Chapter 15.08
GAS SERVICE CODE

Sections:

Article I. General

15.08.010    Short title.

15.08.020    Definitions.

Article II. Standards and Requirements

15.08.030    Adoption of standards.

15.08.040    License required.

15.08.050    Owner’s permit—Application.

15.08.060    Owner’s permit—When required.

15.08.070    Owner’s permit—Provisions—Fee.

15.08.080    Temporary use of gas.

15.08.090    Gas company facilities.

15.08.100    Emergencies.

15.08.110    Notice to gas inspector.

15.08.120    Rough piping inspection.

15.08.130    Tests or final piping inspection.

15.08.140    New permit—When required.

15.08.150    Certificate of approval.

15.08.160    Defective work or materials.

15.08.170    Disconnection of dangerous or defective facilities.

15.08.180    Gas company refusal of service.

15.08.190    Proximity of gas line to water line.

15.08.200    Revocation or suspension of license and permit.

15.08.210    Duties of gas inspector.

15.08.220    Unauthorized devices.

15.08.230    County liability.

Article III. Distribution Systems

15.08.240    Testing of piping on new construction.

15.08.250    Testing of existing systems.

15.08.260    Location of pipes.

15.08.270    Cathodic protection—Requirements.

Article IV. Compliance and Penalties

15.08.280    Effect of permit.

15.08.290    Violation—Penalty.

Article I. General

15.08.010 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the gas service code of the county. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 1.1)

15.08.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

“Consumer” means any person using gas, including gas for residential, commercial or industrial purposes or any combination of such purposes.

“County board” or “board” means the board of county commissioners.

“Gas” means and includes artificial gas, natural gas, mixed gas consisting of both artificial and natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas.

“Gas appliance” means any appliance, such as a stove, heater, burner, water heater or other appliance or device used for burning gas or using gas in its operation.

“Gas company” means any person holding and exercising a franchise in the county for the distribution of gas anywhere within the limits of the county, and any person who sells or delivers gas to consumers or fills or refills tanks or cylinders with gas for use by consumers.

“Gas facility” means piping, fittings, meters, storage tanks and cylinders and other facilities used for the storage, distribution, transmission or the delivery of gas to or for use in gas appliances.

“Gas fitter” means any person who constructs, installs, extends, alters and repairs any gas facility or gas appliance.

“Gas inspector” means the officer charged with the responsibility of inspecting gas facilities, gas appliances and performing other functions as prescribed in this chapter.

“Permittee” means the holder of a valid permit issued under this chapter.

“Vent” and “vent connector” mean a pipe, flue or chimney designed or installed to carry the products of combustion from a gas appliance to the outside atmosphere. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 1.2)

Article II. Standards and Requirements

15.08.030 Adoption of standards.

A. Those certain standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters for the installation of gas appliances and gas piping, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, issued by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and in effect at the time of the adoption of this chapter, being Bulletin No. 54, such standards now being and hereafter to remain on file in the office of the county clerk and available for public inspection, as such bulletin is in this chapter amended, changed, added to and supplemented to make it applicable to the conditions in the county, is adopted by the county, and such bulletin is incorporated in this chapter to the same extent as if included in verbatim form; and from the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter the provisions thereof shall apply within the limits of the county.

B. If any of the provisions of the bulletin adopted in subsection (A) of this section conflict with any or the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall govern and be controlling.

C. All amendments and additions to the provisions of the bulletin adopted in subsection (A) of this section, when ordered by the board of county commissioners to be filed with the county clerk and recorded with the county recorder, shall thereupon become amendments and additions to this chapter and shall have the same force and effect as the original bulletin identified in subsection (A) of this section, except that if any provisions of such amendments and additions are in conflict with any of the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall govern and be controlling. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.1)

15.08.040 License required.

A. No person, except a person holding an owner’s permit as provided in HCC 15.08.050, shall construct, install, extend, alter, repair or improve any gas facility or gas appliance within the county unless such person has first procured and holds a valid, subsisting gas fitter’s license therefor from the gas inspector as provided in this chapter. All applications for such license shall be in writing upon forms to be prescribed by the gas inspector. All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to revocation as provided in this chapter, shall be nontransferable and shall be displayed to the public and the gas inspector at any time upon request. The gas inspector shall collect a license fee of three dollars and fifty cents for each license issued.

