Village of Greendale, WI
Milwaukee County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Greendale by Ord. No. 691 (Ch. 16 of the Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 14.
Building Code — See Ch. 15.

16.01 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to safeguard life and property by regulating and providing for the inspection of the installation and condition of electrical wiring, equipment and devices and providing for the licensing of persons, firms and corporations undertaking electrical work and fixing a penalty for violation of the provisions of this chapter.

16.02 Powers and duties of Electrical Inspector.

There is hereby created the office of Electrical Inspector. The Electrical Inspector shall act as head of this Department under the supervision of the Director of Inspection Services. The Electrical Inspector shall:
(1) 
Perform inspections and such other duties as may be prescribed.
(2) 
Have the general authority and control of all matters pertaining to electrical inspections and enforce all state laws and Village ordinances relating thereto.
(3) 
In all respects comply with the provisions of Ch. Comm 16, Wis. Adm. Code.

16.03 Qualifications of Electrical Inspector.

(1) 
The Electrical Inspector shall:
(a) 
Be certified by the State of Wisconsin in the categories of commercial electrical inspector (COMEL) and Uniform Dwelling Code inspector (ELECT).
(b) 
Be appointed by the Village Manager, subject to confirmation by the Village Board.
(c) 
Inspect or cause to be inspected all electrical work as outlined in this chapter within the Village.
(2) 
The Village may employ additional electrical inspectors as may be necessary who shall at least be certified by the State of Wisconsin in the category of Uniform Dwelling Code inspector (ELECT).

16.04 Right of entry.

The Electrical Inspector or his authorized agent may enter any building or premises in the discharge of his official duties for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the electrical wires, equipment or devices contained therein. The Electrical Inspector or his authorized agent shall be given access to any premises upon request made to the owner or person in immediate charge.

16.05 Records.

There shall be kept by the Electrical Inspector a complete record of all applications and permits, all inspections made and other official work performed under this chapter so arranged as to promptly afford information concerning electrical installations.

16.06 Adoption of State Electrical Code.

[Amended 1-6-1998 by Ord. No. 750]
Chapter Comm 16, Wis. Adm. Code, and all amendments thereto are hereby adopted by reference and made a part hereof. Except as otherwise regulated by this chapter, all installations of electrical wiring and equipment shall conform to and comply with Ch. Comm 16, State Electrical Code, the Wisconsin Statutes and any orders, rules and regulations issued by authority thereof and with approved electrical standards for safety to persons and property. Where requirements of state law and local ordinance conflict, the stricter requirement shall govern.

16.07 Inspections.

(1) 
The Electrical Inspector shall inspect all sites within the Village at which electrical work is performed, whether as initial installation, addition, replacement, alteration or repair.
(2) 
Upon the completion of the wiring on any building or before any wiring is to be hidden from view, it shall be the duty of the person doing the same to notify the Electrical Inspector, who shall inspect the installation within 48 hours of the time such notice is received. If, upon inspection, it is found that such installation is fully in compliance with this chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life or property, the Inspector shall approve the same and authorize concealment of such wiring or connection for electrical service. If the installation is incomplete or not strictly in accordance with this chapter, the Inspector shall issue orders to the person installing the same to remove all hazards and make the necessary changes or additions. The necessary repairs or changes shall be completed within 30 days after the receipt of such orders. Concealment of electrical work before inspection or failure to comply with the order of the Electrical Inspector shall constitute an offense punishable in accordance with the provisions of § 16.25.
(3) 
A final inspection shall be required for all electrical installation work for which an electrical permit was issued.
(4) 
The person obtaining an electrical permit shall notify and provide access to any building or property for inspections required by the Electrical Inspector.
(5) 
The Electrical Inspector shall accept as existing any work which was previously installed under permit and which conformed to all codes and ordinances at the time of installation.

16.08 Authority to stop electrical work.

Whenever any electrical work is being done contrary to the provisions of this chapter, the Electrical Inspector may order the work stopped by notice in writing served on any person(s) or firm engaged in the doing or causing such work to be done, and any such person or firm shall forthwith stop such work until authorized by the Electrical Inspector to commence and proceed with the work.

16.09 Authority to discontinue electrical system.

The Electrical Inspector may order the disconnection of all electrical current from any electrical system which is found to be in an unsafe condition and order the disconnection of electrical current in cases of emergency and where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment thus cut off until permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.

16.10 Requests for interpretation.

All requests for information pertaining to and involving an interpretation of this chapter shall be submitted in writing to the Electrical Inspector. The Electrical Inspector shall not design or lay out any electrical installation or act in the capacity of a consulting engineer or designer.

