§ 5-20-35 Persons and acts exempt Issuance of licenses in special cases. (a) The provisions of this chapter do not apply to the installation of automatic sprinkler systems or other fire protection appliances in this state and do not apply to employees of public utilities (publicly or privately owned); provided, that any resident of Rhode Island not licensed, as provided in this chapter, desiring a license as a master plumber or journeyperson plumber who on or before August 14, 1966, presents to the department of labor and training of the state reasonably satisfactory evidence, in writing, that he or she was actively engaged in the business of plumbing as a master plumber or working as a journeyperson plumber for a master plumber in any city or town for five (5) years prior to May 16, 1966, and that he or she is at the time of presenting that evidence to the department of labor and training operating in any city or town as a master plumber or working as journeyperson plumber, shall, upon payment of a fee of five dollars ($5.00) in the case of a master plumber or one dollar ($1.00) in the case of a journeyperson plumber, have issued to him or her by the department of labor and training a certificate of license as a master plumber or a journeyperson plumber without an additional application, fee, or other condition precedent. Farms, golf courses, and nurseries performing irrigation work on their premises only shall not be required to be licensed under the chapter.
(b) Nothing in this or any other chapter of the general laws
shall prohibit municipalities or water districts from using employees, or
engaging the services of licensed plumbers or other contractors and/or service
providers that meet certain requirements determined by the municipality or
water district, for the purpose of replacing water meters or meter reading
(P.L. 1945, ch. 1661, § 31; G.L. 1956, § 5-20-35; R.P.L. 1957, ch. 116, § 6; P.L. 1966, ch. 160, § 4; P.L. 1999, ch. 115, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 214, § 2; P.L. 2011, ch. 358, § 1.)