What: Town Hall Meeting presented by the Illinois Department of Public Health
Subject: Recent Amendement of the Illinois Plumbing Code
When: WED- July 16, 2014 STARTING @ 10:30AM
Where: Second Floor Main Hall
Plumbers Local 130, U.A.
1340 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Who Should Attend:
Municipal leaders and building officials
Leadership of trade organizations and union locals
Construction company executives and mechanical contractor executives
Regional, statewide or national non-governmental organizations
Registered plumbing contractors
Interested members of the public
This meeting is to inform interested parties and the regulated public of the amendment of the Illinois
Plumbing Code and to present the process whereby certain governmental units may establish
ordinances for the regulation of plumbing pursuant to 77 IL Admin Code 750.800. A brief question
and answer period will follow the presentation where parties may submit questions in writing, in a
method to be described at the meeting, to a moderator.
Questions about the meeting may be sent to .

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Public Act 097-0365
HB1228 Enrolled LRB097 05210 CEL 45259 b
    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Plumbing License Law is amended by
changing Sections 13.1, 16, and 42 as follows:
    (225 ILCS 320/13.1)
    Sec. 13.1. Plumbing contractors; registration;
    (1) On and after May 1, 2002, all persons or corporations
desiring to engage in the business of plumbing contractor,
other than any entity that maintains an audited net worth of
shareholders' equity equal to or exceeding $100,000,000, shall
register in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (2) Application for registration shall be filed with the
Department each year, on or before the last day of September,
in writing and on forms prepared and furnished by the
Department. All plumbing contractor registrations expire on
the last day of September of each year.
    (3) Applications shall contain the name, address, and
telephone number of the person and the plumbing license of (i)
the individual, if a sole proprietorship; (ii) the partner, if
a partnership; or (iii) an officer, if a corporation. The
application shall contain the business name, address, and
telephone number, a current copy of the plumbing license, and
any other information the Department may require by rule.
    (4) Applicants shall submit an original certificate of
insurance documenting that the contractor carries general
liability insurance with a minimum of $100,000 per occurrence,
a minimum of $300,000 aggregate for bodily injury, property
damage insurance with a minimum of $50,000 or a minimum of
$300,000 combined single limit, and workers compensation
insurance with a minimum $500,000 employer's liability. No
registration may be issued in the absence of this certificate.
Certificates must be in force at all times for registration to
remain valid.
    (5) Applicants shall submit, on a form provided by the
Department, an indemnification bond in the amount of $20,000 or
a letter of credit in the same amount for work performed in
accordance with this Act and the rules promulgated under this
    (6) All employees of a registered plumbing contractor who
engage in plumbing work shall be licensed plumbers or
apprentice plumbers in accordance with this Act.
    (7) Plumbing contractors shall submit an annual
registration fee in an amount to be established by rule.
    (8) The Department shall be notified in advance of any
changes in the business structure, name, or location or of the
addition or deletion of the owner or officer who is the
licensed plumber listed on the application. Failure to notify
the Department of this information is grounds for suspension or
revocation of the plumbing contractor's registration.
    (9) In the event that the plumber's license on the
application for registration of a plumbing contractor is a
license issued by the City of Chicago, it shall be the
responsibility of the applicant to forward a copy of the
plumber's license to the Department, noting the name of the
registered plumbing contractor, when it is renewed. In the
event that the plumbing contractor's registration is suspended
or revoked, the Department shall notify the City of Chicago and
any corresponding plumbing contractor's license issued by the
City of Chicago shall be suspended or revoked.
(Source: P.A. 94-55, eff. 6-17-05; 94-258, eff. 7-19-05;
95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
    (225 ILCS 320/16)  (from Ch. 111, par. 1115)
    Sec. 16. (1) Any city, village or incorporated town, having
a population of 500,000 or more may, by an ordinance containing
provisions substantially the same as those in this Act and
specifying educational or experience requirements equivalent
to those prescribed in this Act, provide for a board of
plumbing examiners to conduct examinations for, and to issue,
suspend, or revoke, plumbers' licenses, within such city,
village or incorporated town. Upon the enactment of such
ordinance the provisions of this act shall not apply within any
such municipality except as otherwise provided herein.
    (2) Any person licensed as a plumber pursuant to such
ordinance, or licensed by the Department under this Act, may
engage in plumbing anywhere in this State.
    (3) Any board of plumbing examiners created pursuant to
this Section shall maintain a current record similar to that
required of the Director by Section 8 of this Act, and shall
provide the Department with a copy thereof. The Department
shall be advised of changes in such record at least every six
    (4) In the event that the plumbing contractor's license is
suspended or revoked by any city, village, or incorporated
town, having a population of 500,000 or more, the city,
village, or incorporated town shall notify the Department.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 1293.)
    (225 ILCS 320/42)
    Sec. 42. Home rule. Pursuant to paragraph (h) of Section 6
of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 the power
to regulate the licensing of plumbers, to promulgate the
promulgation of a minimum plumbing code of standards, and the
power to regulate the registration of irrigation contractors
and plumbing contractors shall, except as may otherwise be
provided within and pursuant to the provisions of Section 16
and Section 16.1 of this Act, be exercised by the State and may
not be exercised by any unit of local government, including
home rule units.
(Source: P.A. 91-678, eff. 1-26-00.)


