[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Haverstraw 5-26-1987 by ordinance (Ch. 13 of the 1966 Code). Sections 76-4, 76-6, 76-7 and 76-9 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 84.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of Haverstraw."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this Electrical Ordinance is enacted to regulate the installation and alteration of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Town of Haverstraw.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code.
The chief inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Haverstraw to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same. In no event, however, will the cost or expense of such inspections and reinspections be a charge against the Town of Haverstraw.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this chapter, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code, New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and any and all local laws or ordinances insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. The inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town of Haverstraw upon the written request of the Supervisor, Building Inspector or Fire Inspector of the Town of Haverstraw or as herein provided. The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town of Haverstraw where he deems it 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 the Supervisor, Building Inspector or Fire Inspector of the Town of Haverstraw. It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Haverstraw and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of Haverstraw to the attention of the Building Inspector.
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 Haverstraw until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town. 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 the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town. Public utilities engaged in activities to ensure or restore continuity of service shall be exempt from the provisions of this section, provided that the work performed is under the direction of a professional engineer.
A violation of this chapter may be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installation in mines, ships, railway cars or automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communications utility in the exercise of its function 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 its 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 person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of Haverstraw or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.