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Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Introducing the Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection unit
The Plumbing and Engineering unit name has been changed to the Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection unit to better reflect the changes underway in the Construction Codes and Licensing Division of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Plumbing code proposal review
Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection intends to begin reviewing proposals for changes to the Minnesota Plumbing Code in Fall 2006. A number of proposals for code change have already been submitted for review. If you have a proposal for code change, please feel free to submit it using the “Request for Action” form available on our Web site at www. doli.state.mn.us/plumbing.html. A plumbing advisory council will be convened to assist in this review.

Plumbing exam results and schedule
The results of the Sept. 19 and 21 master plumber, journeyman plumber, water conditioning contractor and water conditioning installer exam and the application form for the next exam are online at www.doli.state.mn.us/plumbing.html

Bond and license renewals

The applications for next exam must be postmarked by Please remember that licenses, apprentice registration Feb. 15, 2007. The dates for the next exam, which will and bonds must be renewed by the following dates or are subject to a late fee and potential enforcement be conducted in March, will be online in November. action if found working without the proper credentials Online registration is not available at this time. To receive or bond. License renewal — Dec. 31 an exam application form via the mail, call Plumbing Bond registration — Dec. 31 Plan Review and Inspection at (651) 284-5067. Apprentice registration — June 30

Requests for approval of fixtures, appurtenances, materials and methods
Minnesota Rules, chapter 4715.0330 allows some flexibility to approve fixtures, appurtenances, materials or methods that are neither expressly approved nor prohibited by the Minnesota Plumbing Code. The administrative authority (e.g., the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry or the local building official where there is a local ordinance on plumbing) can review and approve requests with supported documentation that a proposed alternative is safe and sanitary for the use intended. There have recently been requests for approvals of some fixtures, appurtenances, materials or methods that because of certain requirements of the Minnesota Plumbing Code, are prohibited for installation where the plumbing code applies. These include air admittance valves and waterless urinals. The air admittance valve issue was reviewed by the Office of Administrative Hearings in 2005. More information about this case is online at www.doli.state.mn.us/plumbing.html in “What’s New” or call (651) 284-5067 for more specifics. The department has also reviewed a number of waterless urinals, all of which have trap features that are prohibited by the Minnesota Plumbing Code.
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Tips about plan review: Required plumbing connections for pedicure chairs
Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection sometimes receive plumbing plans with fixtures — such as pedicure chairs — where there may be some potential for confusion about required plumbing connections. The pedicure chair and its installation must comply with ANSI Standard 112.19.7. The pedicure chair must discharge to the sanitary sewer by gravity through a direct connection and shall be properly trapped and vented. Pumped or indirect discharge from a pedicure chair is not allowed. If the water supply connections to the pedicure chairs have submerged inlets, or inlets below the spill line of the fixture or equipment, each line must be provided with an approved backflow preventer or backflow preventer assembly as specified in Minnesota Rules, part 4715.2000 and part 4715.2010. If a shut-off valve is located downstream of the backflow preventer serving the spray hose on the tub, the backflow preventer must be rated for continuous pressure (see Minnesota Rules, part 4715.2100). For more information, call (651) 284-5067.

