Borough of Midland Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-2]
It shall be unlawful to make any connection with the public sewer except upon written application signed by the owner of the premises for which connection is to be made, and under the direction and supervision of the Plumbing Subcode Official and in the manner hereafter set forth. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation:
a. 
To uncover any portion of the public sewers or drains, or the connection branches thereof, or to open any manhole or flush tank except under permit signed by the Plumbing Subcode Official, or on written authorization of the Northwest Bergen Sewer Authority.
b. 
To open any highway or public ground for the purpose of making any sewer connections or to make or cause to be made any connection with a house connection branch of a public sewer, except under a permit issued by the Board of Health or its duly authorized agent.
c. 
To break or to cut or to remove any pipe of the public sewers or to make or cause to be made any connection with the sewers, except through the connection branches provided for that purpose. The location of the connection branches will be designated on sewer street maps.
d. 
To discharge or cause to be discharged into any public sewer, directly or indirectly, any overflow or drainage from manure pits, cesspools, or other receptacles storing or constructed to store organic wastes.
e. 
To discharge or cause to be discharged into any public sewer, directly or indirectly, any groundwater, surface water, rainwater or water pump discharge.
f. 
To connect to cause to be connected with any public sewer, directly or indirectly, any steam exhausts, boiler blowoffs, sediment drips, or any pipes carrying or constructed to carry hot water, acids, germicides, grease, mash, gasoline, naphtha, benzine, oil or any other substance detrimental to or deemed by the Board of Health to be detrimental to the sewers or to the operation of the sewage system, sewage disposal works or sewage treatment plant.
g. 
To throw or to deposit or cause or allow to be thrown or deposited in any fixture, vessel, receptacle, inlet or opening connected directly or indirectly with any public sewer any solid or viscous substances, of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, vegetable parings, ashes, cinders, rags, shavings, feather, tar, wood, paper dishes or milk containers.
h. 
To allow any house sewer connected with the public sewer to be also connected with any privy vault, or cesspool underground drain, or with any channel conveying water or filth, except such soil pipes and other plumbing works as shall have been inspected and approved by the Plumbing Subcode Official.
i. 
To discharge waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed, or are amenable to treatment only to such a degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of discharge to the receiving waters.
j. 
To connect any house leaders directly or indirectly with any house sewer or public sewer.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-3]
The Board of Health of the Borough may, at any time in their discretion, stop and prevent the discharge into the sewers of any substance deemed by them liable to injure the sewers or to interfere with their normal operation or to obstruct the flow or to hinder any process of sewage purification and they may, at any time in their discretion, without notice and without recourse, sever the connection and cause the removal of any tributory sewer or drain through which such detrimental substances are discharged.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-4]
Each building in the area served by a public sewer must be connected separately and independently with the sewer through the house connection branch directly opposite the buildings or nearest in the downstream direction. Groupings of buildings on one (1) house sewer will not be permitted, save by special act of the Board of Health and for good sanitary reasons.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-5]
No house sewer connection with the public sewer shall be laid with a grade of less than one (1") inch fall in four (4') feet without a written permit authorized by resolution of the Board of Health or the Plumbing Subcode Official, specifying the minimum grade that will be permitted.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-6]
No soil, waste or vent pipe shall be used as a rainwater conductor; nor shall any rainwater conductor be used as a soil, waste or vent pipe.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-7]
No person, firm or corporation, except a master plumber, licensed to do work in the Borough, shall carry on the business of sewer connection work in the Borough unless he, they or it shall be first duly licensed to do such sewer connection work.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-8]
In the installation of the house connections to the house sewer laterals, the following standards are hereby established as to the pipe to be used:
a. 
Sewer pipe connections made to all buildings and dwellings from street sewer main shall use sixty (60) pounds per length, five (5') foot, extra-heavyweight cast iron pipe of the best quality, no less than four (4") inches in diameter, or Class 3300 asbestos-cement sewer pipe.
b. 
In the event that the existing house drain to which the house connection is to be connected is larger than four (4") inches in diameter, then in such event the pipe to be used in making such house connection must be of such larger size for its entire length.
c. 
Extra-heavyweight cast iron pipe, or its equivalent, in asbestos-cement pipe, as herein permitted, shall be used in the installation of any house connection under driveways, under filled areas or in any other area as may be directed by the Plumbing Subcode Official, whose decision thereon shall be final.
d. 
