Township of Westtown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Westtown 12-2-1996 by Ord. No. 96-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 57.
Sewers — See Ch. 132.
A certain document, being marked and designated as the "BOCA International Plumbing Code, 1995," as published by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., be and is hereby adopted as the Plumbing Code of the Township of Westtown in the County of Chester, State of Pennsylvania, regulating the design, construction, quality of materials, erection, installation, alteration, repair, location, relocation, replacement, addition to, use or maintenance of plumbing systems in the Township of Westtown, providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees.
The following sections are hereby revised as follows:
A. 
Section 101.1 Title. That these regulations shall be known as the "Plumbing Code of Westtown Township."
B. 
Section 106.5.2 Fee Schedule. The permit fees for all plumbing work shall be as determined by the Board of Supervisors of Westtown Township.
C. 
Section 106.5.3: eliminated in its entirety.
D. 
Section 108.4 Violation penalties. Any person who violates or permits a violation of this code shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this code that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
E. 
Section 108.5 Stop-Work Orders.
Any person who shall continue any plumbing work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe conditions, shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this code that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
F. 
Section 306.6.1 Sewer Depth.
Building sewers that connect to private sewage disposal systems shall be a minimum of 24 inches below finished grade at the point of septic tank connection. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 36 inches below grade.
A. 
Plumber's license. No person shall engage in the practice of plumbing, either on his own behalf or on behalf of another, either as a master, journeyman or apprentice plumber, without first securing a license from the Township Plumbing Official. A resident of Westtown Township who is not a plumber of any of the foregoing classes, who is not engaged in the practice of plumbing as an occupation and who limits his plumbing work to his own property within the township shall not be required to secure a license.
B. 
Application for license. Any person desiring to secure such license shall make application on forms prepared and provided by the township, and before a license is issued, the Township Plumbing Official shall determine that the applicant is competent and qualified to practice plumbing on the level of the license for which he/she is making application and that, to the extent required by the township, the applicant is familiar with the provisions of the Plumbing Code. Any conviction for violating the Plumbing Code or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder shall be taken into consideration in determining whether or not the applicant is competent and qualified.
C. 
Terms of license, transferability, fees and penalties.
(1) 
Every license issued by the plumbing official shall be for a period ending on the 31st day of December next following, and licenses shall not be transferable. The fee for each such annual license and for each annual renewal shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, and shall be paid to the Plumbing Official before any license or renewal thereof is issued.
(2) 
If a license is not applied for on or before January 1 of each year or within 30 days after the applicant has practiced as a competent and qualified plumber, a penalty of 10% of the license fee shall be imposed for each month thereafter, provided that in no case shall the penalty exceed the amount of the license fee.
D. 
Offenses. The practice of plumbing on each separate job by an unlicensed person shall constitute a separate offense.
E. 
Plumbing business. Every person engaged in the business of plumbing shall employ only licensed plumbers, except that apprentices, helpers and laborers may be employed where all of their work is supervised by one or more licensed plumbers.
F. 
Reciprocity. The Plumbing Official may grant a license upon payment of the stated fees, without examination, to a holder of a substantially equivalent license from another jurisdiction, upon satisfying himself that the standards and qualifications required by the other jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to those required by Westtown Township.
G. 
Use of licensee's name by another. No person who has obtained a plumber's license shall allow his name to be used by another person, either for the purpose of obtaining permits or for doing business or work under the license.
H. 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPRENTICE
A person who begins his apprenticeship between the ages of 16 and 40 years, who is engaged in learning the plumbing trade by working with and assisting a journeyman or master plumber in the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing and drainage; and who is covered by an apprenticeship committee.
JOURNEYMAN
Any person, other than a master or apprentice plumber, who has demonstrated to the Plumbing Official his practical knowledge of the installation of plumbing and has been licensed by the Board to install plumbing under the direction of a master plumber.
MASTER
A person who has demonstrated his skill in planning, superintending and installing plumbing and who, having satisfied the Plumbing Official to his knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the same and as to his business integrity, has been granted a license as a master plumber.