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Plumbing Minor Label Program Information

Who may buy and use plumbing minor labels?

  • Only licensed plumbing contractors may buy plumbing minor labels.

  • Plumbers licensed under ORS chapter 693 may use labels.
    The installation may not exceed the scope of the license.

When may a plumbing minor label be used?

A plumbing minor label may be used on a job site with existing permits if the work is within the scope of work permitted by the minor label rules and is done by a contractor who does not have an existing plumbing permit for that job site.

A contractor may use only one minor label per project at a job site. Job site is defined as the address of the home, apartment or commercial building

What is the scope of work a contractor is allowed to perform with a plumbing minor label?

Contractors are allowed to perform a number of installations, but contractors may not use a minor label to perform any installations that are outside the scope of their licenses.

Oregon Plumbing Minor Label Scope of Work

Residential installations

Commercial installations

  • Repair, replacement, or maintenance of water heaters, including water heater conversions.
  • Alteration of parts of an existing plumbing system not exceeding three fixtures, or 20 feet of new piping or both provided the work is "accessible" to an inspector; or
  • Repair or replacement of concealed freeze-damaged or leaking parts of an existing plumbing system not exceeding three fixtures, or 20 feet of new piping or both.
  • Plumbing fixtures include, but are not limited to, bathtubs, bidets, showers, sinks, water closets and water heaters.
  • Cross-connection control devices are not considered minor plumbing installations and are excluded under these rules.
  • Accessible plumbing repair and maintenance;
  • Replacement of up to three accessible plumbing appliances, appurtenances or fixtures as defined in the Plumbing Specialty Code; or
  • Replacement of up to 20 feet of plumbing piping.
  • Replacement of a water heater requires a Journeyman Plumbers (JP) license.

 

 
Minor Label Q and A

Q: What is the scope of work a contractor is allowed to perform with a plumbing minor label?

A: Contractors are allowed to perform a number of installations, but contractors may not use a minor label to perform any installations that are outside the scope of their licenses.

Q: Can I use minor labels for multiple installations at one address?

A: Only if the installations involved are within the scope of the minor label rules. For example, the rules allow the repair or replacement of up to three fixtures. Fixtures are defined to include, but are not limited to, bathtubs, bidets, showers, sinks, water closets, and water heaters.

Q: What if a minor label has already been used on a job site?

A: The rules allow one plumbing minor label per project per job site, so if minor labels have been posted for previous projects or a current electrical minor label is posted for the same remodel you are working on, you may use a plumbing minor label for your installation.

Q: When do I post the label, before or after beginning work?

A: You must post the label on the electrical service panel before the work begins. If a panel is not yet available, you may post the label on the installation.

Q: Are all minor label installations inspected?

A: No. Only one out of 10 installations is inspected. The Division randomly selects one of the installations and submits a request to the corresponding jurisdiction to conduct the inspection.

Q: What happens if an inspection fails?

A: Failing a minor label is very expensive! If an inspection fails, the Division allows the contractor 10 calendar days to dispute the inspection report by notifying the Division. The contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at its hourly inspection rate for reinspection. The Division then selects another label from the same lot of 10 to be inspected and the contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at a rate of $75. If three inspections from the same lot of labels fail, the contractor must take out full permits for all the remaining installations in that lot.

 

Plumbing Minor Label OARs

918-780-0130
Plumbing Rules