Borough of Middletown, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Middletown 7-1-1996 by Ord. No. 1088,
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Ch. 142, Electrical Standards, adopted 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 1044, approved 9-7-1993.
approved 7-1-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Building permits — See Ch. 113.

Uniform Construction Code — See Ch. 114.

Code enforcement — See Ch. 127.

Electric service — See Ch. 144.

Fire prevention — See Ch. 155.

§ 142-1
Applicability. 

§ 142-2
Enforcement. 

§ 142-3
Permit required; application; expiration. 

§ 142-4
Inspection of work under permit. 

§ 142-5
Inspection of existing electrical wiring and apparatus. 

§ 142-6
Use of approved materials. 

§ 142-7
Amendments to standards. 

§ 142-8
Records. 

§ 142-9
Exemptions from permit requirements. 

§ 142-10
Violations and penalties. 

§ 142-11
Relationship to state law. 

§ 142-12
Continuation of existing regulations. 

§ 142-1 Applicability.

[Added 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 142-1, Adoption of standards, as amended. See now §  114-1.
]

From the date by which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions hereof shall be controlling for all existing and future electrical wiring and apparatus in buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs within the corporate limits of the Borough.

§ 142-2 Enforcement.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

The International Building Code and its related codes, adopted in § 114-1 hereof shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer. The Code Enforcement Officer shall, upon the installation, removal, extension and reception of any electrical wiring and electric apparatus pursuant to this chapter, cause an inspection or inspections to be made by himself or his duly authorized agents, to determine that the electrical work conforms with the code, this chapter and other ordinances of the Bborough and the statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 142-3 Permit required; application; expiration.

No person, copartnership, firm, association, corporation or other legal entity shall hereafter install, receive, renew or extend electrical wire or conductors to be used for the transmission of electric current for electric light, heat or power purposes in existing buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs or in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs, without first applying for and obtaining a permit to do so pursuant to this chapter.

A. 

All such applications for a permit shall be made to the Code Enforcement Officer in writing on forms supplied by said Code Enforcement Officer.

B. 

Any person making false answers to any questions or items set forth in such application form shall forfeit and surrender any permit issued pursuant thereto.

C. 

Such application form shall contain questions designed to elicit information to determine whether or not said proposed electric wiring and electric apparatus comply with the code, any other ordinances of the Borough, and statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

D. 

Each such application form shall be accompanied by a fee prescribed by this chapter.

E. 

Each applicant for a permit shall furnish to the Code Enforcement Officer proof, in writing, that an application for inspection of the proposed electric wiring and electric apparatus has been made to a local area inspection agency that specializes in such inspections, to determine that the electrical work conforms with the provisions of the code and this chapter. The payment of all inspection fees and charges of the local area inspection agency shall be borne by the applicant.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

F. 

Each applicant for a permit shall cause the premises covered by the application to be open for inspection or inspections by the Building Official and his agents and the representative or representatives for the local area inspection agency at all reasonable times.

G. 

Upon the Code Enforcement Officer's determination that the proposed electric apparatus complies with the code, this chapter and other ordinances of the Borough, and the statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a permit shall be issued.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

H. 

All permits shall expire one year from the date of issuance by the Code Enforcement Officer.

§ 142-4 Inspection of work under permit.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]
A. 

All inspections shall be made to ensure that the proposed electrical work complies with the code. No electric wiring shall be concealed unless inspected and approved by the Code Enforcement Officer and his agents and the representative or representatives of the local area inspection agency, but such inspection or reinspection shall be made within a reasonable time after notice of completion of the electrical work sought to be inspected for approval. A duplicate record of each written approval made by the local area inspection agency shall be filed with the Code Enforcement Officer.

B. 

All decisions made to determine whether or not the proposed electrical work complies with the provisions of the code shall be made by the Code Enforcement Officer.

C. 

The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the power to stop electrical work and order the removal thereof when he determines that such work is being installed not in conformity with the code, this chapter and other ordinances of the borough, and the statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

D. 

