City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton 4-26-1999 by Ord. No. 60-1999. This ordinance supersedes former Ch. 215, Electrical Standards, adopted 9-23-1998 by Ord. No. 84-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms and alarm systems — See Ch. 152.
Building construction — See Ch. 187.
Contractors — See Ch. 203.
Heating and air-conditioning systems — See Ch. 290.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 313.
Plumbing — See Ch. 345.
Poles and wires — See Ch. 349.

§ 215-1 Adoption of standards.

A certain document, one copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Scranton, being marked and designated as the "National Electrical Code, 1999, Twelfth Edition," as published by the National Fire Protection Association, is hereby adopted as the Electrical Code for the City of Scranton in the State of Pennsylvania for the control of buildings and structures as herein provided; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part thereof as if fully set out in this chapter.

§ 215-2 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter or the Electrical Code hereby adopted shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be fined an amount not to exceed $600 and a minimum of $200 for any offense, recoverable with costs, together with judgment of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days if the amount of such fine and costs shall not be promptly paid. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense. Any person found guilty shall be responsible to pay for any and all repairs to correct any and all violations.

§ 215-3 Permit requirements.

Upon the filing of a written application in such form as the Electrical Inspector shall require, and upon payment of the required fee, a permit shall be issued in duplicate to the electrical contractor or other person making application, one copy thereof to be conspicuously posted upon the premises where the work is being done, until the work done has been inspected and approved by either the electrical underwriters agency or the Electrical Inspector of the City of Scranton.

§ 215-4 Inspection.

A. 
Before any electrical contractor or other person doing the electrical installation or construction work for which he has received a permit shall complete such work, he shall make application for inspection on the form used by an approved electrical underwriters inspection agency, specifying the premises wherein the installation or construction is being done, the extent, specification and classification of such work, and pay the fees for all inspections.
B. 
The electrical underwriters inspection agency shall, upon receipt of an inspection application, make or cause to be made an inspection of such work and conduct such test as may be necessary. If the work is done in accordance with the requirements of this Electrical Code, the electrical underwriter inspection agency shall thereupon issue a cut-in card to the local electric utility office and a rough wiring or final certificate of approval, as the case may be, to the applicant and the City Electrical Inspector; provided, however, that if service entrance and/or metering are not involved in the work to be inspected, the issuance of a cut-in card to the utility company will not be required.
C. 
When the electrical installation or construction is not approved by the underwriters inspector, such inspector shall send a notice of noncompliance to the applicant and to the City Electrical Inspector and, if required, to the local electric utility company.
D. 
No electrical energy shall be introduced into a building which, previous to the installation or construction, had no electrical energy until a cut-in card is issued to the local utility, excepting only as such electrical energy may be used by contractors in furtherance of the construction work, electrical or otherwise, in such building.

§ 215-5 Stop-work orders; fines.

Upon notice from the Code Official that electrical work is being done contrary to the provisions of this code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner, such work shall immediately cease. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property or to the owner's agent or to the person doing the work. The notice shall state the conditions under which work is authorized to resume. Where an emergency exists, the Code Official shall not be required to give written notice prior to stopping the work. Any person who shall continue any work on the system after being served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $500 dollars or not more than $10,000.