City Moving to Licence Plumbers in Face of State Inaction

The City of San Antonio is going to start licensing plumbers, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Manager Erik Walsh are putting together a plan to provide local plumber certifications or licenses, after the Texas Legislature allowed the authority of the State Board of Plumbing Examiners to lapse during the just completed session.

“We have an obligation to protect this community’s homeowners and businesses from the potential scams or property damage that could occur,” Nirenberg said. “Our community has hundreds of professional plumbers and reputable plumbing companies, and these licenses help assure consumers of their expertise.”

As it stands now, the state authority to license plumbers will end September first. Plumbers have expressed concern that this will lead to unlicensed plumbers praying on customers, ripping off builders, and damaging the reputation of the industry.

“We have scheduled a stakeholders meeting next Wednesday, June 12th, with local plumbing, construction and development organizations to discuss alternatives,” said Walsh. “Neighboring cities have also been invited to the meeting, as it is our intent to develop a solution that includes reciprocity with other cities in our region.”

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