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Board Of Plumbing Examiners

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Establishes standards and procedures for the qualifications, examination and licensing of master plumbers and journeymen plumbers, and issues certificates of competency to persons who meet the qualifications and pass the examination given by the board. The City Council makes four appointments to this five member board. Membership must include a master plumber, another master plumber or journeyman plumber, and two members not engaged in, working at, employed by, or connected with plumbing, a plumbing firm contractor, or the plumbing industry (laypersons). All members must be residents of the City of Columbia. Length of terms is two years, with openings occurring in May.

Members & Terms: 

  • Richard Shanker - Term Ending May 31, 2017
  • Austin Tipton - Term Ending May 31, 2017
  • Vacant - Term Ending May 31, 2018
  • Chad Stretz - Term Ending May 31, 2018
  • Dan Vande Voorde (Community Development Department Designee - Nonvoting)

Establishing Legislation: 

Sec. 6-52. Amendments.
The code adopted by this article is hereby amended by substituting the following sections in lieu of those sections with corresponding numbers in the code, or, where there is no corresponding section in the code, the following sections shall be enacted as additions to the code:

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101.6 Board of plumbing examiners: There is hereby created a board of plumbing examiners, consisting of five (5) members, one of whom shall be the director of community development or the director's designee, who shall be a non-voting, ex-officio secretary of the board; a second member, who shall be a master plumber; a third member, who shall be a master plumber or journeyman plumber; and a fourth member and a fifth member, who shall be persons not engaged in, working at, employed by, or connected with plumbing, a plumbing firm, contractor, or the plumbing industry. Members appointed by the council shall be residents of the City of Columbia.  Members shall be appointed by the council at the second regular meeting of the council in May, biennially in odd-numbered years, for a term of two (2) years, beginning on the first day of June and serving until their successors are appointed and qualified. The second and third members of the board shall have at least six (6) years in, or working at, the plumbing business at the time of their appointment. The first meeting of the calendar year, the board shall select one of its members to serve as chair and the code official shall designate a clerk from the department to serve as secretary to the board, who shall keep a detailed record of all proceedings on file in the building and site development division.  

101.7 Meetings of the board:  The board shall meet on call of the chair or a majority of the membership, and the call shall include the time, place and purpose of such meetings. Applicants scheduled for examination at such meetings shall be notified at least three (3) days prior to the date of the meeting. The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting.  Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) percent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office.  It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the council of the vacancy.  The members shall serve without compensation.

101.8  Examination and certification:  The board shall establish standards and procedures for the qualifications, examination, and licensing of master plumbers, journeyman plumbers, residential plumbers and apprentice plumbers, and shall issue an appropriate certificate of competency to each person who meets the qualifications therefore and successfully passes the standard examination for master plumber or journeyman plumber as prepared and published by   Thomson Prometric, ATTN: National Construction Program, 1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108 or the ICC National Standardized Examinations Program, www.iccsafe.org/contractor (1-877-783-3926) for Contractor Trades Testing.  The board shall keep an official record of all transactions.

101.8.1 Reciprocity:  The board will honor licenses issued from other jurisdictional areas provided the applicant meets the minimum experience requirements of the City of Columbia, Missouri, and provides certification of having satisfactorily completed the examination by one of the two testing agencies noted in 101.8 applicable for the type of license requested.

101.9 Re-examinations:  Any person, who fails to pass the examination, as prescribed by the board, may apply for re-examination after the expiration of thirty (30) days.

101.10 Temporary permit: The board may issue a temporary license pending the examination, providing the applicant holds a similar license from an equivalent board.  Such permit shall not be valid for more than sixty (60) days.

101.11 Application:  Any person desiring to be certified as a licensed plumber shall make written application to the board. Applicants are required to appear and interview before the board of plumbing examiners unless waived by the board.  A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) must be submitted with the application.  The fee shall be refunded to the applicant if the applicant appears at the board meeting at which the interview is scheduled.

101.12  Before the issuance of a certificate of competency to a contracting master plumber or the registration of a plumbing contractor, the applicant shall file a surety bond for not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), subject to the approval of the city counselor, conditioned that the applicant will indemnify and keep harmless the City of Columbia from all liability, from any accident or damages arising from negligence or non-skillfulness in doing or protecting applicant's work, or for any unfaithful or inadequate work done in pursuance of the license, and that applicant will also restore the street, sidewalk, pavement or other public property or right-of-way, and fill all excavations to be made, so as to leave the sidewalk, street, pavement or other public property or right-of-way in as good shape or condition as applicant found them, and indemnify and keep the city harmless from any damage suffered by the failure to do and keep and maintain them in good repair in accordance with community development department standards and specifications of the City of Columbia, Missouri, for a period of one (1) year next thereafter, and that applicant will pay all fines imposed for the violation of any rule or regulation adopted by the city and in force during the term of the license and pay all fees set forth in this ordinance.

