Government of New Brunswick


Plumbing permits are required for the construction of all plumbing systems and must be obtained before construction begins.


Plumbing permits are issued to New Brunswick licensed plumbing contractors or to homeowners performing work on their own premises (provincial permits only. Homeowner permits are not available within the municipal jurisdictions of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.) Homeowners will be required to prove their competence in the plumbing trade.

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.

Plumbing Plan Approval are required for plumbing installations having more than thirty (30) fixtures.


A plumbing permit must be purchased by a plumbing contractor before starting the installation, extension, alteration, renewal or repair of a plumbing system.

A special homeowner's plumbing permit is issued to an owner-occupant of a single residential building for the installation, extension, alteration, renewal or repair of plumbing system.

The municipalities of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John issue plumbing permits to cover work in their jurisdictions.

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:,


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Plumbing Permit50.002003-01-01
  plus for each fixture20.002011-04-01
  plus for each roof drain30.002003-01-01
Homeowner's Plumbing Permit225.002003-01-01
  plus for each fixture 20.002011-04-01
Special Plumbing Permit50.002011-04-01
  plus for each fixture11.002011-04-01