[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Salina 4-2-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 121.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of Salina."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this electrical chapter is enacted to regulate the installation, alteration or maintenance of wiring for electrical light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Town of Salina.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except where otherwise provided by this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as the "National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association, or the "Residential Electrical Maintenance Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, NFPA Pamphlet No. 73." The specific editions shall be as designated by the Code Enforcement Officer, pursuant to Chapter 121, Fire Prevention and Building Construction, of this Code, which is on file in the offices of the Department of Planning and Development and the office of the Town Clerk.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997; 9-24-2001]
“Director” herein shall mean the Director of Planning and Development of the Town of Salina.
Upon the recommendation of electrical inspection agencies by the Director, to the Town Board, to perform inspections of electrical wiring, materials, apparatus or appliances in the Town of Salina pursuant to the provisions contained herein, or upon its own initiative, the Town Board may authorize, by resolution, an electrical inspection agency(s) to conduct electrical inspections in the Town of Salina.
All persons acting in a capacity as an electrical inspector shall be certified by either the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (Level III) or the International Codes Council as an electrical inspector, which certification shall be filed with the Town and remain in full force and effect at all times such inspector conducts inspections of electrical installations in the Town of Salina. An authorized electrical inspection agency shall file with the Director a copy of the certification for each electrical inspector who shall operate on its behalf within the Town.
No electrical inspector shall perform any electrical inspection of any installation or premises in which said inspector or any person related by blood to said inspector or a spouse has a pecuniary interest therein, or which for any other reason would constitute a conflict of interest on said inspector's part.
During all periods when an electrical inspection agency is authorized to inspect within the Town, it shall maintain comprehensive liability insurance, naming the Town of Salina as an additional insured in such form and with such limits as established from time to time by resolution of the Town Board. A current certificate of insurance in form approved by the Town shall be on file with the Town Clerk and the Director.
The Town Board may at any time, upon its own initiative or upon the recommendation of the Director, terminate the authority of any authorized electrical inspection agency or electrical inspector to conduct electrical inspections hereunder and the Director may upon the noncompliance by such agency or inspector with the provisions herein or upon the inconsistent application of the standards for electrical installations to different premises by either, suspend the approval of any such agency or inspector upon notice to the Town Board, which suspension shall continue until further action by the Town Board.
Each authorized electrical inspection agency is hereby authorized to conduct inspections and reinspection of electrical installations in buildings and premises within the Town of Salina, for compliance with the Electrical Code, and to approve or disapprove the same, and in no event shall the cost or expense of such inspections and/or reinspection be a charge to the Town of Salina, and all costs for inspections or reinspection required by this section shall be paid by the applicant. Each certified inspector of an authorized electrical inspection agency is hereby designated and authorized to serve as an electrical inspector for the Town of Salina.
No electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency authorized hereunder shall inspect and approve or issue a certificate of compliance for any property for which there has been issued a notice of noncompliance by another electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency authorized hereunder.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Code Enforcement Officer, whose duty is shall be to enforce all the provisions of this chapter, all violations or deviations from or omissions of the Electrical Code or the electrical provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as referred to in this chapter, insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring and installations in the Town of Salina, upon written request of the Code Enforcement Officer.
The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspection of electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town of Salina where necessary for the protection of life and property.
In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of any official of the Town of Salina.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Salina and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall also authorize the issuance of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter and the Electrical Code. A copy of such certificate shall be sent to the Town of Salina to the attention of the Code Enforcement Officer.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the Town of Salina until an application for inspection has been filed with an electrical inspection agency approved hereunder. It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by an electrical inspection agency approved hereunder.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations of mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communications utility in the exercise of its functions as a utility and located outdoors or in buildings used exclusively for that purpose. This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as their principal business. It shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to persons or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of Salina or the authorized electrical inspection agency, or any individual electrical inspector, be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.