ARTICLE 4.500 PLUMBING CODE Sec. 4.501 Plumbing Code Official The administrator of the inspections and permits department is the designated code off...
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Plumbing Code Official

The administrator of the inspections and permits department is the designated code official for enforcement of the International Plumbing Code and the provisions of this article. Sec. 4.502

Definition of Terms

Subsection 202 is amended by adding: Board. The word "Board" shall mean the construction board of adjustments and appeals of the City of San Angelo created pursuant to the International Building Code. City. The word "city" shall mean the City of San Angelo, Texas. Code. The word "code," when used alone, shall mean all of the provisions of this article of the San Angelo Code of Ordinances and the International Plumbing Code. Council. The word "council" shall mean the city council of the City of San Angelo, Texas. Inspection and Permit Department. The department assigned the responsibility by the City of San Angelo of enforcing and administering the International Plumbing Code and this chapter of the Code of Ordinances of the City of San Angelo. Plumbing Inspector. The designee of the code official assigned the responsibility of enforcing this code. (Ordinance adopted 3/20/01) Sec. 4.503

Local Amendments to the International Plumbing Code

The International Plumbing Code is amended to read as follows: (a)

106.6.3 Fee Refunds. The code official shall authorize the refunding of fees as follows: (1)

The full amount of any fee paid hereunder that was erroneously paid or collected.

(2) Not more than 90 percent of the permit fee paid when no work has been done under a permit issued in accordance with this code. (3) Not more than 70 percent of the plan review fee paid when an application for a permit for which a plan review fee has been paid is withdrawn or canceled before any plan review effort has been expended. The code official shall not authorize the refunding of any fee paid except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of fee payment. (b)

301.3 Connections to Drainage System.

All plumbing fixtures, drains, appurtenances and appliances used to receive or discharge liquid wastes or sewage shall be directly connected to the drainage system of the building or premises, in accordance with the requirements of this code.

This section shall not be construed to prevent the indirect waste systems required by Chapter P8. Exception: Residential clothes washing machines shall not be required to discharge to the sanitary drainage system where such fixtures discharge is used for irrigation on the same lot, tract or parcel of land. (c)

305.6.1 Sewer depth.

Building sewers that connect to private sewage disposal systems shall be a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) below finished grade at the point of septic tank connection. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) below grade. (d)

308.7 Anchorage shall be provided to restrain piping and wall stud-outs from excessive axial movement.


410.1 Approval.

Drinking fountains shall conform to ASME A112.19.1M, ASME A112.19.2M or ASME A112.19.9M and water coolers shall conform to ARI 1010. Drinking fountains and water coolers shall conform to NSF 61, Section 9. Where water is served in restaurants, drinking fountains shall not be required. In other occupancies, where drinking fountains are required, water coolers or bottled water dispensers shall be permitted to be substituted for not more than 50 percent of the required drinking fountains. Exception: In historic buildings or existing buildings with a maximum floor area of 1,500 square feet and having not more than 10 occupants, an approved water cooler or bottled water dispenser may be substituted in lieu of a drinking fountain. (f)

417.3 Shower Waste Outlet.

Waste outlets serving showers shall be at least 2 inches (38 mm) in diameter and, for other than waste outlets in bathtubs, shall have removable strainers not less than 3 inches (76 mm) in diameter with strainer openings not less than 0.25 inch (6.4 mm) in minimum dimension. Where each shower space is not provided with an individual waste outlet, the waste outlet shall be located and the floor pitched so that the waste from one shower does not flow over the floor area serving another shower. Waste outlets shall be fastened to the waste pipe in an approved manner. (g)

603.2 Separation of Water Service and Building Sewer.

Water service pipe and the building sewer shall be separated by 5 feet (1,524 mm) of undisturbed or compacted earth. Exceptions: (1) The required separation distance shall not apply where the bottom of the water service pipe within the 5 feet (1,524 mm) of the sewer is a minimum of 12 inches (305 mm) above the top of the highest point of the sewer and the pipe and pipe materials conform to Section 703.1. (2) The required separation distance shall not apply where a water service pipe crosses a sewer pipe provided the water service pipe is sleeved to at least 5 feet (1,524 mm) horizontally from the sewer pipe centerline, on both sides of such crossing with pipe materials listed in Table 605.3, Table 702.2 or Table 702.3. (h)

705.14.2 Solvent Cementing.

Joint surfaces shall be clean and free from moisture. A primer that conforms to ASTM F656 shall be applied. The joint shall be made while the cement is wet and shall be in accordance with ASTM D2855. Solvent-cement joints shall be permitted above or below ground.


