Sections 318.074-318.120

318.074 Officers of committee — Meetings. The committee shall elect from its members one (1) to serve as chairman, one (1) as vice chairman, and the executive director of the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction or his or her designee shall serve as ex officio member of the committee (without a vote) and secretary. The committee shall meet at least quarterly and upon special call by the chairman or the secretary. Effective: June 17, 1978 16 History:Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 117, sec. 53, effective July 1, 1978; and ch. 155, sec. 151, effective June 17, 1978. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 193, sec. 3; and ch. 299, sec. 66. — Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 79, sec. 3. 318.077 Hearing on amendments to code — Appeals. The committee shall hold hearings, upon adequate notice to affected parties specifying the matters to be considered before the submission to the executive director of its suggested amendments to the code; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the amendment of the code or other regulation by the office after the prior review of committee. Any person aggrieved by any rule, regulation, or amendment approved by the office, within 30 days after such action has become final, may appeal therefrom to the Circuit Court. For the purposes of this section, “persons aggrieved” shall include any person directly or indirectly injured or threatened with injury on account of any such regulation, rule, or amendment, whether or not such person was a party to the proceedings out of which the order, rule, regulation, or amendment arose. Effective: June 17, 1978 History:Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 117, sec. 54, effective July 1, 1978; and ch. 155, sec. 152, effective June 17, 1978. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 193, sec. 4; and ch. 299, sec. 67. — Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 79, sec. 6. 318.080 State Plumbers Examining Committee. (1) In order to conduct examinations for persons to qualify as licensed master plumbers or journeyman plumbers, the office shall appoint as examiners the following persons to a State Plumbers Examining Committee: An employee of the office and three (3) other persons who shall be licensed either as master or journeyman plumbers. The executive director shall be an ex officio examiner and permanent commissioner of the committee. With the exception of the issuance of any order involving the revocation, suspension or cancellation of a master or journeyman plumber’s license, the executive director may delegate to a subordinate employee in the office the power to be present and participate, including the right to vote, as his or her representative at any meeting, hearing or other proceeding of the State Plumbers Examining Committee. Plumber examiners shall serve at the pleasure of the office. (2) The office shall appoint assistant plumber examiners who shall be qualified licensed master or journeyman plumbers who shall serve at the pleasure of the office. Assistant plumber examiners shall perform such duties as are delegated to them by the State Plumbers Examining Committee. 17 (3) Plumber examiners and assistant plumber examiners shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their necessary traveling expenses. Effective: June 17, 1978 History:Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 117, sec. 55, effective July 1, 1978; and ch. 155, sec. 153, effective June 17, 1978. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 68. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 74, Art. VI, sec. 92. — Amended 1970 Ky. Acts ch. 92, sec. 87. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 12, effective June 16, 1960. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-1. 318.090 Inspectors — Appointment, qualifications. (1) The office shall appoint and assign plumbing inspectors to each county subject to the provisions of this chapter. (2) Each plumbing inspector shall have at least eight (8) years experience as a journeyman or master plumber. At the time of his or her appointment he or she shall be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. History: Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 5. — Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 5. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 13. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-9. 318.100 Advertising by licensee. No person shall advertise or hold himself or herself out as a licensed master or licensed journeyman plumber within the Commonwealth of Kentucky unless he or she is a holder of a license from the office in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. History: Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 69. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 6. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 14, effective June 16, 1960. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-5. 318.110 Company having licensed plumber may engage in plumbing business — Notice of connection. A company or individual principal may engage in the business of plumbing within any county of the Commonwealth if some person connected with such a company or individual principal in responsible charge of the plumbing work is a 18 licensed master plumber. Any master plumber, in responsible charge of plumbing work for a company or individual engaged in the plumbing business, shall notify the office at any time he or she commences or severs his or her connection with the company or individual principal. Effective: June 17, 1978 History:Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 384, sec. 106, effective June 17, 1978. — Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 6. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 15. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-7. 318.120 Employment of unlicensed plumber prohibited. No person or corporation who assumes responsible charge and direction of other persons in the installation of plumbing shall employ or engage any person not licensed under this chapter to perform and install plumbing. Provided, however, that this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the employment or use of an apprentice as defined in this chapter. History: Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 7. — Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 7. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 16. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b.

