Obtaining a gas line permit is sometimes a necessary evil.
There is added protection having a third party confirming the work is up to industry standards which may also include additional requirements that may have been imposed from your local jurisdiction.
The added cost and inconvenience of providing access for your local inspector can sometimes seem overwhelming if you’re having to miss work or other activities.
Keep in mind that your local inspector has your best interest in mind and wants to ensure that your safety comes first.
So, let’s get started with obtaining a gas line permit, which can take from 1 day up to months just to get the approval that will allow you to have the work begin.
A call or visit to your local building department will help in the determination if you really need a permit or not. Some repairs of gas lines do not require a permit to be pulled in order to complete the work.
It starts off with a gas line permit process fee which can range from under $200 up into the thousands depending on the valuation of your project. For example, if your gas line project is under $2000 then your permit process fee would be $150 in most jurisdictions.
As the owner of your home or business, you are allowed to obtain your own permit in most jurisdictions, if you or a properly licensed contractor will be doing the work.
The next step would be having the forms filled out, and again this could be a very quick process or something much, much more. For the basic form in some jurisdictions, just the basics are required.
Fill out the form with the names of the owner and contractor, address, a brief description, your signature, and check is all that is needed.
Other jurisdictions may require a drawing, load calculations for both existing and proposed gas lines, along with code requirements, specifications of the proposed gas appliances and allowable pressure drops. On this one, you may want to have your contractor who should be familiar with the whole process and who must be licensed and insured to pull the permit take on this responsibility.
Just having someone there who is known by the building department may help to avoid delays and keep your project on schedule.
Once approved then take your permit and post it on the front of your home or building, keeping in mind it must be visible from the street.
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Now your project can begin which leads us to the next step. Once the rough piping has been installed you will need to have it inspected. Remember most jurisdictions require a 24-hour notice to schedule your inspection. Also, you will need to ensure that the inspector has access to see all the gas piping which means an adult will need to be present if the inspection will take place in any part of your home or building.
If all the piping is outside then a note stating the inspector has your permission to enter your property and complete the inspection as needed will allow him to complete the inspection. Typically no inspector will enter any structure without an adult present for liability reasons and company policies.
Next, you will need to have the hookup of any gas appliances completed then notify the building department to come again and perform a final inspection.
Following these procedures will be sufficient for most jurisdictions and for most projects. Keep in mind there are projects that can be much more involved and time-consuming.
At The Gas Connection, we have installed or serviced over 300,000 gas appliances over the last 39 years and are known throughout the industry including every building department as the leading gas line installation company that specializes in gas lines.
We know every building department and virtually every inspector, many of whom have had us install gas lines for them and their families because of the trust they acquired by observing our workmanship.
If you have questions, ask us, we are the experts and can answer or guide you through this whole process. There is a reason that thousands of homeowners and contractors trust us to not only install the gas line that is needed but to handle the complete permit process.