[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Licensing of Plumbers
[Adopted 11-24-1964 by Ord. No. 600]
The administration and enforcement of the National Plumbing Code hereinafter adopted by reference shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector who is hereby authorized to take such action as may be reasonably necessary to enforce the purpose of this article. Such persons may be appointed and authorized as assistants or agents of such Administrative Authority by City Council, as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this article.
The provisions of this article shall apply to and govern plumbing, as defined in this article, including the practice, materials and fixtures used in the installation, maintenance, extension and alteration of all piping, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances in connection with any of the following: sanitary drainage or storm drainage facilities, the venting system and the public or private water supply systems, within or adjacent to any building or other structure or conveyance; also, the practice and materials used in the installation, maintenance, extension or alteration of the stormwater or sewage system of any premises to their connection with any point of public disposal or any other terminal.
It is recognized that certain facilities in or adjacent to public streets are referred to in this article, only a portion of which is under the ownership or the control of the owner or occupant of the building or premises to which this article applies.
No individual shall engage in the business of plumbing in the City of Monessen unless licensed as a master plumber under the provisions of this article.
No individual, firm, partnership or corporation shall engage in the business of installing, repairing or altering plumbing unless the plumbing work performed in the course of such business is under the direct supervision of a licensed master plumber.
There is hereby established a Plumbers' Examining Board (hereinafter referred to as "the Board") to consist of four members. One member shall be a Plumbing Inspector; one member shall represent the Board of Health; two members shall be competent plumbers. Each member of the Board who is a plumber shall have had at least 10 years' experience in his field. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor. Each member shall receive the sum of $10 for each workday.
The Board shall hold its first meeting not later than 30 days following the adoption of this article. Thereafter, the Board shall meet at such intervals as may be necessary for the proper performance of its duties; but in any case, not less than twice a year.
The Board shall establish standards and procedures for the qualification, examination and licensing of master plumbers and journeyman plumbers and shall, upon payment of the required license fee, issue an appropriate license to each person who meets the qualifications therefor and successfully passes the examination given by the Board. The Board shall keep an official record of all its transactions, standards and procedures which will be open for public inspection.
Any person who fails to pass an examination as prescribed by the Board may apply for re-examination after the expiration of 30 days upon payment of the regular examination fee.
The Board may issue a temporary license pending examination, provided that the applicant holds a similar license from an equivalent Board. Such permit shall not be valid for more than 30 days.
Any person desiring to be licensed as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber shall make written application to the Board. Examination fees for master and journeyman licenses shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council, respectively, payment of such fee to accompany the application. Examination fees are not returnable.
An annual fee for master plumbers and for journeyman plumbers, as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council, shall also be paid to the Department of Plumbing Inspection, upon which payment a license shall be issued, such license to expire December 31 of the year in which issued.
A person who has been issued a master plumber's license shall execute and deposit with the City Clerk a bond in the sum of $1,000, such bond to be conditioned that all plumbing work performed by the licensee, or under his supervision, shall be performed in accordance with the provisions of this article, and that he will pay all fines and penalties properly imposed upon him for violation of the provisions of this article. A master plumber's license shall not be valid unless a bond is executed and deposited as herein provided.
All licenses issued by the Board shall expire on December 31 of year in which issued, but may be renewed on application in December of the licensed year and upon payment of fees in an amount as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council for the master plumber and for the journeyman plumber.
The Board may revoke any license if obtained through nondisclosure, misstatement or misrepresentation of a material fact or if a penalty has been imposed on the licensee under § 285-26 of this article. Before a license may be revoked, the licensee shall have notice in writing, enumerating the charges against him, and be entitled to a hearing by the Board not sooner than five days from receipt of the notice. The licensee shall be given an opportunity to present testimony, oral or written, and shall have the right to cross-examination. All testimony shall be given under oath. The Board shall have power to administer oaths, issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses. The decision of the Board shall be based on the evidence produced at the hearing and made part of the record thereof. A person whose license has been revoked shall not be permitted to apply within one year from date of revocation.
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. Every person licensed shall notify the Board of the address of his place of business, if any, and the name under which such business is carried on and shall give immediate notice to the Board of any change in either.