Sections 318.054-318.071

318.054 License expiration — Notice — Renewal, revival fee.
(1) The initial license for a master or journeyman plumber shall expire on the
last day of the licensee’s birth month in the following year. The office
may reduce the license fee on a pro rata basis for initial licenses issued
for less than twelve (12) months. Renewed licenses shall expire on the
last day of the licensee’s birth month of each year after the date of
issuance of the renewed license.
(2) The office shall send each licensed master and journeyman plumber a
notice advising them that the annual license renewal fee is due. The
notice shall be sent to the licensee’s last known address no later than
thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the license. The annual license
renewal fee shall be a reasonable fee set by regulation of the office. The
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fee for the renewal of a master plumber’s license shall exceed the fee
charged for a journeyman plumber’s license.
(3) Any master or journeyman plumber who fails to renew his license prior to
expiration may have his license renewed upon payment of the required
renewal fee and a revival fee. The revival fee for a master plumber shall
be five dollars ($5) and for a journeyman plumber three dollars ($3). If
the renewal and revival fees are not paid one hundred eighty (180) days
after the license expires, such licenses shall be automatically canceled by
operation of law for nonpayment; provided, however, that such licenses
may be reinstated upon payment of all delinquent renewal fees plus a
revival fee of ten dollars ($10) for a master plumber and six dollars ($6)
for a journeyman plumber. Upon presentation of proper evidence, the
office may waive payment of any renewal or revival fee specified herein
for persons serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United
States.
Effective: June 20, 2005
History: Amended 2005 Ky. Acts ch. 182, sec. 3, effective
June 20, 2005. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 62. —
Created 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 7, effective June 16, 1960.
318.056 Repealed, 1966.
Catchline at repeal: Qualification for license without examination.
History: Repealed 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 255, sec. 283. —
Created 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 8.
318.057 Repealed, 1986.
Catchline at repeal: License without examination.
History: Repealed 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 331, sec. 63, effective
July 15, 1986. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 4. — Created
1968 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 4.
318.060 Reexamination.
An applicant who fails an examination shall be eligible upon reapplication for
the next regular examination upon the payment of an additional application fee.
Applications shall be canceled one (1) year after receipt thereof, in the event the
applicant fails to appear for examination.
Effective: June 16, 1960
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History: Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 9, effective
June 16, 1960. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective
October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-1.
318.064 Revocation or suspension of license.
The office may revoke or suspend any plumber’s license issued by it upon proof
that the licensee has:
(1) Knowingly violated the provisions of this chapter or the Kentucky State
Plumbing Code, or the rules and regulations of the office;
(2) Practiced fraud or deception in applying for or obtaining a license;
(3) Is incompetent to perform services as a licensed master plumber or a
licensed journeyman plumber;
(4) Permitted his or her license to be used directly or indirectly by another to
obtain or perform plumbing work or services; or
(5) Is guilty of such other unprofessional or dishonorable conduct of a
character likely to deceive or defraud the public.
History: Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 63. —
Created 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 10, effective June 16, 1960.
318.066 Hearing — Appeal.
(1) No license shall be suspended or revoked by the office unless a hearing
has been conducted or an opportunity afforded therefor in accordance
with KRS Chapter 13B.
(2) A licensee aggrieved by a final order of the office suspending or revoking
a license may appeal therefrom to the Circuit Court of the county in
which the principal office of the office is located in accordance with KRS
Chapter 13B.
Effective: July 15, 1996
History:Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 318, sec. 274, effective July 15,
1996. — Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 114, sec. 77, effective July 15,
1980. — Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 117, sec. 51, effective July 1,
1978. — Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 64. — Amended 1974
Ky. Acts ch. 315, sec. 56. — Amended 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 255,
sec. 249. — Created 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 11.
318.070 Repealed, 1960.
Catchline at repeal: Board to administer chapter, issue and revoke
licenses.
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History: Repealed 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 26, effective
June 16, 1960. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective
October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-1.

