Laws & Legislative

The UPHCA is represented at the State Legislature and with DOPL. We have hired a full-time Lobbyist Firm, Capstone Strategies to help represent our interests in the legislative process and governmental regulations. It is through effective representation that we have become an effective voice.

Laws & Legislative

  • Plumbing Licensing Laws in Utah

    Plumbing Trade: (Utah Code 58-55-102(30))

    1. “Plumbing trade” means the performance of any mechanical work pertaining to the installation, alteration, change, repair, removal, maintenance, or use in buildings, or within three feet beyond the outside walls of buildings of pipes, fixtures, and fittings for:
      1. delivery of the water supply;
      2. discharge of liquid and water carried waste; or
      3. the building drainage system within the walls of the building.
    2.  “Plumbing trade” includes work pertaining to the water supply, distribution pipes, fixtures and fixture traps, soil, waste and vent pipes, and the building drain and roof drains together with their devices, appurtenances, and connections where installed within the outside walls of the building.
  • Exceptions to the plumbing trade allowing non-plumbers to contract for plumbing

    B100 Licenses: (Utah Code 58-55-102(21))

    “General building contractor” means a person licensed under this chapter as a general building contractor qualified by education, training, experience, and knowledge to perform or superintend construction of structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind or any of the components of that construction except plumbing, electrical work, mechanical work, work related to the operating integrity of an elevator, and manufactured housing installation, for which the general building contractor shall employ the services of a contractor licensed in the particular specialty, except that a general building contractor engaged in the construction of single-family and multifamily residences up to four units may perform the mechanical work and hire a licensed plumber or electrician as an employee..

    Sears/Lowes/Home Depot Exception: (Utah Code 58-55-305(1)(f))

    A person engaged in the sale or merchandising of personal property that by its design or manufacture may be attached, installed, or otherwise affixed to real property who has contracted with a person, firm, or corporation licensed under this chapter to install, affix, or attach that property

    Journeyman: (Utah Code 58-55-305(1)(h))

    A person engaged in the alteration, repair, remodeling, or addition to or improvement of a building with a contracted or agreed value of less than $3,000, including both labor and materials, and including all changes or additions to the contracted or agreed upon work; and

    1. work in the plumbing and electrical trades on a Subsection (1)(h)(i) project within any six month period of time:
      1. must be performed by a licensed electrical or plumbing contractor, if the project involves an electrical or plumbing system; and
      2. may be performed by a licensed journeyman electrician or plumber or an individual referred to in Subsection (1)(h)(ii)(A)(I), if the project involves a component of the system such as a faucet, toilet, fixture, device, outlet, or electrical switch

    Water conditioning exemption: (Utah Code 58-55-305(1)(l))

    A person who ordinarily would be subject to the plumber licensure requirements under this chapter when installing or repairing a water conditioner or other water treatment apparatus if the conditioner or apparatus meets the appropriate state construction codes or local plumbing standards; and is installed or repaired under the direction of a person authorized to do the work under an appropriate specialty contractor license

    Incidental Plumbing ($300 Dollar Rule): (Utah Code 58-55-305(1)(k))

    A person engaged in minor plumbing work that is incidental, as defined by the division by rule, to the replacement or repair of a fixture or an appliance in a residential or small commercial building, or structure used for agricultural use, as defined in Section 15A-1-202, provided that no modification is made to:

    1. existing culinary water, soil, waste, or vent piping; or
    2. a gas appliance or combustion system; and
    3. except as provided in Subsection (1)(e), installation for the first time of a fixture or an appliance is not included in the exemption provided under Subsection (1)(k)(i);
A new Rule has been adopted by the State of Utah clarifying who and what work can be done by a ‘Handyman’ or must be done by a licensed plumber. This action will become effective April 7, 2017.
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