Township of Palmer, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Palmer 1-25-1972 by Ord. No. 116. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building Code — See Ch. 55.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 81.

§ 72-1 Title.

The short title of this ordinance shall be the "Palmer Township Basic Electrical Code."

§ 72-2 Adoption of Code.

[Amended 2-24-1976 by Ord. No. 161; 6-1-1981 by Ord. No. 188; 7-28-1987 by Ord. No. 221; 7-27-1993 by Ord. No. 253; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
The publication entitled "ICC Electrical Code/2000" and its errata sheets, published by the International Code Council, hereinafter called the "code," is hereby accepted and adopted and incorporated herein in its entirety, except as may be hereinafter noted, as the Palmer Township Basic Electrical Code. All electrical installations in Palmer Township shall comply with this code and ordinance. Palmer Township shall issue electrical inspection permits at a fee set by resolution.

§ 72-3 Authorization to inspect electrical installations.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
The certified inspectors of any inspection agency approved by the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors to do electrical inspections are hereby exclusively authorized to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations and work within Palmer Township on behalf of the Township. In no event, however, will the cost or expense of any such inspection or reinspection be a charge against the Township of Palmer. For purposes of liability, the aforesaid approved inspectors and agencies shall be considered independent contractors. All electrical inspection agencies shall keep all required Palmer Township licenses current in order to perform electrical inspections.

§ 72-4 Duties of electrical inspectors.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
It shall be the duty of the Palmer Township approved electrical inspectors to report violations of the Electrical Code to the Palmer Township Building Inspector, who may enforce any and all provisions of the Electrical Code. In addition, the approved electrical inspectors shall make inspections of any property or electrical project within the Township upon reasonable notice of a request for such inspection by the holder of a Palmer Township electrical permit or when deemed necessary by a Palmer Township code officer in order to protect the health, safety and/or welfare of any person or property.

§ 72-5 Application for permits and inspection.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
No person, firm, corporation, partnership or other entity shall install or cause to be installed any service entrance, electrical wiring, or electrical device in any building or on any property until an application for an electrical permit has been filed with and approved by the Palmer Township Code Department. All such service entrances, electrical wiring and devices must pass inspection by a Palmer Township approved electrical inspector or agency.

§ 72-6 Exceptions to which ordinance does not apply.

The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installation of equipment employed by a railway nor to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, tests or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by persons, firms, partnerships or corporations engaged in the electrical manufacturing as their principal business. They shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 72-7 Construction of ordinance.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
This ordinance 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 personal property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Township of Palmer nor any of its approved agencies or inspectors be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this ordinance.

§ 72-8 Severability.

The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any sentence, clause or section of this ordinance, including the code, is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses or sections of this ordinance, including the code. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Board of Supervisors of Palmer Township that this ordinance would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid sentence, clause or section not been included herein or in the code.

§ 72-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-25-1988 by Ord. No. 227]
A. 
Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance, or the code, or who takes part in, or aids, abets or assists in any way in such violation, whether through action, inaction, negligence or otherwise, shall be liable upon conviction before any Alderman, District Magistrate or Justice of the Peace to pay a fine or penalty to the township, and for the use of the township, in an amount not to exceed $1,000 or be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a period not exceeding 30 days, as provided by law.
B. 
Each day of violation of the particular code or ordinance applicable shall be considered a separate offense, for which the fines and penalties stated herein may be imposed on a daily basis.
C. 
For collection of fines and penalties, see § 1-16E of Chapter 1, General Provisions.

§ 72-10 Designation of additional agencies.

[Added 2-7-1972 by Ord. No. 119; amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Supervisors of Palmer Township may designate by resolution an additional agency or agencies as authorized electrical inspectors of Palmer Township, and these agencies shall have the same duties, rights, responsibilities and liabilities as set forth in the Palmer Township Basic Electrical Code.