On June 20, 2019, City Council passed a bill that adopted a new Plumbing Code for the City of Philadelphia. The new code will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

Last August, Mayor Kenney signed an executive order establishing the Mayor’s Plumbing Advisory Board. The Board was charged with making recommendations to the Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections and the Board of Building Standards regarding a new Philadelphia Plumbing Code.

The Advisory Board submitted final recommendations in March, which were subsequently approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industry in May. This bill adopts many of the provisions of the 2018 International Plumbing Code and modernizes the local plumbing code, including the expanded use of non-metallic pipe in residential buildings that do not exceed 150 feet in height.

Click below to review a summary of the major changes:



While changes have been made, some provisions like the Philly Single Stack Venting System have been retained. A public signing ceremony is expected to take place in July.

Click below to read the bill:



If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lance Claiborne at lclaiborne@gbca.com.