§ 12-239. Plumbing facilities and fixture requirements  

Effective on Tuesday, July 19, 2022
  • a. General plumbing requirements. All plumbing fixtures shall be properly installed and maintained in working order, and shall be kept free from obstructions, leaks and defects and be capable of performing the function for which such plumbing fixtures are designed. All plumbing fixtures shall be maintained in a safe, sanitary and functional condition. 

    b. Plumbing system hazards prohibited. A plumbing system in a structure shall not constitute a hazard to the occupants or the structure by reason of inadequate service, inadequate venting, cross connection, back siphonage, improper installation, deterioration or damage or for similar reasons.

    c. General water system requirements. Every sink, lavatory, bathtub or shower, drinking fountain, water closet or other plumbing fixtures shall be properly connected to either a public water system or to an approved private water system. All kitchen sinks, lavatories, laundry facilities, bathtubs and showers shall be supplied with hot or tempered and cold running water in accordance with the Florida Building Code.

    d. Water supply contamination. The water supply shall be maintained free from contamination, and all water inlets for plumbing fixtures shall be located above the flood level rim of the fixture. Shampoo basin faucets, janitor sink faucets and other hose bibs, or faucets to which hoses are attached and left in place, shall be protected by an approved atmospheric-type vacuum breaker or an approved permanently attached hose connection vacuum breaker.

    e. Water supply. The water supply system shall be installed and maintained to provide a supply of water to plumbing fixtures, devices and appurtenances in sufficient volume and at pressures adequate to enable the fixtures to function properly, safely, and free from defects and leaks.

    f. Water heating facilities. Water heating facilities shall be properly installed, maintained and capable of providing an adequate amount of water to be drawn at every required sink, lavatory, bathtub, shower and laundry facility at a temperature of not less than one hundred ten (110) degrees Fahrenheit. A gas-burning water heater shall not be located in any bathroom, toilet room, bedroom or other occupied room normally kept closed, unless adequate combustion is provided. An approved combination temperature and pressure-relief valve and relief valve discharge pipe shall be properly installed and maintained on water heaters. 

    g. General sanitary drainage system requirements. All plumbing fixtures shall be properly connected to either a public sewer system or to an approved private sewage disposal system.

    h. Sanitary drainage system maintenance. Every plumbing stack, vent, waste and sewer line shall function properly and be kept free from obstruction, leaks, and defects.

    i. Septic tanks. All septic tanks shall be secured, in compliance with original intent as permitted, in compliance with state regulations and be kept free of openings and defects.

    j. Public toilet facilities. Public toilet facilities shall be maintained in a safe, sanitary and working condition in accordance with the international Plumbing code. Except for periodic maintenance or cleaning, public access and use shall be provided to the toilet facilities at all times during occupancy of the premises.    


(Ord. No. 2016-02, § 1, 1-19-16; Ord. No. 2022-35, § 1, 7-19-22)