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Town of Amherst, NY
Erie County
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No person, firm or corporation shall do any general plumbing or electrical work on any premises in the Town of Amherst unless first duly licensed in a manner required by this part. This section shall not apply to a person or a member of his household doing plumbing or electrical work on a one- or two-family residence owned and occupied by him, provided that he has permission from the Commissioner of Building to do such work, has filed the proper plans and paid the regular fees. If such work necessitates trenches or street cuts within a street right-of-way or public easement, said owner shall furnish to the Town of Amherst a surety bond in the amount of $2,000 or more, as may be required, to indemnify the Town of Amherst.
No person, firm or corporation shall do any sewer contracting work unless first licensed as a master plumber, journeyman plumber, sewer contractor or journeyman sewerman. Sewer contracting work shall consist of the practice, materials and fixtures used in connection with plumbing and plumbing systems, other than the water or gas supply systems, beyond the building drain connection point. It shall, without limitation, include the installation, alteration and repair of such materials, fixtures and systems. It shall also include the maintenance of the systems when the maintenance is in conjunction with the installation, alteration and repair of said systems.
3-1. 
No person, firm or corporation shall do any general plumbing work on any premises in the Town of Amherst, outside of the Village of Williamsville, as a contractor, subcontractor or employing plumber unless licensed as a master or employing plumber in the manner provided by this part. The master or employing plumber's license shall be issued by the Town Clerk to any person, firm or corporation upon receipt of a certificate from the Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners showing that such person, a member of such firm or the superintendent of construction of such corporation has satisfactorily passed the examination held by such Board for such license and upon receipt of the license fee.
3-2. 
The applicant for examination for qualification as a master or employing plumber shall have a minimum of two years of practical experience in the trade or business of plumbing and drainage as a licensed journeyman plumber and shall be at least 25 years of age. The Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners may accept, at its discretion, an equivalent combination of training, education and experience in lieu of the requirements of two years of practical experience as a licensed journeyman plumber. Proof of age and practical experience or satisfactory equivalent training, education and experience shall be submitted to the examiners before the applicant is admitted to the examination.
3-3. 
(Reserved)
3-4. 
The fee for a master or employing plumber's license shall be $125 per year, prorated for a part thereof, each license expiring December 31 next after issuance.
3-5. 
Each person, firm or corporation holding a valid certificate of competency or license as master or employing plumber shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a master or employing plumber's license. All annual license fees payable after January 1, 1974, shall be paid in full before issuance of any subsequent renewal license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
4-1. 
A journeyman plumber, master or employing plumber shall be present at all times when work is being performed on any premises within the Town of Amherst, outside the Village of Williamsville, involving the original installation, alteration, repair or maintenance of general plumbing.
4-2. 
A journeyman plumber's license shall be issued by the Town Clerk to any person upon receipt of a certificate from the Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners showing that such person has satisfactorily passed the examination held by said Board and upon receipt of the license fee therefor. The applicants for examination for qualification as a journeyman plumber shall have a minimum of four years of practical experience in the trade or business of plumbing and drainage under the supervision of a master or employing plumber and shall be at least 20 years of age. Proof of practical experience and age shall be submitted to the examiners before being admitted to the examination.
4-3. 
The fee for a journeyman plumber's license shall be $30 per year, prorated for a part thereof, each license expiring on December 31 next after issuance.
4-4. 
Each person, firm or corporation holding a valid certificate of competency or license as a journeyman plumber shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a journeyman plumber's license. All annual license fees payable after January 1, 1974, shall be paid in full before issuance of any subsequent renewal license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
5-1. 
No person, firm or corporation shall do any sewer contracting work on any premises in the Town of Amherst, outside the Village of Williamsville, as a contractor, subcontractor or employing sewer contractor unless licensed as a master or employing plumber or sewer contractor in the manner provided by this chapter. A sewer contractor's or employing sewer contractor's license shall be issued by the Town Clerk to any person, firm or corporation upon receipt of a certificate from the Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners showing that such person, a member of such firm or the superintendent of construction of such corporation has satisfactorily passed the examination held by said Board for such license and upon receipt of the license fee.
5-2. 
The applicant for examination for qualification as a sewer contractor or employing sewer contractor shall have a minimum of five years experience of active engagement in the trade or business of sewer contracting work and shall be at least 23 years of age. Proof of practical experience and age shall be submitted to the examiner before being admitted to the examination.
5-3. 
(Reserved)
5-4. 
The fee for a sewer contractor's or employing sewer contractor's license shall be $125 per year, prorated for a part thereof, each license expiring December 31 next after issuance.
5-5. 
Each person, firm or corporation holding a valid certificate of competency or license as a sewer contractor or employing sewer contractor shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a sewer contractor's or employing sewer contractor's license. All annual license fees payable after January 1, 1977, shall be paid in turn before issuance of any subsequent renewal license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
6-1. 
A journeyman sewerman, sewer contractor, master or employing plumber or journeyman plumber shall be present at all times when work is being performed on any premises within the Town of Amherst, outside the Village of Williamsville, involving the original installation, alteration, maintenance or repair of sewers or sewer contracting work.
6-2. 
A journeyman sewerman's license shall be issued by the Town Clerk to any person upon receipt of a certificate from the Board of Plumbing and Drainage Examiners showing that such person has satisfactorily passed the examination held by such Board and upon receipt of the license fee therefor.
6-3. 
