Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 101 All Master Plumbers and Journeyman Plumbers to be Licensed.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 1]
Hereafter it shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm or corporation to carry on or work at the business of plumbing or house or building drainage in the Borough of Doylestown until a certificate or license to engage in or work at said business, as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, shall have been granted such person, persons, firm or corporation by the Secretary of the Borough of Doylestown nor unless such person, persons, firm or corporation shall be currently registered as such in the office of the Secretary of said Borough; provided, however, that nothing in this Part 1 shall be construed to prevent the employment or working of apprentices under the direction of duly registered and licensed master plumbers and in the immediate company of a duly registered and licensed master plumber or journeyman plumber.

§ 102 Application for License; Criteria for Licensing; Register of Applications and Certifications.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 2; as amended by Ord. 1980-14, 11/20/1980, § 1; by Ord. 1982-9, 4/19/1982, § 1; and by Ord. 2016-1, 1/26/2016]
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Applications for Licensing. Any person, persons, firm or corporation desiring to engage as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber in the business or work of plumbing and house and building drainage in the Borough of Doylestown shall apply to the Secretary of said Borough for a certificate or license as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, as the case may be. If, after proper examination of each such applicant by the Plumbing Inspector of said Borough, such person, persons, firm or corporation so applying shall be found competent, as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, as the case may be, the same shall be certified by such Plumbing Inspector to the Secretary of said Borough, and said Secretary shall thereupon issue a certificate or license to such person, persons, firm or corporation, as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, as the case may be, which certificate or license shall, until the 31st day of December next following, entitle him, it or them to engage or work at the business of plumbing and house and building drainage as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, as the case may be; provided, however, that any duly licensed master plumber or journeyman plumber who shall have been registered as such by the Borough of Doylestown for the period ending December 31, and who shall reregister in the manner hereinafter provided on or before January 15, shall not be required to undergo any examination; provided, further, however, an examination of any one member of a firm or corporation as a master plumber shall be deemed sufficient for the issuance of a license to such firm or corporation.
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Applicants for a master plumber license shall present evidence that they have one or more years' experience in the business or work of plumbing and house and building drainage as a licensed journeyman plumber or that they are duly licensed by another municipality or governmental body having equivalent requirements to the Borough of Doylestown. All master and journeyman plumbers with experience as defined above are hereby required to obtain a passing grade on the appropriate examinations administered by the International Code Council, Inc., to be recognized and licensed in the Borough of Doylestown.
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Borough Secretary to Keep Register. The Borough Secretary shall keep a register of all such applicants and certifications by the Plumbing Inspector, which said register shall be open to the inspection of any persons interested therein.

§ 103 Registration.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 3; as amended by Ord. 1984-1, 2/23/1984; and by Ord. 2016-1, 1/26/2016]
A duly licensed master plumber or journeyman plumber desiring to continue to engage as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber, as the case may be, in the work of plumbing or house or building drainage in the Borough of Doylestown for the next following calendar year shall, before the 31st day of December of each year, reregister his, their or its name or names as such master plumber or journeyman plumber, as the case may be, upon such forms as may be from time to time furnished by the Borough. Such reregistration shall be made by the Borough Secretary without reexamination, in each case, if application for such reregistration shall be made before the expiration of the calendar year preceding the year for which the registration is requested. If any license has been suspended or revoked for violation of the Plumbing Code, reregistration can be made only by the Plumbing Inspector after a lapse of one year. All journeyman plumbers engaged in the work of plumbing or house or building drainage in the Borough of Doylestown must have a Doylestown Borough journeyman registration card. All apprentice plumbers must be registered with the Borough. Applicants for registration and/or reregistration as master, journeyman and apprentice plumbers shall pay to the Secretary of the Borough of Doylestown a fee established by resolution of Council for the use of said Borough.

§ 104 Fees.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 4; as amended by Ord. 1982-9, 4/19/1982, § 2]
Fees for permits for plumbing work shall be imposed in accordance with a Schedule of Plumbing Permit Fees which the Council of the Borough of Doylestown shall, from time to time, determine and establish, by resolution.

§ 105 Revocation of License or Registration.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 5; as amended by Ord. 2016-1, 1/26/2016]
The license or reregistration granted under this Part 1 to a master plumber or to a journeyman plumber may be suspended or revoked by the Secretary of said Borough of Doylestown upon the direction of the Plumbing Inspector of said Borough whenever a master plumber or a journeyman plumber, as the case may be, shall violate any of the provisions of this Part or whenever he or it shall refuse or neglect to make the necessary corrections to work not approved by the Plumbing Inspector of said Borough within a reasonable time after certification thereof, or whenever he or it shall permit the use of his or its name by any other person, persons, firm or corporation for the purpose of obtaining a permit or permits to do plumbing or drainage work.

