City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Easton 12-14-1988 by Ord. No. 2982 (Art. 1713 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building codes and enforcement — See Ch. 245.
Fees — See Ch. 285.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5177]
The Board of Plumbing Examiners shall consist of the Plumbing Inspector and two registered master plumbers not otherwise connected with the City, who shall be appointed annually for the calendar year by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The Plumbing Inspector shall serve as Chairman of the Board. Each plumber serving on the Board shall be paid $25 for each schedule examination date, provided the plumber attends the examination. The Plumbing Inspector shall not be compensated for attending an examination.
[Amended 7-22-2015 by Ord. No. 5504]
The fees for examination shall be as provided in Chapter 285, Fees, for applicants for registered master plumber and registered journeyman plumber, which fee shall accompany the application, and an additional fee for special examinations as hereinafter provided. All fees paid to the Plumbing Inspector shall be accounted for monthly to the Director of Finance or their designee and accompanied by a report in the manner and form as now provided for payment of funds to the Director of Finance or their designee from receipts of its several departments.
Applications for examination, registration and licensing shall be made in writing to the Plumbing Inspector. The Plumbing Inspector shall duly notify all applicants of the date, place and hour of the examination. The Board of Health shall approve rules and regulations providing for stated times of examination and for the governing examinations in the form of a reasonable questionnaire to judge the practical qualification of the applicants. Applicants desiring the master plumber license shall have been employed as licensed journeyman plumbers under the supervision of a licensed master plumber or registered professional engineer for two years prior to the examination. An apprentice desiring the journeyman plumber license shall provide satisfactory evidence, either by affidavit or by certification of employer, that he or she has had three years' practical work at the plumbing trade prior to the examination.
The actual examination shall be made on behalf of the Board with not less than one member of the Board of Examiners present. The examination papers shall be graded by a percentage and returned through the Plumbing Inspector. The Plumbing Inspector shall report the results of the examination to the Board of Health, which shall thereupon authorize the registration and licensing to the Plumbing Inspector of such as are deemed qualified.
Special examinations may be ordered by the Chairman of the Board. A special examination may be held at any time for any applicant upon the payment of the normal examination fee plus a fee as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
An applicant whose registration and licensing has been authorized by the Board of Health shall be registered by the Plumbing Inspector and shall be issued a license for master plumber or journeyman plumber upon payment of a fee as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 7-22-2015 by Ord. No. 5504]
No master plumber who has been granted registration or certificate shall engage in or conduct business in the City without having first paid the business license fee to the Director of Finance or their designee.
[Amended 7-22-2015 by Ord. No. 5504]
Registered master plumbers from other cities of the first, second or third class in the state, or who are qualified by right of any state plumber's license to be engaged as a master plumber, shall be registered in the office of the Plumbing Inspector without examination. For such registration he shall pay a registration certificate fee as specified in Chapter 285, Fees, which covers such work or contracts taken at such time for fulfillment, and for each succeeding registration certificate fee, together with the payment of the annual business license fee to the Director of Finance or their designee.
Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of plumbing and house drainage outside the limits of the City, but not in a city of the first, second, or third class, may be registered in the office of the Plumbing Inspector under the same form of application and under the same provisions for examination as described in § 422-3.
Only a master plumber may apply for a plumbing permit. The registration fees and licenses herein specified are separate and distinct from the fees for permits issued in connection with each plumbing operation by the Plumbing Inspector. No plumbing or house drainage work may be commenced until there has been an application to the Plumbing Inspector with plans and specifications as are required by the Acts of Assembly or requirements by the Board of Health and such permits have been issued. In case of any question as to advisability of issuing permits, the Plumbing Inspector shall refer the matter to the Board of Health for approval.
Inspections shall be made in accordance with the Plumbing Code on notice by the contractor to the Plumbing Inspector that the work has proceeded to an inspection stage. Upon completion of the work to the final stage required for inspection, the contractor shall formally notify the Plumbing Inspector, and the final inspection shall be made. The work shall not be considered as accepted unless all necessary permit fees have been paid or until approved by the Plumbing Inspector. Until such inspections are made and the work is approved by the Plumbing Inspector, with alterations that may be necessary, the lack of any requirements shall be deemed a violation subject to the penalties provided in this chapter.
Every registered master or journeyman plumber who desires to continue to work in or at the business of plumbing for an ensuing year shall, between December 1 and 31 of each year, reregister for the ensuing year. The fee for such reregistration shall be as provided in Chapter 285, Fees. Failure to reregister within the following year shall require a reapplication and examination at the fees specified for original application. In such reapplication, the Plumbing Inspector is authorized to conduct a personal examination and reregister such person. Such persons outside the City who have worked under a registration certificate may be reregistered without re-examination.
If it shall be proven to the satisfaction of the Plumbing Inspector that any registered plumber is not complying with the provisions of the laws and ordinances or regulations of the Plumbing Code and co-relative requirements, in addition to the prescribed penalties herein registration may be revoked, subject to the approval of the Board of Health, making a reapplication and re-examination necessary for new registration.
All provisions of the Acts of Assembly in relation to plumbing in Third Class Cities and the State Plumbing Code, insofar as they are not inconsistent with this chapter, are deemed to be a part of this chapter and subject to its penalties for violation.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000 and, in default of payment of fine and costs, imprisoned not more than 90 days.