Act 253 – A Modification of the definition of Gas Fitting
For your information, Act 253 was passed by the Louisiana State Legislature in May, 2018 which modified the definition of gas fitting under the State Plumbing Board Statutes, and clarified the exemptions of licensed Louisiana State Licensing Board contractors (LSLBC) from this requirement. As a licensed LSLBC contractor, this change requires no action on your part for work done from the appliance shut off valve to the appliance inlet. The following is how this new requirement now reads as listed in the Plumbing statutes:
Under Louisiana Revised Statutes (La R.S.) 37:1377(K), gas fitting is now defined as the work or business of installing, repairing, improving, altering, or removing natural gas piping, fittings, valves, or tanks used for conveying fuel gas for appliances on or in premises or in buildings annexed to immovable property. Further, under this definition, gas fitting does not include the following: piping connection, disconnection, or reconnection from the outlet side of the appliance shutoff valve to the appliance inlet.
The following persons or entities are not to be construed as a gas fitter or master gas fitter for work done from the appliance shut off valve to the appliance inlet:
(Reprinted from the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, Bulletin 18-03, July 2018)
Fact sheet from State Plumbing Board February 27, 2018
Answers to Contractor Questions by the Louisiana State Plumbing Board Regarding Master Natural Gas Fitter & Natural Gas Fitter Licensure – ACT 297
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PowerPoint presentation by Mark Roberts, 4/23/2017
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