State Plumbing Board: News


PSI Testing Site Relocation

PSI is be relocating the Centennial, CO test center, currently located at 12150 E. Briarwood Ave, Suite 125, Centennial, CO 80112 (ATLAS ID 5109).  The site will remain at the same address but will be relocating to a different suite on the 2nd floor, Suite 270. The final day of testing at Suite 125 is scheduled to be Saturday, October 26th.  The location will then be closed on October 28-31 for relocation and set up.  PSI plans to re-open for testing in Suite 270 on Friday, November 1, 2019. 


Consumer Advisory: Be in the Know Before Tackling Home Renovations, Builds

Building a new home? Doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel or renovating a basement? Hiring someone to lead and execute your plan?

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Greater Denver and Central Colorado and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) are teaming up during National Consumer Protection Week to provide helpful advice to reduce the chances of your dream project becoming a nightmare experience. Here are some tips to consider!


Streamlined Plumbing Exam Process

Beginning January 1, 2019, applicants wishing to take the Colorado Plumbing Examination should contact the exam vendor, PSI, directly. The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) is no longer requiring applicants to be pre-approved for the exam. Applicants may register for the exam on the PSI website on or after January 1, 2019.  PSI will permit an applicant to take the Colorado Plumbing Exam after confirming the following:

  1. Applicant has completed the required PSI registration process.
  2. Applicant pays the exam registration fee to PSI.

Applicants seeking a Colorado plumbing license must pass the Colorado Plumbing Exam before applying for licensure at the Division. After passing the examination, applicants must complete the application for licensure for the Division of Professions and Occupations and demonstrate that minimum qualifications for licensure set by Colorado law are met. The application for licensure can be found on the State Plumbing Board’s website.    

The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) at the Department of Regulatory Agencies will no longer require applicants to be pre-approved for the Colorado Plumbing Exam.

As licensees, educators and other key stakeholders, you have direct contact with the students and professionals who may need to know about this change. We appreciate any efforts you can make to spread the word, so students and professionals know the correct path to licensure and do not encounter unexpected delays. Questions should be directed to Renee Wunsch, Licensing Supervisor at renee.wunsch@state.co.us. Thank you for your assistance.


Take 5 to Get Wise - Quick Facts

Take five minutes now to review some important consumer information featured on our new flyers. Using the tips we provide could help save you time and headaches later!


Permits and Inspections for "Tiny Homes"

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.

Summary

Tiny homes:

  • 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 and for Plumbing require inspections for all all electrical, plumbing, and gas piping installations. These inspections must be conducted by:

  1. State Electrical or Plumbing Board inspectors; or
  2. Local Jurisdictional Authority Inspectors; or
  3. 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.

Conclusion

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.