Borough of Carlisle, PA
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Carlisle at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Appeals — See Ch. 5.
Building construction — See Ch. 89.
Fees — See Ch. 120.
Sewers — See Ch. 197.
Street excavations — See Ch. 223, Art. IV.
Water — See Ch. 251.
There is hereby adopted in its entirety by the Borough Council of the Borough of Carlisle that certain plumbing code known as the "International Plumbing Code/2003," as published by the International Conference of Building Officials, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. Copies of this chapter and the said International Plumbing Code/2003 are on file in the office of the Borough of Carlisle. Any amendments or supplements by said publisher to the 2003 Code after its initial publication are not intended to be adopted hereby.
The provisions of this chapter shall take effect upon enactment, provided that where a permit has already been issued under prior ordinances for work in the nature of installation, alteration, extension, repair or maintenance of plumbing and drainage systems, this chapter as previously existing shall govern said work.
A. 
The following definitions shall be added, in proper alphabetical sequence, to Section 202, General Definitions:
APPRENTICE PLUMBER: A person who is registered by a licensed master plumber with the code official as being apprenticed to said master plumber in the course of learning the practice of plumbing.
JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER: A person who has served as an apprentice plumber for a period of four years in the Borough of Carlisle or elsewhere, who is considered by the code official to be qualified for examination, and who, upon satisfactorily passing an examination therefore, has been properly licensed as a journeyman plumber.
MASTER PLUMBER: A person who has served as a journeyman plumber for a period of two years in the Borough of Carlisle or elsewhere, who is considered by the code official to be qualified for examination, and who upon satisfactorily passing an examination therefore, has been properly licensed as a master plumber.
B. 
Section 106, Permits.
106.5 Permit issuance. No permit shall be issued to any person to do or cause to be done any work regulated by this code except to a person holding a valid, unexpired and unrevoked master plumber license as required by this code, except that a permit required by this code may be issued to do the following work required by this code:
(1)
To a person in a dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such buildings, in the event that such person is the bona fide owner of such dwelling and/or accessory buildings and that the same are occupied by said owner, provided that said owner shall personally purchase all materials of construction and shall personally perform all labor in connection therewith.
(2)
To a contractor installing new water and sanitary sewer service laterals in conjunction with the construction by said contractor of new water and sanitary sewer mains connected to such laterals.
The application, construction documents and other data filed by an applicant for a permit shall be reviewed by the code official. If the proposed work conforms to the requirements of this code and all laws and ordinances applicable thereto, and the fees specified in § 106.6 have been paid, a permit shall be issued to the applicant.
106.5.2 Fee schedule. The fees for all plumbing permits, licenses, inspections, testing, etc., required by this chapter shall be as indicated in Chapter 120, Fees, of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle as enacted and ordained, and as may be, from time to time, amended.
C. 
Section 305, Protection of pipes and plumbing system components.
305.6.1 Sewer depth. Building sewers that connect to private sewage disposal systems shall be a minimum of 36 inches (914 mm) below finished grade at the point of septic tank connection. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 36 inches (914 mm) below grade.
D. 
Section 306, Trenching, excavation and backfill.
306.2 Trenching and bedding. Where trenches are excavated such that the bottom of the trench forms the bed for the pipe, solid and continuous load-bearing support shall be provided between joints. Bell holes, hub holes and coupling holes shall be provided at points where the pipe is joined. Such pipe shall not be supported on blocks to grade. In instances where the materials manufacturer's installation instructions are more restrictive than those prescribed by the code, the material shall be installed in accordance with the more restrictive requirement. Trenches shall be of sufficient width to permit proper installation of the pipe. Trenching and bedding shall also comply with the following requirements:
A.
Water from curb to structure. All water laterals shall have a four- to six-inch bedding of fine gravel and a minimum cover of six inches of 2-B stone or equivalent.
B.
Sewer lateral from curb to structure. Sewer laterals shall have a minimum of six-inch bedding of fine gravel and a minimum of 12 inches of cover with 2-B stone or equivalent. The trench shall be backfilled to grade in layers of six inches maximum depth and compacted after each placement.
306.3 Backfilling. All water laterals shall have a minimum of six to eight inches of cover of 2-B stone, or equal, tamped in place. All sewer laterals shall have a minimum of 12 inches of covering of 2-B stone or equal, tamped in six-inch layers. After the 2-B or equal cover, loose earth free of rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks and other rubble shall be carefully placed in the trench in six-inch layers and tamped in place. Care shall be taken to thoroughly compact the backfill under and beside the pipe to be sure the pipe is properly supported. Backfill shall be brought up evenly on both sides of the pipe so that it retains proper alignment.
E. 
Section 603, Water service.
603.2 Separation of water service and building sewer/drain. When building sewer is installed in the same trench as the water service, service lines shall be at least 18 inches apart. The joints shall be such as to remain watertight and rootproof.
F. 
Section 605, Materials, joints and connections.
605.3 Water service pipe. Water service pipe shall be copper tubing, Type K only, and shall conform to one of the standards for this material listed in Table 605.3. All water service pipe or tubing, installed underground and outside the structure, shall have a minimum working pressure rating of 160 psi (1,100 kPa) at 73.4° F. (23° C.). Where the water pressure exceeds 160 psi (1,100 kPa), piping material shall have a minimum rated working pressure equal to the highest available pressure.
