Village of Depew, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Depew 12-27-1971 by L.L. No. 2-1971 as Ch. 18 of the 1971 Code; amended in its entirety 8-2-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 76.
Housing standards — See Ch. 125.
Licenses and permits — See Ch. 141.
Sewer use — See Ch. 187.
Water — See Ch. 253.
When used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MASTER PLUMBER
A person who, by himself or with journeyman plumbers, apprentices or helpers in his or her employ, performs plumbing work.
No person shall, except as hereinafter provided, engage in, conduct, carry on, transact or practice in the trade, business or calling of plumbing in the Village without first obtaining a license or certificate therefor.
Any person desiring a master or employing plumber's license shall file with the Village Clerk a written application therefor upon a form furnished by the Village, which form shall be signed by the applicant.
A. 
Application forms shall require the following information:
(1) 
Full name and residence.
(2) 
Places of residence for the five years immediately prior to the date of application.
(3) 
Date of birth.
(4) 
Place of birth.
(5) 
Highest education achieved.
(6) 
Apprenticeship, how long and if completed.
(7) 
Number of years of experience as a plumber, if any, and dates and places of employment as a plumber.
(8) 
License or licenses as a plumber in other jurisdictions, if any, and if so, are they still in effect.
(9) 
Place of business.
B. 
In addition to the foregoing, the Licensing Officer may require such additional information as he or she deems necessary.
A. 
Unless the applicant can furnish with his or her application a certificate showing completion of a generally recognized apprenticeship as a journeyman plumber or proof of licensing, currently in effect, by another jurisdiction in which the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code is in effect, the applicant shall be required to take and pass an examination under the supervision of the Plumbing and/or Sewer or Wastewater Inspector, who may delegate the monitoring of the examination to any full-time official or employee of the Village.
B. 
Such examination shall be sufficiently broad in scope, and may be written, oral or practical, or any combination thereof, so as to test the applicant's ability in the plumbing trade and his or her knowledge and understanding of the plumbing standards of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 18.6, Bond, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 5-2-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.
A. 
Upon approval of the Sewer Inspector as to the applicant's qualifications and fitness and the payment of the license fee as hereinafter provided, the Licensing Officer may issue a license to the applicant.
B. 
No license shall be refused, except for a specific reason and for the protection of the public health, safety and property.
C. 
All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall state the name and residence and place of business of the licensee, the date of issuance and expiration and the fee paid.
D. 
No applicant, however, to whom a license has been refused shall make further application until a period of at least three months has elapsed since his or her last rejection unless he or she can show the cause for such rejection no longer exists.
E. 
All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on December 31 next succeeding the issuance thereof unless sooner revoked.
F. 
No license shall be used by any person other than the original licensee and any holder of such license who permits it to be used by any other person shall be liable to revocation of said license in addition to any other penalties provided herein.
G. 
All licenses issued hereunder may be renewed within 30 days next preceding January 1 without furnishing any additional proof or examination except proof that the bond as required herein shall remain in full force and effect for the new licensing period and payment of the license fee hereunder.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 18.6, Bond, was repealed 5-2-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.
A. 
Any person employed by a master plumber as a journeyman plumber, apprentice or plumber's helper shall personally register with the Village Clerk stating his or her name, age, address and name of his or her employer, and shall file a written statement from such employer that he or she is so employed.
B. 
Upon the furnishing of the above information and payment of the fee as hereinafter provided, the Licensing Officer shall issue to such person a certificate of registration which thereafter shall be carried on his or her person and be subject to inspection as provided for licenses herein.
C. 
Such certificates shall expire on the same date and may be renewed in the same manner and the same time as master plumbers' licenses.
D. 
No journeyman plumber, apprentice or plumber's helper shall be permitted to work at the business, trade or art of plumbing except under the direct supervision of and in conjunction with a master plumber licensed hereunder and such master plumber shall be responsible for all work done by any such journeyman plumber, apprentice or plumber's helper.
E. 
Any journeyman plumber, apprentice or plumber's helper may transfer to another employer upon having the same endorsed by the Licensing Officer upon his or her certificate of registration and the payment of the transfer fee as hereinafter provided.
A. 
Special permit. The Licensing Officer may grant a special permit after referral and report by the Sewer Inspector to any industrial firm or corporation desiring to do its own plumbing in and upon its own premises or place of manufacturing or business. Applications for such permits must be in writing and shall be revocable by the Licensing Officer as provided in this Municipal Code. Such permits shall be limited to such plumbing activities as hereinabove stated.
B. 
Limited license.
(1) 
Any person engaged in the business of selling stoves, ranges, water softeners, water heaters, automatic dishwashers, furnaces or other similar appliances necessitating connection to or with existing water or gas systems may be granted a limited license.
