New plumbing law now in effect – If your jobsite includes plumbing, make sure you are aware of the new changes that went into effect on July 1. This new law will impact general contractors, specialty plumbing construction contractors, homeowners, house-flippers that require the use of plumber.
New law highlights:
• Requires all plumbing work to be done by a new classification of contractors called licensed plumbing contractors. Plumbing work includes hiring certified plumbers as well as offering, advertising, and bidding for plumbing jobs – work that general contractors and specialty plumbing contractors currently do.
• Plumbing work includes hiring certified plumbers as well as offering, advertising, and bidding for plumbing jobs – work that general contractors and specialty plumbing contractors currently do.
• Other requirements affect plumber trainees, plumbing violation fines, plumbing permits, and other areas related to plumbing.
• General contractors must subcontract plumbing work to a licensed plumbing contractor.
• Current specialty plumbing construction contractors must apply for the new plumbing contractor license to continue doing plumbing work.
• Only licensed plumbing contractors can hire certified plumbers.
• All plumbing work on site must be done by certified plumbers or properly supervised trainees; both must be employed by a licensed plumbing contractor.
• Contractors can obtain both a plumbing contractor license and general contractor registration. This will allow them to do plumbing and non-plumbing construction.
Contractors that are currently registered will be considered in compliance if they submit their applications to L&I by Sept. 1, 2021. For more information about the new plumbing requirements and to download the application, go to the New Plumbing Licensing Requirements page.