City of Schenectady, NY
Schenectady County
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[Amended 7-14-1986 by Ord. No. 86-46]
Before any plumbing work requiring authorization according to the provisions of this chapter shall be started, a permit shall be obtained from the Plumbing Inspector, except that no such permit shall be required for factory-manufactured homes that bear the insignia of approval as per Chapter D, Part 1200, of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council as it pertains only to the components structure. No such permit shall be required for repairs involving only the working parts of a faucet or valve, the clearance of stoppages or stopping of leaks and the replacement of a defective faucet or valve with a new one of the same type, provided that no changes are made in the piping to the fixture. This permit shall be obtained by the plumber who, or whose firm, has been employed to do the plumbing work or by a homeowner as provided in this chapter.
[Amended 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; 8-7-1989 by Ord. No. 89-60]
Special permission must be obtained from the City Health Department and City Engineer for the installation of septic tanks or cesspools before a permit can be issued by the Plumbing Inspector. Sewerage systems, including septic tanks and cesspools, not otherwise provided for by this chapter shall be in accordance with Part 75 and Appendix 75-A of Title 10 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.
[Amended 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-14]
A. 
Any permit required by this chapter shall be issued to any person who owns and resides in either a single- or two-family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such dwelling, and to any person who is building and constructing either a single- or two-family dwelling on lands owned by him; provided, however, that not more than one permit shall be issued in any twelve-month period to any person building and constructing such a dwelling. Plumbing work included under this permit shall include all plumbing work to be performed inside the walls of said dwelling or accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such dwelling, and such plumbing work shall be personally performed by the owner of the dwelling. A homeowner will not be permitted, under this permit, to make any connections to the water system or the sewer system of the City.
B. 
Property owners, or people with legal control of residential property, may be issued any permit required by this chapter, as long as such plumbing work does not include work to be performed inside the wall of said building. A property owner will not be permitted, under this permit, to make any connections to the water system or sewer system of the City.
[Amended 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-20]
A. 
Permits for plumbing or drainage shall be issued by the Plumbing Inspector only to a master plumber duly registered with the Plumbing Inspector or to any person holding a master plumber’s license issued by a municipality of the State of New York pursuant to the provisions of this section and for work to be performed under a homeowner’s or contractor’s permit issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Any person holding a master plumber’s license issued by any municipality of the State of New York may apply for and shall be granted a permit by the Plumbing Inspector to do a specified job of plumbing work in the City and districts of the Towns of Niskayuna and Rotterdam under the jurisdiction of the City, and such permit shall be granted without examination upon payment of a fee of $400 for each job under $3,000, and, for each job over $3,000, the fee shall be $400 plus 1% of the plumbing contract in addition to the charges as set forth in § 138-43. Such permits shall expire when the specified job is completed.
A. 
No permit shall be issued until specifications and plans showing necessary details of all water pipe, sewer pipe and plumbing fixtures have been submitted to the Plumbing Inspector by the plumbing contractor, architect or engineer and these plans have been checked to assure that the work will conform to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
If the plans indicate that any provisions of this chapter are not being complied with, they shall be rejected and no permit issued until they have been revised to comply with this chapter.
C. 
If, in the course of the work, it is found necessary to make any change from the approved plans, specifications or work, revised plans and specifications shall be submitted and a supplementary permit shall be issued to cover the change before any part of the change is commenced.
[Amended 1-5-1981 by Ord. No. 80-163; 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; 11-30-1987 by Ord. No. 87-75; 1-16-1996 by Ord. No. 95-38; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-20]
No permit or plumbing and drainage work shall be issued until the fees, as provided herein, are paid by the employing or master plumber or homeowner to the Plumbing Inspector. The Plumbing Inspector shall determine from the plans and specifications the fees required by this chapter using the following charges:
A. 
The fee for application for a commercial plumbing permit shall be $50.
B. 
The fee for application for a residential plumbing permit shall be $25.
C. 
Where the real property is situated within the City of Schenectady:
(1) 
One-family house or one apartment, one complete bathroom: $20, plus $6 for each fixture.
(2) 
Two-family house, two complete bathrooms: $40, plus $6 for each fixture.
(3) 
Toilet rooms in commercial and industrial buildings each: $50, plus $6 for each fixture.