(2) 
Application for a limited license shall be filed with the Village Clerk, together with a statement of training or experience, which application shall be referred to the Sewer Inspector for investigation and report to the Licensing Officer.
(3) 
The Licensing Officer may require a written test or practical demonstration or both by the applicant before granting approval.
(4) 
Upon approval by the Sewer Inspector, the payment of the fee as hereinafter provided and the furnishing of a bond in the principal sum of $1,000, and on the same terms and conditions as provided in § 18.6 hereof,[1] except for the amount of said bond, the Licensing Officer may issue a limited license authorizing the holder thereof to install the appliances as specified in Subsection B(1).
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 18.6, Bond, was repealed 5-2-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.
(5) 
All installations of appliances shall be reported to the Sewer Inspector as frequently as he or she shall require by a uniform rule.
(6) 
Where the installation, however, of water softeners, electric sinks, drinking fountains, electric dishwashers, electric washing machines requires direct or indirect connections with existing or new sanitary sewer systems, such connection with the sewer systems must be made under the supervision of or by a licensed master plumber.
(7) 
Such limited license shall expire on the same date and may be renewed in the same manner and at the same time as a master plumber's license.
A. 
The fee to take an examination hereunder shall be $75 payable at the time the application is made.
[Amended 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 73-9; 5-2-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
B. 
The annual license fee for a master plumber shall be $100.
[Amended 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 73-9; 5-2-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
C. 
The annual registration fee for a journeyman plumber, apprentice or plumber's helper shall be $25. Transfer fee shall be $5 for each transfer endorsed on the certificate of registration.
[Amended 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 73-9]
D. 
The annual fee for a limited license as hereinabove provided shall be $5.
Every licensee and person holding a certificate of registration shall carry his or her license or certificate with him or her at all times when engaged in the trade or practice of plumbing and shall exhibit the same upon demand to any police officer or the Sewer Inspector or to any person hiring or engaging his or her services which are covered by this chapter.
A. 
Licenses required. No person other than a duly licensed master plumber shall make any connection or repair to any existing connection with the sewerage or water system of the Village except Village employees and holders of limited licenses as provided in § 169-8 hereof.
B. 
Permits required. It shall be necessary to obtain a permit:
(1) 
To make or cause to be made any connection directly or indirectly with the sanitary or storm sewerage systems or water systems of the Village.
(2) 
To make any excavation in any public place or street in the Village for the purpose set forth in the preceding paragraph.
(3) 
To uncover the sewerage or water systems of the Village or any part thereof, or to remove the covering from any inspection hole, drainage hole, flush hole or manhole.
(4) 
To do any act under any of the provisions hereof which require a permit from or authorization or direction of proper authority.
(5) 
Whenever and for whatever purpose required under the rules and regulations of any department, board, agency or commission of the Village.
C. 
Application for a permit. All applications for a permit hereunder shall be filed with the Village Clerk not less than 24 hours before the time contemplated to commence the work. The person making such application shall be deemed the authorized agent of the owner or occupant of the property desiring to have the work completed.
D. 
Restrictions and issuance of permits. No permit to make connections with the sewerage or water system of the Village shall be issued unless:
(1) 
The plumbing in the building for which connection is desired to be made shall be in accordance with the provisions of the plumbing standards of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, any other duly authorized regulation of the Village, or in accordance with the rules and regulations of any officer, board, department, commission or agency of the Village having jurisdiction over the matter, and meets the minimum standards for health, safety and sanitation as provided in Chapter 125 entitled "Housing Standards."
(2) 
The building for which the connection is made has been erected and the plumbing installed and approved by the Sewer Inspector.
E. 
Duty of Licensing Officer. It shall be the duty of the Licensing Officer upon receiving such applications to refer the same to the proper authorities for appropriate action. Upon approval of the application by the proper authorities, the Licensing Officer shall issue the permit requested and shall thereupon deliver a copy thereof to the enforcement officer of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Where the work also involves excavation work in Village streets, see Art. II of Chapter 203, Streets and Public Places, for additional permit requirements.
The Sewer Inspector shall be the Enforcement officer of this chapter.
The Sewer Inspector may, at any time, for such cause as he or she upon investigation deems sufficient, suspend or revoke any license, certificate or any special form of permit granted under the provisions of this chapter. Whenever any license shall be so suspended or revoked, no refund of any unearned portion thereof shall be made and such person whose license shall be so suspended or revoked shall not engage in the art or practice of plumbing in the Village during the period of such suspension or revocation, and no such license shall be granted to such person whose license has been revoked within a period of three months. Notice of such suspension or revocation, the time thereof and the reasons therefor in writing shall be served by the Village Clerk upon the person so named in the application by mailing the same to the address given on the application.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 141, Licenses and Permits, for procedure.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1 entitled "General Provisions" of this Code.