101.13 Expiration and revocation of certificate:  All certificates of competency issued by the board shall be valid from the date of issuance until the renewal date as listed in Section 101.15, or when revoked by the board.  Business licenses required of plumbers, contractors, and contracting master plumbers shall expire annually in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances.
The board may revoke any certificate if obtained through non-disclosure, misstatement, or misrepresentation of a material fact, or if a penalty has been imposed upon a certificate holder under the provisions of this ordinance.  Before a certificate can be revoked, the certificate holder shall have notice in writing enumerating the charges against the certificate holder, and be entitled to a hearing by the board, not sooner than five days from receipt of the notice.  The certificate holder shall be given an opportunity to present testimony, oral or written, and shall have the right to cross-examination.  All testimony shall be given under oath.  The board shall have the power to administer oaths.  The decision of the board shall be based upon the evidence produced at the hearing and made a part of the record thereof.  Any person aggrieved by a decision of the board may appeal to the circuit court as provided in chapter 536 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.  A person whose certificate has been revoked shall not be permitted to apply for renewal within one year of the date of revocation.

101.14 License fees:  A plumbing contractor or contracting master plumber shall pay annual business license fees to the City of Columbia in an amount to be determined under the provisions of chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances.  A master plumber, a journeyman plumber, and apprentice plumber employed by a licensed plumbing contractor shall pay no business license fees.

101.14.1 Certificate fees:  Certificate fees are as follows;
City of Columbia Journeyman Certificate $30.00
City of Columbia Master Certificate $90.00

101.14.2 Certificate issuance:  All applicants approved by the board for Journeyman certificate shall pay a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Master certificates shall require a payment of ninety dollars ($90.00) prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Certificates issued in September, October, or November of the renewal year are not required to pay a renewal fee in December.

101.15 Certificate renewal: A master plumber, journeyman plumber or a maintenance journeyman plumber certificate shall be renewed every three (3) years. The renewal fee is thirty dollars ($30.00) for a journeyman certificate, ninety dollars ($90.00) for a master certificate. Reexamination is not a renewal requirement. Failure to renew by the January 1 date of the renewal year shall result in expiration of the certificate. An individual requesting renewal of an expired certificate must apply for a new plumbing certificate and shall pay a fee according to the following schedule:
1.   Ten dollars ($10.00) from January 2 to March 30 of the first year after expiration.
2.   Fifty dollars ($50.00) from April 1 to December 31 of the first year after expiration.
3.   One hundred dollars ($100.00) after January 2 of the second year after expiration plus an additional one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each additional year or fraction of a year after expiration.

101.16 Qualifications for examination:
Master Plumber:  Applicants for examination shall:
1.   Submit completed application to the director of community development including name, address, telephone number, type of certificate requested, and other information as required.
2.  Prove four thousand (4,000) hours of active employment under direct supervision of a master plumber, as a journeyman plumber or be registered with the State of Missouri as a licensed professional engineer and be actively engaged in the business of plumbing contracting. Time enrolled in an appropriate plumbing trade school or plumbing training program beyond the journeyman level may be considered by the board as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
3.  List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant has worked as an apprentice or journeyman plumber, including dates and years. Provide evidence of hours worked, employment records, time cards, etc.
4.  Successfully complete examination as required by the board of plumbing examiners.
Journeyman Plumber:  Applicants for examination shall:
1.   Submit a completed application to the director of community development including name, address, telephone number, type of certificate requested, and other information as required.
2.  Prove eight thousand (8,000) hours of active, on the job training only, during employment, under the supervision of a journeyman plumber, as an apprentice plumber. Time enrolled in an appropriate plumbing trade school or plumbing apprenticeship training program may be considered by the board as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
3. List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant has worked as an apprentice including dates and years. Provide evidence of hours worked, employment records, time cards, etc.
4.   Successfully complete examination as required by the board of plumbing examiners.
Maintenance Plumbers Certificate:  Maintenance plumbers are authorized to perform routine plumbing maintenance on fixtures and equipment only for a specified employer.  Applicants for examination shall:
1.   Submit a completed application to the director of community development including name, address, telephone number, type of certificate requested, and other information as required.
2.   Prove six thousand (6,000) hours of active employment as an apprentice plumber. Time enrolled in an appropriate plumbing trade school or apprenticeship training program may be considered by the board as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
3.  List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant has worked as an apprentice including dates and years. Provide evidence of hours worked.
4.  Successfully complete examination as required by the board of plumbing examiners. 
Residential Journeyman Plumber: (limited license for one- and two-family detached dwelling units only).  Applicants for examination shall:
1.  Submit completed application to the director of community development including name, address, telephone number, type of certificate requested, and other information as required.
2.   Prove six thousand (6,000) hours of active employment as an apprentice plumber. Time enrolled in an appropriate plumbing trade school or apprenticeship program may be considered by the board as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
3.  List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant has worked as an apprentice including dates and years. Provide evidence of hours worked.
4.  Successfully complete examination as required by the board of plumbing examiners.
Apprentice Plumber:  Applicants for examination shall:
1. Submit completed application to the director of community development including name, address, telephone number, employer's name, signature of a licensed master plumber, and other information as required.

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(Ord. No. 14117 § 1, 7-5-94; Ord. No. 14248 § 1, 10-10-94; Ord. No. 15395, § 1, 10-20-97; Ord. No. 17503, § 1, 11-4-02; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 18802, § 1, 12-5-05; Ord. No. 19353, § 1, 1-2-07; Ord. No. 19675, § 1, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 20908, § 1, 3-21-11; Ord. No. 21095, § 1, 9-19-11; Ord. No. 21806, § 1, 9-16-13; Ord. No. 22099, § 1, 6-16-14)