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Chapter 25.04 Admistrative Regulatory Provisions

25.04.010 Conformity Required.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 178578, effective September 1, 2004.) Every plumbing system, rainwater harvesting system, water supply system, and sewage and drainage system coming within the jurisdiction of the City of Portland and covered by this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code shall be installed, constructed, altered, renovated, repaired, and maintained in a manner which shall meet the requirements of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code. No pipes or piping or parts of any plumbing system shall be cut into, disturbed, or moved unless it is done in conformity with the provisions of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code. No person shall place in use, or maintain a plumbing, rainwater harvesting system, water, sewage, or drainage system which has been installed, constructed, altered, renovated, or repaired in violation of the provisions of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code. Any portion of such an installation, construction, alteration, renovation, or repair made in violation of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code shall be immediately removed and corrected to comply with provisions of this Title and upon notice from the Plumbing Inspector.


25.04.015 Stop Orders.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 168183 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.)  When any plumbing work is being done contrary to the provisions of this Code, the Director of the Bureau of Development Services may order the work stopped by notice in writing served on any persons engaged in the doing or causing such work to be done, and any such persons shall forthwith stop such work until authorized by the Director to proceed with the work.

25.04.020 Renewals and Repairs.

Every existing plumbing and drainage system in any building shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.  When any such system becomes defective or unsanitary in whole or in part such portion as is proved defective and unsanitary shall be made in a manner to meet the requirements and provisions of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code.

25.04.030 Plumbing Work To Be Regulated.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 168183, effective Nov. 1, 1994.)  All plumbing work in or about buildings or on private property shall be performed under the direction of a plumbing contractor except:

A.  Plumbing work performed by an owner;

B.  Minor repair work performed by a maintenance man;

C.  Sewer work performed by a sewer contractor.

25.04.040 Minor Plumbing Labels.
(Added by Ordinance No. 170811; amended by Ordinance Nos. 170929, 178578 and 179125, effective April 1, 2005.)
A. General. ORS 455.155 gives the Department of Consumer and Business Services the authority to create a statewide permit and inspection system for minor construction work. The Oregon Building Codes Division under the Department of Consumer and Business Services has created a mandatory statewide minor labels program. Implementation rules are found in Oregon Administrative Rules 918-100-000 through 918-100-060. The Bureau will operate the Minor Plumbing Label program in accordance with the Oregon Administrative Rules. The Minor Plumbing Label Program utilizes minor labels in lieu of regular plumbing permits and random inspections to ensure compliance of minor work.
B. Requirements for Minor Labels. Minor Plumbing Labels may be used in all occupancies (including commercial, industrial, apartment, multi-family installations and one and two family residential dwellings). As provided by Oregon law, the Tri-County Service Center sells minor plumbing labels. The Bureau will refer all requests for minor plumbing labels to the Tri-County Service Center.
C. Inspection and Enforcement Authority. The Bureau, in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rule 918-100-0060, shall conduct inspections and issue necessary correction notices for labels issued by the Tri-County Service Center.
D. Violations. It is unlawful to violate the requirements of this section. Any violation of this section may be sanctioned by application of the remedies provided in Portland City Code 3.30.040.

25.04.050 Owner May Perform Plumbing Work.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 170576, effective November 1, 1996.)  The Plumbing Inspector has authority to issue a permit for work regulated by this Title to a bona fide owner of a single-family residential structure.  In issuance of the permit, he shall consider where

A.  The owner has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the work to be performed;

B.  The owner will perform the work.

C.  The single-family residential structure is occupied by the owner for dwelling purposes and is not being constructed or remodeled for resale or rent.

D.  Such other factors as will aid the Plumbing Inspector may condition the issuance of the permit upon such conditions and factors as he deems appropriate including, but not limited to, requiring an owner to post a bond to assure prompt and safe completion in compliance with the provision of the permit and this Title.  Said bond shall be in form approved by the City Attorney and shall provide for completion or correction of the work from the proceeds of the bond.

Whenever an owner receives this privilege, the word “owner” shall be substituted for the word “plumber” on the plumbing permit application and permit. 

25.04.060 Plumbing Work To Be Performed by Owner, Journeyman Plumber, or Indentured Apprentice.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 168183 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.)  All plumbing work shall be performed either by an owner or by a journeyman plumber holding a valid certificate of competency from the State of Oregon, or a registered and indentured apprentice.  All journeyman plumbers while engaged in plumbing work shall carry with them their Oregon State Certificate of Competency.  All apprentice plumbers shall carry with them their apprentice registration cards and shall produce same at the request of the Plumbing Inspector of the Portland Bureau of Development Services.  It shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector of the Bureau of Development Services to require the journeyman plumber and apprentice plumber to show their registration card. 

In the event anyone is performing plumbing work in violation of the above regulations, a report relative to such person shall be sent by the Bureau of Development Services Plumbing Section to the Oregon State Building Codes Division, Plumbing Division.

25.04.070 Certificate of Final Inspection.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 168183, effective November. 1, 1994.)  Upon completion of the work covered by the plumbing permit, the person engaged to do such work shall notify the Plumbing Inspector of such completion.  As soon as possible after the receipt of such notice, final inspection shall be made by the Plumbing Inspector.  If corrections are required, the permittee shall be notified in writing, setting forth the nature of the violation or violations.  If a person, plumbing contractor, or sewer contractor is delinquent for more than 10 days in making corrections to plumbing after having been notified by the Plumbing Inspector, further permits to such person, plumbing contractor, or sewer contractor may be refused until the corrections have been made; and if the job is started in violation of this Section, the penalties imposed by this Title shall be enforced.  If it is found that the work complies in all respects with the requirements of this Title, a certificate in writing to that effect shall be issued on demand by the Plumbing Inspector.  No plumbing system shall be placed in service until its formal approval as evidenced by the certificate of final inspection shall have been made.  Provision shall be made to have access to the building and water turned on to all fixtures so that one inspection will cover all the work under plumbing permit.

25.04.080 Advertising or Display Signs.

It is unlawful for any person to engage in, or carry on, or to represent and advertise himself as engaged in or carrying on the business of plumbing contractor, or sewer contractor in the City of Portland, or to use the words “plumbing contractor,” “sewer contractor,” or “plumber,” or “plumbing,” or expose a sign containing similar import for such purpose, implying that the advertiser is so engaged, unless such person has obtained a registration to engage in and carry on a business of plumbing contractor or sewer contractor in the City of Portland.

25.04.090 Mechanical Devices.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to use, employ, or permit the insertion of any mechanical device in any sewer, branch sewer, soil drain, or waste line, for the purpose of cleaning or clearing out the same, unless the person, firm, or corporation is listed with the City of Portland to perform this work.  Exception ‑ a homeowner or qualified maintenance man may clean drains or sewers.