Why do I need a permit to replace an existing toilet or water heater?

The State has established requirements for low flow toilets due to water shortages, which includes requirements inspections by the City to verify that the toilet is low flow and properly installed. In commercial businesses, the City must also verify that the toilet is ADA or “accessibility” compliant. There are special Code requirements for the proper installation of a water heater, which are designed to protect the public since water heaters can explode and cause extensive damage if not properly installed.