Can Massachusetts homeowners do their own DIY plumbing?

Old 08-30-06, 12:17 PM
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Can Massachusetts homeowners do their own DIY plumbing?

Hi forum and admins --

First time, rookie poster here, so go easy on me. ;o)~

I just bought a 100+ year old victorian home in western Massachusetts last month and want to do some of the work on my own on the furnace and ancient steam heating system....

....However Mass law dictates that all pumbers in the state must be "licensed". Obviously I am not.

Is it ok for me to do my own home furnace upgrades? Can a Mass homeowner even do their own furnace work? Can I pull my own permits to do this? Do I need a mass "licensed" plumber (or any Mass authority) to "sign off" on the work I would potentially do? Does the Mass plumbing inspector even allow homeowners to do their own work here?

In my former home state of New York, this was/is not an issue at all. I can do all my own plumbing work as long as it passes code when all is said and done. No problems. No Issues.

Anyone toss a few answers or overview into the ring about how the Massachusetts permit process works? I am a complete Greenhorn to how plumbing permits and such work in the my new state.

Thanks in advance,
David M.
Old 08-30-06, 02:10 PM
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I'm not sure but as far as I know you can do anything in your own house as long as you pull permits & have it inspected upon completion. Mass. is one of the toughest states around as far as codes & thier enforcement. I do suggest you check with the local authorities.
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Your local building inspector is the probably the only person who can give you a totally accurate answer.

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