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Rules Governing and Restricting the Use and Supply of Water
Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York Chapter 20 can be used to review the rules governing the permits, taps, water service line, backflow prevention devices, meters, air conditioner, refrigeration, inspection, fire hydrant use and enforcement.
Permits for Tap, Plug, Wet Connection, Repair/Relay of Water Service Line
If you are installing a tap or wet connection only (yellow form), you must also provide:
If you are plugging a tap or wet connection only (white form), you must also provide a notarized affidavit from the property owner.
If you are plugging and installing a new tap or wet connection (blue form), you must also provide the following:
If you are conducting a repair/relay of a water service line (pink form), you must also provide a fixture count of the entire property, which is required to determine the proper size of any relayed service line. Please note that while repairs may be performed with emergency permits from the New York City Department of Transportation, a DEP permit is required for all relays. Repairs are not permitted on lead service lines; relay is required in all cases where lead is present. In addition, service connections 5/8" or greater must be plugged and a new tap must be installed that is properly sized for the fixture count.
Tap Card Form for Licensed Master Plumbers (Self-Certification)
For self-certified work (work not inspected by DEP), the Tap Card Form provides documentation that the permitted work has been completed in accordance with all standards and rules. Currently, all work on domestic service lines that are two inch or less is self- certified. This tap card must be completed by the Licensed Master Plumber authorized to do the work and returned to DEP within 15 days from the permit expiration date. The Tap Card is a requirement of the self-certified permit process and failure to submit this Tap Card may result in the suspension of new permits.
The Tap Card Form may be submitted in the following ways:
Building a Private Water Main
This form must be filed by the owner of the proposed private water main to obtain approval from DEP to build a private water main.
A pre-construction meeting is required after a Private Water Main Plan has been approved and before construction can begin. Pre-construction meetings must be scheduled at least 15 days prior to initiating construction. The items in the attached checklist must be brought to the pre-construction meeting.
Missing Owner Private Water Main Affidavit
This affidavit must be submitted when applying for a house connection to a private water main in cases where the owner of the private water main cannot be contacted.
Hydrant Flow Tests
Hydrant flow tests determine the pressure and flow adequacy of the NYC Water Supply System at a specific location. Use this process to request DEP to conduct a hydrant flow test:
Please contact the WSPS Support Line at 718-595-3088 or email@example.com with any questions.
Hydrant Water Use Permit
Businesses wishing to use water from a City fire hydrant require a Hydrant Water Use Permit from the Department of Environmental Protection. This permit grants access to hydrant water for a specific period of time and requires payment in advance on a ‘per day of use’ basis. See Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York Chapter 20.