codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While they increase your overall home safety, these code requirements can result in extra installation charges.

Some customers scoff at the idea of paying for a permit for a water heater replacement, but the fact of the matter is water heaters can be dangerous if not installed correctly. In fact, water heaters cause more property damage than any other home appliance. And if the unit is not installed to code by a licensed professional and causes damage, your home insurance could reject any claims. That’s why we put a premium on safety and doing everything by the book.

Your expert technician will go over an item-by-item checklist of all applicable safety codes needed for your installation prior to any work being completed, or cost to you.

We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but your local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Long Beach, CA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Long Beach

Approved Location – Regulations state that hot water heaters cannot be located in areas such as closets, bathrooms or bedrooms (unless it’s used exclusively for the water heater). This prevents accidents as well as human contact with slight amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that can escape from gas heater vents. Long Beach enforces this regulation.

Earthquake Straps – As residents of California know, the state is in an earthquake zone. Earthquake straps are required on the bottom and top thirds of your hot water heater. Long Beach enforces this regulation for your safety.

Pans and Drains – If your water heater is positioned in an interior location or on a built in platform damage could occur from leakage. The CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the hot water heater with a drain line to the exterior. Long Beach enforces this requirement.

Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To prevent accidental scalding while the water heater P&T drain is discharging, the CA Plumbing Code requires your P&T relief to be run to the exterior. Long Beach currently enforces this.

Dedicated Water Shutoff – If your hot water heater needs servicing, a dedicated water shutoff allows you to turn the water to the water heater off without having to turn off the water to the rest of the house. This code item is actively enforced in Long Beach.

Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – While doing the inspection of your hot water heater, we will recommend replacement if we find a grease pack valve. Grease pack valves are well-known for failure and are no longer approved by the California Plumbing Code. Long Beach is currently enforcing this item.