The National Plumbing Code, as received and designated by the American Standards Association on January 25, 1955, and as amended by this article, and specifically amended as set forth in § 285-17 hereof, is hereby adopted, and all installations, repairs and alterations of plumbing shall, from the effective date of this article, be performed in accordance with its provisions, all of which are incorporated herein by reference thereto.
In the case of discretionary actions and determinations of the Plumbers' Examining Board, the relevant facts shall be considered and determinations made in the exercise of reasonable discretion, and all such determinations shall be final in the absence of abuse of discretion.
The aforesaid National Plumbing Code is amended as follows:
Page 79, Section 10.12.7 - Shut off valve at meter. Change end of sentence to "and shall be of the gate- or washer-type valve."
Page 90, 11.5.7, last sentence. Change to "shall be less than three inches in diameter."
Page 92, 11.8.5. Change to "Bell traps are prohibited unless used in conjunction with "P" trap.
Page 94, 12.4.1 - Roof Extension. Change to "Extensions of vent pipes through a roof shall be terminated at least 12 inches above it."
Page 111, Paragraph 14.5.1 - Reinspection. Change to "Reinspections of plumbing installations or any part thereof shall be made when deemed necessary by the Administrative Authority for an additional fee, as per schedule."
No plumbing work, unless excepted in this article, shall be undertaken prior to the issuance of a permit therefor by the Board of Health and Plumbing Inspector and Zoning Administrator. A permit shall be issued to a licensed master plumber except as provided in § 285-19.
Any permit required by this article may be issued to any person sufficiently qualified to do any work regulated by this article in a family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such building, provided that the person is the bona fide owner of such dwelling and that the same must be occupied by said owner and that said owner shall personally purchase all material and perform all labor in connection therewith in conformance with this article, repairs, etc.
Repairs involving only the working parts of a faucet or valve, the clearance of stoppages, repairing of leaks or replacement of defective faucets or valves may be made without a permit, provided that no changes are made in the piping to the fixtures.
Application for permit shall be made on suitable forms provided by the Department of Plumbing Inspection. The application shall be accompanied by fees in accordance with the schedule of fees.
Fees for the following shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council:
Each plumbing fixture and waste-discharging device.
New or reconstructed sewer connection.
Each water heater.
Each water distribution system or service connection.
Repair or alteration of any plumbing system.
Any permit requiring inspection (minimum fee).
Each septic tank.
No permit shall be issued until plans and specifications showing the proposed work in necessary detail have been submitted to the Plumbing Inspector and the Board has determined from examination of such plans and specifications that they give assurance that the work will conform to the provisions of this article. If a permit is denied, the applicant may submit revised plans and specifications without payment of additional fee. If in the course of the work it is found necessary to make any change from the plans and specifications on which a permit has been issued, amended plans and specifications shall be submitted and a supplementary permit, subject to the same conditions applicable to original application for permit, shall be issued to cover the change. Said plans and specifications shall be approved or disapproved within 48 hours after received.
The Plumbing Inspector, with the approval of the Plumbing Board, shall make such rules and regulations in furtherance of the purposes of this article and not inconsistent with the specific provisions of this article for the installation, repair or alteration of air-conditioning systems, water treatment equipment and water-operated devices as may be deemed necessary to properly protect the water supply system.
It shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector to enforce the provisions of this article and to make the inspections and tests required thereunder.
The Plumbing Inspector shall, after proper identification, have the right to enter any premises for the purpose of inspecting any plumbing system at such times as may be reasonably necessary to protect the public health and safety.
Any person or persons who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions of this article regarding the procuring of a license or certificate to engage in or work at the business of plumbing house or building drainage shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both, for each and every day he or they shall engage in or work at said business without first having obtained said certificate or license; and any person or persons who shall violate any of the rules, regulations or requirements set forth in this article regarding the construction, reconstruction or testing of plumbing, house and building drainage or cesspools or water connections to private or public fixtures or equipment shall upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.
[Amended 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 8-2002]
All fines and penalties shall be paid to the treasurer of the municipality to apply to the general fund or to the commonwealth for the use of the Department of Health, as the case may be.
Editor’s Note: Former Art. II, Adoption of Standards, adopted 9-9-1981 by Ord. No. 11-1981, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-15-2010 by Ord. No. 12-2010.