| (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
(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:
(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
(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