SECTION 1. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 13A, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following:
A system inspector who performs an on-site inspection of a sewage disposal system pursuant to the state environmental code, shall be required as part of the inspection process to take photographs which at a minimum shall include all items referenced in subpart (a) which shall serve as direct evidence of what was observed on site at the time of the inspection and would also ensure the accuracy of the information documented in the previous sections of the report. Said photographs shall be submitted as part of the inspection report submitted to the local approving authority. Any report submitted to the local approving authority without the aforementioned photographs or unclear photographs shall be considered incomplete. Any inspections completed in a community that requires the presence of a board of health official as part of the inspection process shall not require photographs to be taken.
1.Tank inlet baffle (before pumping)
2.Tank outlet baffle (before pumping)
3.Distribution box (before pumping)
*The first 3 pictures must show liquid level in relationship to outlet inverts
4.Area over S.A.S. (signs of breakout, hydraulic failure, overgrown vegetation or the absence of such)
5.Inside plumbing (show main line as it exits building)
6.Pump chamber if applicable (show pump(s), floats, discharge pipe – before actuating pump)
7.Pictures of any additional components or supporting pictures of “Conditional Pass” or “Failing” conditions noted in the report.
A system inspector of on-site sewerage disposal systems, approved by the Department of Environmental Protection who performs an on-site inspection of a sewerage disposal system under the provisions of the state environmental code that reports a conditional pass or failure of a septic system shall not recommend a specific disposal system installer, including himself, to perform any work related to the replacement, repair, alteration of said system; provided, however, that all system inspectors shall, at the time of inspection, provide to the property owner a list prepared by the local board of health of disposal system installers who are approved to perform such work which shall be signed by the property owner and provided a copy thereof. Failure to include the signed form as part of the inspection report shall result in an incomplete report. Each board of health shall prepare and make available a list containing the name, address, and phone number for at least 5 such installers who request to be included on such list. Each board of health shall notify all approved system inspectors and installers regarding the requirements of the act.
A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine. A first offence violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of $1,000. A second violation would result in a fine of $2,000 and a 3-month license suspension. A third offence would result in a revocation of the inspector’s license.
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