[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Little Egg Harbor; see Ch. 345, General Provisions, Board of Health, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 159.
Adopted by reference. A code regulating the installation, maintenance, repair and control of the plumbing of buildings and the connection thereof with outside sewers, cesspools, or other receptacles, regulating the practice of plumbing and the issuance of licenses to practice plumbing is hereby established pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 275, P.L. of 1948. A copy of this code is annexed hereto and made part hereof without the inclusion of the text thereof herein.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 26:3-31.1 et seq.
Title of code. The code established and adopted by this chapter is described and commonly known as the "Plumbing Code of New Jersey (Revised 1964)."
Public record. Three copies of the Plumbing Code of New Jersey (Revised 1964), similarly marked, have been placed on file in the office of the Township and will remain on file in such office for the use and examination of the public.
In connection with the provisions of this chapter and the code hereby established and adopted as a part hereof, the following fees shall be charged and received:
All fees, penalties and monies collected pursuant to this chapter shall be paid to Little Egg Harbor Township, except that all fees pertaining to licensing or examinations shall be paid to the Board of Health.
No person other than a licensed master plumber shall be allowed to carry on or engage in the business of plumbing in the Township; nor shall any person expose a sign advertising his services in the practice of plumbing or house drainage, potable water service or any advertisement pertaining thereto unless he or they shall have first secured a license or certificate and shall have been licensed by the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health or State of New Jersey; nor shall any person other than a licensed master plumber, or persons in his or their employ or under his or their supervision, be allowed to alter, repair or make any connection with any drainage, soil, waste, or vent pipe, or any pipe connected thereto.
Every licensed master plumber, firm, or corporation shall give immediate notice of any change in his, their, or its place of business; upon his, their or its retirement from business shall surrender his, their, or its certificate of license to the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health. Every person, firm or corporation on registering shall give the full name or names of the person, firm or officer's names of the corporation for which he or they shall register.
At the expiration of each calendar year, the certificate or license shall be null and void. A licensed master plumber, desiring to continue in or work at the business of plumbing and house drainage and potable water service for the ensuing year, shall between the 1st and 31st days of December of each year renew the certificate or license for the current year to the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health.
The Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health shall appoint a Board of Examiners each year for the purpose of examining applicants for licenses, and the Board shall serve for a period of one year. This Board of Examiners shall consist of Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health plumbing subcode official, a licensed master plumber who is in no way connected with the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health, and a journeyman plumber.
Persons desiring to be examined for license as master plumber shall make application on forms supplied by the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health and shall pay an examination fee of $25, which shall accompany the application. Applicants for examination as master plumber shall have had at least four years' combined satisfactory experience as helper, apprentice and journeyman, which experience shall be duly certified in a form acceptable to the Little Egg Harbor Board of Health.
Examinations shall be held on the fourth Wednesday in January and July of each year. Applicants shall file a notice of intention to appear for an examination not less than three days prior thereto.
Any certificate or license granted under this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health when a master plumber or journeyman plumber, firm, or corporation, or the licensed representative thereof, shall violate any of the rules and regulations adopted by the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health within a reasonable time after notification thereof, or who shall permit the use of his, their, or its name by a person or persons for the purpose of obtaining a permit or permits to do plumbing and drainage work and potable water service and for good cause shown upon 10 days' written notice and reasonable opportunity to be heard.
