[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Spring Valley 12-7-1970 as Ch. 14 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 118.
Article I Registration, Examination and Licensing of Plumbers
Article II Installation Standards
Registration required; fee. Every master plumber who shall engage in work as a master plumber in the village shall appear in person at the office of the Village Clerk and register his name and place of business. The initial fee for such registration and the yearly renewal fee shall be as provided in Chapter 118, Fees.
[Amended 12-20-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977; 4-7-1987 by L.L. No. 8-1987]
Bond; insurance. Every master plumber registered hereunder shall be required to furnish a bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.) for the faithful performance of the provisions of this chapter. Said plumber shall also be required to provide personal injury liability insurance, running for the calendar year, in the amounts of one million/three million dollars ($1,000,000./$3,000,000.).
Change in place of business. Every plumber registered under the provisions of this section shall give immediate notice to the Village Clerk of any change in his place of business.
Failure to comply with section. Every person failing to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall, on conviction thereof, be punished as provided in § 185-16 of this chapter.
[Amended 12-20-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977]
None but plumbers licensed as master plumbers by the Village of Spring Valley will be permitted to alter, repair or make connections to any part of the plumbing system, house drain or house sewer of any building located within the limits of the village.
Forum; contents. Persons applying for examination for certificates to engage in the business of master or employing plumber shall, before being examined, file with the Village Clerk an application on such forms as may be prescribed by the Village Clerk and shall furnish to the Village Clerk such information as the Village Clerk may require concerning the applicant's fitness and qualifications to receive a certificate as aforesaid. All applications must be under oath.
Vouchers. Each applicant shall be required to furnish two (2) vouchers, one of whom shall appear before the Village Clerk and sign under oath on forms prescribed by the Village Clerk certifying to the time the applicant has been employed by him as journeyman plumber; said voucher at the time of signing the application must be lawfully engaged in the plumbing business in the village or elsewhere.
Refusal to receive application. The Village Clerk shall refuse to receive an application from any person who, at the time of making application, may be unlawfully engaged in business as a master or employing plumber.
Duration of application. All applications will expire and be canceled after a period of three (3) months if the applicant does not appear for examination within that period.
No person shall be examined unless he shall have had an experience of at least five (5) years as a journeyman plumber and is able to furnish satisfactory evidence of such fact.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 14-20(b), Citizenship, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 3-12-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991.
General. Plumbing examinations shall be in two (2) parts, a written examination and a practical test.
Written examination. The village shall use and accept the license administered by Rockland County as the written portion of the village examination.
Practical. The Building Department shall administer the practical portion of the examination, which shall test the applicant's plumbing skills in the field.
The Village Clerk may waive the examination provided for in this Article and, in lieu thereof, accept proof that the applicant has been duly licensed as a master plumber by some other competent authority.
Any journeyman plumber who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older and who submits proof that he has been employed as a journeyman plumber for a minimum of five (5) years may be licensed by the village without examination.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Original Sec. 14-23, Fees for examination for village master plumber license, amended 12-20-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977, which immediately followed this section, was deleted at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
No person shall engage in the business of master or employing plumber before the issuance of a certificate of competency from the Village Clerk.
Before issuing a certificate to engage in the business of master or employing plumber, the Village Clerk shall inquire into the applicant's fitness and qualifications for conducting such business and may require the applicant to submit under oath such evidence, in addition to the examinations and test hereinbefore provided, as will satisfy the Village Clerk that he is a person of good repute, character and responsibility and otherwise qualifies to engage in business as a master or employing plumber.
In all cases where the Village Clerk shall refuse to grant a certificate of competency to an applicant, said Village Clerk shall file a written statement to that effect with the Board of Trustees and shall certify to the Board his reasons for refusing to grant such certificate of competency. In all cases where such certificate is refused, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the Board of Trustees, which Board, after a hearing, is authorized to grant a certificate of competency. The holder of a certificate granted by the Board of Trustees shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a holder of a certificate granted by the Village Clerk.
All plumbing and house drainage installed in the village shall be executed in conformity with the rules, regulations and specifications of this Article.
The following terms, when used in this Article, shall be construed as follows:
- BRANCH WASTE
- The length of waste pipe conducting wastewater from fixtures except water closets and slop hoppers to the main waste or soil pipe.
- Any building.
- HOUSE DRAIN
- That part of the main horizontal drain and its branches inside the wall of the building, vault or area and extending to and connecting with the house sewer.
- HOUSE SEWER
- That portion of the sewerage system of any building which extends from a point five (5) feet outside the wall of the building to its intersection with either a public sewer, lateral or cesspool.
- MAIN WASTE PIPE
- Any pipe, extending through the roof, receiving the discharge from any fixtures except water closets.
- SOIL PIPE
- Any vertical line of pipe extending through the roof, receiving the discharge of one (1) or more water closets, with or without other fixtures.
