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New Installations: Homeowner

If I am a homeowner and install a boiler, what do I need to do?

As a homeowner installing a boiler in your own private residence, one of the most important decisions you must make is to evaluate your own expertise and knowledge prior to installing this boiler. 

The boiler section does not recommend anyone installing a boiler, hot water, or steam heating system unless the person possesses adequate knowledge and training. The Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Law requires all installations, commercial and residential, to be installed by appropriately certified persons. Anyone installing their own equipment, i.e., boiler, hot water, steam heating system, or storage tanks must obtain the proper certification / license and permits.

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The boiler inspector will verify that the boiler is properly constructed. All required operating and safety controls and devices will be inspected. Any installed steam piping including valves and fittings will be inspected and a tightness test witnessed. 

A water heater with a heat input of 200,000 BTU(or less) is not considered a boiler and is regulated by the plumbing code. 

All boilers (and water heaters over 200,000 BTU) are regulated under the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Law.

If you are unsure whether you are installing a water heater or a boiler please contact: 

Boiler / PV Program 
PO BOX 14470 
Salem, OR  97309-0404
Phone:  (503) 373-7499 
Fax:  (503) 378-4101