New Law Affects Plumbers

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New Law Affects Plumbers

We are sending you this email to inform you of a new law affecting your profession.

On April 16, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1086 Plumbing Inspections Ensure Compliance. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and requires any plumbing inspection performed by the state, a local government, or qualified state institution of higher education to include a review of plumbers and apprentices compliance with state plumbing laws. The review is not required for each inspection of the project, but standard procedures must preserve an inspector's ability to conduct a contemporaneous review at any time and allow for occasional on-site inspections of large commercial or multi-family residential projects while the work is being conducted. The law requires that the state, local building departments, and institutions of higher education develop standard procedures for plumbing inspectors conducting reviews; post these procedures on a public website; and provide the website link or standard procedures to the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). 

Also, the State Plumbing Board (Board), as a result of a formal complaint, may require an inspecting entity to show cause as to why the board should not issue a final cease and desist order to the inspecting entity for not complying with inspection procedures. If a final cease and desist order is issued and state plumbing inspectors are needed to conduct inspections, the inspecting entity must reimburse the board for any expenses in addition to required permit fees.

Additionally, the new law modifies renewal and reinstatement requirements for plumber licenses. To reinstate a plumbing license that has been expired for two years, an individual must provide verification of good standing and active practice in another state, pass the state plumbing examination, or meet any other competency requirements determined by the Board. In addition, starting on May 1, 2021, persons renewing their plumbing license must have completed at least eight hours of continuing education for every year that has passed since their last renewal. This continuing education requirement does not apply to persons renewing or reinstating their licenses for the first time after passing the state exam. The Board must adopt rules for continuing education requirements and standards by July 1, 2020. 

We encourage licensees to review all Colorado laws and rules that affect their licensure and practice


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