State Plumbing Board: News
- Take 5 to Get Wise - Quick Facts
- Permits and Inspections for "Tiny Homes"
- Water Conditioning Regulation Effective April 1, 2016
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- Tiny Homes - What You Need To Know
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The growing popularity of the “Tiny Home” carries with it several non-resolvable issues for individuals purchasing one with the intent of residing in the state of Colorado. The homes contain electrical wiring, plumbing, and fuel gas piping which are all required to be inspected by one of three means listed in the summary below. Tiny Homes built in other states cannot be inspected as required by Colorado statute as the installations are already covered, therefore tiny homes are not eligible for connection to utility services such as electric, water, sewer, or fuel gas.
- are units that are typically 400 square feet of space or less and mounted on a wheeled platform for mobility.
- are constructed at an offsite manufacturing location (mostly out of state).
- contain living areas for cooking and sleeping.
- have electrical wiring and plumbing already installed.
The Colorado Revised Statutes for Electrical (12-23-116 C.R.S.) and for Plumbing (12-58-114.5 C.R.S.) require inspections for all all electrical, plumbing, and gas piping installations. These inspections must be conducted by:
- State Electrical or Plumbing Board inspectors; or
- Local Jurisdictional Authority Inspectors; or
- Certification by the Division of Housing pursuant to 24-32-3311 Colorado Revised Statues regulating manufacture/mobile home construction (these units bear a HUD or FHA certification data plate).
Any structure that is built without inspections #1 or #2 above during construction and is not certified by #3 above is not eligible for electrical, plumbing or gas permits, or inspections by state or local jurisdictional permitting agencies by current state law.
All plumbing, fuel gas piping and electrical installations are to be inspected and passed prior to connection of any utility services. As these units are already finished on the inside, making inspection impossible, "Tiny Homes" are not eligible for connection to utility services.
The following registrations must be in place prior to commencement of any water conditioning project per Colorado State Plumbing Rules on water conditioning installation.
Water Conditioning Installer: Allowed to plan, lay out, and install water conditioning appliances in one-, two-, three-, and four-family dwellings, extending not more than two stores aboveground. In order to qualify for this registration, an applicant must possess and maintain an active Certified Installer (CI) certification from the Water Quality Association or an equivalent certification as approved by the Plumbing Board.
Water Conditioning Principal: Allowed to do the same as a Water Conditioning Installer, but also includes responsibility for supervision of such work. In order to qualify for this registration, an applicant must possess and maintain an active Certified Installer (CI) certification and an active Certified Water Specialist (CWS) or Master Water Specialist (MWS) certification from the Water Quality Association or equivalent certification(s) as approved by the Plumbing Board.
Water Conditioning Contractor: Undertakes or offers to undertake for another the planning, laying out, supervising, installing, or making of additions, alterations, or repairs in the installation of water conditioning appliances in one-, two-, three-, and four-family dwellings, extending not more than two stories aboveground. A permit and inspections will be required for all water conditioning installations, and can be obtained by the Water Conditioning Contractor. A Water Conditioning Contractor must employ a full-time water conditioning principal.
Licensed plumbers are still allowed to perform water conditioning installations, as before.
Please review the Colorado State Plumbing Rules to familiarize yourself with other aspects of water conditioning regulation.