All pipes used in the installation of house connections shall be laid on a smooth bottom, with a special groove cut in the bottom of the trench for each hub in order to give the pipe a solid bearing throughout its entire length. The soil shall be well rammed on each side of the pipe. Such pipe shall be laid with the joints properly caulked with lead, or with rubber rings for asbestos-cement pipe, properly joined. The spigot end and the hub ends shall be concentric.
e. 
All pipe used in the installation of house connections, shall be so installed that the legend imprinted thereon indicating the weight of such pipe may be seen from above and shall be exposed for its entire length for examination and approval of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
f. 
Whenever possible, building sewer pipe shall be brought into a building at a depth below the basement or cellar floor, on the street side of the building. No bends are permitted in a sewer pipe line from the house to the street sewer. Sweeps of twenty-two and one-half (22 1/2°) degrees may be used, under directions of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
g. 
When location of sewer lateral is not found, or a new sewer lateral installation is to be made into the Borough street sewer, a street opening permit must be obtained from the Borough Clerk's office before any work is started.
h. 
In the tapping of a Borough asbestos-cement sewer pipe for a new sewer pipe connection, care must be taken not to damage the main asbestos-cement sewer pipe. A Y saddle sewer connection fitting, bolted on with gaskets and brass flush bolts, manufactured and supplied by the Asbestos Cement Sewer Pipe Co. shall be used. All tappings and new connections are to be done in the presence of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
i. 
No portion of the dry house connection shall be back-filled until the same has been inspected and approved by the Plumbing Subcode Official.
j. 
Upon official notice requiring connection with the public sanitary sewer, in accordance with the local ordinance of the Board of Health, final connection of the dry house connection with the public sanitary sewer shall be made, and the following steps shall be taken:
1. 
Application shall be made to the Plumbing Subcode Official for a house connection permit as listed below.
2. 
Prior to the final connection of the dry house connection with the house drain at one (1) end and the house sewer lateral at the other end, the expandable plugs heretofore installed shall be removed and the entire length of the dry house connection shall be completely flushed and cleaned in the presence of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
3. 
Reasonable notice of the date and time when such flushing will be performed shall be given to the Plumbing Subcode Official and no flushing shall be done except in the presence of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
4. 
After completion of final connection with the house drain at one (1) end and the house sewer lateral at the other end, both connections shall be inspected and approved by the Plumbing Subcode Official before they are backfilled.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-9]
No house connection, dry or final, shall be made, nor any work performed in connection therewith, unless and until a permit therefor has been issued by the Plumbing Subcode Official. No such permit will be issued to any person other than a master plumber, who has been issued and is in possession of a valid master plumber's license from the Board of Health of the Borough, nor shall any plumbing work to be performed in accordance with such permit be performed by any person other than the holder of such valid master plumber's license, or his employees, except that a permit may be issued to a person to install a house connection to a single-family dwelling used exclusively for his own living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such building.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-10]
a. 
Such person shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board of Health or its duly authorized agent that he is personally qualified to perform the plumbing work for such house connection and has the necessary tools and testing equipment for the performance thereof.
b. 
Such person is the bona fide owner and occupant of such dwelling.
c. 
Such plumbing work is to be personally performed by such person.
d. 
That such work will be performed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and all other ordinances of the Borough and the Board of Health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-11]
Applications for permits shall be on forms which will be provided by the Board of Health of the Borough and shall be accompanied by a sketch showing the proposed work to be done in sufficient detail so that a determination may be made that such work complies with the provisions of this chapter and all other ordinances of the Borough and the Board of Health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-12]
All house sewer connections, dry or final, for which such permit has been issued, shall in all respects comply with the provisions of this chapter and all other ordinances of the Borough and the Board of Health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-13]
Plumbers must report to the Plumbing Subcode Official in writing with full description, within twelve (12) hours, the finding by them of all obstructions in house drains or the presence therein, if found, of any stoppage substance prohibited by these regulations, failure to so report will render the person, firm, corporation so offending, liable to the penalty of a revocation or suspension of his or their license, and the payment of penalty hereinafter provided for each failure to so report. The findings of the presence of a substance prohibited by these regulations in the house drain of any house shall be prima facie evidence of an offense committed against these regulations by both the owner and the occupant of the premises or either of them.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-14]
No person, firm or corporation, once having been licensed under the provisions of this chapter to carry on the business of plumbing in this Borough, who shall have violated any of the provisions of this chapter, and shall have refused or neglected to make good to the satisfaction of the Board of Health of the Borough any defective, imperfect work, or shall have refused or neglected to pay any fees, fines or penalties imposed under the provisions of this chapter, shall not be eligible to receive any renewal of such license.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-15]
There is hereby established the following schedule of fees for permits and inspections for the installation of house sewer connections.
a. 
