[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Yorktown 4-29-1975 as Ch. 70 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation, except a master plumber licensed to work in the Town of Yorktown or as otherwise provided for herein, shall carry on the business of plumbing or laying sanitary sewer lines in the Town of Yorktown (except work done under the supervision of the Town Board in public highways in the Town of Yorktown), unless he, they or it shall be first duly licensed by the Examining Board of Plumbers of the Town of Yorktown.
The Plumbing Inspector shall be appointed by the Town Board, shall be a resident of the Town of Yorktown and shall have had practical plumbing experience sufficient to qualify him for the work of carrying on plumbing inspection. The Plumbing Inspector shall be under the supervision of and make all the reports and recommendations to the Town Board of the Town of Yorktown. It shall be his duty to examine the plans and specifications submitted for approval and to see that they conform to all the requirements of this chapter, to examine all plumbing work both in new work and alterations, to the septic tank of a private sewage disposal system or to the public sewer if the same is available and accessible, and to carry out all orders given by the Town Board. All work done under the provisions of this chapter and the materials used in such work shall be subject to the approval of the Plumbing Inspector, and he shall have the power and authority to direct the course and order of such work and require that such work be performed in such a manner and by the use of such materials as conform with this chapter and the applicable provisions of any other ordinance, rule, regulation or law covering the business of plumbing or sanitary sewer laying in the Town of Yorktown.
Every person required under the provisions of § 222-1 hereinabove to be licensed shall apply for such a license on a form to be obtained from the Town Clerk and, upon completion, to be filed with the Town Clerk.
Any master plumber who shall have been regularly carrying on the business of plumbing or sanitary sewer laying at a principal place of business located in the Town of Yorktown, and who shall produce good and sufficient proof to the Examining Board of Plumbers that he is qualified pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and that he is a master plumber and has been, exclusive of all other occupations, engaged as such for five years immediately prior to the effective date of this chapter, shall, upon filing his application for a license and paying the necessary fee, within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter and without further requirement, be granted a license.
An applicant for a special A license must be a resident of the Town of Yorktown, showing proof of ownership of his own home, and must, upon appearing before the Examining Board of Plumbers, show satisfactory proof that he is familiar with the local laws, ordinances and the Plumbing Code. The special A license may be granted based on an oral examination by the Board, and such license shall be issued to the applicant upon the payment of a fee in the sum of $3. The special A license shall be issued only for the performance of work on a single, continuous plumbing installation in a one-family dwelling occupied or to be occupied as a residence by the applicant.
The applications of all other persons shall be presented to the Examining Board of Plumbers of the Town of Yorktown, which shall require the applicant to pass an examination establishing his competency and qualifications to conduct the business of plumbing and sanitary sewer laying in the Town of Yorktown.
Thereafter annually there shall be paid to said Town Clerk $25 for a renewal of each license. Each license shall expire at midnight the 31st day of December next following the date of issuance of said license. No license issued under the provisions hereof shall be assigned, transferred, loaned or otherwise disposed of to any person other than the licensee named therein. Such license shall be subject to cancellation at any time for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or rules or regulations hereunder or any other law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable to the carrying on of the business of plumbing or sanitary sewer laying in the Town of Yorktown. Such cancellation shall not occur except upon a finding made by the Town Board that the licensee has committed a violation or violations. Such hearing shall be held by the Town Board only after prior written notice of not less than 10 days shall have been served by the Examining Board of Plumbers on the person charged with the violation, specifying the violation with which such person is charged.
[Amended 12-21-1982 by L.L. No. 15-1982]
The Board of Examining Plumbers shall consist of five persons appointed by the Town Board for three-year terms. The Plumbing Inspector shall be a member of the Board; two members shall be master plumbers; one member shall be a journeyman plumber; and one member shall represent the public.
The Board of Examining Plumbers shall be appointed, organized and function within 30 days after the adoption of this chapter. Thereafter, the Board shall meet at such intervals as they deem necessary properly to fulfill the duties of the Board, but in no event less than two weeks after the receipt by the Town Clerk of any application which requires action of the Board as herein described, and in no event less than twice per year.
The Board of Examining Plumbers shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be required to give each applicant who desires to practice as a master plumber an examination designed to test his knowledge of and ability to properly install plumbing in accordance with this chapter and shall issue a certificate of competency to those who successfully pass the examination, and cause to issue in an appropriate case, a special A license.
Every person, firm or corporation, before commencing the business of plumbing or laying sewers under a license hereinabove provided for, shall, except where a special A license is issued, furnish a bond to the municipality in the sum of $5,000 with one or more sureties acceptable to the Town Board, conditioned that all plumbing work performed by the licensee or under his supervision shall be performed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or any other ordinance applicable thereto, and that he will pay all fines, penalties, damages or costs properly imposed upon him for violation of the provisions of this chapter. A master plumber's license shall not be valid unless a bond is executed by him and deposited as herein provided.
The Town Engineer may within one year after the completion of any work done by a licensee, and with or without notice to him or it, repair or cause to be repaired any street in which such work shall be done, and the cost thereof shall be paid by the licensee.
All workmen or laborers as and when used on any work shall be insured and protected in accordance with the state labor laws, Workmen's Compensation Law and any other law, rule or regulation applicable.
[Amended 8-6-1996 by L.L. No. 13-1996]
No plumbing or sanitary sewer laying work shall be started until a licensee or a licensed or employing master plumber has filed a plumbing and drainage application and received a permit from the Building Inspector upon payment of a fee of $35 for the installation of up to three fixtures, plus the sum of $5 for each additional fixture. Repairs and replacements of plumbing and drainage may be made without the filing of drawings in the office of the Building Inspector, but said exemption for filing of drawings for repairs and replacements shall not be construed to include any case where new, or replacements of, vertical and/or horizontal lines of soil, waste or vent pipes are proposed. In that case, application for a permit must be made and a fee of $1 paid therefor for each location. Said repairs and replacements shall comply in all respects with the weight, quality, materials, arrangements and venting as provided in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, Chapter 300, Zoning, and the local ordinances of the Town of Yorktown. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all extensions, alterations and other work to be done in connection with plumbing or house drains in old buildings the same as in new buildings, except minor repairs which shall be construed as meaning repairs to the existing plumbing system, known to the trade as "jobbing." Each such permit when issued shall authorize the installation of plumbing or drainage and shall include such inspections as are required under the Uniform Code. No fee shall be required for the issuance of a permit where a building permit fee has already been paid which covers work, including the value of the plumbing work, for which a permit is sought hereunder.
No privy or cesspool shall hereafter be constructed or provided except for temporary use during construction work, and special permission therefor for a specified period of use shall be secured from the Building Inspector. Any such privy or cesspool shall be maintained in a sanitary and flytight condition, and the contents thereof shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or by a fine not exceeding $250 or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.