Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 9, Arts. 6 and 8 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boiler operators — See Ch. 214.
Building construction — See Ch. 225.
Housing standards — See Ch. 326.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 514.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide minimum standards for the installation and maintenance of plumbing, pipes, sewers and related services in the Village of Shorewood.
A. 
This chapter shall consist of:
(1) 
The express provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
All rules and regulations of the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, which are incorporated by reference and made a part hereof as if fully set forth herein.
(3) 
All laws and regulations of the State of Wisconsin pertaining to plumbing, drainage, sewerage and related services and facilities, which are incorporated by reference and made a part hereof as if fully set forth herein.
B. 
Where the requirements of the provisions of this chapter are in conflict with the rules, regulations or laws of the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission or the State of Wisconsin, the stricter requirements shall govern.
Except where otherwise provided in this chapter, all matters pertaining to plumbing, drainage, sewerage and related services shall be under the management, supervision and control of the Plumbing Inspector, who shall be appointed by the Village Manager. It shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector to see that the installation and maintenance of all plumbing, pipes, sewers and related services shall be performed in accordance with the ordinances of the Village of Shorewood and the rules, regulations and laws of the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission and the State of Wisconsin.
The Plumbing Inspector or his authorized agent shall have the power and authority at all reasonable hours in the performance of his duties to enter upon any public or private premises for the purpose of making inspections subject to applicable laws related thereto. Any person interfering with the work of the Plumbing Inspector or his agent in carrying out his duties and responsibilities shall be deemed to have violated the provisions of this chapter and shall be punished as hereinafter provided.
A. 
All persons, firms or corporations engaged in plumbing or pipelaying in the Village of Shorewood shall be licensed as provided in Ch. 145, Wis. Stats., and shall register with the Plumbing Inspector.
B. 
On December 31 of each year, said registration shall be null and void and shall be renewed for the ensuing year.
C. 
No person, firm or corporation engaged in plumbing or pipelaying in the Village of Shorewood shall enter upon such work until he or it shall have complied with the provisions of this chapter.
D. 
The provisions of this section related to licenses and registrations shall not be applicable to:
(1) 
Plumbing work done by a property owner in a one-family building owned and occupied by him as his home, but said owner shall obtain a permit as hereinafter required.
(2) 
Making minor repairs to faucets, valves, pipes or appliances, repair or replacement of electrical or gas energy or other automatic valves or control devices, or removing of stoppages in waste or drainage pipes.
(3) 
Other matters excepted under § 145.06, Wis. Stats.
A. 
Unless otherwise provided herein, no plumbing or pipelaying shall be done in the Village of Shorewood without a permit first being issued therefor by the Plumbing Inspector and the payment of the proper fees as hereinafter required.
B. 
The applicant for a plumbing or pipelaying permit shall make application on forms furnished by the Village of Shorewood and when requested shall furnish a plan showing in detail the work to be done.
C. 
Permits shall be issued only to recognized licensed master plumbers, unless otherwise provided herein.
D. 
In the event that no plumbing or pipelaying work has been commenced within four months after a permit has been issued, or no work has been done within a four-month period under said permit, or work has been performed in violation of the provisions of this chapter, the permit may be revoked at the discretion of the Plumbing Inspector. Permit fees paid hereunder shall not be refundable.
E. 
If licensee shall fail to obtain a permit on the day on which a plumbing installation has been started, except in emergency cases, the total fees for such purpose shall be triple the normal fees charged. No further permits will be issued to any licensee until all arrearage in fees have been paid and compliance had with all lawful orders of the Plumbing Inspector.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
The schedule of fees is as listed under the Village Fee Schedule.
B. 
This schedule shall apply to the following list of fixtures: sinks, water closets, baths (any description), wash basins, laundry trays, urinals, sumps, floor drains, hose bibbs, bar and soda fountains, refrigerator drains, drinking fountains, catch basins, machine waste connections, acid tanks, pumps and ejectors, hot-water storage tanks and heaters, fire protection systems, dishwashers, food disposal, shower stalls, sterilizers, air conditioners, water meters, dental cuspidors, hospital and clinic fixtures, automatic wash machines, sprinkler systems, drains and leaders, and any other miscellaneous fixtures.