A fee of ten ($10.00) dollars shall be paid for a house sewer connection permit to the office of the Plumbing Subcode Official.
b. 
A fee of five ($5.00) dollars shall be paid for a renewal of a house sewer pipe and connection.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-16]
The fees herein provided shall apply only to house connection installations and shall be separate and apart from any other fees required in connection with the performance of any other plumbing work under the Plumbing Code or other ordinances of the Board of Health of the Borough.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-17]
The Plumbing Subcode Official shall keep a sewer record book in which shall be recorded the date and manner of the laying of each sewer connection and the location thereof and the issuing of every permit for sewer connection with the name of the applicant therefor, and shall keep on file in his office, maps and plans of all sewers, showing the location of all sewer mains and sewer connections, and shall make a report at the first regular meeting of the Board of Health in each month of the permit so issued.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-18]
All house connections, dry and final, shall be inspected, tested and approved by the Plumbing Subcode Official of the Borough in accordance with the provisions of the Plumbing Code and all other ordinances of the Board of Health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-19]
No plumbing work for which a permit has been issued in accordance with this chapter shall be placed in service until a certificate of approval has been issued by the Plumbing Subcode Official or duly authorized agent, on forms provided by the Board of Health for that purpose. Such certificates of approval shall be issued in quadruplicate and shall be distributed as follows:
a. 
One (1) copy to the Borough Clerk.
b. 
One (1) copy to the owner of the premises.
c. 
One (1) copy to the plumber performing the work.
d. 
One (1) copy to be filed in the office of the Board of Health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-20]
The copy of the certificate of approval for the owner and the plumber will be issued to the person in whose name the permit was issued, who in turn shall forward such certificate of approval to the person for whom the work was performed.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-21]
The issuance of a certificate of approval will constitute a certification that the house connection has been installed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and all other ordinances of the Borough and of the Board of Health, but the issuance of such certificate of approval is not and shall not be construed as a guaranty by the Board of Health and the Borough that the house connection so installed will function satisfactorily, nor shall it in any way restrict the powers or responsibility of the Board of Health in the enforcement of any law or ordinance relating to the public health.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-22; New]
a. 
Any person to whom a permit has been issued here-under, who violates any provision of this chapter, shall be served by the Board of Health or its duly authorized agent with a written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease such violation.
b. 
Any person who shall make any house connection, or do any work in connection therewith, without first having secured a permit therefor as required herein, or who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in this chapter, shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty established in Chapter BH1, Section BH1-2 of this Board of Health Code.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-23]
In addition to the penalties herein provided hereof, the Board of Health shall have the right to suspend the license of a master plumber if, after a proper hearing as hereinafter provided, it is shown to the satisfaction of the Board of Health that the holder of such license:
a. 
Has been convicted of a violation of this chapter or other ordinances of the Board of Health.
b. 
Is shown to be incompetent as a master plumber.
c. 
Obtained such license through fraud or misrepresentation.
d. 
That the holder of such license, who has secured a permit to perform plumbing work under the provisions of this chapter or other ordinances of the Board of Health, has permitted such work to be performed by persons other than the holder of such master plumber's license or his employees.
[Ord. #6; 1973 Code § 132-24]
The procedure to be followed by the Board of Health in the enforcement of this shall be as follows:
a. 
Notice shall be served upon the holder of such master plumber's license setting forth the charges against him and requiring him to appear before the Board of Health for a hearing on such charges.
b. 
At the hearing, the Board of Health shall conduct a full, complete and impartial inquiry into the charges, and a full opportunity shall be given to the licensee to present any evidence in defense or mitigation thereof.
c. 
After such hearing, the Board of Health may, in its discretion:
1. 
Revoke such license or the balance of the term for which it has been issued;
2. 
Suspend such license for a lesser period as in the discretion of the Board of Health is just and proper under the circumstances;
3. 
Issue a reprimand; or
4. 
Dismiss the charges.
d. 
Upon the application for renewal of a master plumber's license which has been revoked as herein provided, such license shall be required to file a new application and submit to a new examination by the Board of Examiners as provided in Section E 1400 of the Plumbing Code.