815 KAR 15:027. Certificates and fees for boiler and pressure vessel inspection.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS Chapter 236

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 236.030, 236.130

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 236.030 and 236.130 authorize the commissioner, through the Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules, to fix reasonable inspection fees for boilers and pressure piping. This administrative regulation establishes fees for boiler inspections.

 

      Section 1. Boiler Certificates of Inspection. (1) A boiler or pressure vessel complying with 815 KAR Chapter 15 shall be issued the certificate required by KRS 236.120 upon payment of a fifteen (15) dollar fee.

      (2) If the owner or user of the boiler or pressure vessel required to be inspected refuses to allow an inspection to be made or refuses to pay the required fee, the certificate of inspection shall be suspended by the commissioner until the owner or user complies with the requirements.

      (3) If the owner or user operates a boiler or pressure vessel without possessing a valid certificate of inspection, the owner or user shall be subject to the penalties provided for in KRS 236.990.

      (4) Certificates of inspection shall be located as required by KRS 236.120(1).

      (5) Validity of certificates of inspection.

      (a) A certificate of inspection issued in accordance with KRS 236.120 shall be valid until expiration unless a defect or condition affecting the safety of the boiler or pressure vessel is disclosed.

      (b) A certificate issued for a boiler or pressure vessel inspected by a special boiler inspector shall be valid only if the boiler for which the certificate was issued continues to be insured by an authorized insurance company.

      (6) Suspension of certificate of inspection. Certificates shall be suspended in accordance with KRS 236.120(3).

      (7) Pressure vessel inspections. Pressure vessels shall be inspected upon installation and reinspected in accordance with this subsection.

      (a) Pressure vessels exceeding 200 psi maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) shall be inspected every five (5) years.

      (b) Hot water storage tanks, sterilizers, and autoclaves shall be inspected every four (4) years.

      (c) Pressure vessels for human occupancy and hyperbaric chambers shall be inspected annually.

      (d) All pressure vessels shall be re-inspected at the time of repair, alteration, or relocation.

 

      Section 2. Fees. (1)(a) Following an inspection by a boiler inspector or owner-user inspector, the owner or user of a boiler, pressure vessel, or pressure piping, unless exempt under KRS 236.060, shall pay to the department fees in accordance with this section.

      (b) The fees for new installations of boilers, pressure vessels, or pressure piping and fees for repairs shall be in accordance with the fees listed in subsection (5) of this section and shall be submitted by the contractor prior to installation.

      (2)(a) Shop inspections made by boiler inspectors for purposes of inspecting the fabrication of the vessel at the request of a boiler manufacturer, installer, engineering contractor, or owner shall be charged at the rates established in this subsection:

      1. $450 for one-half (1/2) day of four (4) hours or less;

      2. $600 for one (1) day of more than four (4) hours to eight (8) hours;

      3. $600 for any part of a day on Saturdays, Sundays or state holidays; and

      4. Forty (40) dollars per hour for overtime in excess of eight (8) hours in any one (1) day, plus itemized expenses of mileage, lodging, meals, and incidentals.

      (b) The fees established in this subsection shall not void regular fees for inspection and certificates of inspection when the boilers or pressure vessels are completed.

      (3) Charges for inspection of second-hand equipment shall be at the rates established in subsection (2) of this section plus itemized charges for mileage, lodging, meals, and incidentals. These charges shall not void regular fees for inspection and certificates of inspection when the boilers or pressure vessels are installed.

      (4) ASME and National Board inspections. Inspections of a manufacturing facility, at the request of the manufacturer, for the issuance of ASME or National Board Certificates of Authorization shall be charged at the rates established in this subsection:

      (a) Initial inspection for ASME certificates - $1,200;

      (b) Reviews for renewal of ASME certificates - $950; and

      (c) Initial inspections and renewals for National Board R or V-R certificate - $400.

