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 authorizes the executive director, through the Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules, to fix reasonable inspection fees for boilers and pressure piping. This administrative regulation specifies fees for the boiler inspection section. These are the same fee amounts previously existing in 815 KAR 15:020, which has been repealed.

 

      Section 1. Boiler Certificates of Inspection. (1) A boiler or pressure vessel complying with the rules of the office shall be issued the certificate required by KRS 236.130 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 inspection certificate shall be suspended by the executive director 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 shall be located as required by KRS 236.120(1).

      (5) Validity of inspection certificates. An inspection certificate, 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. A certificate issued for a boiler or pressure vessel inspected by a special boiler inspector shall be valid only if the boiler for which it was issued continues to be insured by an authorized insurance company.

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

      (7) Pressure vessel inspections. The following vessels shall be inspected upon installation and reinspected every three (3) years:

      (a) Pressure vessels exceeding 200 psi maximum allowable pressure; and

      (b) Hot water storage tanks, sterilizers and autoclaves.

 

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

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

      (b) $600 for one (1) day of over four (4) hours.

      (c) $600 for eight (8) hours or any part of a day on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.

      (d) Forty (40) dollars per hour for overtime in excess of eight (8) hours in any one (1) day, plus itemized expenses to include mileage, lodging, meals and incidentals. These charges shall not void regular fees for inspection and certificate when the boilers or pressure vessels are completed.

      (3) Charges for inspection of second-hand equipment shall be at the rates specified above plus charges for mileage, lodging, meals and incidentals. These charges shall not void regular fees for inspection and certificate when the boilers or pressure vessels are installed.

      (4) ASME and national board inspections. Inspections of the manufacturing facility itself, at the request of the manufacturer, for the issuance of ASME or National Board Certificates of Authorization shall be charged as follows:

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

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

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

      (5) Inspection of new installations of pressure piping, boilers or pressure vessels shall be charged as follows:

      (a) The fees charged for inspection of each 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 office, only a designation that the true value lies within certain limits as listed in the left column of the table below. 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

$1350

$500,001 to $600,000

$1500

$600,001 to $700,000

$1650

$700,001 and over

$1850

      (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 letter or telephone to the office.

      (6) Inspection of nuclear installations. Nuclear installation inspections shall be charged as set forth under subsection (2) of this section or as determined by contracts between the installer and the department.

      (7) Hydrostatic tests. If it is necessary to make a special trip to witness the application of a hydrostatic test, an additional fee based on the scale of fees set forth under subsection (2) of this section shall be charged.

 

      Section 3. Fees for Reinspection of Boilers and Pressure Vessels. (1) Fees for reinspection of power boilers shall be as follows:

(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 as follows:

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 of Boiler and Unfired Pressure Vessel Installations. (1) Prior to the construction and installation of any boiler or unfired pressure vessel, the installing contractor shall submit shop drawings and fees for the installation to the chief boiler inspector of the office for review and release for construction.

      (2) Fees for plan review shall be provided in accordance with the following table:

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

Unfired pressure vessels

$45

      (20 Ky.R. 2759; eff. 5-18-94; Am. 24 Ky.R. 954; eff. 12-15-97; 27 Ky.R. 3371; 28 Ky.R. 391; eff. 8-15-2001; TAm eff. 8-9-2007.)