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These provisions, together with Section 9-1003 of The Philadelphia Code and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto, shall be known as the Philadelphia Plumbing Code, hereinafter referred to as "this code".
The design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of plumbing systems, including sanitary and storm drainage, sanitary facilities, water supplies, storm water and sewage disposal in buildings and premises shall comply with the provisions of this code and the regulations of the department.
This code shall be construed to secure its expressed intent, which is to provide for the public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems.
This Chapter contains those provisions which are unique to the administration of this code. All other administrative provisions applicable to this code are as set forth in the administrative code.
The provisions of these regulations shall cover all matters affecting or relating to plumbing as set forth in Section P-101.0.
The legal use and occupancy of any structure existing on the effective date of this code, or for which it has been heretofore approved, shall be permitted to continue without change except as is specifically covered in this code or as deemed necessary by the department to secure the intent of this code.
Alterations, additions and repairs to any plumbing system shall conform to that required for a new plumbing system without requiring the existing plumbing to comply with all the requirements of this code. Alterations, additions and repairs shall not cause an existing plumbing system to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of the plumbing. Where additions or alterations impose loads on parts of existing systems which exceed those permitted herein, such parts shall be made to comply with this code.
Where this code references the administrative, building, electrical, fire prevention, property maintenance or zoning codes, it shall mean the City of Philadelphia Code of such title currently in effect unless specifically stated otherwise.
The standards referenced in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where differences occur between the provisions of this code and referenced standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
Applications for plumbing permits shall be submitted by a Registered Master Plumber or his/her authorized agent in accordance with Chapter 3 of the administrative code. All plumbing permit applications shall have a Registered Master Plumber's seal affixed.
The department shall accept plumbing permit applications from the owner or lessee of the building or structure, or agent of either, by the registered design professional employed in connection with the proposed work; or other licensed person authorized to apply for permits pursuant to the Philadelphia Administrative Code, so long as the Registered Master Plumber responsible for the work is identified prior to the issuance of the permit. Electronic confirmation of a valid license shall eliminate the need for affixing the Registered Master Plumber's seal to any paper permit application.
Any Registered Master Plumber who fails to secure the proper permits as required by this code and the administrative code shall be subject to having their license suspended or revoked in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9 Section 9-1003(8) of the Philadelphia Code.
In addition to the provisions of the administrative code, the department shall be authorized to revoke a permit when:
Any plumbing work for which the permit was granted is done in violation of Section 9-1003 or the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto; or
Any plumbing work for which the permit was granted fails to pass any inspection or test conducted by the Department or by the Department of Public Health.
Any plumbing contractor who accepted a contract as a subcontractor from another plumbing or retail firm must indicate so on the permit.
A Registered Master Plumber shall not work under another Registered Master Plumber's plumbing permit except as a subcontractor or an employee. When work is being performed by a subcontractor, the Department shall be notified in writing that such work is being performed with permission of the permitted Registered Master Plumber, holding the original permit.
Because every permit application submitted requires the approval of the owner, the owner shall retain the right to change the Master Plumber associated with a permit to a new Master Plumber. The changing of plumbing contractors shall not require the issuance of a new permit, where the owner identifies a new Master Plumber to complete the work under such plumbing permit.
The Department reserves the right to issue a single permit for work to be performed by multiple Master Plumbers, provided that the owner is responsible for final compliance in the event of a dispute between the named Master Plumbers.
No person shall install plumbing, water drain or waste piping, or fixtures unless properly licensed pursuant to Title 9, Section 9-1003. No person shall hire such unlicensed person to perform plumbing work. Any person who has had plumbing work performed by an unlicensed person must have a Registered Master Plumber inspect and if necessary redo the work. Permits must be secured for the inspection activity and for any additional plumbing work as a result of the inspection.
In enacting this code, the Council recognizes that the department has promulgated technical regulations governing the manner in which plumbing work is to be performed and the materials that are to be used. Those regulations are hereby reaffirmed. The department is authorized to promulgate additional such regulations and to amend existing such regulations as it deems necessary or appropriate from time to time, provided no such regulations enacted after July 1, 2018 shall remain effective after June 30, 2020.
In developing or amending the technical regulations governing plumbing installations, the Department shall develop regulations based upon the model plumbing codes enacted by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999, as amended (the "UCC"); to include:
  1. The development of any necessary local exceptions to such model plumbing codes, provided that such amendments would equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the UCC and remain subject to the following standards imposed by the UCC:

    1. That certain clear and convincing local climatic, geologic, topographic or public health and safety circumstances or conditions justify the exception;
    2. The exception shall be adequate for the purpose intended and shall meet a standard of performance equal to or greater than that prescribed by the UCC; and
    3. The exception would not diminish or threaten the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  2. National standards that eliminate to the greatest extent possible the use of lead in the installation of plumbing materials both to protect the soil from contamination and to meet the requirements of the Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
  3. National standards that allow for methods and materials which promote sustainability and conservation in the City's built environment.
  4. Regulations that allow for alterations to existing plumbing systems installed under prior or current plumbing codes and standards, pursuant to updated plumbing codes enacted by the UCC.
  1. Cities around the world are increasingly focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with the generation, management and disposition of food waste.
  2. Food waste comprises one of the largest components of household waste.
  3. Approximately 10 pounds of food waste each week is generated by the average American family.
  4. Food waste is one of the most difficult components in the waste stream to manage because it has a high moisture content, sticks to dry recyclables, thereby reducing their potential value, and attracts pests and becomes malodorous.
  5. The Philadelphia Streets Department collects more than 500,000 tons of residential waste each year, which it delivers to disposal facilities at a cost of about $29,500,000 per year.
  6. Food waste makes up about 10% of Philadelphia's residential waste.
  7. Analysis of the evidence demonstrates that Food Waste Grinders are valid tools for separating kitchen food waste at its source and diverting it to treatment, use and recycling via existing infrastructure.
  8. Food Waste Grinders offer the best opportunity for cost savings in comparison to other alternatives.
A domestic food waste (garbage) grinder conforming to the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Standard 1008, "Performance Requirements for Household Food Waste Disposer Units," shall be installed in all dwelling unit kitchen areas of newly constructed buildings containing the following occupancies:
  1. one-family dwellings
  2. two-family dwellings
  3. multi-family dwellings
Exception: Buildings connected to an individual subsurface sewage disposal system.
Food waste grinders shall be provided with an adequate supply of water at a sufficient flow rate to ensure proper functioning of the unit.
The requirement under Section P-106.2.2 shall only apply to structures for which applications for building permits are submitted to the City on or after January 1, 2016.
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