[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of New Berlin 10-10-2000 by Ord. No. 2124 as Ch. 16 of the Municipal Code; amended in its entirety 5-28-2019 by Ord. No. 2619. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Adopted by reference. Ch. 145, Wis. Stats., and the State Plumbing Code, Chapters SPS 381 through 387, Wis. Adm. Code and all amendments thereto, are adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter with the same force and effect as though set out in full. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of such regulations shall constitute a violation of this chapter, punishable according to the penalties provided herein.
To be on file. A copy of the State Plumbing Code shall be on file in the offices of the Plumbing Inspector and the City Clerk.
No person may engage in or work at plumbing in the state unless licensed to do so by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Licenses shall be issued only to individuals and no license shall be issued to or in the name of any firm or corporation. No such license shall be transferable. It is unlawful for any licensed master plumber to allow the use of his or her license, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of obtaining local permits for others or to allow the use of his or her license by others to install plumbing work.
Removal of stoppages in waste and drain pipes will not need a permit.
The following provisions of Wis. Stats. Chapter 145 are excepted from the licensing or registration requirements of Section 145.06.
Plumbing work done by a property owner in a one-family building owned and occupied by him or her as his or her home or farm building.
Plumbing from the private water supply pump to and including the initial pressure tank and connection to an existing water distribution system, when installed by persons licensed under Wis. Stats. Ch. 280.
Installation of sewer and water service piping from the main to the property lot line, when installed by authorized municipal utility employees or sewer and water utility installers under a contract with a municipality.
Making minor repairs to faucets, valves, pipes or appliances, repair or replacement of electrical or gas energy or other automatic valves or control devices or removing of stoppages in waste or drainage pipes.
Installation of sewer and water mains, when installed by sewer and water utility contractors and their employees.
Installation, repair or replacement of water service piping, from the property line to the meter, including meter installation, to service any building or structure or proposed building or structure when such installation, repair or replacement is accomplished by employees of a public municipal water utility, providing such utility regularly has engaged in such installation, repair or replacement for at least five years prior to January 1, 1964.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- 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 sewerage system terminal within 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 Ch. 281, Wis. Stats.
- 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.
Appointment, term and compensation. The City Council shall appoint a Plumbing Inspector, along with such other Assistant Plumbing Inspectors as it deems necessary, who shall be a licensed plumber, subject to removal for just cause, and whose compensation shall be as fixed by the Council from time to time.
Duties and authority.
General. The Plumbing Inspector shall enforce all provisions of this chapter and all other state and City provisions relating to the construction, installation, alteration and repair of all plumbing within the City and shall make such inspections, perform such tests and issue such orders as may be necessary for such enforcement.
Authority to enter premises.
In the discharge of his duties, the Plumbing Inspector or his authorized agent may enter any building, upon presentation of the proper credentials, during reasonable hours for the purpose of inspection and may require the production of any permit or license required hereunder. No person shall interfere with the Inspector or his authorized agent while in the performance of his duties; and any person so interfering shall be in violation of this chapter and subject to a penalty as provided by § 193-8.
If consent to entry to personal or real properties which are not public buildings, or to portions of public buildings which are not open to the public, for inspection purposes has been denied, the Plumbing Inspector shall obtain a special inspection warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats.
Permits. The Plumbing Inspector or his authorized agent shall prepare suitable forms for permit applications and permits, 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 shall weekly submit permit fees collected by his office to the City Director of Finance and Administration.
Records and reports.
To the City Council. The Plumbing Inspector shall keep in his office a daily record of all the transactions of his office, including permits issued and fees received, and shall make such reports thereon to the City Council as it may require.
To the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The Plumbing Inspector shall make such reports to the Department of Safety and Professional Services as are required under § 145.04(3), Wis. Stats.
Record of special locations. The Plumbing Inspector shall keep a record of all sewer and water connections and shall make maps showing the locations of the same and the positions of all house drains, connections, junctions and other data necessary for the efficient operation of his office.
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 chapter. Work so stopped shall not be resumed, except with 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.
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, provided no permit shall be required for minor repairs to faucets or the removal of stoppages in soil and waste pipes.
Application. The application shall be in writing upon forms which the Plumbing Inspector shall provide and shall include the name of the owner and the description of the property on which the work is to be done, 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 chapter.
Issuance, term, suspension and revocation. When the Plumbing Inspector is satisfied that the work proposed by the applicant can be done in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and after the appropriate fees have been paid to him, he shall issue the permit. Such permit shall be good for the continuous performance of the work named thereon. A permit shall automatically expire when work ceases for a period of 60 days without good and reasonable cause for same and shall automatically expire on completion of the work for which it was issued, provided the Plumbing Inspector may, upon notice, suspend or revoke such permit for violation of the provisions of this chapter.
Restrictions on issuance.
No plumbing permit shall be issued to any person who is in violation of this chapter until such violation has been corrected.
No plumbing permit shall be issued to any person against whom an order issued by the Plumbing Inspector is pending, provided this restriction may be waived by the Plumbing Inspector.
Appeals for 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, to suspend or revoke such permit or to order work stopped under § 193-3B(5) may obtain review of such determination under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats.
Fee schedule. A current schedule of plumbing fees as adopted by the Common Council and as amended from time to time shall be kept on file in the City Clerk's office and in the Building, Inspection and Zoning Department. All fees shall be paid to the Plumbing Inspector in accordance with the fee schedule before a plumbing permit is issued.
Double fee. A double fee shall be charged for starting any work before the permit is issued.
When minimum fee does not apply. Where additional permits on the same job by the same contractor are necessary, the minimum fee does not apply.
Application to be received before work started. No work shall be started until the application has been received and a permit has been issued by the Inspector.
Installation of the building sewer lateral shall not be started until the building roof has been completed, the basement floor with inside plumbing has been completely installed and the crook and sump pump have been installed and are operational.
The City Engineering Division will furnish the lateral location according to the best available city records as requested by the builder. It is the ultimate responsibility of the builder or plumber to verify the exact lateral location and depth to ensure adequate pitch is available in the sewer lateral.
In the event that a structure which is currently served by sanitary sewer service is damaged to the extent that the structure is structurally unsound and/or uninhabitable, the property owner shall take immediate steps to cap the sewer service to prevent discharges of debris, stormwater or other contaminants into the sanitary sewer system. Said capping shall be completed not less than 15 days from the date the property becomes uninhabitable or structurally unsound. At the time the inspector shall inspect the cap to verify that no contaminants will be discharged into the sanitary sewer system.