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Effective date text 3. An individual who is employed by a person who is registered under this paragraph is not required to obtain registration.
280.15(1)(a)4. 4. An individual to whom sub. (4) or s. 280.19 applies is not required to obtain registration.
280.15(1)(am) (am) Prerequisite. The department may not grant registration under par. (a) to a person to engage in the business of well drilling unless the person is a licensed well driller, a licensed well driller has an ownership interest in the business, or the person employs or contracts with a licensed well driller. The department may not grant registration under par. (a) to a person to engage in the business of pump installing unless the person is a licensed pump installer, a licensed pump installer has an ownership interest in the business, or the person employs or contracts with a licensed pump installer.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (am) is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (am) Prerequisite. The department may not grant registration under par. (a) to a person to engage in the business of well drilling or heat exchange drilling unless the person is a licensed driller, a licensed driller has an ownership interest in the business, or the person employs or contracts with a licensed driller. The department may not grant registration under par. (a) to a person to engage in the business of pump installing unless the person is a licensed pump installer, a licensed pump installer has an ownership interest in the business, or the person employs or contracts with a licensed pump installer.
280.15(1)(b) (b) Application. A person who seeks to register a well drilling business or pump installing business shall apply to the department for registration of each place of business or retail outlet he or she operates as a well drilling business, pump installing business, or both, upon forms prepared by the department for this purpose. The application shall be accompanied by a registration fee for each place of business or retail outlet included in the application.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (b) is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (b) Application. A person who seeks to register a drilling business or pump installing business shall apply to the department for registration of each place of business or retail outlet he or she operates as a drilling business or pump installing business, or both, upon forms prepared by the department for this purpose. The application shall be accompanied by a registration fee for each place of business or retail outlet included in the application.
280.15(1)(c) (c) Renewal. In order to retain registration as a well drilling business or pump installing business a person shall apply for registration renewal and pay the required registration fees annually on or before January 1.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (c) is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (c) Renewal. In order to retain registration as a drilling business or pump installing business a person shall apply for registration renewal and pay the required registration fees annually on or before January 1.
280.15(1)(d) (d) Registration fee. The fees required for registration application or annual renewal are as follows:
280.15(1)(d)1. 1. Well drilling business, $50.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 1. is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text 1. Drilling business, $50.
280.15(1)(d)2. 2. Pump installing business, $25.
280.15(1)(d)3. 3. Well drilling business and pump installing business, $75.
Effective date note NOTE: Subd. 3. is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text 3. Drilling business and pump installing business, $75.
280.15(1)(e) (e) Late fees. A person who files an application for registration renewal or who fails to pay the required annual registration fees after January 1 shall pay a late penalty of $15.
280.15(1)(f) (f) Expiration. All registrations issued under this subsection expire on December 31 of each year and are not transferable.
280.15(2m) (2m)Well driller and pump installer licensing.
280.15(2m)(a)(a) Application. An individual who seeks a well driller or pump installer license shall apply to the department on a form prepared by the department. The individual shall include the fee specified in par. (c) with the application, except that an individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44 is not required to pay the fee.
280.15(2m)(b) (b) Renewal. In order to retain his or her license as a well driller or pump installer an individual shall comply with requirements for continuing education promulgated by the department by rule and shall apply for license renewal and pay the required license fees under par. (c) annually on or before January 1.
280.15(2m)(c) (c) Fees. The license fees required for license application or annual renewal are as follows:
280.15(2m)(c)1. 1. Well driller, $50.
280.15(2m)(c)2. 2. Pump installer, $25.
280.15(2m)(d) (d) Late fees. An individual who files an application for license renewal or pays the required annual fees after January 1 shall pay a late penalty of $15.
280.15(2m)(e) (e) Prerequisites for pump installer license. The department may not issue a pump installer license unless the applicant demonstrates competency in pump installing by passing an examination administered by the department.
280.15(2m)(f) (f) Prerequisites for well driller license. The department may not issue a well driller license unless all of the following apply:
280.15(2m)(f)1. 1. The applicant demonstrates competency in well drilling by passing an examination administered by the department.
280.15(2m)(f)2. 2. Except as provided in par. (g), the applicant has been a registered drilling rig operator for at least 2 years within the 5 years before applying, has complied with training and continuing education requirements under sub. (3g), and has the well drilling experience required by the department by rule.
