Government of New Brunswick
  • Description
  • Fees
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  • Overview

    Plumbing licences are required to ensure that qualified individuals perform plumbing work.

    Eligibility

    To qualify for a Plumber's Licence, applicants must hold a New Brunswick Certificate of Qualification in the plumbing trade.

    To qualify for a plumbing contractor licence, appplicants must hold a New Brunswick Plumber's License, must have two (2) years of experience as a journeyman plumber, must have successfully completed a contractor's exam or must be an employee person with qualifications and must pass the contractor's exam.

    To qualify for a Backflow Prevention Tester Licence, applicants must hold a Certificate from an accredited organization as a certified backflow prevention device tester and a Certificate of Qualification in one of the following trades: plumber, steamfitter-pipefitter, or sprinkler system installer. Applicants must hold a current certificate of calibration for testing equipment.

    All plumbing system construction work must be done by a provincially licenced plumber who is employed by a licenced plumbing contractor. Homeowners may perform plumbing work on their principal residence, provided that they meet the terms and conditions set out by the Chief Plumbing Inspector.

    Description

    A Plumber Licence authorizes the holder to install, alter, extend, renew or repair plumbing systems, or make a building sewer connection or disconnection while being employed by a New Brunswick licenced plumbing contractor.

    A Plumbing Contractor Licence authorizes the holder to contract to install, alter, extend, renew or repair plumbing systems, or make a building sewer connection or disconnection.

    A Backflow Prevention Tester Licence authorizes the holder to test all installed testable backflow prevention devices.

    A list of the latest fee changes are provided in the Annual Revenue Estimate located in the fees section.

    Changes To Fees

    This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
    2011 PS Plumber's Licence.pdf,
    2011 PS Backflow Prevention Device Tester's Licence.pdf


    Fees

    Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

    Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
    YYYY-MM-DD
    Plumber's licence  
      New and annual renewal50.002011-04-01
    Plumbing contractor's licence  
      New and annual renewal400.002012-02-27
    Backflow prevention device tester's licence  
      New and annual renewal50.002011-04-01
    Contact Email Location
    Contact SNB (Payment Only) snb@snb.ca
    Bathurst
    Campbellton
    Edmundston
    Fredericton
    Miramichi
    Moncton
    Saint John
    Woodstock