City of Fulton, NY
Oswego County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Plumbing Board of the City of Fulton 12-7-1981 (Ch. A182 of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Plumbing — See Ch. 468.
As used in these rules and regulations, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CALENDAR YEAR
January 1 of any given year to December 31 of the same year.
INDIVIDUAL
A human being, intended to be distinguished from a person.
LICENSEE
Any person holding a license to conduct the trade, business or calling of plumbing within the City of Fulton.
PERSON
Includes one or more persons of either sex, natural persons, corporations, school districts, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.
PLUMBING CERTIFICATE
A certificate of registration as the term "certificate of registration" is used in Article 4 of the General City Law.
A. 
The Plumbing Board of the City of Fulton hereby incorporates by reference Article 4 of the General City Law, entitled "Plumbing and Drainage," in its entirety, as if the same were set forth in detail herein.
B. 
In the event that there are any inconsistencies between the rules and regulations adopted herein and said General City Law, Article 4, the state law shall be deemed to control.
A. 
The annual renewal fee for a plumbing certificate shall be $100, and said fee shall be paid on or before December 31, said renewal to be effective for the following calendar year.
[Amended 11-1-1994]
B. 
In the event that the fee is not received by the Plumbing Inspector on or before December 31, said license shall be deemed to have been abandoned for the next succeeding calendar year. There shall be no grace period. The check for the license fee shall be made payable to the City of Fulton.
C. 
Plumbing and HVAC tradesmen over the age of 65 are exempt from the annual renewal fee. All other provisions of the Code shall remain in force, and insurance and bond must be maintained.
[Added 4-4-1995]
[Added 4-7-1986; amended 4-20-1993; 11-1-1994]
The Plumbing Board shall have the authority to issue a special limited license to a person who is a licensed plumber or licensed HVAC contractor in another municipality in the State of New York for the sole and exclusive purpose of doing plumbing work on construction jobs where the monetary consideration for such plumbing contract is at least $100,000, and further provided that said licensee pays a fee of $1,000, for the special limited license, plus standard road opening fees of $250, and that such person shall obtain all other necessary permits.
[Amended 4-20-1993; 12-1-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
A. 
On or before December 31 of every calendar year, the licensee must exhibit and deliver to the Clerk/Chamberlain adequate proof of liability insurance in the minimum amount of $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage, said insurance to cover said licensee for the next calendar year.
B. 
In the event that the licensee shall fail to comply with Subsection A above, the license shall be deemed to be inactive for the next succeeding calendar year.
[Amended 4-20-1993]
A. 
Any licensee who does not intend to engage in the trade, business or calling of plumbing in the City of Fulton shall have his name put on the inactive list for a period of one calendar year, upon the payment of $50 to the Clerk/Chamberlain. Such fee shall be paid between January 1 and January 31 of the calendar year in question, or said license shall be deemed to have been abandoned.
[Amended 12-1-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
B. 
No licensee shall be permitted to be on the inactive list for more than five consecutive calendar years.
C. 
In the event that a licensee fails to renew his license after five consecutive calendar years on the inactive list and fails to comply with §§ A701-3 and A701-5, the license shall be deemed to have been abandoned.
D. 
The only exception to Subsection C above will be in cases where the licensee is working full-time for an active licensed plumber in the City of Fulton. This exception will be reviewed by the Plumbing Board on a yearly basis. Such a licensee shall not be required to comply with § A701-5A. Further, the licensee shall not do plumbing for himself using the certificate of another plumber. Both will be held equally in violation of the law.
[Amended 7-10-1989; 4-20-1993]
A. 
An "apprentice and/or journeyman plumber" is hereby defined as any person working for or assisting a licensee in the trade or business of plumbing.
B. 
No person shall work as an apprentice or journeyman plumber without first registering with the Plumbing Inspector on the forms prescribed by the Plumbing Inspector and approved by the Plumbing Board.
C. 
An "apprentice" is defined as any person who is actually working for any licensee for a cumulative period of no less than three full years.
D. 
A "journeyman" is defined as a person who has completed his apprenticeship and is working for any licensee and has passed a journeyman's exam.
E. 
No person shall be eligible to sit for the journeyman's license exam unless said person has been an apprentice for at least three full years (documented).
F. 
No person shall be eligible to take the master plumber's license examination unless said person:
(1) 
Has been an apprentice for three full years, and has had a journeyman's card for two years and/or has five full years of documented proof of practical field experience under a licensee consisting of residential/commercial plumbing, subject to approval by the Plumbing Board.
(2) 
Has been a resident of Oswego County for one full year.
G. 
Examinations for journeyman's license will be given each May and November, or at such other time or times ordered by the Plumbing Board. Examinations for licensee (masters) will be given each November, or at such other time or times ordered by the Plumbing Board.
Every licensee who complies with the provisions of § A701-3A shall be placed on the active list for the calendar year.
[Amended 4-20-1993]
A. 
Any licensee who has abandoned a license pursuant to these rules and regulations or any other statutes, laws, local laws, ordinances, resolutions, rules or regulations of the State of New York, County of Oswego or City of Fulton shall not be permitted to conduct the trade, business or calling or plumbing within the City of Fulton unless a license is first secured.
B. 
Any person whose license has been abandoned, either pursuant to these rules and regulations or pursuant to any other local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations, may apply to the Plumbing Board for reinstatement, and the decision of the Board shall be final.
A. 
Any person to which § A701-6, Inactive list, or § A701-7, Individuals working for licensee, may apply and shall be eligible to receive a plumbing certificate upon proof of insurance as required by § A701-5 herein and the payment of the fee of $50 required by § A701-3 herein.
B. 