Sections 318.015-318.050

318.015 Application of chapter and of state plumbing code.
(1) This chapter applies and shall be in full force and effect in all counties of
the Commonwealth.
(2) The state plumbing code promulgated by the office under the provisions
of this chapter applies and shall be in full force and effect for all public
buildings regardless of location in the Commonwealth.
(3) This chapter shall not apply to farmsteads.
History: Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 299, sec. 61. —
Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 1. — Amended 1968 Ky. Acts
ch. 194, sec. 1. — Created 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 2.
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318.020 Apprentices, maintenance men, water company or district
employees exempt.
(1) Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting the
employment of an apprentice to assist a journeyman plumber in his
duties.
(2) This chapter shall not apply to anyone who is employed or acts as a
maintenance man.
(3) This chapter shall not apply to persons employed by any water company,
water district or sanitation district, in the laying, maintenance, and
operation of its mains and other appurtenances in the conduct of its
business.
(4) The provisions of this chapter relating to the licensure of plumbers shall
apply to all persons engaged in the practice of plumbing.
History: Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 2. —
Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 2. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts
ch. 222, sec. 3. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective
October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b.
318.030 License and general liability insurance required.
(1) No person shall engage in plumbing or engage in or work at the trade of
plumbing:
(a) Unless he or she is the holder of a valid and effective active master
plumber’s license duly issued by the office in accordance with the
provisions of this chapter; or
(b) Unless he or she is the holder of a valid and effective journeyman
plumber’s license duly issued by the office in accordance with the
provisions of this chapter.
(2) (a) No person, firm, or corporation shall engage in plumbing or
engage in or work at the trade of plumbing unless the person, firm,
or corporation maintains general liability insurance in an amount
not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) and
submits proof of compliance with workers’ compensation and
unemployment insurance laws of the Commonwealth.
(b) Proof of insurance required in this subsection shall be submitted to
the office prior to issuance or renewal of the active master plumber
license required under this chapter.
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(c) No license shall be valid without insurance as required in this
subsection, and insurance carriers shall notify the office upon
cancellation of the insurance of any licensee required to maintain
insurance.
(d) The insurance required in this subsection shall not apply to an
employee of a person, firm, or corporation engaged in plumbing as
defined in this chapter.
Effective: July 13, 2004
History:Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 40, sec. 1, effective July 13,
2004. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 126, sec. 3. — Amended 1968
Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 3. — Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222,
sec. 4. — Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective
October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b.
318.040 Qualifications — Examinations — Reciprocity.
(1) An applicant for a master or journeyman plumber’s license shall:
(a) Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(b) Be of good moral character;
(c) Be a citizen of the United States or be a resident alien who is
authorized to work in the United States; and
(d) Possess all the other qualifications that may be prescribed by
administrative regulations of the executive director.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no master or journeyman
plumber’s license shall be issued except upon a successful passage of an
examination as prescribed by the office.
(3) Examinations for a license as a master plumber or journeyman plumber
shall be conducted at times and places fixed by the regulations of the
executive director. Applicants for an examination shall furnish the
information required by the executive director and shall receive from the
office due notice of the time and place of the examination.
(4) The office shall prepare or cause to be prepared under its supervision
examinations consisting of written and practical tests with such questions
and tests by which the office will determine:
(a) With respect to master plumber’s license applicants, that applicants
are qualified in view of the definitions, provisions, and purposes of
this chapter to carry on responsibly, reasonably, and competently,
the activities which a licensed master plumber is authorized to
engage in by this chapter; and
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(b) With respect to journeyman plumber’s license applicants, their
knowledge and competency to carry on the activities which a
licensed journeyman plumber is authorized to engage in by this
chapter.
(5) The examination papers shall be preserved by the office for a period of
one (1) year.
(6) The office may issue a license to any person who holds a valid license in
another state if that state has a statewide plumbing code and, in the
opinion of the Plumbing Code Committee, the other state’s examination is
at least equal to that of Kentucky and the other state agrees to reciprocate
with Kentucky.
Effective: July 15, 1994
History:Amended 1994 Ky. Acts ch. 202, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1994.
— Amended 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 45, sec. 1, effective July 13, 1990. —
Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 117, sec. 50, effective July 1, 1978. —
Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 74, Art. VI, sec. 107(22). — Amended
1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 5, effective June 16, 1960. — Recodified
1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky.
Stat. sec. 3909b-4.
318.050 Fees.
Each application for a license as a master or journeyman plumber shall be
accompanied by a reasonable fee as established by the office.
History: Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 193, sec. 2. —
Amended 1960 Ky. Acts ch. 222, sec. 6, effective June 16, 1960. —
Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from
Ky. Stat. sec. 3909b-1.