16.11 Electrical licenses.

(1) 
License required. No person shall alter, install or repair electrical wires and apparatus for any purpose whatsoever in the Village without first having procured a license as provided in this chapter. Applications for a new license or renewal of an existing license shall be made on forms furnished by the Electrical Inspector. All applicants shall pay the required license fee in § 16.14(1) of this chapter. All electrical licenses shall be issued for one year commencing on May 1 and expiring on April 30 the following year. For each yearly renewal of such license a fee as outlined in § 16.14(1) shall be paid. All applicants shall submit a copy of their valid Wisconsin master electrician certification with the license application.
(2) 
Exceptions. No license or permit shall be required for the following work:
(a) 
Maintenance personnel employed in public or private buildings or one- and two-family home owners shall be permitted to make minor repairs. These shall include the replacement of switches, receptacles and fixtures but shall not include the extension of circuits or the adding, replacing or creating of new circuits.
(b) 
Installers of nonrequired emergency system wiring and cable wiring operating at 50 volts or less.
(c) 
Village employees performing electrical work on municipal property in the Village.
(3) 
No license shall be issued to any person without evidence to the Electrical Inspector indicating at least one full-time employee with a valid Wisconsin master electrician certificate. This supervising electrician shall superintend all work performed by the licensee and be available during regular Village business hours to discuss any matters involving the installations permitted under the license. If the supervising electrician resigns or is not able to perform such, the license holder shall immediately notify the Electrical Inspector in writing. In such instances, the license shall become null and void until a qualified successor has been appointed.
(4) 
License nontransferable. Licenses issued under the terms of this chapter shall not be transferable and shall not be used by persons other than to whom issued.
(5) 
Revocation and suspension. Any license granted under this chapter may be suspended by the Electrical Inspector for such period of time as he determines, but not to exceed 90 days, or may be revoked by the Electrical Inspector if the licensee violates any ordinance or law relating to electrical work or is guilty of installing electrical construction which is a hazard to life or property, but no license shall be suspended or revoked unless the licensee has been notified in writing of the charges against him and the time and place when and where he may appear before the Electrical Inspector to answer such charges. When a license is suspended, such license shall be automatically reinstated on the date specified in the order of suspension unless the suspension shall have been because of a faulty installation of electrical construction, in which case such license shall be reinstalled only upon correction of the faulty installation. When a license is revoked, a new license shall not again be granted to the licensee until such licensee shall have applied for a new license and met all the requirements of this chapter. The Electrical Inspector may investigate any charges or complaints filed which may be brought against the holder of a license and revoke such license for repeated violations or noncompliance with any of the provisions of this chapter on the part of the licensee or any person performing any work under his direction.

16.12 Qualifications for electrical license.

Certification from the State of Wisconsin as a master electrician shall serve as qualification for an electrical license.

16.13 Permit issuance.

(1) 
The Electrical Inspector shall issue permits for the installation of electrical work as covered within the scope of the Wisconsin Electrical Code upon the filing of proper applications, which shall be made on forms furnished by the Electrical Inspector and shall prescribe the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required for inspection. In no case shall any such electrical work be done unless a permit has been obtained.
(2) 
Exceptions.
(a) 
Any person manufacturing or repairing electrical apparatus and equipment and employing a state-certified master electrician shall not be required to have a permit for his testing equipment.
(b) 
No permit shall be required for minor repair work such as repairing drop cords, flush and snap switches, replacing fuses, or changing light fixtures or lamp sockets.
(c) 
No permit shall be required for portable devices such as grinders, drills, portable signs, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, radios, electric refrigerators, and similar devices not permanently wired but intended to be connected to the circuit by a flexible cord and plug. However, proper approved wiring is to be installed, together with approved receptacle and plug.
(d) 
No permit or permit fees shall be required for the installation, alteration or repair of electrical generation, transmission or distribution equipment owned and operated by an electrical utility company or the Village.
(e) 
No permit shall be required for the installation, alteration or repair of a signal or communication equipment owned and operated by a public utility company or the Village.

