St. Charles County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 96-143 §2, 12-9-1996]
Unless otherwise provided for in this Chapter, the BOCA National Plumbing Code/1990 and the BOCA National Private Sewage Disposal Code/1990 adopted by Order of the St. Charles County Commission on October 25, 1990, or any Codes that St. Charles County may adopt hereafter in lieu of these Codes, along with Sections 701.025 to 701.059, RSMo., and any and all regulations issued pursuant to these Statutes by the Missouri Department of Health, shall govern the administration and enforcement of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §3, 12-9-1996]
Unless otherwise expressly stated in this Chapter, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings when used in this Chapter.
CODE OFFICIAL
The Director of the St. Charles County Division of Building and Code Enforcement of the Department of Community Development or a duly authorized representative of the Director.
[Ord. No. 16-054 §11, 7-25-2016]
LICENSEE
Any individual who holds a license issued pursuant to this Chapter.
ON-SITE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM CONTRACTOR
Any individual who is an on-site sewage disposal system contractor as defined by Section 701.025, RSMo.
PLUMBING CONTRACTOR
Any individual who under contract with or on behalf of a property owner engages in the practice of plumbing as defined by applicable Code standards as set out in Section 625.010 of this Chapter.
PUBLIC ENTITY
Any agency of the State of Missouri or any political subdivision of the State.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §4, 12-9-1996]
A. 
The Code Official shall:
1. 
Adopt certain rules and regulations to ensure the proper administration and enforcement of this Chapter;
2. 
Conduct investigations into all complaints against any licensee;
3. 
Suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of any licensee who fails to correct any violations of this Chapter or of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 625.010 of this Chapter;
4. 
Activate bonds to cover the cost for any work performed by a licensee that does not meet minimum requirements of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 625.010 of this Chapter;
5. 
Review applications for licenses pursuant to this Chapter, test applicants, and issue licenses to applicants who pass their tests as provided in this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §5, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 97-17 §1, 2-26-1997]
Subject to Section 625.050 of this Chapter, an individual must have the appropriate license issued pursuant to this Chapter to engage in business as a plumbing contractor or as an on-site sewage disposal system contractor in unincorporated St. Charles County or in any incorporated area of the County whose governing body has consented to County licensure of such contractors. No licensee may allow any non-licensed individual or any other individual to use his number for any purpose, except as provided in Section 625.050(5) of this Chapter. A plumbing contractor or on-site sewage disposal system contractor is not exempt from this licensure requirement even if that contractor is also registered pursuant to Chapter 327, RSMo., as an architect or professional engineer trained in design criteria for plumbing or on-site sewage disposal systems and qualified to design such systems.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §6, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 97-17-§2, 2-26-1997]
A. 
Section 625.040's licensure requirements shall not apply when an individual:
1. 
Is performing plumbing or on-site sewage disposal work for a public utility on construction, maintenance, and development of its facilities;
2. 
Is performing plumbing work on motor vehicles or irrigation equipment;
3. 
Is an owner-occupant of a single-family dwelling, and is performing plumbing or on-site sewage disposal work on that dwelling, and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Code Official (by written examination, if necessary) the knowledge and skill to perform such work;
4. 
Is trained and employed by a public entity to service or repair its own plumbing systems or on-site sewage disposal systems, and is performing plumbing or on-site sewage disposal work on those systems;
5. 
Is employed by a licensee and is performing plumbing or on-site sewage disposal work authorized by and under the direct supervision of that licensee;
6. 
Is employed by a contractor installing the following public utilities or public improvements and is working on installing the following public utilities or public improvements:
a. 
Water mains, potable water mains and service lines from the water main to the meter, and (if the same contractor is installing them) water service lines from the water meter to the structure served;
b. 
Sanitary sewer mains and (if the same contractor is installing them concurrently) sanitary sewer laterals connecting the main to the structure served; and
c. 
Storm water sewer mains.
Any individual exempt under this Section from the licensure requirements imposed by Section 625.040 of this Chapter shall meet applicable Code standards set out in Section 625.010 of this Chapter when engaged in the practice of plumbing as defined by those Code standards, or when engaged in the work of on-site sewage disposal system contractors, and shall obtain permits and inspections as may be required by ordinance.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §7-A, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §8, 6-2-2010; Ord. No. 13-001 §8, 1-3-2013; Ord. No. 13-050 §8, 6-28-2013]
A. 
To obtain a plumbing contractor license, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. 
The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or able to demonstrate that he or she is an emancipated minor;
[Ord. No. 13-087 §8, 11-25-2013]
2. 
The applicant must make application to the Code Official on forms prescribed by the Code Official;
3. 
The applicant must specify the type of license desired;
4. 
The applicant must meet all requirements specified by this Chapter and by rules and regulations promulgated by the Code Official;
5. 
The applicant must pay the appropriate examination and license fees required by the Code Official; and
6. 
The applicant must pass the appropriate examination administered by the Code Official or the testing agency duly designated by the Code Official.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §7-B, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 13-001 §9, 1-3-2013; Ord. No. 13-050 §8, 6-28-2013]
A. 
To obtain an on-site sewage disposal contractor license, an applicant for such a license must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. 
The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or able to demonstrate that he or she is an emancipated minor;
[Ord. No. 13-087 §9, 11-25-2013]
2. 
The applicant must make application to the Code Official on forms prescribed by the Code Official;
3. 
The applicant must specify the type of license desired;
4. 
The applicant must meet all requirements specified by this Chapter and by rules and regulations promulgated by the Code Official;
5. 
The applicant must pay the appropriate license fees required by the Code Official; and
6. 