- VENT PIPE
- Any special pipe provided to ventilate the system of piping and to prevent trap siphonage and back pressure.
- More than forty-five degrees (45º) from the horizontal.
Materials required. No master or foreman plumber nor building contractor nor other person shall do plumbing work in the village until plans and specifications are filed in the office of the Building Department for inspection and approval and a permit issued.
[Amended 12-20-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977]
Drawings; written descriptions. Before any portion of the plumbing and drainage system of any building shall be constructed or reconstructed, there shall be filed in the office of the Building Department a plan or drawing and written description thereof, signed by the owner, showing said plumbing and drainage system entire, from its connection with the sewer, cesspool or vault, throughout the entire building, together with the location of all fixtures, traps and ventilating pipes. No portion of said plumbing or drainage work shall be executed until said plans and drawings and written descriptions thereof shall have been approved, in writing, by the Building Department. Before approval, said plans, drawings and descriptions shall be signed by the plumber. After a plan has been approved, no alterations of the same shall be made except on the written application of the owner and after said alterations shall have been approved by the Building Department. Written descriptions shall be submitted on blanks provided by the Building Department. Said descriptions shall clearly explain all portions of the proposed construction not clearly set forth in the plans or drawings. The work must be executed strictly in accordance with the approved plans, drawings and descriptions. This regulation also applies to any extensions or alterations of existing systems, with the addition that, in such cases, a plan of the old system, as well as a plan of the proposed changes, must be filed in the office of the Building Department. All plans, drawings and written descriptions which are filed in the office of the Building Department shall become the property of said Department.
Approval required. Said plumbing or drainage shall not be commenced or proceeded with until said drawings and descriptions shall have been so filed and approved by the Building Department.
[Amended 12-20-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977; 6-26-1984 by L.L. No. 4-1984]
When plans and specifications for plumbing work are filed with the Building Department, as provided in § 185-12 herein, the fees, as provided in Chapter 118, Fees, must be paid to defray the expenses of inspecting the drawings and specifications and supervising the work.
Required; notice of readiness. Every new system and every extended old system must be tested by the plumber in the presence of proper authorities in accordance with this section. The Building Department shall be notified by the plumber as soon as the work is ready for inspection.
Work to be convenient for examination. All work must be left uncovered and convenient for examination, and no coating of paint, tar or other substance shall be applied to the pipes until said work has passed the water or air test described in this section.
Water or air test; retesting. The water or air test must be used in the presence of the plumbing inspector for testing all plumbing work, known as "roughing." Said test shall include all house drain, soil and main waste pipes and joints thereof, ferrule joints and all traps and branch wastes which are to be enclosed. The house drain must be extended outside the foundation walls before the test is made. The water test will be applied by closing the lower end of the main house drain and filling the pipes to the highest opening above the roof with water. If the drain or any part of the system is to be tested separately, there must be a head of water at least six (6) feet above all parts of work so tested, and special provision must be made for including all joints and connections in at least one (1) test. The air test will be applied with a force pump and mercury column under ten (10) pounds of pressure, equal to twenty (20) inches of mercury. The use of spring gauges is prohibited. All defective joints must be made tight, all defective pipes and fittings must be removed, and the system must be arranged to conform in all respects to the specifications set forth in this chapter within one (1) week of the date of testing. The Building Department shall be notified as soon as such changes are made, and a retest similar to the first shall be made.
Final tests; fees; plumbing certificate. When the work is completed, the Building Department shall be notified, and a final test shall be made by the plumber, in the presence of the plumbing inspector, within one (1) week of the completion of such work. Said test shall be made with smoke or in any other manner which the Building Department may prescribe and shall be made for every piece of plumbing work for which a fee is required, except buildings not used for human habitation. If the work is found defective, it shall be changed within one (1) week to conform to the specifications set forth in this chapter, and a second test shall be made by the plumber in the presence of the plumbing inspector and in the same manner as the first final test and within one (1) week of the date of the first final test. No building shall be occupied as a dwelling until a final plumbing certificate is issued by the Building Department, and the plumber or person authorized to do said work shall be held responsible for the proper condition of the plumbing work until it is finally approved. No certificate will be granted unless the work is done in a thoroughly workmanlike manner.
Whenever it appears to the Building Department that the plumbing system in any building is not in a proper sanitary condition, the owner shall change the same to conform to the plumbing regulations set forth in this chapter within fifteen (15) days after notification to do so from the Building Department.
For any and every violation of the provisions of this chapter, the owner, general agent or contractor of a building or premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, and the lessee or tenant of an entire building or entire premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, and the owner, general agent or contractor, lessee or tenant of any part of a building or premises in which part such violation has been committed or shall exist, and the general agent, architect, builder, contractor or any other person who commits, takes part or assists in such violation or who maintains any building or premises in which such violation shall exist shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000.) or by imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days, or both.