Cecil County, MD
 
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A. 
No plumbing work shall be commenced in the County until a permit to do such work has been issued by the Department of Permits and Inspections to a licensed master plumber.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by Bill No. 2015-14]
B. 
Application for such a permit shall be made on forms prepared and provided by the Office of Permits and Inspections and accompanied by the appropriate fee required.
C. 
Repairs which involve only the working parts of a faucet or valve, the clearance of stoppages, the repairing of leaks or the replacement of defective faucets or valves may be performed without a permit, provided that no alterations are made in the existing piping to fixtures.
A. 
Bad faith or unreasonable delays in the performance of work or the failure to respond promptly to official communications shall be deemed sufficient reason for rescinding permits or withholding future permits, and the master plumber shall be held responsible for the violation of these regulations by him or his employees.
B. 
At any time that the Department of Permits and Inspections or any designated Code Enforcement Officer or inspector of the County determines that any person, firm or corporation erects, constructs, alters, repairs, removes, demolishes, and/or installs any plumbing apparatus or system or causes the same to be done in violation of this code or the Plumbing Code as adopted by the Cecil County Council, notice shall be sent to said person, firm or corporation advising of said violation and corrections necessary. Said notice shall be presumed received upon being mailed to the address of said person, firm or corporation provided on any permits issued or other information obtainable for such person, firm or corporation three days after mailing. Until such violation(s) has been corrected, the Department of Permits and Inspections and/or any appropriate Code Official of the County shall have the power to suspend any permit issued to said person, firm or corporation, withdraw any permits issued to said person, firm or corporation and/or deny any further permits requested by said person, firm or corporation.
C. 
For the purpose of this section, "person, firm or corporation" shall be defined to mean the party to whom the permit was issued and/or the owner of the property not in compliance and shall also include any party actually performing work upon such property. The person, firm or corporation shall include any officer of any corporation, any partner of any partnership or any related corporation, partnership, limited-liability company or limited-liability partnership owned in whole or in part by any aforementioned party.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
D. 
Any person shall have the right to appeal any decision of the Code Official. An application for appeal shall be filed in writing with the Department of Permits and Inspections within 10 days of receipt of any notice. All appeals shall be heard by the Plumbing Board.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
A. 
In the case where a plumber signs an application for a permit and does not desire to do the work covered by it, either in part or in its entirety, he shall so notify the County Plumbing Inspector/Department of Permits and Inspections in writing, requesting that he be released from responsibility for that part of the work that he does not desire to do. He will, however, be held responsible for any work which he has completed. The Plumbing Inspector's record will indicate the extent of such completed work and such responsibility, and the permit will be revised accordingly and held in abeyance.
B. 
In the event that the plumber who signed the application for a permit dies and the owner calls in a new plumber, the original permit will remain active upon request, in writing, from the new plumber to the extent of the incomplete work.
C. 
In the case where the plumber who originally signed the application (and to whom the permit was issued) is removed from the work by the owner and is replaced by another plumber, the owner shall notify the Department of Permits and Inspections, in writing, of the proposed change and no transfer of the permit will be made without his consent in fewer than seven days. The transfer may then be made by the Department of Permits and Inspections, and the first plumber will be held responsible for that part of the work constructed by him.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by Bill No. 2015-14]
D. 
Licensed master plumbers shall not be allowed to apply for and be issued a plumbing permit for unlicensed plumbers. Such action is just cause for revocation of the master plumber's license.
A. 
At the time of application for a plumbing permit, any homeowner wanting to perform the plumbing work within his or her dwelling must take a test and submit a drawing of all plumbing, including drainage and water lines. Upon receiving a score of 75, a permit may be issued to the homeowner. If the homeowner contracts the work to a plumber, it is his responsibility to determine that the plumber is licensed in the state and County. It shall be understood that no one except the homeowner or a licensed master plumber shall be permitted to do plumbing in the residence.
B. 
An individual may not provide plumbing services that make a final connection between the residence of the individual and a public or private disposal system or water supply system. This connection shall only be made by a Maryland licensed master plumber.
C. 
Homeowners can only obtain a plumbing permit to provide plumbing services within their own dwelling once in a five-year period for new construction. For repair work or additions, the work performed shall be within the personal residence only.
Under no circumstance whatsoever shall verbal permission given at any time by any person be considered as a justification for any work to be accomplished or deviation from approved plans to be made which violates any of these regulations.