City Planning

City Planning

Plumbing Inspections

The Plumbing Inspections group is comprised of six State of Ohio certified plumbing inspectors, one of which is also serves as the Supervising Inspector and the Plumbing Plan Examiner for the group.

These six individuals provide all of the inspections for the sanitary piping, water service, storm water piping and plumbing fixtures that serve a building.

To insure the health of the end users of a plumbing system all work is required to be performed by a State of Ohio licensed plumbing contractor, licensed journeyman plumber or registered apprentice with work and inspections performed in accordance with the permit requirements.

Plumbing Permits

A permit, along with the required health and safety inspections, are required for all new and replacement plumbing installations. The replacement of existing plumbing fixtures also requires a permit and subsequent inspections.

A completed application with 2 sets of plans that adequately detail the intended work is the first step in obtaining a permit.

Drawings for one-, two-, and three-family residential work will not require the seal of a state registered professional engineer or architect, but a piping schematic of the waste and vent system is required.

Separate permits are required for outside site utility work on a sanitary or storm sewer lateral. (Please acquire your sewer tap permit(s) from MSD first).

For plumbing work other that repair or replacement fixtures, a building permit is generally required before a plumbing permit can be issued.

Walk-ins are welcome between 8 a.m. and Noon, Monday through Friday, for residential and small commercial permits. Appointments should be made for consultations and larger commercial work.

Schedule An Inspection

The Plumbing Inspection Group will make every effort to provide same-day inspections if called in by 9 a.m.. Please call us at 513-352-3280, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. for inspections.

Additional Services

The Plumbing Inspection section also maintains an active backflow protection program in cooperation with the Greater Cincinnati Water Works where all backflow preventers are inspected, tagged, tested and incorporated into the GCWW database for annual testing.


Plumbing codes have been developed over the years to promote health and safety.

While the specifics vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they all share one common element: to minimize the spread of disease.

The objectives of a good local plumbing system are to provide a building with a safe drinking-water supply and a system for the removal of liquid waste. The system must operate within the parameters of standards and codes that are intended to ensure the quality and functionality of plumbing systems and to protect the health of the building occupants as well as the health of the public in general.

The installation of plumbing systems are overseen by qualified public authorities that specify the requirements for its design, composition and management, and the training and practices of the plumbers and operators who build and maintain the systems