[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo 10-19-1987 by Ord. No. 87-6 as Ch. 15 of the 1987 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Adopted by reference. Chapter 145, Wis. Stats., and the State Plumbing Code, Chs. COMM 81 to 85, 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.
To be on file. A copy of the State Plumbing Code shall be on file in the offices of the Plumbing Inspector.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meaning indicated:
- Includes the following:
- 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 fire protection 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 contamination or pollution of any potable water supply and distribution system; 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.
Powers and duties.
General. The Plumbing Inspector shall be certified by the Department of Commerce. The Plumbing Inspector, with the cooperation of the Building 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. In the discharge of his duties, the Plumbing Inspector or his authorized agent may enter any building during reasonable hours for the purpose of inspection.
Permits. The Plumbing Inspector shall take applications and issue to qualified applicants, or master plumbers who submit their license number on the permit application, permits as required for all work done under this chapter and shall maintain suitable records of the permits issued.
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 on 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.
Application. The application shall be in writing upon forms provided by the Plumbing Inspector, which may be obtained at the office of the Clerk-Treasurer, and shall include the name of the owner and the description of the property on which the work is to be done, and all plumbing to be installed, along with such pertinent information as the Plumbing Inspector may require.
Issuance; term. 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 if work has not been commenced within 90 days of the date of issuance or when work ceases for a period of 90 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.
Responsibility. It shall be the responsibility of the installer or contractor to determine if a permit is required and to obtain the same prior to commencing work.
Fixture installation requiring permit. A permit is required when any additional fixtures are installed or when the plumbing system is moved to another part of the building and remodeled. However, no permit is required when a fixture is replaced by a new one and no new pipe or vent is changed or added.
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 may, within 20 days, appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Fees shall be as set from time to time by the Common Council. The fees shall be doubled for any work commenced prior to obtaining a permit.
Editor's Note: The current fee schedule is on file at the office of the City Clerk-Treasurer.
The permittee or an authorized representative shall, in writing or orally, request inspections by the Plumbing Inspector at appropriate times required for the enforcement of this chapter. The Plumbing Inspector shall perform the requested inspection within 48 hours after notification, except the final inspection. The work shall not proceed beyond the point of inspection until the inspection has been completed, except if inspection has not taken place within 48 hours of notification, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, unless otherwise agreed upon between the permittee and the Plumbing Inspector.
Discharge. No person shall cause, allow or permit any roof drain, surface drain, subsoil drain, drain from any mechanical device, gutter, ditch, pipe, conduit, sump pump, or any other object or thing used for the purposes of collecting, conducting, transporting, diverting, draining or discharging clear water from any part of any private premises owned or occupied by said person to discharge into a sanitary sewer.
Nuisance. The discharge into a sanitary sewer from any drain enumerated in Subsection A above is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and a hazard to the health, safety and well-being of the residents of the City and to the protection of property.
Groundwater. Where deemed necessary by the Plumbing Inspector, every dwelling shall have a sump pump installed for the purpose of discharging clear waters from foundation drains and ground infiltration and, where the building is not serviced by a storm sewer, shall either discharge into an underground conduit leading to a drainage ditch, gutter or dry well or shall discharge onto the ground surface in such other manner as will not constitute a nuisance as defined herein. All clear water shall be discharged to the rear of the lot unless the Building Inspector approves another location.
Catch basins and receptacles. See § COMM 82.36, Wis. Adm. Code.
Storm sewer lateral. Where municipal storm sewers are provided and it is deemed necessary by the property owner and/or the City to discharge clear waters from a parcel of land, a storm sewer lateral shall be installed and connected to the storm sewer main at the expense of the owner.
Conducting tests. If the Director of Public Works or his designated agent suspects an illegal clear water discharge, as defined by this chapter or by any other applicable provision of the Wisconsin Administrative Code as it may from time to time be amended, he may, upon reasonable notice and at reasonable times, enter the private premises where such illegal clear water discharge is suspected and conduct appropriate tests to determine whether such suspected illegal clear water discharge actually exists.
Compliance and penalty. Any person determined to be in violation of any provision of this section shall be given a written notice stating the nature of such violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the foregoing time limits shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided in Chapter 1, § 1-4 of this Code.
Grease catch basins or separators of a capacity based upon the temperature and the amount of the water tributary shall be installed wherever kitchen or other greasy wastes from hotels, restaurants, clubhouses, boardinghouses, public or private institutions, hospitals or similar places are discharged into a public sewer or private sewage disposal system. Garbage disposal units shall not be tributary to grease catch basins or interceptors.
See Chapter 324, Streets and Sidewalks, of this Code.
Whenever practical, the sanitary system and drainage system of each dwelling or building must be separately or independently connected with the street sewer, except that where a building stands in the rear of another on the same lot, the drain from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole will be considered as one drain.
Whenever necessary to disturb a drain or pipe in actual use, the same shall not be obstructed or disconnected without special permission of the Plumbing Inspector. No person shall make any new connections or extensions to an old drain or pipe without permission of the Plumbing Inspector.
In all cases where any sanitary system or other drainpipe to be laid is obstructed by water, gas, steam, pipe or conduit, the decision to pass over or under the obstruction or the raising or lowering of the obstruction so as to permit the construction and installation of such pipe shall be made by the Director of Public Works.
All water, sewer, drain, gas, conduits or other pipes must be protected to the satisfaction of the Plumbing Inspector from injury by frost or settling.
No person shall permit any earth, sand or solid materials to enter any main sewer during progress of any work in laying drains and sewers or in making alterations, extensions or repairs to the same, or in connecting such drains or sewers to the sewer main of the City.
See Chapter 340, Utilities, of this Code.
This chapter shall not be considered as assuming any liability on the part of the City or any official or employee thereof for damages to anyone injured or for any property destroyed by any defect in any building or equipment, or in any plumbing or electric wiring or equipment.