[HISTORY: Adopted by the Representative Town Meeting of the Town of Branford 10-8-1962. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Sewer connections — See Ch. 204.
No person, firm or corporation shall make any connection with the public sewers, or lay any drain to be connected with said sewers, or open any street or public way for the purpose of laying or repairing any sewer or drain in connection with said sewers, within the Town of Branford except a duly licensed drainlayer, as hereinafter provided.
Application for a license as a drainlayer shall be made to the Town Engineer upon a form prescribed by him. No such license shall be issued until the applicant shall have been examined by the Town Engineer and the Board of Selectmen. This examination shall be written or oral and of a character which they shall require to determine whether said applicant is a suitable and competent person to receive such license. Upon examination the Town Engineer and Board of Selectmen shall certify in writing either that said applicant is suitable and competent to receive a license or that said applicant is not suitable and competent, in which case they shall state the reasons therefor. Upon approval and upon compliance with the requirements hereinafter set forth, the Town Engineer shall forthwith issue to such applicant a license.
The fee for a drainlayer's license shall be $10. All such licenses shall expire one year after date of issue, unless sooner revoked. The fee for each renewal shall be $5, which shall be due and payable on or before the anniversary date of issue.
Before any such drainlayer's license shall be issued as herein provided, the applicant shall file with the Town Engineer a license bond in the sum of $1,000 and shall show evidence of renewal of bond with each subsequent renewal of license.
No licensed drainlayer shall make any opening in any public street until he shall have applied for and secured from the Town Engineer or his authorized agent a permit for doing such work, in accordance with the provisions of any ordinance then in effect relating to street openings in the Town of Branford.
It shall be unlawful for anyone other than a licensed drainlayer or his duly authorized agent to solicit deposits or contracts or commitments to connect with the public sewers.
No licensed drainlayer shall connect any drain or sewer upon or from any premises in the Town of Branford or use or permit any sewer or drain to be used without having first obtained a permit for making such connections from the Town Engineer or his authorized agent, in accordance with the provisions of any ordinance then in effect relating to the sewer system in the Town of Branford and providing rules and regulations for connections therewith.
Whenever, in the opinion of the Town Engineer or his authorized agents, any licensed drainlayer has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules, regulations and specifications which may be adopted hereunder, he may revoke the license of such drainlayer, and the Town of Branford may proceed to call said drainlayer's bond. No person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or whose license shall have been revoked as herein provided and shall have refused or neglected to make good to the satisfaction of the Town of Branford any defective or imperfect work or shall have refused or neglected to pay any fees, fines or penalties imposed under the provisions of this chapter shall receive a renewal of such license until such default shall have been fully remedied and satisfied.
Nothing herein provided shall be interpreted to prevent an owner from doing any necessary excavating on his own property without a license.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $100 for each offense. Every 24 hours of continuation of such violation may constitute a separate offense.
Any master plumber duly licensed under the provisions of Branford ordinances shall have all the privileges and rights of a drainlayer under this chapter and shall not be required to obtain a drainlayer's license or to file a bond as aforementioned, so long as he shall be and remain a duly licensed master plumber.