G. 
Section 607, Hot water supply system.
607.3.2 Backflow prevention device or check valve. Where a backflow prevention device, check valve or other device is installed on a water supply system utilizing storage water heating equipment such that thermal expansion causes an increase in pressure, a thermal expansion tank for controlling pressure shall be installed. Such tank shall be sized as shown on Table 607.1.
H. 
Section 608, Protection of potable water supply.
608.13.7 Double check-valve assemblies. All new nonresidential and residential buildings shall be provided with double check-valve assemblies. All existing nonresidential and residential buildings shall be provided with double check-valve assemblies whenever any portion of the service lateral extending from the curb box to the premises is repaired or replaced. All buildings whereby the internal pressure of the water supply has been increased by a mechanism that results in raising the water pressure in the system to a level that is greater than the pressure of the public supply system shall be provided with double check-valve assemblies.
I. 
Section 702, Materials.
702.2 Underground building drainage and vent pipe. Underground building drainage shall be of cast iron, acrylonitrile/butadiene/stryene (ABS) plastic pipe or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic pipe and shall conform to one of the standards for these materials listed in Table 702.2.
702.3 Building sewer pipe. Building sewer pipe shall be of cast iron, acrylonitrile/butadiene/stryene (ABS) plastic pipe, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic pipe and shall conform to one of the standards for these materials listed in Table 702.3.
J. 
Section 703, Building sewer.
703.1 Building sewer pipe near the water service. When building sewer is installed in the same trench as the water service as provided in § 604.2, service lines shall be at least 18 inches apart.
703.6 Minimum size building sewer. The gravity building sewer shall not be less than four inches (102 mm) in size.
K. 
Section 708, Cleanouts.
708.3.3 Changes of direction. Cleanouts shall be installed in each change of direction of the building sewer, building drain or horizontal waste or soil line, which is greater than 45° (0.79 rad). Where more than one change of direction occurs in a run of piping, only one cleanout shall be required for each 40 feet (12,192 mm) of developed length of the drainage piping. Access shall be provided to all cleanouts.
L. 
Section 904.1, Roof extensions.
904.1 Roof extensions. All open vent pipes that extend through a roof shall be terminated at least 12 inches (305 mm) above the roof, except that where a roof is to be used for any purpose other than weather protection, the vent extensions shall be run at least seven feet (2,134 mm) above the roof.
M. 
Section 1003, Interceptors and separators.
1003.1 Interceptors required. Interceptors for oil, grease, sand and other substances harmful or hazardous to the building drainage system, the public sewer or sewer treatment plant or processes shall be provided as required by this chapter and Chapter 197, Sewers, of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle. Where food waste grinders connect to grease interceptors, the grease interceptor shall be sized and rated for the discharge of the food waste grinder.
1003.10 Access and maintenance of interceptors and separators. Access shall be provided to each interceptor and separator for service and maintenance. Interceptors and separators shall be maintained by removal of accumulated grease, scum, oil or other floating substances and solids deposited in the interceptor or separator in accordance with a maintenance schedule established by the code official.
N. 
Section 110, Master plumber license.
110.1 Plumbing work to be performed by or under supervision of licensed master plumber. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of plumbing in the Borough of Carlisle unless such person shall be licensed as a master plumber under the provisions of this chapter, provided that if any person engaged in the business of plumbing in the Borough shall be a firm or corporation, at least one individual, being a member of such firm or corporation, shall be a licensed master plumber under the provisions of this chapter.
110.2 Application for licenses and registration. Any person desiring to be licensed as a journeyman or master plumber shall make a written application to the code official on the form provided by the code official.
110.2.1 Apprentice plumber registration. Each apprentice plumber shall be registered each year by the master plumber who employs said apprentice.
110.2.2 Journeyman plumber registration. Each journeyman plumber shall be registered each year by the master plumber who employs said journeyman. Enclosed with an application for registration as a journeyman plumber shall be a sworn affidavit from the firm or firms under which the applicant has served as an apprentice plumber.
110.2.3 Master plumber license. Enclosed with an application for license as a master plumber shall be a sworn affidavit from the firm or firms under which the applicant has served as a journeyman plumber. In addition, the master plumber shall execute and deliver to the code official a contractor's liability insurance policy of not less than $300,000.
110.3 Issuance of plumbers licenses. The code official shall establish standards and procedures for the qualification, examination and licensing of plumbers and shall issue a master plumber or journeyman plumber license, as the case may be, to each individual who shall meet the qualifications therefore as determined by the results obtained by such individual in an examination taken by him or her. The code official shall determine the character of the examination to be given any applicant and shall conduct such examinations for the purpose of determining such applicant's competency and knowledge of plumbing and drainage work.
110.3.1 Reexaminations. Any person who fails to pass the examination as prescribed by the code official may apply for reexamination after the expiration of 30 days. Should such person fail the second time, the code official may refuse a third application until after the expiration of six months.