A. 
Prior to the issuing of a permit for plumbing connections within any street, road or highway, or any public place, the Plumbing Inspector shall require satisfactory evidence that the person, firm, or corporation applying for such permit carries public liability insurance in a solvent insurance company in the amount of $500,000 for each individual, $1,000,000 for each occurrence, and $500,000 for property damage or, in lieu thereof, a combined single-limit coverage in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence. Such certificate of insurance shall be conditioned that the applicant will indemnify and save harmless the Village of Shorewood, its officers and agents against any and all injuries and/or property damage resulting or arising from any negligence on the part of the applicant, his agents, employees and subcontractors. (In lieu of a save-harmless clause, the Village may be coinsured under said policy of insurance.)
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in or work at plumbing without first having executed and deposited with the Village of Shorewood a performance bond in the penal sum of $1,000. The performance bond shall be conditioned that the applicant will perform and sufficiently complete all work for which a permit or permits are issued in accordance with this chapter.
C. 
Further, any bona fide association of plumbers or plumbing contractors may file such bond or certificate of insurance on behalf of its members providing coverage for each of its members for a given period of time, not to exceed one year from the date of the filing thereof. Upon the filing of such bond or certificate of insurance, each such member applying for a permit shall be deemed to have complied with the bond requirements of this section. Such bond or certificate of insurance shall be accompanied by an appropriate instrument or instruments authorizing any such association to execute such bond or certificate of insurance for and on behalf of its members.
All excavations in the public way shall be governed by the provisions of § 466-5 of the Village Code.
Whenever any work is ready for inspection, the Plumbing Inspector shall be notified by the plumber in charge or the person receiving the permit. All plumbing or pipelaying work shall be left uncovered for examination and approval by the inspector. Final inspection must be requested within 48 hours after completion of work.
Whenever it shall be reported that the plumbing in any building is liable to breed disease or sickness, or is a menace to health, or when, upon complaint made by any person that the plumbing in any building is defective as aforesaid, then the Plumbing Inspector shall examine all the plumbing in said building and report his findings, in writing, together with required changes as are necessary to put the same in proper sanitary condition to the owners of record of said building. The Plumbing Inspector shall thereupon direct such changes as he deems necessary to be made and fix a time for doing the same. Any person refusing to comply herewith shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
A. 
No persons, except licensed pipelayers or plumbers as herein provided, shall be permitted to tap or make connections with the general sewerage system or any part thereof. Any information which the Plumbing Inspector of the Village of Shorewood may have with regard to the location of sewer junction or slants shall be furnished to pipelayers and plumbers, the Village of Shorewood assuming no risks as to the accuracy of the same. When, in accordance with the measurements furnished by the Plumbing Inspector, the junction is not found within three feet of the flow side, a slant connection and one-eighth bend shall be used and such connection shall be made under the direction of the Plumbing Inspector.
B. 
When making a connection into a sewer, a hole shall be made by means of a core drill or other approved method to a size no larger than necessary to accommodate the connecting pipe. A sleeve shall be set into the opening, the ball or hub of the sleeve to rest on the outside of the sewer and not to protrude more than to the inside surface of the main sewer. A substantial joint of cement mortar shall then be made to strengthen the cut sewer. All junctions or connections are to enter the main sewer at a forty-five-degree angle above the flow line.
The Plumbing Inspector may, at his convenience and during reasonable hours, inspect any grease separator in any establishment to determine whether or not said separator has been properly maintained. If the separator is not functioning properly due to lack of proper attention, said Inspector may order the occupant or owner of the establishment to clean the separator within a reasonable time and to his satisfaction.
Whenever necessary to disturb a drain or sewer in actual use, the same shall not be obstructed or disconnected without special permission of the Plumbing Inspector, and it shall be unlawful to make any new connections with, or extension to, any old drain without permission of the Plumbing Inspector.
In all cases where the course of any sewer or drain is obstructed by water, gas, steam or other pipes or conduits, the question of passing over or under the obstruction or of the raising or lowering thereof, so as to permit the construction and installation of the sewer or drain, shall be determined by the Plumbing Inspector.