B. No gas fitter’s license, owner’s permit or other permit shall be issued to any person who does not then hold valid and subsisting licenses or permits which the laws of the State of Nevada or the rules and regulations of any agency, board or commission of the State of Nevada require the person to have before engaging in any activity or work which such person will be authorized to perform upon the issuance of the county gas fitter’s license, owner’s permit or other permit. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.2)

15.08.050 Owner’s permit—Application.

An owner of land, building or improving a structure thereon not intended for sale, may apply for an owner’s permit from the gas inspector, without first obtaining a county gas fitter’s license. Applications for a permit shall be in writing upon forms to be prescribed by the gas inspector. Before any owner’s permit is issued, the applicant therefor shall first submit to the gas inspector such proof that he holds all state licenses and permits required by HCC 15.08.040 and such proof of ownership of the property as is requested by the gas inspector. The owner shall specify in detail the premises on which the work will be performed and the work to be performed and the owner’s permit shall apply only to the premises and work specified. The owner shall personally purchase all material and shall personally perform all labor in connection therewith. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.3)

15.08.060 Owner’s permit—When required.

No person shall construct, install, extend, alter or improve a gas facility or a gas appliance without first obtaining an owner’s or nonowner’s permit to do such work from the gas inspector, except that a permit under this section is not required for setting or connecting to an existing gas distribution line any gas appliance or for the repair of leaks in any gas facility. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.4)

15.08.070 Owner’s permit—Provisions—Fee.

A. Each permit shall state:

1. The kind of work to be performed thereunder and that it is unlawful for any person to do or perform any work other than that designated in such permit.

2. The location by street and number of the premises where such work is to be done, and shall be valid only for the location so stated.

B. A separate permit shall be issued for each premises and shall terminate ninety days after issuance unless extended by the gas inspector for good and sufficient cause.

C. The gas inspector shall collect a fee of one dollar for each permit issued, plus a fee of one dollar for each appliance connection authorized by the permit. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.5)

15.08.080 Temporary use of gas.

When only the temporary use of gas is desired, the gas inspector upon application may issue a permit for a temporary use for a period not exceeding sixty days, provided that the consumer’s gas facility is given a test similar to that required for any facility for which a longer use is contemplated. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.6)

15.08.090 Gas company facilities.

No person, unless in the employ of the gas company or having express authorization of the gas company, shall repair, alter or open a gas facility of the gas company or set or remove a gas service meter or do any other work on the gas supply system of the gas company. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.7)

15.08.100 Emergencies.

In the event of any emergency endangering the life, health, safety or property of any person necessitating immediate repairs to any gas facility or gas appliance, the owners of such gas facility or appliance without first obtaining a permit pursuant to this chapter shall take or cause to be taken immediate emergency action for the protection of life, health, safety and property through such appropriate measures as may be required to cure or remedy the dangerous conditions. Not later than the next-succeeding business day such owner shall apply for a permit as required by this chapter. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.8)

15.08.110 Notice to gas inspector.

When any work done under a permit issued by the gas inspector is completed and ready for inspection, the person to whom the permit has been issued shall, within twenty-four hours after completion, give notice to the gas inspector that such work has been completed and is ready for inspection. The gas inspector shall cause such work to be inspected within a reasonable time thereafter. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.9)

15.08.120 Rough piping inspection.

Rough piping inspection shall be made by the gas inspector after all piping authorized by the permit has been installed before such piping has been covered or concealed or any fixture or gas appliance has been attached thereto. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.10)

15.08.130 Tests or final piping inspection.

A. Tests or final piping inspection shall be made by the gas inspector after all piping authorized by the permit has been installed and after all portions thereof which are to be concealed and before any fixtures or gas appliances have been attached thereto. This inspection shall include a pressure test at which time the piping shall stand an air pressure of ten pounds per square inch for a period of at least fifteen minutes without any perceptible drop in pressure.

B. All tools, apparatus, labor and assistance necessary for the test shall be furnished by the permittee. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.11)

15.08.140 New permit—When required.

A new permit shall be required for a consumer’s premises which has already been piped for gas but in which no gas has been used for a period of twelve consecutive months or more. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.12)

15.08.150 Certificate of approval.

A. Upon the completion of the work for which a permit has been issued, the gas inspector shall issue a certificate of approval if after inspection it is found that such work has complied with the provisions of this chapter and has been performed in full conformity with this chapter. The form and contents of such certificate shall be prescribed by the gas inspector.