(4) 
Replacement or addition of the following plumbing fixtures:
(a) 
Septic tanks and cesspools: $10.
(b) 
Bar fixtures: $10.
(c) 
Soda fountain fixtures: $10.
(d) 
Air-conditioning units: $10.
(e) 
Oil separator units: $10.
(f) 
Grease traps: $10.
(g) 
Garbage disposal units: $10.
(h) 
Dental cuspidors: $10.
(i) 
Water softeners: $6.
(j) 
Automatic washing machines: $6.
(k) 
Water closets: $6.
(l) 
Lavatories: $6.
(m) 
Bathtubs: $6.
(n) 
Urinals: $6.
(o) 
Sinks: $6.
(p) 
Drinking fountains: $6.
(q) 
Floor drains: $6.
(r) 
Cellar drain: $6.
(s) 
Hot-water range boilers: $6.
(t) 
Gas hot-water heaters: $6.
(u) 
Electric water heaters: $6.
(v) 
Dishwashers: $6.
(w) 
Roof drains connected to storm sewers: $6 each.
(5) 
Permits for the City, Niskayuna and Rotterdam:
(a) 
Application fee: $25.
(b) 
Water service inspection: $50.
(c) 
Sanitary sewer lateral inspection: $50.
(d) 
Storm sewer lateral inspection: $50.
D. 
Where the property is situated outside the City and will obtain its water supply from water furnished by the City or the sewage from said property will eventually be discharged through the sewage system of the City, there shall be a charge of $50 for each and every inspection made by the Plumbing Inspector, plus an inspection fee of $6 per fixture for all residential, commercial and industrial structures.
E. 
Penalties.
(1) 
Any person, company or business entity found not in compliance with this chapter shall be subject to immediate revocation of permit privileges for the job being performed and suspension of all future work privileges until the job is brought into compliance, a stop-work order, recovery of cost of materials, labor and inspection fees at prevailing rates and forfeiture of any permit fee and/or deposit.
(2) 
Failure to comply with the terms of this chapter shall be a violation as defined by the Penal Law of the State of New York and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days for each day of violation, or by both such fine and imprisonment, or by a penalty of not less than $350 nor more than $1,000 for each day of violation to be recovered by the City in a civil action.
(3) 
A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which noncompliance with the terms of this chapter occurs or continues unabated after the time limit set for abatement of the violation.
(4) 
Any person issued a notice of violation pursuant to any provision of this chapter shall be subject to an administrative fee of $50, and such administrative fee shall be charged against the land upon which the notice of violation was issued as a municipal lien or such administrative fee shall be added to the tax rolls as an assessment or levied as a special tax against said property or recovered in a civil suit against the person to which the notice of violation was issued.
[Amended 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; 1-16-1996 by Ord. No. 95-38; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-20]
The permit and inspection fees hereinabove set forth entitles the plumbing contractor or the homeowner to one inspection of the rough plumbing work and one inspection of the final plumbing work. If, for any reason, the Plumbing Inspector is required, in his/her judgment, to make additional inspection of the rough plumbing work or the final plumbing work, an additional fee of $50 for each additional inspection shall be charged to and paid by the plumbing contractor or the homeowner.
Upon written notice from the Plumbing Inspector, the owner or lessee shall be required to correct, within three days, any and all unsanitary or defective conditions which are likely to have immediate detrimental effect. He shall also correct, within a time specified by the Plumbing Inspector, other unsanitary or defective conditions which may, over a period of time, have a detrimental effect on health.
The Plumbing Inspector or his representative or any duly authorized City representative shall have the right to inspect any plumbing system at such times as may be deemed necessary to protect the public health.
[Amended 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986]
Upon the satisfactory completion and final inspection of the plumbing system, a certificate of approval shall be issued, upon request, by the Plumbing Inspector to the plumber or permit holder to be delivered to the owner.
For the purpose of securing for the public the benefits of new developments in the plumbing industry and yet ensuring public health, the Examining Board of Plumbers hereinafter provided for may make or cause to be made, at the expense of the promoter or submitter, investigation of new materials, equipment and appliances suitable for use in the City not provided for in this Code and shall make rules setting forth the conditions under which such materials, equipment and appliances may be used.
Persons other than homeowners shall be examined and conduct their business in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Examining Board of Plumbers as hereinafter provided for.