§ 106 Place of Business.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 6]
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Every registered master plumber shall have a bona fide place of business and trucks and shall display on the front of his, their or its place of business a sign "Registered Plumber" bearing the name or names of the person, persons, firm or corporation in letters not less than three inches high. A "bona fide place of business" within the meaning of this section shall be a building or part of a building where a shop is equipped with a reasonable amount of stock, tools and work space, together with an office, which may or may not be part of or immediately connected with said shop, where people may call to transact business. An applicant for a master plumber's license, if he obtains a passing grade of 70% on his written examination, will be given official notice by the said Borough; but must furnish the said Borough, within 30 days, a photograph (minimum size to be snapshot) of a sign "Registered Plumber" bearing the name of his, their or its place of business.
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Every registered master plumber, upon application for examination and license or upon application for reregistration, as hereinabove provided, shall include in the application the full name or names of the person, persons, firm or corporation for which he or they shall make such application, together with the address of his, their or its place of business. Every registered master plumber shall give immediate notice to the Secretary of the Borough of any change in his, their or its place of business. Every registered master plumber, or registered journeyman plumber, shall give immediate notice to said Secretary of any change in his, their or its place of business; and upon his, their or its retirement from business or failure to continue actively to engage in said business of plumbing, the certificate of registration shall be forthwith surrendered to the Secretary of the Borough of Doylestown.

§ 107 Journeyman Plumbers.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 7]
No journeyman plumber shall alter, repair, or make any connection with any water, drain, soil, waste or vent pipe, or any pipe connected therewith, unless he shall be licensed and registered under the provisions of this Part 1 and unless he shall be employed by a duly licensed and registered master plumber registered as such under this Part 1.

§ 108 Plumbing Inspector.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 8]
There is hereby created the office of Plumbing Inspector for the Borough of Doylestown. He shall be competent by education and/or experience to assist in the administration of this Part 1 and not engaged or connected directly or indirectly in the business of plumbing. He shall be appointed by the Borough Council of the Borough of Doylestown and shall receive such compensations as said Borough Council may from time to time direct. It shall be his duty to supervise, superintend and inspect all plumbing, house and building drainage in conformity with the provisions of law and this Part 1. He shall examine all plans and specifications filed in the manner hereinafter provided and certify the same to the Borough Secretary if they meet the requirements of law and this Part 1.

§ 109 Plans and Specifications.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 9]
The drainage of all buildings, public or private, and all alterations, extensions and additions to drainage systems, shall be executed in accordance with plans and specifications thereof which have been approved in writing by the Plumbing Inspector on behalf of the Borough of Doylestown. No special equipment, fixture, appliance or other device which is required to be connected with the vent pipes, the general drainage system or water system of a building shall be installed until plans and specifications of the proposed installation shall be submitted to and approved by the Plumbing Inspector on behalf of the Borough of Doylestown.
In the event of the installation of any special equipment, fixture, appliance or other device connected to vent piping, general drainage system or water system classed as a plumbing fixture, installed without the proper permit secured by a duly registered master plumber, if said fixture is installed by a person, persons, firm or corporation other than a duly registered master plumber, the property owner shall then be held liable and responsible for payment of the proper fee and a proper connection shall be installed, and the inspection and approval of the Plumbing Inspector shall be required.
There shall be filed with the Plumbing Inspector a separate plan for each building, public or private, or any addition thereto or alternate therein, accompanied by specifications describing the drainage of said buildings, on blanks prescribed and furnished by the Borough for the purpose of showing the location, size and kind of pipes, traps, closets and fixtures or appliances to be used and showing partitions and method of ventilating water closet compartments. Plans must be drawn legibly in ink, and old work shall be shown in red ink. All applications for change in plans must be made in writing. In replacing new fixtures, application for replacement shall be made before starting work. One vertical drawing will be sufficient for a building where it can be made to show all the work; if the work is intricate and cannot be shown on one drawing, two or more shall be made. A plot plan showing the location of the building together with the house sewer, septic tank, wells and all drainage piping of every description connected with the sanitary drainage system shall in all cases be submitted. When plans have been prepared by a registered architect or engineer showing all drainage, venting, piping and fixture locations in a manner satisfactory to the Plumbing Inspector, these plans and accompanying specifications may be submitted for approval with the necessary application blank furnished for this purpose.

§ 110 Issuance of Permits.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 10]
The Plumbing Inspector shall receive said application, together with said plans and specifications, and shall examine the same and if found to be in compliance with law and the terms of this Part 1 shall endorse his written approval thereon and deliver the same to the Borough Secretary, who shall thereupon issue a plumbing permit therefor to the master plumber making such application. Under no circumstances whatever shall a verbal approval or permission given by anyone be considered a justification for any deviation from the plans and specifications so approved or for the violation of any provisions of law or this Part 1.

§ 111 Supervision.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 11]
It shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector to supervise, superintend and inspect all plumbing and house and building drainage to ensure that the same be done in conformity with the provisions of law and this Part 1 and in conformity with the plans and specifications for which the plumbing permit was issued as aforesaid. Drainage, sewerage or plumbing work must not be covered or concealed in any manner until after the same have been inspected and approved by said Plumbing Inspector. Notice shall be given by the holder of a plumbing permit to the Plumbing Inspector when the work is sufficiently advanced for inspection, and it shall be the duty of said Plumbing Inspector to inspect such work within three working days after receipt of such notice.

§ 112 Rules and Regulations.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 12]
Borough Council shall prescribe rules and regulations for the installation and repair of plumbing, and under rules and regulations, as prescribed from time to time, shall govern all plumbing work performed in the Borough, including Chapters 1 through 12 of the National Plumbing Code.

§ 113 Penalties.

[Ord. 1969-3, 9/15/1969, § 13; as amended by Ord. 1984-1, 2/23/1984]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 1 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this Part 1 continues shall constitute a separate offense.