For repairs of the building drain and/or the storm drain inside the structure:
Homeowners / homesteaders may apply for a permit to install plumbing, gas fitting, and inside water piping work on one and two-family dwellings. For two-family dwellings, the homeowner / homesteader may only install general plumbing work in the unit they live in. All homeowners / homesteaders are required to complete a Homeowner’s Affidavit and Plumbing permit application.
Homeowners / homesteaders are not allowed to install their own plumbing for the following:
- New single-family dwellings
- New duplex or any other new residential unit
- Vacant buildings
- Commercial property
Homeowners applying for Plumbing, Gas Fitting, and Inside Water Piping Permits must apply in person. The only plumbing permits available online are repair and/or replace for contractors only.
If you have any questions about what type of permit you need to obtain, please call 651-266-8989 for more information.
Commercial Plumbing Contractors permit regulations
Inside the Structure:
A Plumbing / Gas Fitting Contractor must be properly licensed and obtain permits to engage in the business, trade or work having to do with the installation, remodel, alteration or repair of plumbing and gas systems, or part thereof, in the City of Saint Paul. For more information click here.
A plumbing plan review may be required. See Plumbing Plan Review for more information.
Outside the Structure:
For sewer work outside the structure, please see the City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works Sewer Utilities.
Exception: outside gravity grease interceptors are permitted through DSI. Permits may be obtained by licenses contractors only. Note: please use line 14 on the permit application for this work.
Individual Sewage Treatment Systems (Septic Systems)
This permit may only be issued to a MPCA registered professional who is endorsed to do this work. If you have any questions, contact DSI at 651-266-9051, or email the DSI Message Center.
For additional information regarding these systems, please click here (add link to septic systems page).
See Chapter 33.03 and Chapter 33.04 of the City of Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about plumbing work and fees.
Expiration & Renewal
Each permit issued shall expire if the work authorized by the permit is not commenced within 180 days from the date issued, or if the work is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work has begun for a period of 180 days.
In addition, exterior work done on a one or two-family dwelling (including garages) must be completed within one year from the date issued.
Interior and exterior work done on commercial properties (including hotels and apartment buildings) where the permit valuation is under $500,000 must be completed within one year from the date issued.
See Chapter 33.04 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.