B. No gas service shall be granted by any person or gas company prior to the issuance of such certificate of approval. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.13)

15.08.160 Defective work or materials.

If the inspection shows that defective materials have been used or defective workmanship has been performed in the construction, installation, alteration, repair or extension of any gas facility, or that any of the work or materials fails to comply with the provisions and requirements of this chapter in any way, the gas inspector shall specify all such deficiencies in writing. All specified deficiencies, defective materials or work shall be replaced, redone and corrected by the permittee within three days, unless the gas inspector, in his discretion, for good cause shown, extends this time for correction. The gas inspector shall then reinspect the replaced materials or work. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.14)

15.08.170 Disconnection of dangerous or defective facilities.

A. The gas inspector is authorized to cause to be disconnected any gas facility or appliance which upon inspection is found defective or leaky or in such condition as to endanger life, health, safety or property, and to cause all gas to be removed from such facility or appliance and to do all things deemed necessary by the gas inspector to eliminate or minimize the danger to life, health, safety or property.

B. In all cases where such disconnection is made, a notice shall be affixed thereto and shall state that the facility or appliance has been disconnected by the gas inspector, together with the reason or reasons therefor. It is unlawful for any person to remove such notice or to reconnect or use such gas facility or appliance or to retain or place any gas in such facility or appliance, until authorized by the gas inspector to do so. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.15)

15.08.180 Gas company refusal of service.

A. Every gas company shall discontinue or refuse to supply gas for any gas facility or gas appliance, or fill or refill with gas any tank or cylinder which it may find to be defective or leaky or in such condition or installed or being used in such manner as to endanger life, health, safety or property. In such case, the gas company shall immediately give written notice of discontinuance or refusal of service to the gas inspector and to the consumer.

B. The gas inspector shall immediately make an investigation of the conditions reported by the gas company. It is unlawful for any person to reconnect or use such gas facility or appliance or place any gas therein until authorized by the gas inspector. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.16)

15.08.190 Proximity of gas line to water line.

No person shall install a gas service line in the same ditch as the water service line. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.17)

15.08.200 Revocation or suspension of license and permit.

A. Any license or permit granted under the provisions of this code may be suspended or revoked by the gas inspector whenever it appears to him that the person to whom the license or permit is issued:

1. Has violated any of the provisions of this code, or the rules, regulations or specifications made by the gas inspector pursuant to this code;

2. Is violating or failing to comply with any of the health and safety laws, rules or regulations in force in the county or in the state; or

3. Is acting, conducting his operations, or performing his work in a manner which the gas inspector deems to be inimical to the best interests of the health, safety or welfare of the people of the county; or

4. If his state license or permit required by this chapter is suspended or revoked.

B. If the gas inspector suspends or revokes any license or permit he shall cause to be served upon the licensee or permittee a formal order of suspension or revocation of such license or permit, which order shall recite the reason therefor.

C. Upon any such revocation or suspension no license or permit authorized by this chapter shall be issued or granted to such person within twelve months after the date of suspension or revocation, unless on appeal the board of county commissioners sets a shorter period of time.

D. An appeal from any order of the gas inspector suspending or revoking a license or permit granted pursuant to this chapter may be taken to the board of county commissioners within thirty days after service upon the licensee or permittee or the order of suspension or revocation. Action by a majority vote of the board of county commissioners upon such revocation or suspension shall be deemed final.

E. The suspension or revocation of a license or permit shall not entitle the licensee or permittee to a refund of any unearned portion of the fee paid.

F. Any order provided for in this section shall be served either by delivering a copy personally to the licensee or permittee or by leaving a copy with some person of suitable age and discretion at the place of business or residence of the licensee or permittee or, if no person is found at the place of business or residence of the licensee or permittee, by leaving such order in a conspicuous place on the place of business or residence and mailing a copy of the order to the licensee or permittee at his mailing address as set forth in his application for a license or permit. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.18)

15.08.210 Duties of gas inspector.

A. The gas inspector shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and shall promulgate and enforce reasonable rules and regulations for carrying out its provisions and intent.