In the event that a plumbing certificate is issued to a person or individual described in Subsection A above, said plumbing certificate shall be effective to December 31 of the calendar year only. There shall be no proration of the license fee of $50.
On or after February 10 of every calendar year, but before March 1 of every calendar year, the Plumbing Inspector shall cause to be published in the official newspaper of the City of Fulton a list of all licensed active plumbers, licensed inactive plumbers, licensed individuals working for a licensee and those persons who shall have abandoned their licenses.
[Amended 4-20-1993; 12-1-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
These rules and regulations shall be effective immediately upon the publication of said rules and regulations in the official newspaper of the City of Fulton and the filing of said rules and regulations in the offices of the Clerk/Chamberlain and Plumbing Inspector of the City of Fulton.
Effective January 1, 1986, it shall be a violation of these rules and regulations and a cause for suspension or revocation of the plumbing certificate for there to be no licensed plumber or journeyman plumber on the actual job where work is required to be done by a licensed plumber at all times.
[Added 4-20-1993]
Any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall result in the suspension of the license of a licensee for such period of time as determined by the Plumbing Board after service of written notice of such violation to the licensee by the Board and an opportunity for the licensee to be heard on the charges before the Board. The licensee shall be given no less than one week's notice of the hearing, and a decision in writing shall be rendered by the Board no later than 30 days after the hearing. The licensee may be represented by an attorney, and the Board may adjourn such proceedings from time to time as it deems necessary.
[Added 12-7-1993]
A. 
When applying for a building permit, where plumbing or HVAC is involved, a plumbing HVAC permit issued to the licensed contractor will be required, except in the case of an owner/occupant desiring to do his own work in his own home, provided that he meets all provisions in § A701-16, Work by homeowner; inspection required.
[Amended 6-16-1995]
B. 
Notification must be given to the Plumbing Inspector at least 24 hours in advance of any plumbing work being started.
C. 
All sanitary sewer laterals must be inspected by the Plumbing Inspector before being enclosed.
D. 
All plumbing, water, sewer and HVAC must be installed by a licensed master plumber and licensed HVAC contractor. Any deviation from this rule must be approved by the Plumbing Inspector or the Board of Plumbers.
E. 
Plastic cannot be used on any waterlines, hot or cold.
F. 
Two or more sewer laterals cannot be hooked into one line.
G. 
A perimeter drain must go into a storm line, not a sanitary line.
H. 
Sewer lines and waterlines must go into separate ditches.
I. 
An approved air gap reduced-pressure-zone device or backflow prevention device shall be installed immediately downstream of the water meter on all new installed water service consistent with the degree of hazard posed by the service connection.
[Amended 8-6-1996]
J. 
An approved thermal expansion device shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications on all new installed water service.
[Added 8-6-1996]
[Added 12-7-1993]
A. 
The Fulton Municipal Plumbing Board does hereby resolve to amend the Plumbing Code of the City of Fulton in regards to Article 4 of the General City Law to allow:
(1) 
A homeowner to do plumbing in a dwelling in which he actually resides, provided that such plumbing is inspected by the City's Plumbing Inspector before use; and
(2) 
If the homeowner lives in one apartment of a multiple dwelling that he may do plumbing in only the apartment in which he actually resides and that any and all plumbing work in other living quarters in the same dwelling must be done by a licensed plumber and inspected before use.
B. 
In every case, all new plumbing and/or repairs, whether done by a homeowner or a licensed plumber, must be inspected before use.
C. 
Notation: Board of Examining Plumbers may adopt a regulation which authorizes only a master plumber, or those employed by him, to alter, repair or make connection to any part of the plumbing system in any home in the City, and such regulation may provide that homeowners are excluded from its provisions where it satisfactorily appears to the Board of Examining Plumbers that the homeowner is qualified to make the alteration, repair or connection to the plumbing system which he wishes to make in his own home, 1964, 20 Op.Atty.Gen.(Inf.) 122.
[Added 12-7-1993]
A. 
A heating and air-conditioning contractor shall be appointed to the Plumbing Board for the City of Fulton. This person shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Fulton. This appointment shall be for a three-year term. The Plumbing Board will serve as a Plumbing and Heating Board.
B. 
Permits are required for the installation of all heating, air-conditioning and ventilation equipment. All such equipment shall be installed as per the manufacturer's instructions and shall comply with all applicable Plumbing and Building Code requirements.
C. 
All HVAC contractors doing work within the City of Fulton shall be required to obtain a license from the Plumbing and HVAC Board. The contractor shall pay a fee of $150 for the original license and an annual renewal fee of $100. Where an individual now holds one license in any mechanical trade in the City of Fulton and has proven his ability by test to hold additional licenses, subsequent licenses shall be issued at 50% of the annual renewal fee of such trade.
[Amended 11-1-1994]
D. 
A license shall be granted to an applicant who has proven to the Plumbing and Heating Board that he/she is qualified to perform this work based upon passing the specific licensing examination, as well as the review process of the Plumbing and Heating Board.
E. 
The Plumbing Inspector for the City of Fulton shall be deemed to be and is the Heating Inspector.
F. 
Every licensed heating contractor actively engaged in the business of heating and air conditioning in the City of Fulton must have on file with the City of Fulton a certificate of insurance covering the following:
(1) 
Public liability.
(2) 
Property damage.
G. 
The contractor should check with the Plumbing and Heating Inspector to ascertain the minimum coverage required.
[Added 12-7-1993]
Anyone found in violation of the Plumbing Code will be fined as follows: Any person, firm, association, copartnership, corporation or other entity violating any of the provisions of the rules and regulations of the Fulton Municipal Plumbing Board shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to § 55, General City Law, State of New York, and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, §§ 381 to 382 of the Executive Law.