280.15(2m)(g) (g) Exceptions.
280.15(2m)(g)1.1. The department may issue a well driller license to an applicant who does not comply with par. (f) 2. if the applicant complies with par. (f) 1. and holds a well driller license in good standing from another state and the department determines that the other state has laws and rules governing well drilling and licensing of well drillers that are substantially similar to this state's laws and rules.
280.15(2m)(g)2. 2. The department shall establish alternative requirements to par. (f) 2. for applicants who have gained well drilling experience before June 1, 2008.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (2m) is affected eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (2m) Driller and pump installer licensing. (a) Application. An individual who seeks a driller or pump installer license shall apply to the department on a form prepared by the department. The individual shall include the fee specified in par. (c) with the application, except that an individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44 is not required to pay the fee.
Effective date text (am) Activities authorized under driller license. In issuing a driller license under this subsection, the department may specify that the license is limited to the authority to engage only in well drilling or to the authority to engage only in heat exchange drilling.
Effective date text (b) Renewal. In order to retain his or her license as a driller or pump installer an individual shall do all of the following:
Effective date text 1. Comply with requirements for continuing education promulgated by the department by rule. The department shall require continuing education specific to well drilling for individuals seeking to retain a driller license that authorizes well drilling and shall require continuing education specific to heat exchange drilling for individuals seeking to retain a driller license that authorizes heat exchange drilling.
Effective date text 2. Apply for license renewal and pay the required license fees under par. (c) annually on or before January 1.
Effective date text (c) Fees. The license fees required for license application or annual renewal are as follows:
Effective date text 1. Driller, $50.
Effective date text 2. Pump installer, $25.
Effective date text (d) Late fees. An individual who files an application for license renewal or pays the required annual fees after January 1 shall pay a late penalty of $15.
Effective date text (e) Prerequisites for pump installer license. The department may not issue a pump installer license unless the applicant demonstrates competency in pump installing by passing an examination administered by the department.
Effective date text (f) Prerequisites for driller license. 1m. The department may not issue a driller license that authorizes well drilling unless all of the following apply:
Effective date text a. The applicant demonstrates competency in well drilling by passing an examination administered by the department.
Effective date text b. Except as provided in par. (g), the applicant has been a registered drilling rig operator for at least 2 years within the 5 years before applying, has complied with training and continuing education requirements under sub. (3g), and has the well drilling experience required by the department by rule.
Effective date text 2m. The department may not issue a driller license that authorizes heat exchange drilling unless all of the following apply:
Effective date text a. The applicant demonstrates competency in heat exchange drilling by passing an examination administered by the department.
Effective date text b. Except as provided in par. (g), the applicant has been a registered drilling rig operator for at least 2 years within the 5 years before applying, has complied with training and continuing education requirements under sub. (3g), and has the heat exchange drilling experience required by the department by rule.
Effective date text (g) Exceptions. 1. The department may issue a driller license to an applicant who does not comply with par. (f) 1m. b. or 2m. b. if the applicant complies with par. (f) 1m. a. or 2m. a. and holds a driller license in good standing from another state and the department determines that the other state has laws and rules governing well drilling and heat exchange drilling and licensing of well drillers and heat exchange drillers that are substantially similar to this state's laws and rules.
Effective date text 2. The department shall establish alternative requirements to par. (f) 1m. b. for applicants who have gained well drilling experience before June 1, 2008. The department shall establish alternative requirements to par. (f) 2m. b. for applicants who have gained heat exchange drilling experience before April 1, 2015.
280.15(3g) (3g)Drilling rig operator registration.
280.15(3g)(a)(a) Application. An individual who seeks registration as a drilling rig operator shall apply to the department on a form prepared by the department. The individual shall include a fee of $25, except that an individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44 is not required to pay the fee.
280.15(3g)(b) (b) Renewal. In order to retain registration as a drilling rig operator an individual shall complete training approved by the department and comply with requirements for continuing education promulgated by the department by rule and shall apply for registration renewal and pay a fee of $25 annually on or before January 1.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (b) is amended and renumbered 280.15 (3g) (b) (intro.) and 1. to 3. eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (b) Renewal. In order to retain registration as a drilling rig operator an individual shall do all of the following:
Effective date text 1. Complete training approved by the department.
