2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 145. Plumbing and fire protection systems and swimming pool plan review.
145.12 Prohibitions and penalties.


145.12 Prohibitions and penalties.


(1) Any person who engages in or follows the business or occupation of, or advertises or holds himself or herself out as or acts temporarily or otherwise as a master plumber, as an automatic fire sprinkler contractor or as a business establishment holding an automatic fire sprinkler-maintenance only registration certificate without first having secured the required license or certificate, or who otherwise violates any provisions of this chapter, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for 30 days or both. Each day such violation continues shall be a separate offense.


(2) Any person violating this chapter or failing to obey a lawful order of the department, or a judgment or decree of a court in connection with this chapter, may be imprisoned for not more than 3 months or fined not more than $500.


(3) Any master plumber who shall employ an apprentice on plumbing representing the apprentice to be a journeyman, or who shall charge for an apprentice a journeyman's wage, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $25, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days. Each day of violation shall be a separate offense.


(4) Any person who violates any order under s. 145.02 (3) (f) or 145.20 (2) (f) or any rule or standard adopted under s. 145.13 shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 for each violation. Each violation of an order under s. 145.02 (3) (f) or 145.20 (2) (f) or a rule or standard under s. 145.13 constitutes a separate offense and each day of continued violation is a separate offense.




(a) In lieu of any other penalty under this section, the department may directly assess a forfeiture by issuing an order against any person who violates s. 145.06 or 145.20 (6). The department may not assess a forfeiture exceeding $2,000 for each violation.


(b) The department shall promulgate rules specifying the procedures governing the assessment of forfeitures under this subsection including the following:


1. The procedure for issuing an order for an alleged violation.


2. The amount of a forfeiture that the department may assess for an alleged violation, subject to the limit under par. (a).


3. The procedure for contesting an order issued for an alleged violation.


4. The procedure for contesting the assessment of a forfeiture for an alleged violation.


(c) The department shall remit all forfeitures paid under this subsection to the secretary of administration for deposit in the school fund.


(d) All forfeitures that are not paid as required under this subsection shall accrue interest at the rate of 12 percent per year.


(e) The attorney general may bring an action in the name of the state to collect any forfeiture imposed, or interest accrued, under this subsection if the forfeiture or interest has not been paid after the exhaustion of all administrative and judicial reviews.

145.12 - ANNOT.

History: 1971 c. 255; 1981 c. 20, 60; 1983 a. 410; 1993 a. 482; 1995 a. 225; 2005 a. 182; 2007 a. 197.

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