110.3.2 License nontransferable. No person who has obtained a plumber's license shall allow his or her name to be used by another person either for the purpose of obtaining permits or for doing business or work under the license. Every person licensed shall notify the code official of his or her place of business, and shall give immediate notice to the code official of any change in either.
110.3.3 License numbers. All master plumbers' licenses shall be numbered and each such licensee shall cause to be printed on all vehicles used in the business of plumbing by the licensee letters at least one inch high stating "Plumber's License No.___," and shall insert in the blank the number of license issued. Once a master plumber license has been issued to a master plumber and it is kept currently renewed, the same license number shall continue.
110.3.4 Renewal of licenses. All licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year in which issued. Licenses may be renewed between January 1 and January 31 of the following year upon the payment of fees and submission of the required registration form.
110.4 Suspension and revocation of licenses. The code official may suspend or revoke any license or registration and the privilege of having a license or certificate authorized by this chapter upon violation of or noncompliance with any of the provisions of this chapter and those of Chapters 197 and 251 of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle, Sewer and Water, respectively, as said chapters have existed, do now exist, or hereinafter exist; the code official may also suspend or revoke any license or certificate and the privilege of having a license or certificate for any conduct unbecoming of a plumber or indicative of incompetence, dishonesty or similar unfitness for position.
110.4.1 Term of suspension. A suspension shall be for such term as the code official may determine or an indefinite term or a term subject to a condition, and may exceed the term of any license or registration which the person in question may then hold. In the event of a revocation, the person in question shall never again be permitted to hold a license or certificate.
110.4.2 Determination by the code official. The code official shall consider as an aggravating circumstance in deciding upon appropriate action the fact that the person in question has previously acted improperly, if such is the case.
110.4.3 Responsibility of employer. In a proper case, as determined by the code official, an employer shall be subjected to suspension and revocation as a consequence of the acts of an employee, provided that nothing herein shall excuse the employee from such strictures.
110.5 Temporary license. The code official may issue a temporary license pending final determination of the applicant's qualifications, provided that the applicant holds a valid plumber's license issued by another municipality. Said municipality shall be comparable in size to the Borough of Carlisle and shall have adopted a plumbing code and requirements for certification as a master plumber comparable to those set forth in this chapter.
110.6 Special license. In lieu of applying for a master plumber license as herein provided, any person holding a current master plumber license from another municipality that has adopted a plumbing code and requirements for certification as a master plumber comparable to those set forth in this chapter may apply to the code official for a special license authorizing a specific or individual job to be performed within the Borough of Carlisle. The fee for each special license shall be as provided in Chapter 120 of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle and shall be in addition to all other plumbing fees. Such special license shall require full compliance with all the provisions of this code as to inspection and furnishing of a certificate of general liability insurance, as set forth in § 110.2.3. At the completion of each contract or job, the special license shall be void, and no further work shall be performed until another special license is obtained as herein provided.
O. 
Section 605.
605.2.1 Replacement of certain portion of water service laterals. In connection with repair upon or replacement of the portion of a water service lateral from the curb stop to the water main, the owner of a structure serviced by said lateral shall replace at the expense of the owner that portion of the service lateral from the curb stop to the structure where such portion has a component of lead exceeding 8% with new piping material in accordance with this chapter within 90 days of written notice by the Borough of Carlisle.
Subsection 5 to Section 605.9 as follows:
Soldered or brazed joints located underground.
P. 
Insert Table 607.1 as follows:
Table 607.1
Required Thermal Expansion Tank Volume
(gallons)
Supply Line Pressure
(PSI)
Water Heater Gallons
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
20
0.7
0.9
1.1
1.5
2.0
2.7
3.7
5.7
10.2
30
1.0
1.3
1.7
2.2
2.9
4.0
5.6
8.5
15.3
40
1.3
1.7
2.3
3.0
3.9
5.3
7.5
11.4
20.3
50
1.6
2.2
2.8
3.7
4.9
6.6
9.3
14.2
25.4
60
2.0
2.6
3.4
4.5
5.9
8.0
11.2
17.0
30.5
70
2.3
3.0
4.0
5.2
6.9
9.3
13.1
19.9
35.6
80
2.6
3.5
4.6
6.0
7.9
10.6
14.9
22.7
40.7
90
3.0
3.9
5.1
6.7
8.8
11.9
16.8
25.5
45.8
100
3.3
4.4
5.7
7.4
9.8
13.3
18.7
28.4
50.9
110
3.6
4.8
6.3
8.2
10.8
14.6
20.5
31.2
56.0
120
3.9
5.2
6.8
8.9
11.8
15.9
22.4
34.1
61.0
Q. 
Section 701.
701.2.1 Public systems available. A public water main or public sewer system shall be considered available to a building when the property on which said building is located adjoins or abuts upon any street, alley or avenue in which the public water and/or sewer system shall be located.
R. 
Section 1004.
1004.14 Sampling points. An approved sampling point shall be provided on the building sewer pipe between the interceptor/separator and the public sewer pipe. The sampling point shall be readily accessible and routine sampling shall occur according to the schedule established by the code official. Testing of samples shall be performed in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 197 of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle.