[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of St. Francis as Ch. 15 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-1-2004 by Ord. No. 1163; 10-16-2007 by Ord. No. 1243; 2-22-2012 by Ord. No. 1311]
Chapter 145, Wis. Stats., and the State Plumbing Code, Chs. SPS 381 through 387, Wis. Adm. Code, 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.
In this chapter, "plumbing" means and includes:
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.
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 with 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.
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.
The water pressure systems other than municipal systems as provided in Ch. 281, Wis. Stats.
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 Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Common Council, shall appoint a Plumbing Inspector, along with such other plumbing inspectors as he deems necessary, who shall be a licensed plumber or practical plumber, skilled sanitarian or competent person familiar with plumbing and who, unless under civil service, shall serve indefinitely, 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 § 345-9.
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 Treasurer.
Records and reports.
To the Common 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 Common 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.
[Amended 7-1-2008 by Ord. No. 1259; 2-22-2012 by Ord. No. 1311
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 that 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 shall 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 the same and shall automatically expire on completion of the work for which it was issued, provided that 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 Supervisor is pending, provided that 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 or to suspend or revoke such permit or to order work stopped under § 345-3B(5) may obtain review of such determination under Chapter 4, Administrative Review, of this Code.
[Amended 3-15-2005 by Ord. No. 1181; 6-6-2006 by Ord. No. 1220]
Fee schedule. The fees as provided by the current fee schedule on file with the City Clerk shall be paid to the Plumbing Inspector before the plumbing permit is issued.
Penalty for failure to obtain permit. If plumbing work is begun before the permit has been obtained, quadruple fees shall be charged.
All plumbing work shall be done only by a plumber licensed by the state for such work, provided that a property owner may make repairs or installations in a single-family building owned and occupied by him as his home if a permit therefor is issued and the work is done in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
To be on file. All master plumbers engaged in the business of plumbing in the City and all journeymen plumbers and apprentice plumbers working at the plumbing trade in the City shall register with the Plumbing Inspector, who shall keep such registration on file in his office.
Information to be supplied. Such registration shall consist of the full name and address, license number and current receipt number of each master or journeyman licensee. For an apprentice, the year of apprenticeship and the shop to which he is indentured shall be indicated.
Registration requirements limited. The purpose of this section is to provide for the administration of state licensing requirements and this chapter. No fee shall be charged for any plumber's registration, nor shall any information other than that specified in Subsection B of this section be required.
Regulated. All roof drains, sump pumps, floor drains, garage floor drains or any other structure, system or device for the purpose of discharging clear water, where the plumbing fixtures in the building are connected to a sanitary sewer and where the building is not serviced by a storm sewer, shall be discharged onto the ground at least three feet out from the building and one foot above the permanent grade and in no manner shall be connected to the sanitary sewer system. The roof drains, sump pump discharge or other discharge pipe shall be on the front or back of the building, at least three feet from the corner of the building, and be located in such a manner that the drainage shall be across the owner's property toward a street, alley or other public way, but so that the water shall be dissipated before it reaches such street, alley or other public way.
Roof drain or sump discharge pipe extensions. No extension of the roof drain or sump discharge pipe shall be installed or connected beyond the three-foot limit outside of the building without the approval of the Plumbing Inspector. This request shall be submitted to the Inspector in writing before approval is granted.
Discharge. Roof drains and sump pumps of corner buildings shall discharge on the sides of buildings parallel to the street, alley or other public way. The roof drain pipe and sump pump discharge pipe shall terminate and the effluent shall be discharged as regulated above.
Responsibility. By statute, the City of St. Francis is the governmental unit responsible for the regulation of private sewage systems, as defined in § 145.01(12), Wis. Stats. The City Plumbing Inspector shall be the person responsible for the proper administration of the private sewage system program and for the enforcement of the regulations and rules of such system program as set forth in the State of Wisconsin Plumbing Code. The City shall also obtain the services of a certified soil tester, either as an employee or under contract to perform the duties prescribed by § 145.20, Wis. Stats.
State regulations adopted. Section 145.20, Wis. Stats., and so much of the State of Wisconsin Plumbing Code as pertains to private sewage systems are hereby adopted by reference and made part hereof as though set forth in full herein, together with such fees as are prescribed by the state code or pertinent City ordinances, and where there is a conflict, the fee shall be twice the hourly wage of the City Building Inspector.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any regulation, rule or order made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.