Making the switch to endless hot water can be a big positive for your family. This constant flow of hot water is just one of the great features of a tankless water heater. But before you hook up that super-efficient tankless water heater, it’s important to find out what permits you’ll need to make a safe and approved installation.

Installing a tankless hot water heater in Chatham County without getting proper approval from local government officials might leave you in a situation where you’d have to uninstall your unit. Don’t run into this issue.

You could leave the permit-seeking and the hard installation work to Full Stack Plumbing of Pittsboro. If not, you’ll need to check in with Pittsboro or Chatham County to make sure you are following every local guideline and rule as you hook up your new water heater.

Getting Approval for Your Tankless Water Heater Install in Pittsboro

Generally speaking, if you are only doing minor repairs on a water heater or minor upgrades to a plumbing system, you may be in the clear. However, it’s always smart to check with the Chatham County Inspections and with The City of Pittsboro before starting anything more than a minor fix.

City officials must uphold North Carolina building code statutes and they can be fairly strict on tankless water heater installment. You can look over Building Code Enforcement Article 11 § 160D-1110 for more guidance.

If a tankless water heater is going into a home that previously had a traditional storage tank unit, some bigger changes may be necessary. Depending on the age of the house and its fixtures, a tankless model might need different electrical hookups. It could require an extension of a gas line. An exhaust line will need to be run outside. Moving the location of a water heater can be considered a renovation. These modifications could all require approval and a permit.

The good news is that our Pittsboro Full Stack Plumbing experts take care of these concerns for you and obtain the proper permits for any job when they are necessary. Our professionals are fully certified and know what’s required and when permits are needed for any Pittsboro tankless water heater project.

For those ready to install their own tankless water heaters, these are the guidelines laid out on the Chatham County website about what requires a permit and what doesn’t:


Plumbing, Heating, Air-Conditioning, Sprinkler License–Required Person firm or corporation who for a valuable consideration installs, alters, or restores, or offers to install, alter or restore plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, or lays out, fabricates, installs, alters or restores, or offers to lay out, fabricate, install, alter or restore fire sprinklers, or any combination thereof.

Not Required: 

Plumbing, Heating, Air-Conditioning, Sprinkler License–Not Required Licensing shall not be required to those who make minor repairs or minor replacements to already installed systems of plumbing, heating, or air-conditioning but shall apply to those who make repairs, replacements, or modifications to an already installed fire sprinkler system.

Contact Pittsboro’s Full Stack Plumbing for a Free Tankless Water Heater Consultation

You may have heard about the convenience and efficiency of tankless water heaters, and you may be ready to provide your family with endless hot water. When you have questions about tankless hot water heaters or are ready to purchase one, give us a call. The team of experts at Pittsboro’s Full Stack Plumbing stands ready to provide a free, on-site consultation. We can even help you shop for the right model to fit the needs of your family. Then we secure the proper permits and begin installing your new tankless water heater as soon as possible. Don’t go another day going without the hot water you need.

Contact us today for a free consultation on tankless water heater installation in Pittsboro, North Carolina and across Chatham County. We are here to answer all of your questions.