Whenever the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health and plumbing subcode official determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this chapter or code or of any rule or regulation adopted by the Little Egg Harbor Township Board of Health, they shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person or persons responsible therefor, as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall:
Be put in writing;
Include a statement of the reasons why it is being issued;
Allow a reasonable time for the performance of any act it requires;
Be served upon the owner or his agent, or the occupant, as the case may require; provided that such notice shall be deemed to be properly served upon such owner or agent; or upon such occupant, if a copy thereof is served upon him personally; or if a copy thereof is sent by registered mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, to his last known address; or if a copy thereof is posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling affected by the notice; or if he is served with such notice by any other method authorized or required under the laws of this state. Such notice may contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will affect compliance with the provisions of the code or ordinance and with rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
Any person affected by any notice which has been issued, in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this chapter, or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board of Examiners; provided that such persons shall file in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Health a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor within 10 days after the day of notice was served. Upon receipt of such petition the Board of Health shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice therefor. At such hearing the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice should be modified or withdrawn. The hearing shall be commenced not later than 10 days after the day on which the petition was filed; provided that, upon application of the petitioner, the Board of Examiners may postpone the date of the hearing for a reasonable time beyond such ten-day period if, in its judgment, the petitioner has submitted a good and sufficient reason for such postponement.
After such hearing the Board of Examiners shall sustain, modify or withdraw the notice, depending upon the finding as to whether the provisions of the code or this chapter and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with. If the Board of Examiners sustains or modifies such notice, it shall be deemed to be an order. Any notice served pursuant to Subsection A(4) and shall automatically become an order if a written petition for a hearing is not filed in the office of the Board of Health within 10 days after such notice is served. After a hearing in the case of any notice suspending any permit required by this chapter or code or by any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, when such notice has been sustained by the Board of Examiners, the permit shall be deemed to have been revoked. Any such permit which has been suspended by a notice shall be deemed to be automatically revoked if a petition for hearing is not filed in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Health within 10 days after such notice is served.
The proceedings at such hearing, including the findings and decision of the Board of Examiners, shall be summarized, reduced to writing and entered as a matter of public record in the office of the Board of Health. Such record shall also include a copy of every notice or order issued in connection with the matter. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Examiners may seek relief therefrom in any court of competent jurisdiction, as provided by the laws of this state.
Whenever the plumbing subcode official finds that an emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health, he may, without notice or hearing, issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring that such action be taken as he deems necessary to meet the emergency. Notwithstanding the other provisions of the code or this chapter, such order shall be effective immediately. Any person to whom such order is directed shall comply therewith immediately, but upon petition to the Board of Examiners shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. After such hearing, depending upon his finding as to whether the provisions of this chapter or code and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with, the Board of Examiners shall continue such order in effect, or modify it, or revoke it.
All permits issued hereunder shall be valid for one year from the date thereof. Such permits may only be extended by the plumbing subcode official when good cause can be shown. If permits are extended past the original limit of their duration, repayment of fees will be required for renewal of the permit, except in the event that a court of competent jurisdiction shall issue an injunction effecting the property described, then the permit shall be extended the same length of time as the injunction is in effect.
No verbal approval shall be given. Under no circumstances shall a verbal approval or permission given by anyone be considered a justification for any deviation from the approved plans or the violation of any of the rules or regulations governing house drainage.
No drainage work shall be covered or concealed in any way until after it has been examined and approved by the inspector of plumbing. A notice must be sent to the Little Egg Harbor Township plumbing subcode official in writing when the work is sufficiently advanced for an inspection, giving the location of the property, plan number, and connection of work to be inspected over the signature of the master plumber. Immediately upon the completion of the work, application for final inspection must be made. When work is ready for inspection, the plumbing contractor shall make such arrangements as shall enable the proper officer to reach all parts of the plumbing easily and readily.
Any person who fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter or with any of the provisions governing house drainage, the procuring of a license to, engage in or work at the business of plumbing, house drainage plumbing, sewer connections, or any person who shall violate any of the rules, regulations or requirements made by Little Egg Harbor Township regarding the construction of plumbing, house drainage or cesspools, shall be liable for every such offense to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $500, and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.
All regulations incorporated in any act, ordinance or code of the State of New Jersey, or of the Township of Little Egg Harbor presently in effect, or validly promulgated or enacted by any board, department, commission or agency thereof shall continue in effect until such time as any such regulation is superseded by appropriate regulations promulgated pursuant to the State Uniform Construction Code Act, at which time they shall be deemed repealed and superseded, and of no further force and effect.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.