City of Newburgh, NY
Orange County
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[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of plumbing or to install, alter or repair any plumbing system in the City or to display a sign or to give other notice setting forth or intending to imply that he is engaged in the business of plumbing unless he has obtained a certificate of competency, after examination, and has duly registered said certificate and received a certificate of registry and a metal sign from the Examining Board of Plumbers as provided in § 45-b of the General City Law.
B. 
Every person who desires to engage in the business of plumbing shall make written application under oath upon a form to be prescribed and supplied by the Examining Board of Plumbers and pay a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code for an examination by said Board.
C. 
Notwithstanding the requirements found contained in this chapter, the City of Newburgh Examining Board of Plumbers ("Board") is hereby authorized to enter into reciprocal licensing agreements with other cities in which a holder in good standing of a current master plumber's license in one city shall be allowed to perform work in the other city. Such agreements shall be executed only upon a review by the Board of the examination standards of the other city and a determination that those standards meet or exceed the standards required by this chapter and any additional standards adopted by the Board. The licensee shall be responsible for the payment of the license fees in each jurisdiction.
[Added 8-14-2017 by L.L. No. 2-2017]
A. 
Each applicant shall be vouched for by two persons, one of whom, at the time of signing the application as voucher, must be lawfully engaged as a master plumber and who shall appear before the Board and sign under oath on a form prescribed by the Board a certificate certifying to the time the applicant has been employed by the voucher as a journeyman plumber.
[Amended 11-22-2004 by L.L. No. 2-2004]
B. 
The Board shall refuse to receive an application from any person who, at the time of making application, is unlawfully engaged in business as a master or employing plumber.
C. 
No person shall be examined unless he shall have had experience of at least five years as a journeyman plumber and is able to furnish satisfactory evidence of such fact, and no application shall be received from any person who is not a citizen of the United States.
A. 
The examinations of the Board shall be in two parts:
(1) 
Practical tests to determine the applicant's skill as a journeyman plumber.
(2) 
A written examination. The written examination shall consist of questions designed to determine the applicant's fitness and qualifications to engage in the business of master or employing plumber. All written examinations shall be answered in the handwriting of the applicant in the English language.
B. 
The time and place of holding examinations shall be, at the discretion of the Board, on notice to the applicants.
C. 
Persons who pass the tests and the written examinations as prescribed by the Board shall be eligible to receive a certificate of competency as master or employing plumber.
Before issuing a certificate to engage in the business of master plumber, the Board shall inquire into the applicant's fitness and qualifications for conducting such business and may require the applicant to submit under oath such evidence in addition to the examinations and tests herein provided, as will satisfy the Board that he is a person of good repute, character and responsibility and otherwise qualified to engage in business as master or employing plumber.
In case a certificate of competency is lost by the holder thereof, the Board may issue a duplicate where such original certificate was issued during the term of office of all the members of the Board in office when such duplicate certificate is requested. In other cases, the Board shall issue a certificate or record stating that the records of the office show that a certificate was issued to a specific person.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
In the event that the applicant fails in his examination, he may apply for reexamination after a lapse of three months and the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code, and, in the event the applicant again fails, he may not be given another examination, within the discretion of the Board, until the expiration of one year and the payment of an additional fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees. If the applicant passes the examination, he shall receive a certificate of competency from the Board.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
Forthwith upon receipt of a certificate of competency, the applicant shall register at the office of the Examining Board of Plumbers, and, upon the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code, he shall receive a certificate of registration and a metal sign upon the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
A. 
The certificate of registration with the Examining Board of Plumbers shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year in which it has been issued and shall be renewed within 30 days preceding such expiration by application to the Board and the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code. A master plumber who permits his registration to lapse may apply and receive a certificate of registration upon the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code.
B. 
Any person retiring, abandoning or not actually engaged in such trade, business or calling hereinbefore mentioned shall surrender to the Examining Board of Plumbers the certificate of registration and metal sign. A lapse of registration for six months shall be considered an abandonment of the business.
C. 
Every registered master plumber shall give immediate notice of any change of location of his place of business to the Examining Board of Plumbers.
D. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Examining Board of Plumbers may, in its sole discretion, permit the retirement of a plumbing license plate and number in lieu of requiring the surrender of said plate and number as required by Subsection C above.
[Added 4-22-1991 by Ord. No. 19-91]
No master plumber shall allow his name to be used by any person, directly or indirectly, either to obtain a permit or permits or to do any work under his certificate of competency and registration.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
The Examining Board of Plumbers shall issue with each certificate of registration a slip showing the year for which the license is valid. This slip shall be attached to the metal sign bearing the license number. The slip and method of attaching it shall be as prescribed and approved by the Examining Board of Plumbers.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
No renewal license slip shall be issued by the Examining Board of Plumbers to any master plumber who has been convicted of willfully violating any of the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
The Plumbing Inspector shall investigate the registration and license of every master plumber and shall promptly report to the Examining Board of Plumbers any violation of the provisions of law relating to the loaning, renting, selling or transferring of certificates or license plates. The Plumbing Inspector shall immediately apply to the Examining Board of Plumbers for the forfeiture of the license and certificate of registration of any master plumber who shall have loaned, rented, sold or transferred such certificate, plate or sign in violation of law and shall summon and have prosecuted such offender as provided by law.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
Every master plumber shall give immediate notice of any change in his place of business and, upon his retirement from business, shall surrender his certificate of registration to the Examining Board of Plumbers.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
Registration hereunder may be canceled by the Examining Board of Plumbers for violation of any of the rules and regulations adopted herein upon conviction thereof after a hearing thereon before the Examining Board of Plumbers. The alleged violator shall be given at least 10 days' notice in writing of such hearing, which notice shall also state the time, place and grounds of the complaint in sufficient detail to inform the alleged violator of the charge or charges he may be called upon to meet at such hearing.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
When a master plumber has been refused the current year's license, he may appeal to the City Manager.
All certificates and registration of master plumbers at present in force are hereby continued and shall be renewable under the provisions of this chapter.
The Examining Board of Plumbers shall not renew the license of a master plumber unless the holder of the same has had issued to him at least one permit in the preceding year.
The Plumbing Inspector shall, in November of each year, certify to the Examining Board of Plumbers the master plumbers entitled to renewal of their license and shall report those not entitled to renewal.
The Board may refuse to issue a metal sign to any person who does not have an established place in the City from where he conducts and operates his business, and such sign, when issued, together with the name of the holder, must be conspicuously displayed at said place of business so as to be easily read by the public, or the license may be revoked and the metal sign taken away from the holder thereof.
The Board may refuse to issue a metal sign for a branch shop until it is satisfied that such branch shop is absolutely necessary.
The metal sign issued by the Board shall not be transferred to another location without first notifying the Board.
The metal sign issued by the Board shall not be transferred to any partnership or to any corporation of which the holder of such metal sign may become a partner or an officer unless the Board has been first notified.