[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bangor 5-28-2003 by Ord. No. 03-143. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation shall install, maintain or use any heating system equipment which requires venting and that is fueled by liquid propane gas or natural gas, or fuel storage tanks within the City of Bangor except as permitted by this chapter, in accordance with 32 M.R.S.A. § 14801 et seq.
All installations of propane and natural gas shall comply with the applicable National Fire Protection Association Standards:
No person, firm or corporation shall install, maintain or use any heating system equipment which requires venting and that is fueled by liquid propane gas or natural gas without application for a permit therefor having first been made to the Code Enforcement Office. Such application shall describe the installation to be made, the premises upon which it is to be made and the name of the person, firm, or corporation making such installation. Application for such permit shall be in writing, signed by the owner of the premises upon which such equipment is to be installed or by the person who shall make such installation.
After any heating system equipment which requires venting and that is fueled by liquid propane gas or natural gas has been installed, and within five days after notice thereof from the applicant for the permit, the Chief of the Fire Department or a Fire Inspector shall inspect the same, and the Chief, or designee, shall prepare an inspection report upon being satisfied that such equipment and the installation thereof comply with the requirements of this chapter. No person, firm or corporation shall use any such equipment or maintain the same for more than four days after installation of the same shall have been completed unless an approved inspection report for such equipment shall be in effect. Failure to inspect equipment within the specified time shall not constitute approval.
No permit shall be required for the maintenance or use of any heating system equipment which requires venting and that is fueled by liquid propane gas or natural gas where such equipment was installed prior to the effective date of this chapter; provided, however, that the maintenance and use of such equipment shall conform to the standards set forth in § 127-2 of this chapter, or is approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
If any equipment or tank should not comply with the standards set forth in § 127-2 hereof, the Fire Chief, or his designee, shall notify the installer and set forth wherein the installation does not meet the specifications of the standards. The installer shall have a reasonable time commensurate with the risk to safety, but not longer than seven days, after notification of the violation to comply with the standards set forth in § 127-2 hereof. If at the end of the specified time limit the Fire Chief, or his or her designee, shall determine that the installation is still in violation of the standards set forth in § 127-2, he or she shall give written notice that such equipment or supply tanks do not conform to the standards set forth in § 127-2 hereof to the State of Maine Propane and Natural Gas Board, and the permit shall automatically be revoked.
The Chief of the Fire Department or any member of his or her department duly authorized shall have access at reasonable times to the records of all suppliers of liquid propane and natural gas and installers of related equipment in this City for the purpose of ascertaining to whom such equipment has been sold or supplied.
The requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4452 shall apply to the determination of penalties for violations of this chapter. The minimum penalty for a specific violation of this chapter shall be $100 and the maximum penalty shall be $2,500; provided, however, that the maximum penalty may exceed $2,500 but shall not exceed $25,000 when it can be shown that there has been a previous conviction of the same party within the past two years for violation of the same chapter provision. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.