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[Ord. No. 19-036, 5-13-2019]
This Chapter outlines the licensure requirements for individuals engaging in the performance and/or oversight of Mechanical Work, and the procedures and fees related to the administration and enforcement of said requirements.
[Ord. No. 19-036, 5-13-2019]
Unless otherwise provided for in this Chapter, the Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings of St. Charles County, codified in Section 500.150 of the Ordinances of St. Charles County, Missouri (OSCCMo), as amended; the Fuel Gas Code of St. Charles County, codified in Section 500.240, OSCCMo, as amended; and the Mechanical Code of St. Charles County, codified in Section 500.220, OSCCMo, as amended, shall govern the administration and enforcement of this Chapter.
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Unless otherwise expressly stated in this Chapter, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings when used in this Chapter.
CODE OFFICIAL
The Director of the Division of Building and Code Enforcement or a duly authorized representative of the Director.
GAS FITTING WORK
Gas fitting work for the purpose of supplying a HVACR system from an existing, accessible manual safety shutoff gas cock, installing flue gas vents and combustion air for the HVACR system.
HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
The process of treating air to control temperature, humidity, cleanliness, ventilation or circulation to meet human comfort requirements.
LICENSED MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR
Any individual who holds a Mechanical Contractor Business License issued pursuant to this Chapter by St. Charles County and is charged the responsibility to perform and/or oversee Mechanical Work.
LICENSEE
Any individual who holds a Mechanical Contractor Business License issued pursuant to this Chapter.
MECHANICAL WORK
Any work subject to applicable Code standards set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter, including the design, installation, construction, maintenance, service, repair, alteration, or modification of a product or equipment for heating, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, or similar system.
PUBLIC ENTITY
Any agency of the State of Missouri or any political subdivision of the State.
REFRIGERATION
The use of mechanical or absorption equipment to control temperature, humidity or both in order to satisfy the intended use of a specific space other than for human comfort.
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A. 
The Code Official shall:
1. 
Adopt certain rules and regulations to ensure the proper administration and enforcement of this Chapter;
2. 
Conduct investigations into all complaints against any Licensee;
3. 
Suspend, revoke, refuse to renew, or place on probation the license of any Licensee who fails to correct any violations of this Chapter or of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter;
4. 
Activate bonds to cover the cost for any work performed by a Licensee that does not meet minimum requirements of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter; and
5. 
Review applications pursuant to this Chapter, test applicants as and when required, and issue Mechanical Contractor Business Licenses to applicants who comply with the licensure requirements provided in this Chapter.
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Subject to Sections 633.050 and 633.055 of this Chapter, an individual must have a Mechanical Contractor Business License issued pursuant to this Chapter to engage in business as a Licensed Mechanical Contractor in unincorporated St. Charles County or in any incorporated area of the County whose governing body has consented to contract with the County to enforce any applicable Code standard set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter. No Licensee may allow any other individual to use his or her license for any purpose, except as provided in Section 633.050(A)(5) of this Chapter. An individual who is also registered pursuant to Chapter 327, RSMo., as an architect or professional engineer trained in design criteria for mechanical systems and qualified to design such systems is not exempt from the Mechanical Contractor Business License requirements when performing and/or overseeing Mechanical Work, subject to the exceptions to the licensure requirement contained in Sections 633.050 and 633.055 of this Chapter.
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A. 
Section 633.040's licensure requirements shall not apply when an individual:
1. 
Is performing Mechanical Work for a public utility on construction, maintenance, and development of its facilities;
2. 
Is performing Mechanical Work on motor vehicles or agricultural equipment;
3. 
Is an Owner-Occupant of a single-family dwelling; is performing mechanical work on that dwelling or accessory buildings; and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Code Official (by written examination, if necessary, in the Code Official's sole discretion) that he or she has the knowledge and skill to perform such work;
4. 
Is an architect or professional engineer registered under Chapter 327, RSMo., as amended, who designs mechanical systems for design criteria only;
5. 
Is trained and employed by a Public Entity to service or repair its own mechanical systems; and is performing Mechanical Work on those systems;
6. 
Is employed by a hospital to perform mechanical system maintenance work incidental to the hospital's operation; or
7. 
