PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
PLUMBING AND PLUMBERS
54-2607. Administrator of the division of building safety — Powers and duties. (1) The administrator shall exercise such powers and duties as are reasonably necessary to enforce the minimum standards provided in this chapter, and he may among other things:
(a) Prescribe and establish procedures to effectuate the efficient enforcement of this chapter not herein prescribed.
(b) Serve as secretary to the Idaho plumbing board.
(c) Appoint licensed staff inspectors who shall be authorized to enter and inspect by and through a properly identified person, at reasonable hours, plumbing and plumbing systems.
(d) Make plumbing inspections for another state or local jurisdiction upon request by an appropriate building official. Such inspections shall be made in accordance with the applicable plumbing codes of the requesting jurisdiction. Fees charged for such inspection services shall be as provided in the rules promulgated by the board.
(e) Summon witnesses to appear and testify before him on any matter within the provisions of this chapter. No person shall be required to testify outside the county wherein he resides or where his principal place of business is located. Such summons to testify shall be issued and served in like manner as a subpoena to witness issued from the district court, or in other manner consistent with the procedure of the division of building safety. In case any witness shall fail or refuse to appear and testify upon being summoned as herein provided, the clerk of the district court of the county shall upon demand by the administrator or his designated agent, issue a subpoena reciting the demand therefor and summoning the witness to appear and testify at a time and place fixed. Violation of such subpoena or disobedience thereto shall be deemed and punished as a violation of any other subpoena issued from the district court.
(f) Administer oaths and take affirmations of witnesses appearing before him; and have the power to appoint competent persons to issue subpoenas, administer oaths and take testimony.
(g) Impose civil penalties as provided in this chapter and the rules of the Idaho plumbing board.
(h) In addition to any other penalties specified in this chapter, whenever any person violates the provisions of this chapter and the rules of the Idaho plumbing board, the administrator may maintain an action in the name of the state of Idaho to enjoin that person from any further violations. Such action may be brought either in the county in which the acts are claimed to have been or are being committed, or in the county where the defendant resides, or in Ada county.
(i) Upon the filing of a certified complaint in the district court, the court, if satisfied that the acts complained of have been, or probably are being, or may be committed, may issue a temporary restraining order, or a preliminary injunction, or both, without bond, enjoining the defendant from the commission of any such act or acts constituting the violation.
(ii) A copy of the complaint shall be served upon the defendant and the proceedings shall thereafter be conducted as in other similar civil actions.
(iii) If the commission of the act or acts is established, the court shall enter a decree permanently enjoining the defendant from committing such act or acts. If an injunction issued under the provisions of this section is violated, the court, or the judge thereof at chambers, may summarily try and punish the offender for contempt of court.
(2) It shall be the duty of the administrator to give notice to cities which supply sewer service to areas outside their city limits and who have requested in writing such notice from the administrator of all permits issued relative to sewer installations. The notice shall be given within ten (10) days from the date the permit was requested for such installation. The notice shall contain a map of the physical location of the installation and reference to the date of inspection if the city so requests.
[(54-2607) 1957, ch. 214, sec. 12, p. 454; am. 1974, ch. 39, sec. 30, p. 1023; am. 1983, ch. 43, sec. 1, p. 101; am. and redesignated as sec. 54-2607, 1984, ch. 123, sec. 8, p. 286; am. 1996, ch. 421, sec. 54, p. 1438; am. 2004, ch. 250, sec. 8, p. 721; am. 2004, ch. 311, sec. 2, p. 873; am. 2005, ch. 25, sec. 98, p. 123.]