[HISTORY: Art. I adopted as indicated in text; Art. II adopted by the County Commissioners of Caroline County 9-30-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I (Reserved)
Article II Plumbing Standards
Editor’s Note: Former § 147-2, Rules and regulations established, was repealed 9-11-2012 by Bill No. 2012-6.
All plumbing work, including all installations of septic tanks, dry wells and the fields, shall be done only in conformity with the standards, requirements and rules and regulations, as set forth and hereinafter amended, of the State Board of Commissioners of Practical Plumbing, the Maryland State Department of Licensing and Regulation, the standards known as the "Maryland State Plumbing Code," as well as those applicable laws and standards as set forth by Article 56, § 444 et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
The term "plumbing work" shall include all work, for pay or otherwise, relating to the facilities or piping affecting or which may affect water supply or sewage disposal installations, public or private, except the establishment, maintenance and repair of public water supply and sewage disposal installations.
[Amended 2-8-2005 by Bill No. 2005-2]
Certificate or license requirments.
Appropriate certificates from the Maryland State Board of Commissioners of Practical Plumbing and from the Caroline County Plumbing Board shall be required in order to work at or advertise the plumbing business or otherwise perform plumbing work in Caroline County, and such certificates shall be exhibited and displayed upon the demand of the Caroline County Plumbing Board or its assigned agent.
All such Caroline County certificates or licenses shall expire on the last day of June not less than 13 months and no more than 25 months next following the date of issuance.
The County Commissioners shall establish a schedule of fees and a collection procedure for licenses, late renewals and reinstatements. The schedule of fees may be amended from time to time by resolution of the County Commissioners.
Prior to the issuance or renewal of any license, the applicant shall deliver to the Board proof of general liability insurance in the amount of $300,000 and property damage insurance in the amount of $100,000. Notice of cancellation of the insurance shall be forwarded to the Board within 10 days of cancellation.
An Inspector of Plumbing shall be appointed by the Caroline County Commissioners, and the duties of such Inspector shall be to inspect all plumbing work done in Caroline County when the same is in progress and again upon completion. The Plumbing Inspector shall prosecute all violations of any applicable plumbing standards, rules and regulations or laws relating to health and safety, and he shall require that all such work be done in accordance with the provisions of the State Plumbing Code as aforesaid. The Inspector shall be permitted to enter upon and into any and all premises where plumbing work is in progress or where repair has been in progress or completed and make such examinations and give such orders as may be requisite relating to the same, but any such order shall be appealable to the Caroline County Plumbing Board for review even though prosecution for violation will proceed concurrently. The order of the Inspector shall be obeyed and effective until and unless modified by the Board on appeal.
No plumber, journeyman plumber or other licensee shall work as such in Caroline County until he shall have received and shall have recorded with the Plumbing Inspector a currently valid license certificate as master plumber or journeyman plumber, issued and recorded as aforesaid. Any person that holds a state certificate and plans to work in Caroline County shall make application to the County Plumbing Inspector for a Caroline County license.
No plumbing work shall proceed in Caroline County until and unless a permit therefor shall have been issued by the Caroline County Plumbing Board specifying the work permitted, upon application to and approval by said Plumbing Board or its agent on a form which shall be furnished by said Board.
All permits, upon approval by the Board and payment of the requisite fees, shall be issued by the Inspector of Plumbing or the Office of Permits and Inspections.
Notification requirements; inspections generally. The Inspector of Plumbing shall make inspections upon such notice, cooperation and conditions as shall be set forth by the Plumbing Board from time to time or as agreed to by the owner with the Caroline County Plumbing Inspector. It shall be the obligation of the permit holder to notify the Plumbing Inspector when work is ready for preliminary and final inspections.
Building sewer inspections. The Plumbing Inspector shall inspect the building sewer to the point of discharge.
[Amended 9-11-2012 by Bill No. 2012-6]
Failure to comply with an applicable law, rule or regulation of Caroline County shall constitute a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, the violator shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be liable to a fine of not more than $50, and each day the violation shall be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense. Any person who violates a provision of this chapter shall, upon citation issued pursuant to Chapter 92 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County be deemed to have Committed a Class A civil infraction and shall pay to the County the amount prescribed. In addition to fines as provided for herein, the County may seek an abatement order from an appropriate court and may immediately remedy any situation or condition at any time which threatens the immediate safety of persons or other structures.
These rules and regulations may be modified, revised or repealed from time to time by the Caroline County Plumbing Board, with final adoption by the Caroline County Commissioners after holding the required public hearings.
Requirements for homeowners and rental or business properties. Homeowners installing their own plumbing system in their own home shall install it in accordance with the Maryland State Plumbing Code, obtain the proper permit and have the same inspected. A release agreement must also be signed by the owner. Plumbing installations in rental or business property not occupied by the owner is not permitted under these rules and regulations. The connections of such a system to a public water or public sewer system must be made by a master plumber.
Requirements for modular and mobile homes. Modular and mobile homes or trailer interior plumbing will be governed by the Maryland Industrialized Building and Mobile Home regulations. Exterior plumbing work shall be governed by the Maryland State Plumbing Code and these rules and regulations.
Editor's Note: See Article 41, § 11-501 et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Any person employed as a maintenance man in a cannery, chicken plant, milk plant or similar operation may do all maintenance work on the machinery of the company and may maintain the existing plumbing system of the plant without being licensed.
Should said maintenance work require any new plumbing, plumbing fixtures, sewers or additions to existing sewers handling human waste, the work must be done by a master plumber holding a Caroline County plumbing license and shall be governed by the same rules and regulations as other plumbing installations.