Do I need a building permit to replace my water heater?
Yes, a permit is required to ensure that the water heater is installed properly and has the necessary seismic strapping. The inspector will also make certain that the mandatory pressure relief valve is installed properly and that it is piped to grade level. The pressure relief valve ensures that the appliance will not suffer a catastrophic failure in the event of a malfunction. The pipe running to grade level ensures that if the relief valve is activated, it will not spray scalding hot water on somebody who might be nearby. If located in or near the garage, the water heater must be located on a platform 30 inches or higher. This is to help minimize the possibility of flammable vapors being ignited by the water heater pilot light. This too will be inspected to ensure compliance.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. How do I obtain a building permit?
3. What are the restrictions on hours of construction and grading?
4. What Building Code is the City of Larkspur using?
5. Do I need a building permit to replace my water heater?
6. I live in Greenbrae. Where do I go to get a permit?