Yes, a water heater needs a permit. I have seen bad installations that may be a safety concern to the occupant(s). Bonnie and I have rolled our eyes at a few. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send send a checklist from the local building department.
Gerry Taal: California does NOT license home inspectors. I will be happy to direct you to some local home inspectors that are certified by reliable organizations.... more