No opening in the street for making connection with a main sewer will be permitted when the ground is frozen except when, in the judgment of the Plumbing Inspector, such connection is absolutely necessary, and if such permission is granted, the work shall be done as directed by the granting of the permit. All water, sewer, drain or other piping must be protected from injury, frost or settling to the satisfaction of the Plumbing Inspector.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit or cause or allow to be thrown or deposited into any sewer or drain any rags, paper, sand, earth, stones, abrasive, flammable or explosive material or substances, or any like materials or substances; further it shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit or cause or allow to be thrown or deposited into any sewer or drain any objects, materials or substances so as to cause an obstruction, nuisance, injury or damage to said sewer or drain, or to any pipes, drains or catch basins connected with any sewer. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty as hereinafter provided and shall in addition be liable for the cost of removing said obstruction and repairing said sewer or drain.
A. 
No person shall connect any premises with any sanitary sewer by drain or sewer through which rain or surface water may be discharged into a sanitary sewer system, and under no circumstances shall any subsoil, foundation, footing, window and door wall, or yard drains, unroofed basement excavations, cistern overflows, roof conductors, or drains from areas exposed to rainfall connect directly to the sanitary sewer, nor shall they be permitted to discharge indirectly into such sanitary sewer.
B. 
Stormwater.
(1) 
On all new or remodeled buildings, the roof shall be provided with proper metallic leaders for conducting the water in such manner as will protect the walls and foundations of such buildings or of adjacent buildings from injury. Except as provided in Subsection B(2), water from such leaders shall not be allowed to discharge upon the streets, sidewalks or adjacent premises but shall be conducted by proper pipes to the sewer, provided that, where no apparent damage or injury is caused or likely to be caused by water to adjacent premises and for so long as said condition exists, said water may be drained and directed in a manner to be approved by the Plumbing Inspector or the Inspector designee. In the discretion of the Plumbing Inspector, or the Inspector designee, where no apparent damage is caused or likely to be caused by water to adjacent property, cave troughs and conductor pipes may be omitted from private garages and temporary buildings. The provisions of § 225-6C of the Village of Shorewood Code shall be applicable herein.
(2) 
When approved by the Plumbing Inspector or the Inspector’s designee, water from roof leaders, conductors or downspouts may be discharged to finished grade provided that the following conditions are met:
[Amended 4-20-2009 by Ord. No. 1952]
(a) 
Where previously connected to a sewer lateral, the downspout hub shall be sealed with an approved cap or plug as required by Wisconsin Plumbing Code; and
(b) 
The water is discharged to finished grade on the property where the point of discharge must be a minimum of two feet from the building and is directed to flow away from buildings, does not create an icy condition on any pedestrian walkways, and does not create a nuisance.
C. 
The owner or occupant of any premises on which rainwater leaders are maintained shall comply with all orders of the Plumbing Inspector providing for connecting the same to Village storm sewers in the adjoining street where the Plumbing Inspector finds that rainwater leaders will drain over the street, sidewalk, or adjacent property or cause damage to any structure.
D. 
In all cases where storm sewers are not available, and where owners are making connections to the sanitary sewer in the street, storm sewer laterals shall be extended from the building to the property line.
E. 
Sump pumps. Sump pumps which collect and discharge accumulated water from foundation drains may be connected to storm sewer laterals where available. All sump pumps shall be powered by a dedicated circuit to prevent against accidental disconnection. Where a storm sewer lateral in a one- and two-family dwelling has been shown to be wholly nonfunctional for structural reasons not associated with regular cleaning, these sump pumps may be discharged a minimum of two feet from the building onto flat areas of the dwelling owner’s lawn so long as the water flows away from buildings; does not discharge onto driveways, streets, walks, public ways or neighboring property; and does not create a nuisance.
[Amended 6-4-2001 by Ord. No. 1815; 9-5-2006 by Ord. No. 1916; 4-20-2009 by Ord. No. 1952]
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
The water service shall be equipped with a corporation stop, water service shutoff valve/isolation valve and a stop box, set flush with the grade, and a meter stop. The water service shutoff valve/isolation valve and stop box shall be purchased from the Village Water Utility.
A. 
