The Journal of San Diego History
Fall 2002, Volume 48, Number 4
Gregg Hennessey, Editor
Michael Kelly, M.D., Guest Editor

Ordinance 180 ~ Ordinance 193 ~ Ordinance 258 ~ Ordinance 265


Ordinance of the City of San Diego, California


[Approved July 3d, 1888.]

An ordinance to grant to the Board of Health the power to regulate the plumbing and drainage of buildings, and to provide for the registration of plumbers.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of San Diego do ordain as follows:

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry on business, or labor as a master or journeyman plumber in the City of San Diego, California, until he shall have obtained from the Board of Health of said city a license authoring him to carry on business, or labor as such mechanic. A license so to do shall be issued only after a satisfactory examination by the Board of such applicant upon his qualifications to conduct such business, or so to labor. All applications for license and all licenses issued shall state the name in full, age, nativity, and place of residence of the applicant or the person so licensed. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board of Health to keep a record of the same.

Sec 2. A list of all licensed plumbers shall be published in the yearly report of the Board of Health.

Sec 3. The plumbing and drainage of all buildings, both public and private, hereafter erected in the said city shall be executed in accordance with plans previously approved in writing by the Board of Health of said city, and suitable drawings and description of said plumbing and drainage shall in each case be submitted to the Board of Health, and placed on file in the health office. The Board of Health is also authorized to receive and place on file drawings and descriptions of the plumbing and drainage of buildings erected prior to the passage of this ordinance.

Sec. 4. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or be imprisoned in the city jail not exceeding three (3) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Sec. 5. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage, approval and publication as required by law.

Passed, approved and ordered published by the City Council of the City of San Diego, State of California, this 2d day of July, 1888. J.A. Thomas, City Clerk. [seal]

I hereby approve the foregoing ordinance this 3d day of July, 1888.
W. J. Hunsaker, Mayor of the City of San Diego, California.