Plumber Licensing Requirements

Before any person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of installation, alteration or maintenance of any plumbing related to sewer and water connections in any of the County's sewer and water districts, he shall obtain a proper license from the Sussex County Engineering Department (SCED). The license period shall be one (1) year, administratively beginning July 1. To obtain a license from the SCED, the person, firm or corporation shall:

  1. Show proof that he has been duly registered as a plumber by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners (i.e., provide a copy of his State Plumbing License).
  2. Show proof that he is licensed to do business as a plumber in the State of Delaware (i.e., provide a copy of his State Business License).
  3. Obtain and deposit with the Sussex County Engineer's office a bond in the amount of $5000, conditioned that the person, firm or corporation engaged in the plumbing business will faithfully observe all the laws and regulations pertaining to that business and that Sussex County and the local governing body shall be indemnified and saved harmless from all claims arising from accidents and damage of any character whatsoever caused by the negligence of such person, firm or corporation engaged in the plumbing business or by any other unfaithful, inadequate work done either by themselves or their agents or employees and that such person, firm or corporation will maintain in a safe condition for a period of one (1) year all ditches and excavations which may be opened in the performance of any plumbing work and further that all dirt and other material excavated will be replaced in a good condition with similar materials. (A copy of the bond form will be provided upon request.)
  4. Pay an annual license fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00). Checks must be made payable to the Sussex County Council.
  5. Show proof that he has bodily injury liability and property damage liability insurance to protect him from claims for damages for personal injury, including accidental death, as well as from claims for property damage which may arise from operations under the work, (i.e., provide a Certificate of Insurance). The insurance should so state that the Sussex County Engineer's office will be notified ten (10) days prior to the expiration of the insurance.

    Such insurance shall not be less than:

    • Bodily injury liability insurance in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) for injuries, including wrongful death, to any one (1) person and subject to the same limit for each person in an amount not less than three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) on account of one (1) accident.
    • Property damage insurance in an amount not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for damages on account of any one (1) accident and in an amount not less that fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for damages on account of all accidents.

 

Source: Section 110-62, Sussex County Code