City Code: 476:0

Section 476 - Plumbers

Section 476:00. Definition. A plumber is any person engaged in, or holding himself out as engaged in the work or business of making any connections whatsoever with the water pipes, water mains, branch sewers, storm sewers, drains or other service pipes of said City, or making any repairs, additions or alterations of any pipe, tap, stop cock, water closet or any other fixture connected with or designed to be connected with the water works or sewage system of this municipality.

Section 476:05. License Required. No person shall carry on the business of plumbing within the corporate limits of this municipality without first having obtained a license to do so in the manner prescribed herein; and no permit for doing any such work of a plumber, as above defined, shall be issued except to a person who has obtained such a license.

Section 476:10. Application. Any person desiring to secure a license or doing the work of a plumber shall make application in writing therefor to the City. No license shall be issued to anyone not having a license as a master plumber from the State of Minnesota. The Building Official shall, upon being satisfied that the applicant is a person trained and skilled in the business and qualified to receive a license, direct that such license be issued to such applicant by the City Clerk upon compliance with the requirements of the following sections.

Section 476:15. Plumbers Bond and Insurance.

Subd. 1. Before a license shall be granted to any person as a plumber, he shall comply with the bond and insurance requirements set forth in the subdivisions which follow.

Subd. 2. File with the City Clerk a certificate of insurance showing a liability contract of insurance issued to such applicant upon a standard form policy in common use, to be approved by the Council, issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Minnesota, said policy to secure payment, in accordance with the provisions thereof, to "any person and for any damage to property for at least the following amounts: As respects injuries to persons, to the extent of $300,000 for the injury or death of any one (1) person and subject to the limit of $300,000 for each accident; and, as respects damage to property, to the extent of $100,000 for each accident, and such certificate of insurance shall also state that the City of Owatonna, Minnesota, is named therein as an additional party insured."

Subd. 3. In lieu of insurance certificate, a license from the State of Minnesota, together with proof of filing of a bond and insurance policy or certificate with the State of Minnesota in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 326.40, Subd. 2, may be presented.

Section 476:20. Expiration of License. All licenses issued pursuant to this ordinance shall expire on the last day of February each year.

Section 476:25. Licenses to Firms or Corporation. Whenever two (2) or more persons are to be engaged in the business of plumbing as a firm, co-partnership or corporation, the license shall be issued to a master plumber in said firm, co-partnership or corporation as an individual. No license shall be issued to anyone not having a license as a master plumber from the State of Minnesota.

Section 476:30

Section 476:30. Use of Licensee's Name By Another. No person who has obtained any such license shall allow his name to be used by any other person, either for the purpose of obtaining permits, or doing any work under the license; and every person licensed shall have recorded in the office of the City Clerk, his place of business, and the name under which the business is transacted, and shall immediately notify the City Clerk of any change.

Section 476:35. Plumbing Permits Required and Inspections. Inspection of work starting at the City main line connected to the sewer systems, storm water systems and water supply systems of this municipality shall be made by the City Engineer. It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, install, alter or repair any plumbing, drain, vent, sump, water closet, sink, lavatory or other plumbing fixtures within the corporate limits of this municipality without first obtaining a permit from the office of the City Engineer for plumbing. Applications for permits to do work connected to sewer systems, storm water systems and water supply systems shall be made at the office of the City Engineer. Tapping permits shall be obtained at the Owatonna Public Utilities for connection to the water supply system. However, no permit shall be required in case of repairs affecting sanitation, such as mending leaks in faucets, valves or water supply pipes, mending of broken fixtures, releasing frozen pipes or rodding and flushing of any house or drain system.

Section 476:40. Violation. It shall be the duty of the City Engineer to enforce the provisions of this ordinance. All plumbing shall be installed, tested and inspected, in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health Plumbing Code. No person shall cover any such work without its being duly inspected and approved by the City Engineer. Penalties shall be as described in Minnesota Statutes, Sections 609.033 and 609.034.

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