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§ 9-501. Boilers, Engines, and Refrigeration Machinery. 672
(a) No person shall operate or maintain any steam or high temperature hot water boiler, steam engine, portable or stationary hoisting engine, or refrigeration machinery unless he has obtained a license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. 673
(b) This Section does not apply to:
(.1) boilers, engines or machinery in dwelling houses used exclusively for residential purposes;
(.2) boilers, engines, or machinery under the supervision of Federal authorities or used in connection with interstate commerce;
(.3) boilers carrying not more than 15 pounds pressure;
(.4) boilers carrying more than 15 pounds of pressure but not exceeding 30 hp. (1 boiler horsepower is equal to the evaporation of 34.5 lbs. of water per hour at 212° F.); 674
(.5) refrigeration machinery with a capacity of not more than 25 tons, or which uses a refrigerant that is tasteless, odorless, non-inflammable, non-explosive and non-corrosive and which is equipped with an automatic shut-off device.
(2) Licenses. 675
(a) Licenses shall be divided into the following four grades:
(.1) Grade A – steam boiler, stationary and refrigeration engineer;
(.2) Grade B – refrigeration engineer;
(.3) Grade C – portable and stationary engineer;
(.4) Grade D – fireman.
(b) No license shall be issued unless the applicant: 676
(.1) is 18 years of age; 677
(.2) has had at least two (2) years of experience as an assistant engineer or helper, and is recommended by two licensed engineers;
(.3) has passed an examination prescribed by the Department, to determine professional qualifications;
(.4) in connection with an initial license, pays a non-refundable application fee of twenty dollars ($20), which shall be credited toward the annual fee if the license is issued; and
(.5) pays an annual license fee of fifty dollars ($50). 678
(c) All licenses shall be conditioned upon continued compliance by the licensee with the applicable provisions of this Chapter and Title 4 of this Code (The Philadelphia Building and Construction Occupancy Code).
(3) Upon the installation of any such machinery, the builder or installer may agree in writing with the purchaser of the machinery to accept responsibility for the safe condition and maintenance of the machinery for a period not exceeding 60 days, provided a person licensed under this Section is placed in charge of the machinery.
Source: 1940 Ordinances, p. 191; 1951 Ordinances, p. 225; amended by deleting Section 9-505, 1990 Ordinances, p. 715.
Amended, 1979 Ordinances, p. 2048.
Added, 1965 Ordinances, p. 268.
Amended and subsection renumbered, Bill No. 1172 (approved November 15, 1995), 1995 Ordinances, p. 1291; amended, Bill No. 170166 (approved April 4, 2017).
Subsection amended, added and renumbered, Bill No. 960288 (approved August 7, 1996), 1996 Ordinances, p. 754.
Amended, 1994 Ordinances, p. 83.
Amended, 1961 Ordinances, p. 945; amended, 1973 Ordinances, p. 902; amended, 1992 Ordinances, p. 550.