Pursuant to the provisions of §§ 66.0911 and 281.45, Wis. Stats., every parcel of land in the Village of Shorewood shall be provided with and served by water and sewer laterals constructed in accordance with standards and rules established by the State of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and maintained free of defects. Such laterals shall be connected from the main to the building being served.
B. 
Subject to other applicable code provisions, the cost of providing and maintaining sewer laterals from the main line sewer to the building served shall be the obligation and responsibility of the property owner. Excepted hereunder shall be any sewer lateral repair or maintenance required, located between the main line sewer and the property line of the affected property, which is part of a district-wide mandated water pollution abatement program resulting from a court order.
C. 
Subject to other applicable code provisions, the cost of providing and maintaining water laterals from the water service shutoff valve/isolation valve to the building served shall be the obligation and responsibility of the property owner.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
D. 
Whenever such construction or maintenance of said water or sewer laterals as described in Subsections B and C of this section is completed by the Village or by a Village contractor, the cost thereof shall be charged to the property owner and, if not paid within 30 days of completion, shall be a lien upon the property served. The charges therefor shall be certified in the proper manner to have such levied against the property and entered on the tax roll as special charges. The owner of the property may, within 30 days after completion of the work, file a written option with the Village Clerk stating that he or she cannot pay the amount due in one sum and asking that it be levied in equal annual installments, not to exceed five in number. In such case, interest shall be collected at the rate of 12% per year on any unpaid balance from the date of completion of the work. Any unpaid balance shall be certified to have it levied against the property and entered on the tax roll as a special tax lien.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 514, Water and Sewers.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation demolishing or moving a building or structure that is served by water or a sewer, or both, shall engage a licensed master plumber under a Village permit to properly abandon the building sewer or water service, or both, immediately inside the front property line on private property. Such plumbing permit shall be obtained from the Planning and Development Department before a permit to demolish or move a building or structure is issued.
B. 
The building sewer shall be disconnected at the front property line and a pie or bulkhead installed. On a vitrified clay or concrete sewer, a pie shall be cemented into the bell or hub. If the pipe, bell or hub is broken, then a swab and six inches of concrete shall be inserted in the sewer as a permanent bulkhead. On a cast-iron sewer, a cast-iron plug with a lead-caulked joint shall be installed.
C. 
Any septic tank or distribution box on the premises shall be pumped dry of its contents and filled with earth.
D. 
The water supply to the premises shall be turned off at the street main or at the water service shutoff valve/isolation valve by an authorized employee of the Village.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
E. 
The water shall be disconnected at the front property line and a plug or cap installed. On copper pipe, a plugged flared adapter shall be installed. On cast-iron pipe, a cast-iron plug or cap with a lead-caulked joint shall be installed. On lead pipe, a soldered joint shall be made.
[Amended 10-24-2005 by Ord. No. 1894[1]]
In addition to all other powers granted to the Planning and Zoning Administrator, Building Inspector or their designee to enforce the provisions of this chapter, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, Building Inspector or their designee is authorized pursuant to § 800.02, Wis. Stats., to issue municipal citations for violations of any of the provisions of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Subject to other provisions of this chapter, any person aggrieved by an administrative ruling, judgment or decision may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Appeals within 10 days after the issuance of such ruling, judgment or decision. A nonrefundable appeal fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule shall accompany each and every appeal brought hereunder. The Village Clerk shall give notice of a hearing to the appellant, to be held within 30 days after service of the notice on the appellant, said service to be served either personally or by certified mail addressed to the appellant's last known address. All other interested parties may be given written notice of said hearing by regular mail. Upon conclusion of the hearing held by the Board of Appeals, the Board shall make a ruling. The written decision of the Board shall be mailed to the appellant by the Village Clerk within 10 days of said decision. Any determination by the Board of Appeals may be appealed to the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County as provided by law.
A. 
Any person, firm, partnership, limited liability company or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture in a sum not less than $25 nor more than $2,000 and the costs of prosecution and in default of the payment thereof shall be imprisoned in the county jail or house of correction of Milwaukee County for a period not to exceed 90 days. Every day such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
In addition to the provisions of Subsection A hereunder, compliance with the provisions of this chapter may be enforced by Village officers by injunctional order issued upon the suit of the Village or of any owner of real estate within the Village.