Village of Richfield, WI
Washington County
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The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
A. 
All piping, fixtures, appliances, equipment, devices, and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, water distribution, and drainage systems, including hot water storage tanks, water softeners, and water heaters connected with such water and drainage systems, and the installation thereof.
B. 
The construction, connection, or installation of any drain or waste piping system from the outside or proposed outside foundation walls of any building to the mains or other sewer system terminal within the bounds of or beneath an area subject to easement for highway purposes, including private domestic sewage treatment and disposal systems, and the alteration of any such systems, drains, or waste piping.
C. 
The water service piping from the outside or proposed outside foundation walls of any building to the main or other water utility service terminal within bounds of or beneath an area subject to easement for highway purposes and its connections.
D. 
The water pressure systems other than municipal systems as provided in Chs. SPS 381 to 387, Wis. Adm. Code.
E. 
A plumbing and drainage system so designed and vent piping so installed as to keep the air within the system in free circulation and movement; to prevent with a margin of safety unequal air pressures of such force as might blow, siphon or affect trap seals or retard the discharge from plumbing fixtures or permit sewer air to escape into the building; to prohibit cross-connection, contamination or pollution of the potable water supply and distribution systems; and to provide an adequate supply of water to properly serve, cleanse, and operate all fixtures, equipment, appurtenances, and appliances served by the plumbing system.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 14.04B of the prior Code, Penalties, which immediately followed this definition, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Generally. The Village may elect to hire a full-time Plumbing Inspector to enforce the provisions of this chapter or contract with an individual or entity to provide these services. The Plumbing Inspector shall enforce all provisions of this chapter and all other state and Village provisions relating to the construction, installation, alteration, and repair of all plumbing within the Village and shall make such inspections, perform such tests and issue such orders as may be necessary for such enforcement. In the discharge of his or her duties, the Plumbing Inspector or his or her authorized agent may enter any building during reasonable hours for the purpose of inspection.
B. 
Permits. The Plumbing Inspector shall take applications and issue to qualified applicants permits as required for all work contemplated by this chapter and shall maintain suitable records of the permits issued. He or she shall monthly submit permit fees collected by his or her office to the Treasurer.
C. 
Reports.
(1) 
To Village Administrator. The Plumbing Inspector shall make such monthly and annual reports to the Village Administrator as it may require concerning the activities of his office.
(2) 
To the State Department of Health Services. The Plumbing Inspector shall make such reports to such Department as are required under § 145.04(3), Wis. Stats.
D. 
Stop-work orders. The Plumbing Inspector may order work stopped on the construction, installation, alteration, or repair of plumbing when such work is being done in violation of this article. Work so stopped shall not be resumed except on written permission of the Plumbing Inspector, provided that if the stop-work order is an oral one, it shall be followed by a written order within a reasonable period of time.
A. 
Required. No work contemplated by this chapter shall be started until a permit therefor has been obtained from the Plumbing Inspector or his authorized agent.
B. 
Application. The application shall be in writing upon forms provided by the Plumbing Inspector and shall include the name of the owner and the description of the property on which the work is to be done, and all plumbing to be installed, along with such pertinent information as the Plumbing Inspector may require, and shall state that the property owner and the applicant will be bound by and subject to the provisions of this article.
C. 
Issuance; term. When the Plumbing Inspector is satisfied that the work proposed by the applicant can be done in conformity with the provisions of this article and after the appropriate fees have been paid to him or her, he or she shall issue the permit. Such permit shall be good for the continuous performance of the work named thereon. A permit shall automatically expire if work has not been commenced within 90 days of the date of issuance or when work ceases for a period of 90 days without good and reasonable cause for such cessation and shall automatically expire on completion of the work for which it was issued; provided, however, that the Plumbing Inspector may, upon notice, suspend or revoke such permit for violation of the provisions of this article. A plumbing permit may be voided upon application of the holder, but not more than $5 of the permit fee may be refunded.
D. 
Restrictions on issuance.
(1) 
No plumbing permit shall be issued to any person who is in violation of this article until such violation has been corrected.
(2) 
No plumbing permit shall be issued to any person against whom an order issued by the Plumbing Inspector is pending.
E. 
Failure to issue; suspension and revocation. Any person directly interested who is aggrieved by the decision of the Plumbing Inspector to refuse to issue a permit or to suspend or revoke such permit shall be entitled to an appeal before the Plumbing Inspector under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats.
All plumbing work shall be done only by a plumber licensed by the state for such work or his or her employees.
The plumber in charge shall notify the Plumbing Inspector whenever any work is ready for inspection, i.e., soil, vent, underground drain, water lines, and final inspection. All plumbing work shall be left exposed until such time as the inspector has completed his or her inspection. When, in the opinion of the inspector, a test in addition to that provided in the State Plumbing Code is necessary, he or she may require a water or air test in any part of or the entire installation.