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Background & Related Information:
Effective July 22, 2009, changes to City Ordinance Chapters 1103, 1131, and 4114 took effect which:
  1. Require that contractors first obtain City department authorization/licensing approvals prior to working on City of Columbus water line systems
  2. Create two new categories of licensees in addition to the current “sewer contractor”
  3. Establish a two-tier approval process for contractors working on water and sewer lines

New categories of licensees have been added to implement the new requirement that Contractors working on City water systems (including water service lines and taps) must first obtain the appropriate authorization/license. They are: a “water contractor,” and a “combined sewer/water contractor.” To obtain either certification, the contractor must first obtain authorization from the Director of the Department of Public Utilities (“DPU”) and a license through the Board of Review of Plumbing and Sewer Contractors and of Journeyman Plumbers. CC §§ 1103.06 and 1103.02. This two-tier approval process will also apply to contractors seeking approval as a “sewer contractor” to work solely on sewer lines. While written examinations will no longer be administered under this new authorization/licensing system, applicants must still meet required standards based on qualifications and experience established by rule by DPU and successfully pass review by the relevant Board of Review within the Department of Development.

View the  Director's Rule and Regulation No. 09-05 incorporating the above requirements. Director's Rules are contained in the Document Library.