[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Mendota as Ch. 24, §§ 24.2 through 24.19, of the 1998 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Illinois Plumbing Code, 2014, is hereby adopted and shall be controlling within the City of Mendota, Illinois. A copy of this code shall be kept on file in the office of the City Clerk for public use, inspection and examination.
There is hereby created the Office of Plumbing Inspector in the City of Mendota, Illinois. The Plumbing Inspector shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council, give bond and hold office for the term of one year unless otherwise specified and until a successor shall be duly appointed and qualified. The Plumbing Inspector shall be a resident of the City of Mendota and a licensed plumber in accordance with the Illinois Plumbing License Law (225 ILCS 320/0.01 et seq.).
The Plumbing Inspector shall be responsible for the enforcement of the Plumbing Code and shall prepare, sign and issue all permits, certificates or notices provided for by this chapter. He shall pass upon and approve all plans and specifications required to be submitted for examination by the administrative authority for acceptability under the provisions of the Plumbing Code. He shall devote such time as may be necessary in the performance of the duties of his office, keep a record of all permits issued, the amount thereof, the basis for the fees and a record of all notices issued, applications received and permits granted. He shall keep a record of violations and appear, where necessary, to the full performance of this chapter. He shall make the inspections provided for herein and for that purpose is designated and invested as a police officer in the enforcement of such provisions and may enter any dwelling or other building at any reasonable time or as may be necessary in the course of the performance of his duties to examine any alteration or repair and as often as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter.
Every plumbing contractor, employing plumber, or self-employed journeyman plumber engaging in the business of plumbing in the City of Mendota, Illinois, shall cause his name, residence and place of business to be registered with the City. The fee for registration as a plumbing contractor shall be set from time to time by the City Council, and shall be paid by the applicant to the City Clerk in advance upon filing the application. The certification of registration issued thereunder shall expire on the 30th day of April each year. In addition, such persons shall give bond, payable to the City of Mendota, in a sum set by the City Council, conditioned upon the indemnity of the City of Mendota against all damage to the City from all accidents or damage caused by negligence in either the performance, execution or protection of any work done under or by virtue of any permit issued by the City or its Plumbing Inspector, relative to the business in which such person is engaged. This bond must be renewed annually hereafter. Such bond must be signed by two or more competent sureties to be approved by the Mayor and City Council or may be written by a competent surety company licensed to do business in the State of Illinois and shall be filed with the City Clerk.
No permit shall be issued to any plumber, corporation or individual to do any work necessitating the disturbance of any street, alley, public way or alteration, repairing location or relocation of any drain or pipe connected with the sewer or water system of the City of Mendota unless such bond shall be in full force and effect and on file in the office of the City Clerk.
The Plumbing Inspector shall be notified by the person or firm performing the work when any plumbing work is begun and when it is ready for inspection. All work shall be left uncovered and convenient for inspection until the same has been inspected and approved. The Plumbing Inspector shall examine the work when reported to him, within 24 hours after receipt of notice that the work is ready for inspection. All plumbing must be tested, in accordance with this code, in the presence of the Plumbing Inspector, and any defects in material or workmanship shall be replaced or corrected to his satisfaction. Upon satisfactory completion of the work, the Plumbing Inspector shall issue a certificate of approval.
Any person disagreeing with any ruling or order of the Plumbing Inspector may petition the City Council for reconsideration of the ruling or order or any interpretation of this code, and the Council thereupon shall, within 10 days, grant a hearing of the matters in controversy, and shall, within seven days thereafter, issue its finding in writing.
Any person who shall engage in the business of plumbing as a journeyman plumber, plumbing contractor or employing plumber as required in this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined as set forth in Chapter 1, Article III, Penalties and Enforcement, of the City Code, and each time that such person shall engage in the business of plumbing in violation of this code shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense and fined accordingly.
Any person who shall refuse or neglect to promptly obey any order of the administrative authority to correct or remove a nuisance existing by reason of unstatutory plumbing or plumbing installed in violation of the code shall, upon conviction, be fined as set forth in Chapter 1, Article III, Penalties and Enforcement, of the City Code. Each day that such violation shall continue after the expiration of the time picked by the administrative authority for the removal thereof shall constitute a separate offense and be fined accordingly.