The applicant for examination for qualification as a journeyman sewerman shall have a minimum of two years' practical experience in the trade or business of sewer installations under the supervision of a licensed sewer contractor and shall be at least 18 years of age. Proof of practical experience and age shall be submitted to the examiners before being admitted to the examination.
6-4. 
The fee for a journeyman sewerman's license shall be $30 per year, prorated for a part thereof, each license expiring on December 31 next after issuance.
6-5. 
Each person, firm or corporation holding a valid certificate of competency or license as a journeyman sewerman shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a journeyman sewerman's license. All annual license fees payable after January 1, 1977, shall be paid in full before issuance of any subsequent renewal license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
[Amended 1-4-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016; 2-4-2019 by L.L. No. 3-2019]
7-1. 
No person, firm or corporation shall do any electrical work on any premises in the Town as a contractor or subcontractor unless licensed as a master electrician or residential electrician in the manner provided by this chapter. A licensed master electrician shall be authorized to perform electrical work subject to the Uniform Code. A licensed residential electrician shall be authorized to perform electrical work subject to the Residential Code of New York State. A master electrician or residential electrician license shall be issued by the Town Clerk to any person upon receipt of a certificate from the Board of Electrician Examiners showing that such person has either (1), satisfactorily passed the examination held by said Board for such license or (2) has provided a valid electrician's license from another municipality within New York State. Licenses from other municipalities shall be considered acceptable only if the license is based upon a written examination administered by the same examination provider that is used by the Town of Amherst or by another examination provider that is acceptable to the Board of Electrician Examiners. The examination must have been taken within the last five (5) calendar years. An electrician who qualifies for a license as allowed in item 2 of this paragraph shall be issued a license as either a master electrician or a residential electrician as determined by the Commissioner of Building and the Senior Electrical Inspector of the Town of Amherst. Any appeal of this determination shall be made in writing to the Board of Electrician Examiners. The determination of the Board of Electrical Examiners shall be final. A master electrician or residential electrician license shall not be valid until the applicable license fee has been paid.
7-2. 
The applicant for examination for qualification as a master electrician shall have a minimum of five years' experience of active engagement in the trade or business of electrical work. The applicant for examination for qualification as a residential electrician shall have a minimum of five years' experience of active engagement in the trade or business of residential electrical work. Proof of satisfactory experience shall be submitted to the Board of Electrician Examiners before being admitted to the examination.
7-3. 
The fee for a master electrician or residential electrician license shall be $100 per year, prorated for a part thereof. Each license shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance.
7-4. 
Each person holding a valid certificate of competency or license as a master electrician or residential electrician shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a master electrician or residential electrician license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
7-5. 
The requirements for licensing of a master electrician or a residential electrician shall not be applicable to electrical work in the following exempt categories:
A. 
Work being performed by the owner-occupant of a single- or two-family dwelling unit or a townhouse regulated by the Residential Code of New York State.
B. 
Heating, ventilating or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems limited to branch circuit wiring only.
C. 
Smoke or carbon-monoxide detection equipment or systems installed in association with a valid building or plumbing permit.
D. 
Low voltage wiring associated with:
(1) 
Circuits operating at 50 volts or less.
(2) 
Fire alarm systems.
(3) 
Fiber optic systems.
(4) 
Communication circuits.
(5) 
Class 1, 2, and 3 remote control, signaling and power-limited circuits as regulated by Section 725 of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
8-1. 
A renewal license for a master or employing plumber, journeyman plumber, sewer contractor, journeyman sewerman, master electrician or residential electrician shall be issued by the Town Clerk each year to any person, firm or corporation holding the same license at the expiration of the preceding year, without examination, upon payment of the license fee provided for such license.
8-2. 
All license fees, examination and inspection fees received by the Town Clerk shall be deposited in the part-Town fund.
[Added 4-11-2011 by L.L. No. 6-2011]
9-1. 
No Home Improvement Contractor shall do any work that requires a building, plumbing, electrical or fire prevention permit on any premises being used in whole or in part for residential purposes in the Town of Amherst unless first duly registered in a manner required by this Part. A license issued in accordance with this Part IV shall also constitute the registration required in this section. For purposes of this § 83-4-9, the registration requirements of this Part shall not apply to a property owner doing work on residential premises owned by him, provided that he has obtained the required permits and paid all required fees. The licensing requirements contained in Sections §§ 83-4-1 through 83-4-8 are not superseded by these registration regulations. All licensing regulations remain in effect.
Registrations shall be valid for a one (1) year period and can be issued at any time throughout a year.
9-2. 
Application for Registration. The application for a Home Improvement Contractor shall be prepared by the Commissioner of Building and at a minimum shall contain the following information:
If a person: The name, residence and business address of the applicant.
If a partnership: The name, residence and business address of each partner.
If a domestic corporation: The name and business address of the corporation; the names and residential addresses of the principal officers of the corporation.
If a foreign corporation: The date that the corporation was authorized to do business in the State of New York, the names of the officers and local agents and their residence and business addresses.
Whenever a residential address is required, the residential address shall be associated with real property. A Post Office Box address shall not be allowed.
A description of the specific type of business or work performed by the applicant.
The number of years the applicant has been engaged in the business for which the applicant is seeking registration.
Satisfactory evidence that the applicant has current coverage or an acceptable exemption certificate for Workers’ Compensation.
Satisfactory evidence that the applicant has current coverage for New York State Disability Insurance.
A current and valid telephone number for the applicant.
The approximate number of persons to be employed by the applicant.
9-3. 
The fee for a Home Improvement Contractor registration is twenty-five dollars ($25.00).