The applicant must furnish proof of valid registration as an on-site sewage disposal system contractor as provided by Section 710.053, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §8, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §7, 6-2-2010]
A. 
All applicants who meet the requirements for licensure in Sections 625.060 or 625.070 of this Chapter shall be issued the appropriate license. However, the Code Official may deny a license if the applicant has:
1. 
Committed any act which, if committed by a licensee, would be grounds for suspension or revocation of the license pursuant to Sections 625.030(3) and 625.130 of this Chapter;
2. 
Previously been denied a license for cause, or previously had a license revoked for cause; or
3. 
Knowingly made any false statement or misrepresentation on the application for a license.
B. 
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission and introduce any evidence in his defense. Any individual whose application for a license has been denied may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of denial.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §9, 12-9-1996]
All current holders of plumbing contractor licenses issued by St. Charles County shall be subject to all provisions of this Chapter, except that such individuals are exempt from this Chapter's testing requirements, unless their licenses expire without being renewed as required by Section 625.100 of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §10, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §8, 6-2-2010]
All plumbing contractor licenses or on-site sewage disposal system contractor licenses issued or maintained pursuant to Sections 625.060, 625.070 or 625.090 of this Chapter shall expire on December 31, 1996. Thereafter, the Code Official shall renew or issue such licenses for two (2) year terms beginning on the first (1st) day of January in odd-numbered years and ending on the last day of December in the following even-numbered year. To renew any such license, a licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and on a form prescribed by the Code Official, an application for renewal along with the payment of the renewal fee enumerated in Section 625.120 of this Chapter. Late applications for renewal shall be accepted until but no later than July first (1st) with payment of late fees imposed in Section 625.120(C).
[Ord. No. 96-143 §11, 12-9-1996]
In lieu of renewing an active license as provided by Section 625.100 of this Chapter, the license holder may apply for inactive license status for two (2) year terms, as provided in Section 625.100. A licensee who obtains inactive license status may perform no work under the inactive license as a plumbing contractor or on-site sewage disposal system contractor. To apply for inactive license status, a licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and on a form prescribed by the Code Official, an application for inactive license status along with the required application fees. A licensee on inactive license status may reactivate his license by applying for renewal as provided by Section 625.100.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §12, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 96-167 §§1—2, 12-30-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §9, 6-2-2010]
A. 
The Code Official shall collect the following fees:
1. 
Plumbing contractor license test application fees of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per application;
2. 
On-site sewage disposal system contractor license application fees of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per application;
3. 
Plumbing contractor license fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per license for two (2) years;
4. 
On-site sewage disposal system contractor license fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per license for two (2) years;
5. 
For plumbing contractor or on-site disposal system contractor for inactive license status a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for two (2) years.
B. 
The Code Official may prorate the fees enumerated in Subparagraph (3) through (5) of this Section when first issuing licenses or when reactivating licenses on inactive license status.
C. 
The Code Official shall collect the following fees for late renewals of an active or inactive license:
1. 
Fifty dollars ($50.00) for licenses renewed in January;
2. 
One hundred dollars ($100.00) for licenses renewed in February;
3. 
One hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for licenses renewed in March;
4. 
Two hundred dollars ($200.00) for licenses renewed in April;
5. 
Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for licenses renewed in May; and
6. 
Three hundred dollars ($300.00) for licenses renewed in June.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §13, 12-9-1996]
A. 
The Code Official may make investigations and conduct hearings and, upon its own investigation or a complaint in writing, signed and verified by the complainant, suspend, refuse to renew, or revoke any plumbing contractor license or any on-site sewage disposal system license (including a license on inactive license status) if the Code Official finds that the licensee has:
1. 
Made a material misstatement in the application for a plumbing contractor license or on-site sewage disposal system contractor license, or for the renewal of such a license;
2. 
Demonstrated incompetency to act as a licensee as provided by this Chapter; or
3. 
Has violated any provision of this Chapter, or of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 625.010 of this Chapter, or any rule, regulation, or order promulgated by the Code Official.
B. 
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission, and introduce any evidence in his defense. Any individual whose plumbing contractor license or on-site sewage disposal system contractor license has been revoked or has not been renewed may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of revocation.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §14, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 12-029 §12, 3-30-2012]
All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall maintain on file with the Code Official evidence of a performance or license bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). This bond must be kept in force at all times. Failure to maintain such bond shall result in revocation or suspension of license.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §15, 12-9-1996]
All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall be required to maintain on file with the Code Official a certificate of insurance evidence of liability insurance coverage in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00). This insurance must be kept in force at all times. Failure to maintain such insurance shall result in revocation or suspension of license.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §16, 12-9-1996]
Upon notice from the Code Official that work is being performed contrary to provisions of this Chapter, such work shall be immediately stopped. The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved or to that owner's agent and to the individual doing the work; and shall state the conditions under which work will be permitted to resume. Any individual who shall continue any work in violation of the provisions of this Chapter after having been served with a stop work order shall be liable to a fine as provided by Section 625.170 of this Chapter, which fine shall be not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
[Ord. No. 96-143 §17, 12-9-1996]
Any individual who violates any provision of this Chapter, or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter may, in accordance with the regulations issued by the Code Official, be assessed an administrative penalty by the Code Official. The penalty shall not exceed the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for each violation. Each day a violation continues may be deemed a separate offense. However, no administrative penalty may be assessed until the individual charged with the violation has been given notice of the violation and the opportunity for a hearing by the St. Charles County Building Commission. Alternatively, St. Charles County may institute legal action against any individual who violates a provision of this Chapter, or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter. Any such individual shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment not exceeding one (1) year, or by both. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Ord. No. 96-143 §18, 12-9-1996]
Enforcement of this Chapter shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.