Article IV. Plumbing Standards  

§ 7-86. Plumbing code—Adopted.
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The Standard Plumbing Code, 1994 edition, as published by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. is hereby adopted by reference and shall be known and identified as the plumbing code of the city.

(Code 1962, § 8-49.1; Ord. No. 90-12, § 1, 7-17-90; Ord. No. 96-10, § 1, 5-21-96)

§ 7-87. Plumbing inspector.
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The building official or his designee shall be the inspector of plumbing and sewer connections in the city. Whenever the word "inspector" appears in this plumbing code, it shall be understood to refer to the building official or his designee.

(Code 1962, § 8-50; Ord. No. 90-12, § 1, 7-17-90)

§ 7-88. Plumbing inspector to be judge of materials and workmanship.
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The plumbing inspector shall be the judge of the quality of the material and workmanship, according to this article.

(Code 1962, § 8-52)

§ 7-89. Authority of plumbing inspector to enter, inspect, enforce.
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The inspector is to have the privilege at any time of entering and inspecting the plumbing and drainage of any premises, and if the same are found to be in unsanitary condition, he shall order the same altered to conform to the provisions of this plumbing code. Any person failing or refusing to make such alteration for a period of fifteen (15) days after such notice shall be punished as provided in section 1-15 of this Code.

(Code 1962, § 8-53)

§ 7-90. Plumbing license required; examinations; reciprocity.
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(a) The city does hereby enter into the membership of the Board of Examiners of Polk County and Municipalities, Inc., for the express purpose of allowing that board to handle competency examinations for the certification of all construction trades and for the issuance of certificates of competency for those who engage in plumbing contracting within the city. The city manager will promulgate rules and regulations for the purpose of setting up a system of reciprocity for the examination of persons to engage in the trade of plumbing construction for various participating municipalities in Polk County. Said rules and regulations shall provide for a joint board of examiners by all participating municipalities in Polk County, and may provide a method for the examination of the qualifications of person desiring to engage in the trade of plumbing in the city, and may provide that those who pass such examination are entitled to the issuance of a certificate of competency, as either a master or journeyman plumber, by the city, and may provide for the issuance of the certificate of competency by the building official to each successful applicant.

(b) No business tax receipt shall be issued any person for the purpose of engaging in or working at or carrying on the business of plumbing contracting unless such person is in possession of a proper and valid certificate of competency as required under this article.

(c) The Board of Examiners of Polk County and Municipalities, Inc., may use any recognized testing agency or testing method that is available.

(d) The city does hereby establish, with other municipalities, a contractors' disciplinary board in accordance with F.S. § 489.131(7)(a), to discipline violations as set forth in F.S. § 489.129. The city shall appoint one (1) or more members to this board. Each appointee shall be a licensed contractor either registered or certified as a contractor with the state. The building official may submit to the board the name of any contractor who violates the building codes as adopted by the city code of ordinances.

(Code 1962, § 8-55; Ord. No. 92-12, § 4, 9-22-92; Ord. No. 92-22, § 3, 1-5-93; Ord. No. 96-12, § 1, 6-4-96; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06)

§ 7-91. License tax; payment a prerequisite to issuance of permit.
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All plumbing contractors doing business in the city, or plumbers contracting business in the city, shall pay an annual license fee as provided in section 14-51 of the license tax schedule, and no permit for plumbing installation, alteration or extension shall be issued except to a licensed plumber.

(Code 1962, § 8-57)

§ 7-92. License subject to revocation.
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The license of any plumber who persists in violating any provisions of this plumbing code shall be revoked and such license will not be renewed.

(Code 1962, § 8-58)

§ 7-93. Employment of apprentices.
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Apprentices shall be permitted to install plumbing work only under the personal supervision of licensed plumbers who shall be present on the building while such work is being performed; and any person employing an apprentice or helper on any new or old remodeling work not under the direct supervision of a licensed plumber shall be liable for the penalties provided in section 1-15.

(Code 1962, § 8-64)