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Don't get caught by surprise because someone else skirted the rules. Know how to protect yourself from potential code violations.

What Constitutes a Code Violation?

The most frequently cited violation of the WSSC Water Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code happens when work is done without obtaining the required permit(s). Another frequent occurrence is when work that was done with a permit did not have the required final inspection.

Violations also occur when plumbing or fuel gas work is done or installed by unlicensed individuals.

To protect yourself from possible code violations, here are key things to look for when you have plumbing or gas work done:

  • Ask the Plumber or Gasfitter to show you their WSSC Water License
  • A written contract or proposal is highly recommended
  • Before beginning any work, the plumber or gasfitter is required to discuss all permit and inspection requirements
  • Once the WSSC Water Permit has been obtained, have the licensee show it to you
  • Beware of cash-only transactions. When the work is complete, get a receipt showing the company's name and its WSSC Water registration number

Code violations and penalties are described in Section 115 of the WSSC Water Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code.

Learn More about Violations

The severity of a code violation could result in a Notice of Violation or even a civil citation.

Learn What Triggers A Notice of Violation

Complaints, Violations and Contract Disputes

What can you do if you have a complaint against a WSSC Water-licensed plumber or gasfitter? Report them to WSSC Water.

How to Report a Complaint


Last Modified: May 2, 2023, 2:09 pm EDT