Every few years, Ventura County 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.

Currently, most towns in and around Ventura County 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.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Ventura County

Codes Currently Being Enforced in Ventura County

The following are safety regulations that we have found are typically enforced in towns in and around Ventura County. We go to great lengths to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, but please consult your installer, whose knowledge will be in-depth and up-to-date.

Approved Location – To prevent accidents, water heaters cannot be located in a closet (unless it is reserved for only the water heater). As well, hot water heaters cannot be located in bedrooms or bathrooms. As tiny amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) may be released from gas water heater vents, this regulation prevents human contact and accidents. Ventura County enforces this requirement.

Earthquake Straps – Certified earthquake straps are required on hot water heaters for your safety. The straps should be located at the bottom and top thirds of the heater. The majority of Ventura County inspectors enforce this for your safety.

Pans and Drains – A water heater which is located on a built-in platform OR in an interior location where damage may occur from water leakage is to have a pan with a drain line to the exterior positioned under the unit. The CA Plumbing Code requires this and our experience shows that Ventura County will enforce it.

Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – Your P&T relief drain must be run to the exterior as required by the California Plumbing Code. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent scalding if a person walks near the hot water heater during pressure and temperature relief discharge. Ventura County currently enforces this.

Dedicated Water Shutoff – If you need to turn off the water line running to the hot water heater for any reason, a dedicated water shutoff on your water heater will allow water to continue being used in the rest of the house. Ventura County actively enforces this requirement.

Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – While inspecting a hot water heater, we will also check the dedicated gas valve to the tank. If we find a grease pack valve, we will recommend replacement as they are known to fail and are not approved because of this. This item is currently enforced in Ventura County.

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