B. The gas inspector, upon presentation of proper credentials, may enter any property, building or premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of making inspections and ascertaining whether there has been compliance with the provisions of this chapter.

C. The gas inspector shall confer, from time to time, with appropriate representatives of the local health department and otherwise obtain from proper sources all helpful information and advice respecting the safe and proper operation of gas facilities and gas appliances; and he shall present to the board of county commissioners recommendations for its consideration with reference thereto. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.19)

15.08.220 Unauthorized devices.

No person shall sell or offer to sell, lease, connect or install within the corporate limits of the county any device purporting to reduce gas consumption when such device is intended as an adjunct or addition to a gas appliance which in any way will reduce the effectiveness of ignition of the gas issuing from the burner or impair the combustion of such burner. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.20)

15.08.230 County liability.

This chapter shall not be construed as imposing upon the county or any official or employee thereof any liability or responsibility for damages to any person injured by any defect in any gas facility or appliance or by any work in connection therewith; nor shall the county or any official or employee thereof be deemed to have assumed any such liability or responsibility by reason of inspections authorized under this chapter or by the issuance of any certificate of approval, permit or license by the gas inspector under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 2.21)

Article III. Distribution Systems

15.08.240 Testing of piping on new construction.

Before any newly constructed gas distribution storage or transmission system is finally put in service it shall be carefully tested in conformity with the codes adopted by this chapter to assure that it is gas-tight. The gas inspector shall coordinate his tests of the distribution system with that of the permittee to avoid duplicate tests. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 3.1)

15.08.250 Testing of existing systems.

Any distribution or transmission gas system constructed prior to the effective date of this chapter shall be given a test for leaks in the manner prescribed in NFPA Bulletin No. 54 incorporated as part of this chapter, relating to the up-rating and increasing of pressure in existing mains. Whenever such pamphlet relates to up-rating and increasing pressure in existing mains it shall also apply equally where natural gas is introduced into existing mains which have previously carried manufactured gas. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 3.2)

15.08.260 Location of pipes.

A. Gas pipes shall have a lateral clearance of not less than four feet from watermains and twelve inches from any other subsurface structure, except that under exceptional circumstances the county engineer, with the written consent of the owner of the utility line involved, may authorize a lesser clearance. Pipes shall have a vertical clearance of twelve inches when crossing another pipe.

B. Pipes shall be laid with a cover of not less than twenty-four inches, except that under exceptional circumstances the county engineer may authorize less coverage. Where the trench is in rock the cover may be eighteen inches if the pipe is properly cushioned. If interference with other subsurface structures makes it impractical to maintain such depths the county engineer, with the written consent of the owner of the utility line involved, may permit gas pipe lines and mains to be constructed so as to avoid such subsurface structures.

C. The construction, operation and maintenance of gas distribution storage and transmission lines in the county shall be in accordance with the provisions of NFPA Bulletin No. 54 incorporated as part of this chapter, and all amendments and additions thereto made a part of this chapter. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 3.3)

15.08.270 Cathodic protection—Requirements.

A. If the gas company installs cathodic protective pipe it must comply with the following requirements:

1. The gas company shall furnish the county engineer with the description of the place or places where the anode has been installed; and

2. Every pipeline which is caused to become the cathode of a field of electrical forces or currents in the earth shall be connected by electrical bonds to all other underground metallic pipelines or structures located in the same public thoroughfare as the cathodic pipeline.

B. One such bond shall be installed for each anode which is installed and in a location closer to that anode than to any other anode. All bonds shall be metallic electrical conductors of sufficient mechanical strength to assure burial without breaking, completely coated with heavy moisture-resistant dielectric material and securely clamped, brazed or welded to the interconnected pipelines or structures. Connections shall also be heavily coated with dielectric material. If the county engineer finds that a bond is not required in a particular location to prevent damage to unbonded pipes or structures, that bond need not be installed. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 3.4)

Article IV. Compliance and Penalties

15.08.280 Effect of permit.

The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be deemed or construed to be a permit for or approval of any violation of the provisions of this chapter or any other law. No permit purporting to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this chapter is valid. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 4.1)

15.08.290 Violation—Penalty.

A. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1.08 HCC.

B. Each day or any portion thereof such violation is committed or permitted to continue constitutes a separate offense and shall be punishable as such. (Ord. 10-18-73-E § 4.2)