Effective Date: 1/1/2012

please read the following as it affects our licensing laws



Public Act 097-0021
HB0141 Enrolled LRB097 05431 AJO 45489 b
    AN ACT concerning civil law.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Radon Awareness Act is amended by
changing Section 15 and by adding Section 25 as follows:
    (420 ILCS 46/15)
    Sec. 15. Applicability. This Act shall only apply only to
leased properties to the extent specified in Section 25 of this
Act and to transfers by sale of residential real property.
(Source: P.A. 95-210, eff. 1-1-08.)
    (420 ILCS 46/25 new)
    Sec. 25. Disclosure of Radon hazard to current and
prospective tenants.
    (a) A lessor of a dwelling unit shall disclose to lessees
the existence of a radon hazard consistent with the provisions
of this Section. For the purposes of this Section, "dwelling
unit" means a room or suite of rooms used for human habitation
and for which a lessor and a lessee have a written lease
    (b) The provisions of this Section apply only to dwelling
units located below the third story above ground level.
    (c) If a current lessee has provided in writing to the
lessor the results of a radon test that indicate that a radon
hazard exists in a dwelling unit covered by this Section, then
the lessor shall disclose in writing to any individual seeking
to enter into a lease of that dwelling unit that a radon test
has indicated that a radon hazard may exist in the dwelling
unit. After receiving a notification of a radon test that
indicates a radon hazard, the lessor may choose to conduct a
radon test in the dwelling unit. If the lessor's radon test
indicates that a radon hazard does not exist on the premises,
the lessor shall not be required to disclose that a radon
hazard exists in the dwelling unit.
    (d) If a lessor conducts a radon test in a dwelling unit
and the radon test indicates that a radon hazard exists in the
dwelling unit, the lessor shall disclose in writing to the
current lessee, and any individual seeking to enter into a
lease of that dwelling unit, the existence of a radon hazard in
the dwelling unit.
    (e) If a lessor has undertaken mitigation activities and a
subsequent radon test indicates that a radon hazard does not
exist in the dwelling unit, then the lessor is not required to
provide the disclosure required by this Section.
    (f) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require a
lessor to conduct radon testing.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
1, 2012.


Effective Date: 1/1/2012

Hello all and thank you in advance for your patience relative to the latest voids of important info to our website.

First and foremost……. We had our first meeting at the Medinah Shriners building located at 550 No Shriners drive just off of army trail rd and 355.This will be our meeting place from now till we secure a different location BUT from our experience today, this certainly fits the bill!


Our meeting was spirited, and the new diggs added to the energy as we dined on buffet style cuisine ( salad,beef,ham,pasta etc) and received a great presentation from our president George Swietczak relative to getting as clear a definition of how the new 2014 state of Illinois plumbing code affects us all in enforcement and how our long standing amendments were affected.

The short and sweet is simple…..The new 2014 plumbing code is in effect as of April 25th 2014 and NO amendments from ANY municipality is being recognized at this time!

In a letter /e-mail response to George from Jason DeWitt ( IDPH Representative) he made it not only clear that no amendments are being recognized BUT also drove it home with possible IDPH action against anyone NOT following the new standard and or trying to enforce local amendments that are null and void! which includes but not limited to suspension/ revocation of our certification as plumbing inspectors

Now this is serious and we need to suck in our personal feelings and adjust, Any municipality can still submit for amendments to the state BUT it will fall on deaf ears unless strong substantiation can be put forth to support your case.

Any and all questions regarding our meeting, George’s presentation or content of discussion can be forwarded to Mr Swietczak, as he is expecting these e-mail and will sift thru all concerns and revisit his conversation with Jason DeWitt from IDPH.

In the meantime feel free to find the initial answer from Jason to George relative to enforcement of code and amendments below  on our website

Last but not least…. a new job has been posted in jobs at the top of our page and look for upcoming new pics from our May 2014 Drury lane Seminar!

See you next month………..ENJOY THE WARM WEATHER



Thanks for the inquiry.  I hope I stated clearly at your meeting the view of IDPH relative to the new Code.  It was indeed effective in April and is the law of the land.  No other Code should be enforced, whether by ordinance or otherwise.  As certified plumbing inspectors, you and your peers have a fiduciary responsibility to the State of Illinois to inspect plumbing in compliance with the Illinois Plumbing Code, failure to do so as a certified inspector could subject you to action by IDPH including revocation of your certification. At this time, Lake Zurich does not have an approved ordinance for enforcement of plumbing standards and as such, you may only inspect pursuant to the Code.  No “grandfather” provisions were made in the Code, therefor projects permitted pursuant to the previous Code should be performed compliant with the now current Code (2014).  However, it is the direction of IDPH that discretion be applied in the case of previously permitted work, in that there are likely only rare instances where there might be a conflict.  If a variance is sought by the contractor, IDPH would be amenable to granting same given the recent adoption of the new Code.


I hope this clears up your questions.



Justin DeWitt, P.E., LEED AP
Chief of General Engineering
Division of Environmental Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
525 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
(217)782-5830, Fax (217)785-5897
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