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Long Island Plumbing Licensing
Good morning.I currently have 5 plumbing licenses on Long Island because the larger districts require their own license.These include Huntington,Oyster bay,Hempstead,North Hempstead and Islip.I took my test in Oyster Bay and all the other towns would reciprocate.Exam included lead wipe and lead shower pan plus a written exam.I now have a good friend who wants an oil to gas conversion in Smithtown and called building dept to reciprocate.Now here is the problem,they told me that Huntington stopped reciprocating with Smithtown and therefore Smithtown stopped reciprocating with Huntington and all other Towns.Was told I would have to take exam.When I questioned the use of lead on the exam the silence was deafening.NYC has one License for all boroughs.@Maddog you seem to know the way around the political minefield around here got any tips.
And I thought our licensing was messed up here. Yikes.0
There's something to be said about a state license. NY is way behind the times. WA state has 2 license levels, Residential and Journeyman. Most jurisdictions have on-line permitting. There is no lead wiping or practical required. License renewal is every 2 years and requires 16hrs of continuing education, which is also on-line.0
Continual education you gotta be joking not around here.In the city yes but on the island nope .Pity.0
I ran into the same problem last summer. When asked why they don't reciprocate with one another, they told me that they stopped with us so we stopped with them. I said that's kinda childish do you think, there responce was "no". Freeport will reciprocate with Hempstead but does not recognize the tri town agreement, go figure. So being licensed in TOB your out of luck.
politics, politics. The best is the Towns frown on being "covered" by another contractor (friend).
Funny part is the inspectors are always quick to shake your hand if you know what I mean after inspection.Guess this is why we see so much work being done without a permit.Who needs to deal with the nonsense.Think I might have to look for a friend out east.Take care.0
Hey Jonny: I think I told ya last time. The Nassau PHCC Was behind a MAJOR push a few years back that made some good progress toward a Countywide lic. It would behoove you to join..great organization for business acumen! Some of the members cone to our picnic..why doncha come this year and chat with everyone. Mad Dog0
See thread I started on picnic. You could speak to guys who helped draft the legislative proposal. Mad Dog0
I feel ya pain, bro. When I was in business it was a time eating , expensive endeavor to keep.up with all the licenses. Nassau alone has 64 towns and villages. Just when I would let a village lic. Lapse, I'd get a job there! There's another $200 check I had to add in to the job! The ONLY way it will ever change is through legislation. Perhaps will all the corrupt pols we see going down, the new office holders will be more receprice and it's a good time to push for it again. Like people that don't vote, but complain, we gotta git involved. Hope to see you and others that care at the picnic this year. Mad Dog1
Great see you there.Thanks.0
Exactly as stated by building dept in Smithtown when the other towns stopped reciprocating with us we did not want their plumbers working in our Town so we stopped reciprocating with them.Very petty.I understand that they are trying to protect their own but surely a state lic or equivalent would make it fair for everyone.Remember NYC has 1 lic for all boroughs and their standards are much higher than you see on the Island.In my experience if a contractor is not pulling a permit he will do his own plumbing to especially now with pex it made it a lot easier for them.Homeowner gets it in the end.0
A number of states have dropped county-based licensing in favor of statewide licensing over the past few years. Requiring dozens of licenses in a single county is frankly nuts. Given the differences in density and construction styles, I can actually see how NYC justifies local control, but the villages? Riiiiiiighhhhht.
I suspect if the contractors, wholesalers, and perhaps a couple of homeowner/consumer groups could get their heads together and present a unified front to a handful of state legislators, you might have shot at fixing it.0
Correct, Jonny...the picnic is a time for unwinding and having nice, civil discussions...guys talking shop and issues over a beer. As I mentioned earlier, The PHCC has lead the political fight in the past, has the best contacts, and guys who are in the same boat. They have monthly meetings that have grown so large, that they now hold them at The Holiday Inn in Plainview. Some members also attend the picnic.
Anyone know what Islip is doing for a practical exam these days?0
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