Effective date text 2. Comply with requirements for continuing education promulgated by the department by rule. The department shall require continuing education specific to well drilling for individuals seeking to retain a drilling rig operator's registration that authorizes well drilling and shall require continuing education specific to heat exchange drilling for individuals seeking to retain a drilling rig operator's registration that authorizes heat exchange drilling.
Effective date text 3. Apply for registration renewal and pay a fee of $25 annually on or before January 1.
280.15(3g)(d) (d) Late fees. An individual who files an application for registration renewal or who pays the required annual fee after January 1 shall pay a late penalty of $15.
280.15(3r) (3r)Supervision.
280.15(3r)(a)(a) Requirement. Except as provided in par. (b) and sub. (4), an individual who is not a licensed well driller or a registered drilling rig operator may only engage in well drilling if the individual is under the supervision of a licensed well driller or a registered drilling rig operator who is on the site of the well drilling.
Effective date note NOTE: Par. (a) is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (a) Requirement. Except as provided in par. (b) and sub. (4), an individual who is not a licensed driller or a registered drilling rig operator may engage in drilling a well or heat exchange drillhole only if the individual is under the supervision of a licensed driller or a registered drilling rig operator who is on the site of the drilling.
280.15(3r)(b) (b) Exception. Paragraph (a) does not apply to an individual performing well drilling of a public well for a local governmental unit if the individual applies for registration under sub. (3g) no later than 14 days after the day on which the individual begins to perform the well drilling.
280.15(4) (4)Work on own real estate. No person is required to obtain a registration or license under this section for driving, digging or otherwise obtaining groundwater supply on real estate owned or leased by that person, but the well and the work done on the well shall comply with the law and the rules promulgated by the department.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (4) is amended eff. 4-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 150 to read:
Effective date text (4) Work on own real estate. No individual is required to obtain a registration or license under this section for well drilling or heat exchange drilling on real estate owned or leased by that individual, but the well or heat exchange drillhole and the work done on the well or heat exchange drillhole shall comply with the law and the rules promulgated by the department.
280.15 History History: 1983 a. 27; 1995 a. 227 s. 940; Stats. 1995 s. 280.15; 1999 a. 85; 2001 a. 107; 2005 a. 360; 2011 a. 150, 209; 2013 a. 165.
280.16 280.16 Prohibition on use of certain devices in wells.
280.16(1)(1) In this section, "pitless adapter" means a device that attaches a well casing pipe to an underground pipe that conveys water from the well.
280.16(2) (2) No person may install a pitless adapter that extends into the inside of a well casing pipe except if the sand screen is permanently attached to the bottom of a well casing pipe that is constructed of polyvinyl chloride. Only the following may install pitless adapters:
280.16(2)(a) (a) A licensed pump installer.
280.16(2)(b) (b) An employee of a licensed pump installer or a registered pump installing business.
280.16(2)(c) (c) A welder under contract with a licensed pump installer or registered pump installing business.
280.16 History History: 1997 a. 122; 2005 a. 360.
280.17 280.17 Exceptions. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the construction of wells where the water is used only for stock watering and other similar domestic purposes and is not used for human consumption.
280.17 History History: 1995 a. 227 s. 941; Stats. 1995 s. 280.17.
280.19 280.19 Registration exceptions. No registration or license to engage in the well drilling or pump installing industry is required of competent sanitary engineers or of superintendents of waterworks systems in the preparations of plans and specifications or in supervising the installation of wells and water systems for the obtaining of supplies of groundwater, but the plans and specifications shall conform to all requirements established by the department.
280.19 History History: 1995 a. 227 s. 942; Stats. 1995 s. 280.19; 2005 a. 360.
280.21 280.21 Local authority.
280.21(1)(1) Ordinances. The department may authorize counties to adopt ordinances under s. 59.70 (6) (b) and (c), relating to the enforcement of this chapter and rules of the department under this chapter. The department shall establish by rule standards for approval of ordinances and enforcement programs. Among other things, the rules may:
280.21(1)(a) (a) Include personnel, training, reporting and other requirements;
280.21(1)(b) (b) Establish separate standards for different categories of wells and enforcement actions;
280.21(1)(c) (c) Require approval by the department before a variance may be granted; and
280.21(1)(d) (d) Establish exemptions from licensing or alternate licensing requirements for replacement of a pump in an emergency.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)