904.1 Roof Extension.

All open vent pipes that extend through a roof shall be terminated at least 6 inches (152.4 mm) above the roof, except that where a roof is to be used for any purpose other than weather protection, the vent extensions shall be run at least 7 feet (2,134 mm) above the roof. (j)

1002.4 Trap Seals.

Each fixture trap shall have a liquid seal of not less than 2 inches (51 mm) and not more than 4 inches (102 mm), or deeper for special designs relating to accessible fixtures. Where a trap seal is subject to loss by evaporation, a deepseal trap consisting of a 4 inch (102 mm) seal or a trap seal primer valve shall be installed. A trap seal primer valve shall conform to ASSE 1019 or ASSE 1044. (k)

1003.3.2 Food Waste Grinders.

Where food waste grinders connect to grease traps or grease interceptors, the grease interceptor shall be sized and rated for the discharge of the food waste grinder. (Sec. 9, Ordinance adopted 11/6/07) Sec. 4.504

Licensed Plumber Obtaining Permit for Another

It shall be unlawful for any licensed plumber to allow any person not directly and regularly employed by, and working under the direction of such licensed plumber to perform any plumbing work on a project for which such licensed plumber has obtained a permit. Sec. 4.505

Homeowner's Permit

To qualify for a homeowner's permit, only the homeowner or members of the homeowner's immediate family who reside at the dwelling for which the permit has been obtained, may perform plumbing work under the homeowner's permit. Violations by any person, firm, corporation, or associate of any of the stated conditions or requirements shall be cause for revocation of the permit. A homeowner's permit will be issued only if all of the following conditions are met: (1)

The structure on which the plumbing work is to be performed is a residential dwelling.


The person receiving the permit is the owner and occupant of such dwelling.


The dwelling for which the permit is issued is not rental property.

(4) The person receiving the permit has received a homestead exemption from the tax assessor/collector office at Tom Green County Courthouse. Sec. 4.506

Plumbing License Displayed

The number of any plumbing license issued under the provisions of this code shall be printed on both sides of any vehicle used by the person or firm to whom such license is issued. Said license number shall be in plain block numerals at least two inches (2") high and in a color which contrasts with the background. These numbers are to be located within three (3) feet of the front passenger door and the driver door. Sec. 4.507

Schedule of Permit Fees

On all plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required at the time of filing application in accordance with the fee schedule found in Appendix A of this code.

Sec. 4.508

Insurance Requirements

(a) Before any owner, authorized agent, contractor or corporation, that is required to obtain a plumbing permit, shall perform the work for which the permit is required, such owner, authorized agent, contractor or corporation shall provide to the inspection and permits department, a certificate of insurance in the amount of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) combined single limit liability per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage. This insurance shall be carried with a company licensed to do business in Texas. (b)

Exceptions: The following persons shall not be required to furnish insurance: (1) Maintenance workers or engineers who do work incidental to and in connection with the business in which they are employed or engaged. (2) Railroad employees who do construction, installation and maintenance work on, the premises or equipment of a railroad. (3)

Public service company employees engaged in laying, maintaining and operating service mains or lines.

(4) A Liquid Petroleum Gas installer when working and licensed under Chapter 113, Natural Resources Code, as amended. (5)

A property owner doing work in a building owned or occupied as the owner's homestead.

Sec. 4.509

Sewer Connections

(a) For new service, the city shall tap all city mains and laterals for private connections and run the service to the property line. The property owner shall thereafter be responsible for all maintenance of the sewer line to the tap. (b) For existing service, the property owner shall be responsible for all maintenance of the sewer line to the tap. All repairs to the sewer line to the tap shall be the responsibility of the property owner. (c) If the repair involves that portion of the service line within the public right-of-way the property owner shall be responsible for the paving cut. The person obtaining the paving cut permit shall be responsible for providing payment to the city for the paving cut repair costs, in accordance with established procedures. (d) The city may, if that portion of the line within the right-of-way fails due to a lack of maintenance of the right-ofway, participate in the costs of repair for that portion of the line within the right-of-way. Sec. 4.510

Lawn Sprinklers and Irrigation Piping Systems

(a) Lawn sprinkler systems and irrigation piping systems shall be equipped with an approved backflow preventer to protect against contamination of the potable water system. The following devices shall be acceptable: (1) Anti-siphon vacuum breakers, reduced pressure zone backflow preventer, double check type back pressure backflow preventer equipped with gate valves and test cocks. (2) Atmospheric type vacuum breakers shall be installed downstream of the last control valve at least 6 in. above the level of the highest sprinkler head. (3) All protective devices shall be installed in an accessible location to allow for inspection and maintenance and to isolate the sprinkler system from all other piping in the system. (b)

All lawn sprinkler systems, irrigation piping systems and piping for domestic use, whether connected to the city's

water system or other water wells, shall be subject to the permit and inspection requirements of this code, as well as all other requirements applicable to irrigation systems, including subsection (1) above. (Ordinance adopted 3/20/01) Copyright © 2008 Franklin Legal Publishing. All rights reserved.

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