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326.38 LOCAL REGULATIONS.
     Any of the following entities may, by ordinance, adopt local regulations providing for
plumbing permits, approval of plans and specifications, and inspections of plumbing, which
regulations are not in conflict with the plumbing code: any city having a system of waterworks or
sewerage, regardless of population; any town having a population of 5,000 or more according
to the last federal census, exclusive of any statutory cities located therein; and the Metropolitan
Airports Commission. No such entity shall prohibit plumbers licensed by the commissioner from
engaging in or working at the business of plumbing, except cities and statutory cities which, prior
to April 21, 1933, by ordinance required the licensing of plumbers. No such entity shall require
any person who engages in the business of plumbing to post a bond as a prerequisite for engaging
in the business of plumbing, except the bond to the state required under section 326.40 and
except any performance bond required under a contract with the person for the performance of
plumbing work for the entity. No such entity shall require any person who engages in the business
of plumbing to maintain public liability insurance as a prerequisite for engaging in the business
of plumbing, except the insurance required under section 326.40 and except any public liability
insurance required under a contract with the person for the performance of plumbing work for
the entity. No city or town may require a license for persons performing building sewer or water
service installation who have completed pipe laying training as prescribed by the commissioner of
labor and industry. Any city by ordinance may prescribe regulations, reasonable standards, and
inspections and grant permits to any person engaged in the business of installing water softeners,
who is not licensed as a master plumber or journeyman plumber by the commissioner, to connect
water softening and water filtering equipment to private residence water distribution systems,
where provision has been previously made therefor and openings left for that purpose or by use of
cold water connections to a domestic water heater; where it is not necessary to rearrange, make
any extension or alteration of, or addition to any pipe, fixture or plumbing connected with the
water system except to connect the water softener, and provided the connections so made comply
with minimum standards prescribed by the Plumbing Board.
History: (5887-20) 1933 c 349 s 2; 1937 c 370 s 2; 1941 c 367 s 1; 1953 c 166 s 1; 1957 c
921 s 1; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1977 c 305 s 45; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 1 s 56; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113;
2007 c 135 art 3 s 22; 2007 c 140 art 6 s 6