Government of New Brunswick


Plumbing inspections are carried out to ensure compliance with the requirements of the National Plumbing Code of Canada (2010).

The National Plumbing Code of Canada contains the minimum health and safety requirements for plumbing installations.


Any person can make a written request to the Chief Plumbing Inspector for a special inspection of a plumbing system.

The holder of a homeowner's plumbing permit is entitled to three plumbing inspections, if necessary.

Owners of buildings with testable backflow prevention devices are responsible for having the devices tested annually.


Any plumbing system that has been installed, extended, altered, renewed or repaired by a plumbing contractor or owner-ocupant may be inspected by an inspector to ensure installation meets minimum safety standards.

Provincial inspections are carried out on an auditing basis according to risk priority. Specific requests for inspections are subject to availability and may be subject to special inspection fees. The cities of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John carry out their own inspections.

Backflow prevention device tests are conducted on installation or repair of the device and annually thereafter. Results are submitted to the Chief Plumbing Inspector.

Testable backflow prevention devices must be inspected annually by holders of a provincial backflow prevention device tester's licence.

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 Special Inspection-Plumbing.pdf


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Special Inspection
  During regular working hours100.00/hour/heure2011-04-01
  After regular working hours150.00/hour/heure2011-04-01
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