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.