Is employed by a Licensed Mechanical Contractor and is performing Mechanical Work authorized by and under the direct supervision of that Licensee.
B. 
Any individual exempt under this Section from the licensure requirements imposed by Section 633.040 of this Chapter shall meet applicable Code standards set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter when performing Mechanical Work and shall obtain permits and inspections as may be required by Chapter.
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A. 
Section 633.040's licensure requirements shall not apply to:
1. 
Household appliances;
2. 
American Gas Association approved unvented space heaters;
3. 
Factory assembled air cooled, self-contained refrigeration equipment of one and one-half (1.5) horsepower or less which have no refrigerant lines extending beyond the cabinet enclosure;
4. 
Factory assembled air cooled, self-contained window type air conditioning units of thirty-six thousand (36,000) BTUH or less not connected to ducts;
5. 
Window, attic, ceiling and wall fans in residences;
6. 
Poultry operations whether engaged in hatching, primary processing or further processing of chicken, turkey or other fowl; and
7. 
Fireplaces and wood stoves.
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A. 
Except as otherwise provided by Sections 633.040 and 633.050 of this Chapter, every individual who designs, installs, constructs, maintains, services, repairs, alters, or modifies any mechanical system or any portion of an mechanical system in unincorporated St. Charles County or in any incorporated area of the County whose governing body has consented to contract with the County to enforce any applicable Code standard set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter shall obtain one (1) of the following classes of licenses and pay the fees prescribed in this Chapter:
1. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License Class A — Entitles the Licensee to perform Mechanical Work without limitation to all BTUH or horsepower capacities; or
2. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License Class B — Entitles the Licensee to perform Mechanical Work on air-conditioning systems that develop a total of not more than twenty (20) tons of cooling capacity per unit or five hundred thousand (500,000) BTUH heating input per unit and refrigeration systems of fifteen (15) horsepower or less per unit.
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A. 
To obtain a Mechanical Contractor Business License, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. 
The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
2. 
The applicant must make application to the Code Official in a format prescribed by the Code Official;
3. 
The applicant must specify the class of license desired;
4. 
The applicant must meet all requirements specified by this Chapter and by rules and regulations promulgated by the Code Official;
5. 
The applicant must pay the appropriate processing fees required by the Code Official; and
6. 
The applicant must pass the appropriate examination duly designated by the Code Official in his or her sole discretion.
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A. 
All applicants who meet the requirements for licensure in Section 633.060 of this Chapter shall be issued the appropriate license. However, the Code Official may deny a license if the applicant has:
1. 
Committed any act which, if committed by a Licensee, would be grounds for suspension or revocation of the license pursuant to Sections 633.030(A)(3) and 633.120 of this Chapter;
2. 
Previously been denied a license for cause, or previously had a license revoked for cause; or
3. 
Knowingly made any false statement or misrepresentation on the application for a license.
B. 
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission and introduce any evidence in his or her defense. Any individual whose application for a license has been denied may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of denial.
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All current holders of HVACR contractor licenses issued by St. Charles County shall be subject to all provisions of this Chapter, except that such individuals are exempt from this Chapter's testing requirements unless their licenses expire without being renewed as required by Section 633.090 of this Chapter. The Code Official may prorate renewal fees for the purposes of extending the expiration date of licenses for existing blasters to correspond with the renewal periods enumerated in Section 633.090.
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The Code Official shall renew or issue such Mechanical Contractor Business Licenses in active status for two-year terms beginning on the first day of January in odd-numbered years and ending on the last day of December in the following even-numbered year. To renew any such license, a Licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and in a format prescribed by the Code Official, an application for renewal along with the payment of the renewal fee enumerated in Section 633.110 of this Chapter. Late applications for renewal shall be accepted until, but no later than, March 31st with payment of late fees imposed in Section 633.110(C).
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In lieu of renewing a license in active status as provided by Section 633.090 of this Chapter, the Licensee may apply for inactive license status for two-year terms, beginning and ending as provided in Section 633.090. A Licensee who obtains inactive license status may perform no Mechanical Work under the inactive license. To apply for inactive license status, a Licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and in a format prescribed by the Code Official, an application for inactive license status along with the required application fees. A Licensee whose license is on inactive status may change his or her license to an active status by applying for renewal as provided by Section 633.090. A Licensee who has a license in an inactive status for more than two (2) renewal periods must provide evidence of continued competency, as approved by the Code Official, to change his or her license an active status.
