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

Currently, Manhattan 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, Manhattan Beach water heater and plumbing codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While intended to 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 can answer any specific questions you have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Manhattan Beach

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Manhattan Beach

Approved Location – California Plumbing regulations do not allow hot water heaters from being located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless for dedicated use). This prevents human contact with the small amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that emits from gas water heater vents. It also prevents the possibility of accidents. Manhattan Beach currently enforces this.

Earthquake Straps – California is located in an earthquake zone and accordingly, regulations are in place for earth quake safety. Hot water heaters must have certified earthquake straps – one on the top third of the tank and one on the bottom third. Most inspectors in Manhattan Beach enforce this regulation.

Pans and Drains – The concern of water leakage increases if water heaters are placed on a built-in platform or in an inside location. The CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the tank with a drain line running to the exterior as a preventive measure for the possibility of leaking water. Manhattan Beach requires the drain line to the exterior.

Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – The P&T relief is required to run from your water heater to the outside in order to prevent accidental scalding while the P&T relief is discharging. This requirement is enforced by Manhattan Beach.

Dedicated Water Shutoff –You can turn off the water to the hot water heater while it is being serviced with a dedicated water shutoff, and still have water in the rest of the house. Manhattan Beach actively enforces this code item.

Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – Grease pack valves are no longer approved by the CA Plumbing Code as they are known to have a high failure rate, and should be replaced if being used in your water heater. During our hot water heater inspection, if a grease pack valve is found we are required to inform you and recommend its replacement. Manhattan Beach enforces this code.