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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 17TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PLUMBING EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 361ADMINISTRATION
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §361.1Definitions

  (39) Plumbing Inspection--Any of the inspections required in §1301.255 and §1301.551 of the Plumbing License Law, including any check of multipurpose residential fire protection sprinkler systems, pipes, faucets, tanks, valves, water heaters, plumbing fixtures and appliances by and through which a supply of water, gas, medical gasses or vacuum, or sewage is used or carried that is performed on behalf of any political subdivision, public water supply, municipal utility district, town, city or municipality to ensure compliance with the adopted plumbing and gas codes and ordinances regulating plumbing.

  (40) Plumbing Inspector--Any individual who is employed by a political subdivision or state agency, or who contracts as an independent contractor with a political subdivision or state agency, for the purpose of inspecting plumbing work and installations in connection with health and safety laws, ordinances, and plumbing and gas codes, who has no financial or advisory interests in any plumbing company, and who has successfully fulfilled the examinations and requirements of the Board.

  (41) Plumbing License Law or PLL--Chapter 1301 of the Texas Occupations Code.

  (42) Pocket Card--A card issued by the Board which:

    (A) certifies that the holder has a Responsible Master Plumber License, Master Plumber License, Journeyman Plumber License, Tradesman Plumber-Limited License, Plumbing Inspector License, or a Plumber's Apprentice Registration; and

    (B) lists any Endorsements obtained by the holder.

  (43) Political Subdivision--A political subdivision of the State of Texas that includes a:

    (A) city;

    (B) county;

    (C) school district;

    (D) junior college district;

    (E) municipal utility district;

    (F) levee improvement district;

    (G) drainage district;

    (H) irrigation district;

    (I) water improvement district;

    (J) water control improvement district;

    (K) water control preservation district;

    (L) freshwater supply district;

    (M) navigation district;

    (N) conservation and reclamation district;

    (O) soil conservation district;

    (P) communication district;

    (Q) public health district;

    (R) river authority; and

    (S) any other governmental entity that:

      (i) embraces a geographical area with a defined boundary;

      (ii) exists for the purpose of discharging functions of government; and

      (iii) possesses authority for subordinate self-government through officers selected by it.(44)P-Trap--A fitting connected to the sanitary drainage system for the purpose of preventing the escape of sewer gasses from the sanitary drainage system and designed to be removed to allow for cleaning of the sanitary drainage system. For the purposes of drain cleaning activities described in §1301.002(2) of the Plumbing License Law, a p-trap includes any integral trap of a water closet, bidet, or urinal.

  (45) Public Water System--A system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances. Such a system must have at least 15 service connections or serve at least 25 individuals at least 60 days out of the year. Two or more systems with each having a potential to serve less than 15 connections or less than 25 individuals, but owned by the same person, firm, or corporation and located on adjacent land will be considered a public water system when the total potential service connections in the combined systems are 15 or greater or if the total number of individuals served by the combined systems total 25 or greater, at least 60 days out of the year. Without excluding other meanings of the terms "individual" or "served," an individual shall be deemed to be served by a water system if the individual lives in, uses as the individual's place of employment, or works in a place to which drinking water is supplied from the water system.

  (46) Respondent--A person charged in a complaint filed with the Board.

  (47) Responsible Master Plumber or RMP--A licensed Master Plumber who:

    (A) allows the person's Master Plumber License to be used by only one plumbing company for the purpose of offering and performing plumbing work;

    (B) is authorized to obtain permits for plumbing work;

    (C) assumes responsibility for plumbing work performed under the person's license;

    (D) has submitted a certificate of insurance as required by §1301.3576 of the Plumbing License Law and §363.26 of the Board Rules; and

    (E) When used in Board forms, applications or other communications by the Board, the abbreviation "RMP" shall mean Responsible Master Plumber.

  (48) Registration--A document issued by the Board to certify that the named individual fulfilled the requirements of the PLL and Board Rules to register as a Plumber's Apprentice.

  (49) Rule--An agency statement of general applicability that implements, interprets, or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of the agency. The term includes the amendment or repeal of a prior rule but does not include statements concerning only the internal management or organization of the agency and not affecting private rights or procedures.

  (50) Supervision--The general oversight, direction and management of plumbing work and individuals performing plumbing work by a Responsible Master Plumber, or licensed plumber designated by the RMP.

  (51) System--An interconnection between one or more public or private end users of water, gas, sewer, or disposal systems that could endanger public health if improperly installed.

  (52) Tradesman Plumber-Limited Licensee--An individual who has completed at least 4,000 hours working under the direct supervision of a Journeyman or Master Plumber as a registered Plumber's Apprentice, who has passed the required examination and fulfilled the other requirements of the Board, or successfully completed a career and technology education program, who constructs, installs, changes, repairs, services, or renovates plumbing for one-family or two-family dwellings under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber, and who has not met or attempted to meet the qualifications for a Journeyman Plumber License.

  (53) Two-Family Dwelling--A detached structure with separate means of egress designed for the residence of two families ("duplex") that does not have the characteristics of a multiple family dwelling and is not primarily designed for transient guests or for providing services for rehabilitative, medical, or assisted living in connection with the occupancy of the structure.

  (54) Water Supply Protection Specialist--A Master or Journeyman Plumber who holds the Water Supply Protection Specialist Endorsement issued by the Board to engage in customer service inspections, as defined by rule of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the installation, service, and repair of plumbing associated with the treatment, use, and distribution of rainwater to supply a plumbing fixture or appliance.

  (55) Water Treatment--A business conducted under contract that requires experience in the analysis of water, including the ability to determine how to treat influent and effluent water, to alter or purify water, and to add or remove a mineral, chemical, or bacterial content or substance. The term also includes the installation and service of potable water treatment equipment in public or private water systems and making connections necessary to complete installation of a water treatment system. The term does not include treatment of rainwater or the repair of systems for rainwater harvesting.

  (56) Yard Water Service Piping--The building supply piping carrying potable water from the water meter or other source of water supply to the point of connection to the water distribution system at the building.

(b) Any term not defined in this section shall have the definition set out in §1301.002 of the Plumbing License Law.


Source Note: The provisions of this §361.1 adopted to be effective May 18, 1982, 7 TexReg 1748; amended to be effective August 25, 1993, 18 TexReg 5399; amended to be effective December 8, 1993, 18 TexReg 8785; amended to be effective April 15, 1994, 19 TexReg 2279; amended to be effective August 8, 1994, 19 TexReg 5709; amended to be effective June 7, 1996, 21 TexReg 4686; amended to be effective February 27, 1997, 22 TexReg 1807; amended to be effective April 9, 1998, 23 TexReg 3445; amended to be effective June 1, 1999, 24 TexReg 4008; amended to be effective August 3, 2000, 25 TexReg 7176 ; amended to be effective December 30, 2001, 26 TexReg 10574; amended to be effectiveFebruary 12, 2004, 29 TexReg 1199; amended to be effective August 11, 2004, 29 TexReg 7700; amended to be effective October 30, 2007, 32 TexReg 7687; amended to be effective February 3, 2011, 36 TexReg 420; amended to be effective February 6, 2012, 37 TexReg 485; amended to be effective February 14, 2013, 38 TexReg 640; amended to be effective February 11, 2014, 39 TexReg 655; amended to be effective February 9, 2016, 41 TexReg 967; amended to be effective September 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 3770; amended to be effective August 16, 2020, 45 TexReg 5514; amended to be effective November 23, 2022, 47 TexReg 7685

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