The Code Enforcement Officer may waive his inspection to determine compliance with the code and this chapter of all or that portion of the proposed electrical work for which he shall have received a duplicate record of approval by the local area inspection agency. The Code Enforcement Officer shall give notice so that the approved work can be concealed.

§ 142-5 Inspection of existing electrical wiring and apparatus.

In order to safeguard persons and property against the hazards and perils incident to defective electric wiring and apparatus that are or may now be in existence within the corporate limits of the borough, the Code Enforcement Officer is hereby given the duty to inspect, with the agents and the representative or representatives of the local area inspection agency, when requested by proper authority or when public interest so requires, any premises within the Borough at reasonable times to ensure that the existing electric wiring system and apparatus is not defective and unsafe.

A. 

All decisions that the existing electric wiring system and apparatus is defective shall be made by the Code Enforcement Officer, in writing, on notice to the owner of the premises served forthwith, personally or by regular mail addressed to the address shown on the latest tax records, with reasons for his decision.

B. 

Upon the Code Enforcement Officer's decision that the existing electric wiring system is defective and unsafe as aforesaid, the system or portions of the system which are defective and unsafe shall be discontinued until it is corrected and made to comply with the provisions of the code, in accordance with this chapter.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

§ 142-6 Use of approved materials.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former §§ 142-6, 142-9 and 142-12 and consecutively renumbered former §§ 142-7, 142-8, 142-10, 142-11 and 142-13 through 142-15.
]

Only the materials, fittings and devices enumerated in the List of Inspected Appliances of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., as revised from time to time, shall be used in the electrical work regulated by the code and this chapter.

§ 142-7 Amendments to standards.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

The "code" herein adopted is supplemented by adding thereto the following which is made a part hereof:

A. 

Whenever a permit is required under the terms of this chapter for electrical wiring and apparatus to be done in connection with a gas or oil burner installation in any existing building or structure, or in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings or structures, there shall be installed an emergency shutoff switch with a red plate thereon marked "oil burner" or "gas burner," as the case may be, at the entrance to the basement or heating room.

§ 142-8 Records.

All records of the Code Enforcement Officer pursuant to this chapter shall be open to public inspection for good and sufficient reasons during office hours but shall not be removed from the office of the Code Enforcement Officer without his written consent.

§ 142-9 Exemptions from permit requirements.

No permit shall be required under this chapter for the following electrical work:

A. 

Minor repair work, such as the replacement of lamps and fuses.

B. 

The connection of portable electrical appliances to suitable permanently installed appliances.

C. 

Equipment installed or work performed by or for a public utility operating under authority granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

D. 

Equipment installed or work performed by a railway utility in the exercise of its function as a utility and located in or on its right-of-way.

E. 

Equipment used in connection with commercial radio and television transmission.

F. 

Repair, manufacturing and maintenance work on premises occupied by a firm or corporation and performed by a regular employee who is a qualified journeyman electrician.

§ 142-10 Violations and penalties.

A. 

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or of the code hereby adopted, or who fail to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall do or cause to be done electrical work in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Code Enforcement Officer within the time affixed therein, shall severally for each and every such violation and noncompliance, respectively, be guilty of violating this chapter and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $300 and/or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.

[Amended 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1194, approved 7-11-2005]

B. 

The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.

C. 

The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions, by any action at law or in equity, instituted by the Code Enforcement Officer on behalf of the Borough.

§ 142-11 Relationship to state law.

In all matters that are regulated by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or by regulations of department or agencies of the commonwealth promulgated by authority of law, such laws or regulations, as the case may be, shall control where the requirements thereof are the same as or in excess of the provisions of this chapter. The code shall control in all cases where the state requirements are not as strict as those contained in this chapter.

§ 142-12 Continuation of existing regulations.

The provisions of this chapter, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances and/or codes in force immediately prior to the enactment of this chapter, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and codes and not as new enactments. The provisions of this chapter shall not affect any act done or liability incurred, nor shall they affect any suit or prosecution ending or to be instituted to enforce any right or penalty or to punish any offense under authority of any of the repealed ordinances.