The State of Maryland designates this responsibility to WSSC. An improperly installed gas water heater, or other appliance, can be the cause of unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in a home and can also lead to explosions.
The Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties does not allow homeowners to install gas appliances. You must contact a WSSC-licensed plumber who will obtain a permit, check the installation, then set up a WSSC inspection.
Call WSSC at 301-206-4004. We’ll check the inspection records for your address, and let you know if a permit and inspection are needed.
Yes. Currently master plumbers can purchase short-form permits in batches, without providing an installation address for each permit. The plumbers are supposed to assign a permit to a specific installation address, write that address on the permit and give it to you when they come to install the appliance. WSSC learns about the installation through the phone call to set up an inspection. Now, WSSC is pursuing code changes that would require installers provide an address for each permit within a few days of purchase. We are also evaluating software that will make the tracking of permits, installations and inspections much easier.
18 months to three years.
The permit allows installation, but does not guarantee the installation was done properly. A WSSC inspection is still required. Call us at 301-206-4004 to set up an inspection. However, the inspection will be free because you already paid for it when you paid for the permit.
First, check the appliance. When WSSC approves an installation, a Green APPROVED sticker is attached to the appliance. If you can’t find a sticker, call WSSC at 301-206-4004 to check the inspection history for your address. If a permit was purchased, but the appliance was not inspected by WSSC, then the plumber must buy one on your behalf, then schedule an inspection.
Call WSSC at 301-206-4004. We will work with the installer to resolve the issue.
Yes. We have 27 full-time inspectors.
7:30a.m. – 2:30p.m., Monday through Friday. This can be narrowed to a two-hour window on the day of inspection by calling your assigned depot from 6:45a.m. -7:30a.m. prior to the inspector leaving for his route. (Depot information can be provided, upon request, when inspection is scheduled.) Click here for the list of WSSC Depots.
If you have a complaint against an installer, call WSSC’s Licensing Unit at 301-206-8588. If you have a complaint about services you think you paid for but didn’t receive, Montgomery County residents can call the Officer of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636. Prince George’s County residents can call the Office of Community Relations