PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland-based plumbing franchise Bath Fitter has agreed to a penalty of up to $750,000 as part of a settlement with the Maine attorney general’s office over allegations of improper licensing and plumbing installations.

Attorney General Janet Mills’ staff announced Thursday the consent agreement her office filed in Kennebec County Superior Court on March 2, resolving its allegations against National Bath Systems LLC, which does business locally under the name Bath Fitter.

Mills’ office alleged that Bath Fitter employees did not have the proper licenses, installed plumbing before receiving the proper permits and made installations that may have violated state plumbing codes.

As a result, the company agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty within 30 days and another $250,000 within one year. The company could pay another $250,000 after five years if it does not adequately comply with the terms of the settlement during that time.

The agreement also requires Bath Fitter to pay for a third party to inspect any of its plumbing installations.

“If the plumbing does not comply with the code, permits and corrections will be made at no cost to the consumer,” the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Those requests must be filed before Sept. 1, 2015, according to the attorney general’s office, and can be arranged by calling Bath Fitter at 855-798-4646.

The attorney general’s office said the case began through a complaint to the Maine Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

The company did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.