Thorough plan review avoids opening delays for food establishments
The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection reviews the plumbing systems for food establishments. However, designers, contractors and owners should be aware the plans and specifications for kitchen equipment and fixtures in a licensed-food establishment must be reviewed by either the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). In Minnesota, “food establishment” includes many different types of food service facilities such as hotels serving continental breakfasts, fast-food and dine-in restaurants and grocery stores. The sink requirements for each type of operation are driven by the type and volume of food served, but they all share some basic sink or fixture requirements regulated by rules administered by the MDH or MDA. Because sink and fixture requirements are related to the type of food being served, it is important that all new food establishments go through a plan review by either the MDH or MDA, as well as the plumbing plan review provided by DLI. A thorough plan review can eliminate the need for revisions that can lead to delayed openings. Kitchen equipment plan review contacts: • Restaurants, lodging, recreational camping, manufactured-home parks and multiple-season food-service stands. Contact: Minnesota Department of Health Plan Review Phone: (651) 201-4512 • Grocery or convenience stores, wholesale food service (meat or dairy processing) or multiple-season food-service stands. Contact: Minnesota Department of Agriculture Plan Review Phone: (651) 201-6622 • Plumbing system plan review (water distribution system; drain, waste and vent; and site utilities). Contact: DLI Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection Phone: (651) 284-5067
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Accelerated plan review use increases Plumbing Plan Review and
Customers have the choice of either an accelerated or Inspection contact list a standard plan review. Approximately 50 percent of plans submitted are for the accelerated review option Unit Manager, Randy Ellingboe (651) 284-5879 that takes approximately two weeks. The average time for standard plan review has been four to six weeks since the beginning of 2006. However, the unit continues to make program and staff changes to reduce turn-around times. We have added two plan review engineers in the last two years and are adding another soon to handle increased workload. Tips to speed up plan review .... Please be sure to include all information needed for plumbing plan review to keep projects moving. The most frequent causes of delays are: • Failure to submit site utility plans showing all new water service, sanitary sewer and storm sewer piping within the property lines, including pipe sizes, slopes and materials. • Fee payment not submitted. • Failure to submit a plan review application or a properly completed plan review application. • Failure to sign the drawings for projects in cities with greater than 5,000 population. • Failure to submit all information requested on application.
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Plan Review Engineers Brad Erickson (651) 284-5880 Colleen Erickson (651) 284-5881 Corey Frain (651) 284-5882 Todd Schaefer (651) 284-5884 Cathy Tran (651) 284-5898 Marise Widmer (651) 284-5887 Fax number: (651) 284-5748

Plumbing Program Supervisor, Jim Peterson (651) 284-5889 Plumbing Standards Representatives Web site: www.doli.state.mn.us/plumbing.html Northeast Region Brad Jensen (218) 733-7839 Counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, St. Louis Northwest Region Gary Topp (218) 739-1386 or 1-877-455-7669 Counties: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin East Central C harles O lson S t P aul O f ice . f Chuck Olson 651/ 284-5888 Region (651) 284-5888 Counties: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne, Washington, Wright

LAKE ITASCA ST. LOUIS

NORMAN

MAHNOMEN

HUBBARD CLAY BECKER

CASS

WILKIN

OTTER TAIL

WADENA

CROW WING

AITKIN

CARLTON

South Central Region James Shay (651) 284-5890 Counties: Bigstone, Carver, Chippewa, Dakota, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Swift, Yellow Medicine South Region Mike Freiderich (507) 389-6507, ext. 6 Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, LeSueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmstead, Pipestone, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona

GRANT TRAVERSE

DOUGLAS

TODD

MORRISON

MILLE KANABEC LACS

PINE

STEVENS

POPE

STEARNS

BENTON SHERBURNE ISANTI CHISAGO
WASHINGTON

BIG STONE

SWIFT KANDIYOHI MEEKER CHIPPEWA RENVILLE WRIGHT

ANOKA

LAQ QUI PARLE

HENNEPIN RAMSEY McLEOD CARVER SIBLEY

YELLOW MEDICINE

SCOTT DAKOTA RICE GOODHUE

LINCOLN

LYON

REDWOOD BROWN

NICOLLET LESUEUR

WABASHA

PIPESTONE

MURRAY COTTONWOOD WATONWAN

BLUE EARTH

WASECA STEELE DODGE OLMSTEAD

WINONA

ROCK

NOBLES

JACKSON

MARTIN FARIBAULT FREEBORN

MOWER

FILLMORE

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Staff updates — familiar faces return
Cathy Tran has returned to the engineering group after spending two years with the Minnesota Department of Health, facility and provider compliance. Cathy is working on plumbing plan reviews and review of new technologies. We are very glad to have her back. Plumbing Plan Review and Inspection Construction Codes and Licensing Division 443 Lafayette Road N. St. Paul, MN 55155-4343 www.doli.state.mn.us/plumbing.html Phone: (651) 284-5067 Fax: (651) 284-5749 TTY: (651) 297-4198

Comments?

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