16.14 Fees.

[Amended 12-3-2002 by Ord. No. 795; 12-2-2003 by Ord. No. 802]
(1) 
Required.[1]
(a) 
No electrical work shall be done in the Village without a permit being first issued by the Electrical Inspector and the payment of fees as set by the Village Board in the fee schedule on file at the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
(b) 
The Village Board may amend the electrical permit fees from time to time through the passage of a resolution.
(c) 
All permit fees and license fees shall be paid to the Village Clerk-Treasurer, and no permit shall be issued or valid unless approved by an authorized agent of the Department of Inspection Services and the fee paid to the Village in the amount required for such permit. The fees for permits provided by this chapter shall become the property of the Village. If an electrical permit is issued and not used, only that portion of the permit fee in excess of $30 will be refunded. No permit fee shall be refunded for permits which have expired under the provisions of Subsection (4).
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Code Adoption Ordinance).
(2) 
Restrictions. No further permits are to be issued to any licensee until all arrears in fees have been paid and all lawful orders issued by the Electrical Inspector have been complied with.
(3) 
Sign installations. No permit for electrical installation in connection with a permanent or temporary sign in the Village shall be issued until a sign permit required by § 15.56 of Chapter 15, Building Code, has been issued by the Director of Inspection Services for the erection of such sign.
(4) 
Expiration. Every permit issued by the Electrical Inspector under the provisions of this chapter shall expire by limitation and become null and void if the work authorized by such permit is not commenced for a period of four months and not completed within 12 months from the date of issuance. Before such work can be recommenced, a new permit must first be obtained, and the fee therefor shall be 1/2 the amount required for a first permit.

16.15 Temporary work.

(1) 
On applying for a permit for temporary work, a specified period of time for which such wiring is to remain in service shall be stated, but not exceeding 90 days. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not again be connected without permission from the Electrical Inspector. For buildings where conduit wiring is required, special permits for temporary work may be granted by the Electrical Inspector for the installation of open work and exposed wiring, lights, power for building operations, display, decorative lighting, etc., for use for a limited period, subject to discontinuance and complete removal at expiration and to condemnation and revocation within such period.
(2) 
Electrical installations for temporary structures or assemblies, such as carnivals, picnics, circuses, festivals, side shows or sport events, shall be in accordance with all provisions of Chs. Comm 16 and Comm 34.
[Amended 1-6-1998 by Ord. No. 750]

16.16 Emergency work.

In emergency work the person doing or causing such work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector immediately after beginning work, and such work shall be done in accordance with this chapter.

16.17 Unsafe equipment.

No person shall keep or offer for sale or sell for use within the Village any apparatus, equipment or fixtures designed or intended to be used for the production, transmission or utilization of electrical current or power if the apparatus, equipment or fixtures, when installed for use, would be considered unsafe or dangerous as determined by the Electrical Inspector.

16.18 Compliance required.

(1) 
All wiring shall be done according to the most recent version of the Wisconsin State Electrical Code and this chapter.
(2) 
The connection of replacement appliances and equipment such as furnaces, signs, air compressors, air conditioners, water heaters and like equipment shall constitute an extension of an existing or new branch circuit. Such connections shall comply with the current Electrical Code.
(3) 
Existing installations which have been declared a hazard to life and property shall be made safe. Installation of any permanent wiring and equipment to correct such hazards will constitute an extension of an existing or new circuit.

16.19 Certificate of inspection.

[Amended 1-6-1998 by Ord. No. 750]
No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electric light, power or heating installation and all other electrical apparatus connected with it are in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the State Electrical Code issued by the Department of Commerce, under authority of the state statutes.

16.20 Service of notices and orders.

All inspection notices and orders of the Electrical Inspector shall be considered final when served in writing upon the licensee. Service shall be by certified mail, return receipt requested, or via fax machine. The effective date of notification shall be the date shown on the return receipt or fax transaction report.

16.21 Appeals.

[Amended 1-6-1998 by Ord. No. 750]
Appeals for all electrical installations, alterations or repairs covered within the scope of the State Electrical Code shall be filed with the State Department of Commerce in accordance with § Comm 16.05, Wis. Adm. Code. Appeals for all other requirements in this chapter shall be filed in accordance with the provisions of § 1.44 of this Code.

16.22 Liability for damages.

This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility or liability of any person supplying electricity to or selling, renting, leasing, owning, using, operating, controlling, installing, altering, removing, replacing, disturbing, repairing, connecting, disconnecting or maintaining any electrical equipment for damages to person or property caused by any defect therein or therefrom, nor shall the Village or its officers be held as assuming any such responsibility or liability by reason of the issuance or revocation of any license or permit or the inspection authorized by this chapter or by reason of the approval or disapproval of any electrical equipment, sales, rentals, drawings, plans, specifications, materials, samples, test reports, literature, information or schedules authorized in this chapter. The Village or its officers shall not be held liable for any damages resulting from the enforcement of this chapter.

16.25 Violations and penalties.

Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provided in § 25.04 of this Code. Each violation and each day a violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense. This section shall not preclude the Village from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of this chapter.