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A. 
The Code Official shall collect the following fees:
1. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License initial application fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per application;
2. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License Class A active status fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per license for two (2) years;
3. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License Class B active status fee of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per license for two (2) years; and
4. 
Mechanical Contractor Business License (Class A or Class B) inactive status fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) to renew a license in an inactive status for two (2) years.
B. 
The Code Official may prorate the fees enumerated in Subparagraphs (A)(2) and (A)(3) of this Section when first issuing licenses or when reactivating licenses on inactive license status.
C. 
The Code Official shall collect the following additional fees for expired licenses when the application to renew is received after the expiration date:
1. 
Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for licenses renewed in January;
2. 
Fifty dollars ($50.00) for licenses renewed in February; and
3. 
Seventy-five dollars ($75.00) for licenses renewed in March.
D. 
A Licensee who fails to renew his or her license before April of the year following expiration shall pay an additional one hundred dollars ($100.00) to reactivate the license in addition to any fees required in Section 633.110(A). A Licensee who reactivates his or her license per this Subsection is not required to pay any of the fees listed in Section 633.110(C) with the reactivation fee.
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A. 
Mechanical Contractor Business Licenses issued pursuant to this Chapter shall be subject to the following conditions:
1. 
Gas Fitting Work. Any individual licensed or registered to perform Mechanical Work may perform Gas Fitting Work without obtaining any other license to perform the work. Gas Fitting Work shall be performed in accordance with the appropriate standards for gas fitting work.
2. 
Electrical Work. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed as allowing a Licensee under this Chapter to perform electrical work without complying with applicable local, City, or State electrical licensing requirements and any applicable local code or State code pertaining to electrical work.
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A. 
The Code Official may make investigations and conduct hearings and, upon its own investigation or a complaint in writing, signed and verified by the complainant, suspend, refuse to renew or revoke any Mechanical Contractor Business License (including a license on inactive license status) if the Code Official finds that the Licensee has:
1. 
Made a material misstatement in the application for a Mechanical Contractor Business License or for the renewal of such a license;
2. 
Demonstrated incompetency to act as a Licensee as provided by this Chapter; or
3. 
Has violated any provision of this Chapter, or of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 633.010 of this Chapter, or any rule, regulation or order promulgated by the Code Official.
B. 
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission and introduce any evidence in his or her defense. Any individual whose Mechanical Contractor Business License has been revoked or who has been refused renewal of his or her Mechanical Contractor Business License may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of revocation or refusal to renew.
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All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall maintain on file with the Code Official evidence of a contractor license bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). This bond must be kept in force at all times and be in the name of the license holder. Failure to maintain such bond may result in revocation of license.
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All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall be required to maintain on file with the Code Official a certificate of insurance evidencing liability insurance coverage in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) per incident. This insurance must be kept in force at all times, and the certificate holder shall be listed as St. Charles County. Failure to maintain such insurance may result in revocation of license.
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Upon notice from the Code Official that work is being performed contrary to provisions of this Chapter, such work shall be immediately stopped. The stop work order shall be in writing; shall be given to the owner of the property involved, or to that owner's agent, and to the individual doing the work; and shall state the conditions under which work will be permitted to resume. Any individual who shall continue any work in violation of the provisions of this Chapter after having been served with a stop work order shall be liable to a fine as provided by Section 633.160 of this Chapter, which fine shall be not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
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Any individual who violates any provision of this Chapter, or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter or violates any rule, regulation or order of the Code Official or any permit, license or certification may, in accordance with the regulations issued by the Code Official, be assessed an administrative penalty by the Code Official. The penalty shall not exceed the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for each violation. Each day a violation continues may be deemed a separate offense. However, no administrative penalty may be assessed until the individual charged with the violation has been given notice of the violation and the opportunity for a hearing by the St. Charles County Building Commission. Alternatively, St. Charles County may institute legal action against any individual who violates a provision of this Chapter or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter. Any such individual shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
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Enforcement of this Chapter shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.