Sections

318.010 Definitions for chapter.

318.015 Application of chapter and of state plumbing code.

318.020 Apprentices, maintenance men, water company or district employees exempt.

318.030 License and general liability insurance required.

318.040 Qualifications — Examinations — Reciprocity.

318.050 Fees.

318.054 License expiration — Notice — Renewal, revival fee.

318.056 Repealed, 1966

318.057 Repealed, 1986.

318.060 Reexamination.

318.064 Revocation or suspension of license.

318.066 Hearing — Appeal.

318.074 Officers of committee — Meetings.

318.077 Hearing on amendments to code — Appeals.

318.080 State Plumbers Examining Committee.

318.090 Inspectors — Appointment, qualifications.

318.100 Advertising by licensee.

318.110 Company having licensed plumber may engage in plumbing business — Notice of connection.

318.120 Employment of unlicensed plumber prohibited.

318.130 Kentucky State Plumbing Code — Rules and regulations.

318.134 Installation permits — Requisites — Fees.

318.136 Trust and agency fund.

318.140 Adoption and enforcement of State Plumbing Code by local governments — Local inspectors — Qualifications.

318.150 Materials and methods to be used.

318.160 Installation plans and specifications.

318.165 Requisites for providing permanent water supply.

318.170 Authority of agents of office.

318.180 Enforcement of plumbing laws. 318.190 Jurisdiction for enforcement actions.

318.200 Water heating devices — Serial numbers.

318.310 Repealed

318.320 Repealed

318.330 Repealed

318.990 Penalties.

Definitions

Journeyman plumber- a person who engages or offers to engage, either as an occupation or otherwise, in the construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, repair, remodeling or removal, and replacement of plumbing under the supervision, direction, and responsibility of a master plumber

Master plumber-a person who assumes responsible charge, supervision, or direction of journeyman plumbers, plumbers’ apprentices, and other persons in the construction, installation, or alteration of plumbing or who engages in, offers to engage in, or advertises or otherwise represents that he is permitted or qualified to engage in the design, planning, superintending, contracting for, or responsible charge of plumbing.

Plumbing– art of installing in buildings the pipes for distributing the water supply, the fixtures for using water and drainage pipes for removing waste water and sewage, together with fittings, appurtenances, and appliances of various kinds, all within or adjacent to the building. It shall not include the installation of on-site sewage disposal systems, except for the piping, fixtures, or other appurtenances needed within the building. It shall include

  • The water service pipe which forms the connection between the property line and the building, other than piping serving firefighting equipment
  • Private water supply systems
  • House sewers which convey the waste water and sewage from the building to the property line or other points of disposal, but not including sewers located between manholes and sewers extending five (5) feet from a main or manhole on private property
  • Storm sewers and rain water piping located within a building to a point two (2) feet outside of the building
  • Medical gas piping

Public building-any building intended for public use or built with public funds and includes but is not limited to the following: schools, industrial establishments, housing projects, restaurants, food-handling establishments, private clubs, theaters including drive-ins, trailer coach parks, camping areas, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, motels, tourist courts, rooming houses, boarding houses, and other establishments furnishing public sleeping accommodations

Maintenance man-means a person employed to maintain and keep plumbing in good repair

Apprentice-means a person in the process of learning the plumbing trade who assists and is under the personal supervision of a licensed master or licensed journeyman plumber

Farmstead-means a farm dwelling together with other farm buildings and structures incident to the operation and maintenance of the farm situated on ten (10) acres or more of land which is located outside the corporate limits of a municipality

Person-any individual, public or private corporation, political subdivision, government agency, municipality, co-partnership, association, firm, trust, estate, or other entity whatsoever