Government of New Brunswick

Overview

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

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.

Eligibility

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

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. To qualify for a plumbing contractor licence, applicants must hold a New Brunswick Plumber's Licence, 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.

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

Description

In order to apply for your first-time technical licence you may choose one of the following options:

• Print and fill in your application and fax it to 506-457-7394 or email it to TISFTN@gnb.ca. Once received an agent will contact you for payment by credit card.

• Print and fill in your application and mail it with a cheque or money order payable to the Minster of Finance to:

Department of Public Safety - Technical Inspection Services
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1

• Call 1-888-659-3222 and have all required information from the application ready to give over the phone, including credit card for payment.


FOR LICENCE RENEWALS ONLY, please visit Service New Brunswick online at www.snb.ca/tis to complete online, or visit one of the following Service New Brunswick Centers: Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston, Woodstock.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/services/fees-frais/2011/2011PSPlumbersLicence.pdf,
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/services/fees-frais/2011/2011PSBackflowPreventionDeviceTestersLicence.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 2011-04-01
  New and annual renewal400.002003-01-01
Backflow prevention device tester's licence 2003-01-01
  New and annual renewal50.002011-04-01