2017 ORS 693.020¹
Persons and activities not regulated under chapter

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, this chapter does not apply to:

(a) A person working on a building or premises owned by the person, regardless of whether the person holds a license under this chapter, if the person complies with all the rules adopted under this chapter and ORS 447.010 (Definitions for ORS 447.010 to 447.156 and 447.992) to 447.156 (Sale of uncertified plumbing products prohibited) and ORS chapter 455.

(b) A person testing, repairing, servicing, maintaining, installing or replacing new or existing potable water pump equipment not exceeding seven and one-half horsepower on residential property and piping between the pumps and storage tanks for the pumps, regardless of whether the person holds any license under this chapter.

(c) A person installing exterior storm drains that are not connected to a sanitary sewer or combination sanitary storm sewer.

(d) An employee or contractor of a utility, energy service provider or water supplier who is installing an approved low-flow showerhead or faucet aerator in existing plumbing fixtures. The devices installed under this paragraph are exempt from the certification, permit and inspection requirements of this chapter and ORS 447.010 (Definitions for ORS 447.010 to 447.156 and 447.992) to 447.156 (Sale of uncertified plumbing products prohibited).

(e) A person who owns, leases or operates residential property and who repairs, or uses regular employees to repair, existing plumbing on property owned, leased or operated by the person, regardless of whether the person or employee holds a license under this chapter. As used in this paragraph:

(A) “Repair” means the act of replacing or putting together plumbing parts that restore the existing plumbing system to a safe and sanitary operating condition.

(B) “Regular employee” means a person who is subject to the provisions of ORS 316.162 (Definitions for ORS 316.162 to 316.221) to 316.221 (Disposition of withheld amounts) and who has completed a withholding exemptions certificate required by the provisions of ORS 316.162 (Definitions for ORS 316.162 to 316.221) to 316.221 (Disposition of withheld amounts).

(f) A person installing plumbing in a prefabricated structure, as defined in ORS 455.010 (Definitions for ORS chapter 455), that is designed for residential use and intended for delivery in another state.

(g) A person making plumbing installations, repairs or replacements in a recreational vehicle as defined by the State Plumbing Board by rule.

(2) Subsection (1)(a) to (d) of this section does not allow a person other than a journeyman plumber or apprentice plumber to install, remodel or alter plumbing in a commercial or industrial building being constructed or offered for sale, exchange, rent or lease. As used in this subsection, “install, remodel or alter” means activities that involve installations or changes to the plumbing inside a wall, floor, crawl space or ceiling, or a change in the configuration of a plumbing system.

(3) This section applies to any person, including but not limited to individuals, corporations, associations, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies, public and municipal corporations, political subdivisions, this state and any agencies thereof and the federal government and any agencies thereof.

(4) Except as provided in subsection (1)(d) of this section, nothing in this section exempts a person from the plumbing inspection requirements of ORS 447.010 (Definitions for ORS 447.010 to 447.156 and 447.992) to 447.156 (Sale of uncertified plumbing products prohibited). [Amended by 1981 c.438 §11; 1985 c.590 §5; 1987 c.604 §16; 1993 c.293 §3; 2003 c.14 §437; 2005 c.310 §5; 2005 c.758 §42a; 2017 c.364 §10]

Chapter 693

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Employ­ment of journeyman plumbers to construct drain and sewerage lines, (1976) Vol 37, p 1404; nonprofit community ac­tion agency using licensed plumber to make potable wa­ter connec­tions in installa­tion of solar energy devices, (1979) Vol 40, p 134

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 693—Plumbers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors693.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 693, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano693.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.