      (5) New installation inspections of pressure piping, boilers, and pressure vessels. Inspection of new installations of pressure piping, boilers, or pressure vessels shall be charged at the rates established in this subsection.

      (a) The fees charged for inspection of each newly installed boiler or pressure vessel and each pressure piping system shall be based upon the total dollar value of each installation, either actual or estimated. It shall be the obligation of the installing contractor to supply this value, which shall include both labor and material costs. An exact figure does not need to be quoted or divulged to the boiler inspector or department, only a designation that the true value lies within certain limits as listed in the left column of the table established in this paragraph. The fees for all new installations of boilers, pressure vessels, or pressure piping and fees for repairs are listed in the right column of the table.

Amount in Dollars

Fee

$2,000 or less

$70

$2,001 to $10,000

$130

$10,001 to $25,000

$200

$25,001 to $50,000

$250

$50,001 to $75,000

$300

$75,001 to $100,000

$410

$100,001 to $150,000

$520

$150,001 to $200,000

$630

$200,001 to $250,000

$740

$250,001 to $300,000

$850

$300,001 to $400,000

$960

$400,001 to $500,000

$1,350

$500,001 to $600,000

$1,500

$600,001 to $700,000

$1,650

$700,001 and over

$1,850

      (b) The fee for an initial inspection of a pressure vessel required by Section 1(7) of this administrative regulation shall be twenty-five (25) dollars.

      (c) The installing contractor, owner, or user shall request an inspection of a boiler and pressure piping at least seven (7) days in advance. If the inspection is not made within this time limit, the installation may proceed. Requests for inspection shall be made by electronic mail, letter, or telephone to the department.

      (6) Inspection of nuclear installations. Nuclear installation inspections shall be charged in accordance with the fee schedule established in subsection (2) of this section or as agreed upon through contracts between the installer and the department.

      (7) Hydrostatic tests. If hydrostatic testing is used to ascertain acceptability pursuant to KRS 236.110(3), an additional fee shall be charged by the department for witnessing the hydrostatic test. The additional fee shall be in accordance with the fee schedule established in subsection (2) of this section if it is necessary to make a special trip to witness the application of a hydrostatic test.

 

      Section 3. Fees for Reinspection of Boilers and Pressure Vessels. (1) Fees for reinspection of power boilers shall be charged at the rates established in this subsection.

(a) INTERNAL INSPECTIONS OF POWER BOILERS

Heating Surface (Square Feet)

Fee

100 or less

$35

101 to 1,000

$50

1,001 to 4,000

$90

4,001 to 10,000

$120

10,001 and over

$200

(b) EXTERNAL INSPECTIONS OF POWER BOILERS

Heating Surface (Square Feet)

Fee

100 or less

$30

101 and over

$35

      (2) Fees for reinspection of heating boilers shall be charged at the rates established in this subsection.

Boilers with manway where internal inspection required

$55

Other heating boilers

$35

Hot water supply boilers

$25

Miniature boilers

$25

      (3) The fee for the reinspection of a pressure vessel shall be twenty-five (25) dollars.

 

      Section 4. Plan Review for Boiler and Pressure Vessel Installations. (1) Prior to the construction and installation of any boiler or pressure vessel, the installing contractor shall submit shop drawings and fees for the installation to the chief boiler inspector of the department. Submission of plans shall be reviewed and released for construction upon department approval.

      (2) Fees for plan review shall be:

Heating Surface (Square Feet)

Fee

100 and under

$30

101 to 1,000

$55

1,001 to 4,000

$75

4,001 to 10,000

$100

10,001 and over

$150

 Pressure vessels

$45

(20 Ky.R. 2759; eff. 5-18-1994; Am. 24 Ky.R. 954; eff. 12-15-1997; 27 Ky.R. 3371; 28 Ky.R. 391; eff. 8-15-2001; TAm eff. 8-9-2007; 42 Ky.R. 1629; 2115; eff. 2-5-2016.)