Town of Southold, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southold 3-14-1978 by L.L. No. 1-1978. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 126-1 Administration.

This chapter shall be administered and conducted under the supervision of the Building Department of the Town of Southold. The Town's Building Inspectors, however, shall at no time be required to conduct electrical inspections nor to perform any of the duties hereinafter assigned to Electrical Inspectors.

§ 126-2 Designation of Inspectors.

[Amended 2-4-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992; 3-10-1992 by L.L. No. 5-1992]
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters are hereby designated as Electrical Inspectors of the Town of Southold and are authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Southold 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 Southold. The Town Board may also designate, by resolution, the Chief Inspector and/or each of the duly appointed inspectors of organizations other than the New York Board of Fire Underwriters as Electrical Inspectors and authorize and deputize them as agents of the Town of Southold to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same, provided that said inspection organizations annually submit proof of insurance in such form and amounts as is deemed satisfactory by the Town Attorney, naming the Town of Southold as an additional insured.

§ 126-3 Duties of Electrical Inspector.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspectors, whose duty it shall be to enforce all provisions of this chapter, all violations or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the Building Code applicable[1] to the Town of Southold and all local laws, ordinances and the Building Code as referred to in this chapter 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 Southold, upon the written request of a Building Inspector of the Town of Southold or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections leading to the issuance of a certificate of compliance of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or any other organization duly designated by the Town Board of electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment in or on properties within the Town of Southold where a building permit has been issued by the Building Department of the Town of Southold or where a property owner or electrical contractor requests such an inspection. Applications for such inspections are to be made directly to the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or any other organization duly designated by the Town Board. In addition, application for a temporary certificate must be made directly to the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or any other organization duly designated by the Town Board wherever there is a change in electrical service. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the Inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or an officer of the Town of Southold.
[Amended 2-4-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 144, Fire Prevention and Building Construction.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Southold and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installation 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 Southold to the attention of the Building Inspector. No certificate of occupancy may be issued by the Building Department until a copy of said certificate of compliance has been received.

§ 126-4 Restrictions on materials.

A. 
The use of aluminum wire or wire utilizing aluminum in combination with other materials where the principal metallic component of such wire is aluminum, e.g., nickel-clad, copper-clad, etc., or American wire gauge No. 4 and smaller, is prohibited in any building and/or residence hereafter constructed within the Town of Southold. This restriction shall include alterations to existing buildings and residences and replacement or repair of existing electrical service.
B. 
Aluminum wire or wire utilizing aluminum in combination with other materials where the principal metallic component of such wire is aluminum, e.g., nickel-clad, copper-clad, etc., or American wire gauge No. 2 and larger, may be used in buildings and/or residences only when termination and splicing of such wire is by compression connectors approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.

§ 126-5 Penalties for offenses.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, for each offense.

§ 126-6 Severability.

Should any section or provision of this chapter be decided by the courts to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so decided to be unconstitutional or invalid.

§ 126-7 When effective.

This chapter shall take effect immediately.