[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Poughkeepsie 12-6-1977 (Part II, Ch. 5, Art. III, of the 1964 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-17-1990; 2-14-1990; 10-27-1993; 1-8-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
At the reorganizational meeting held each January by the Town Board of the Town of Poughkeepsie, duly qualified electrical inspectors shall be appointed to act as agents of the Town to make any inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations, heretofore and hereinafter described, and to approve or disapprove the same. The Town shall appoint no less than three and no more than five inspecting agencies for one-year terms. The list of nominations for the appointments shall be generated by recommendations of the Building Department of the Town of Poughkeepsie. The criteria for the appointments may include any state requirements for the certification of electrical inspectors as well as a minimum number of years of experience. Any inspecting agency may be removed from the list of appointed inspectors by resolution of the Town Board at any point during their term.
[Amended 9-22-1999 by L.L. No. 21-1999]
Once appointed, the agencies shall each provide within 48 hours to the Building Department of the Town of Poughkeepsie a list of inspectors employed by them who would be performing inspections within the Town of Poughkeepsie. This list shall also include original signatures of these inspectors. Any additions or deletions by the agency to this list will be sent immediately to the Building Department of the Town of Poughkeepsie. This list shall be updated in its entirety each time that the agency is reappointed.
The determination to engage an approved electrical inspector, as necessary, to perform a herein described electrical inspection shall be at the discretion of the Building Inspector.
[Added 9-22-1999 by L.L. No. 21-1999]
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to report in writing to the Chief Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all provisions of this Code, all violations or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the Building Code applicable to the Town of Poughkeepsie and of 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 Poughkeepsie upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town of Poughkeepsie or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment in or on properties within the Town of Poughkeepsie where he or she 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 inspection upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town of Poughkeepsie.
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Poughkeepsie and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He or she shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter. He or she shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of Poughkeepsie to the attention of the Building Inspector.
Upon conclusion of an inspection where the installation has failed to comply with applicable codes, a red sticker shall be placed on the service panel to indicate such failure. The electrical inspector shall also complete a report concerning said failure which shall be forwarded to the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department within 48 hours of the inspection. Upon inspection wherein a different electrical inspection agency finds the red sticker indicating a previous failure, the inspector shall contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department to determine the reasons for such failure and shall not complete an inspection until the reasons for such failure are cured. A form indicating that corrections have been made and indicating the approval of the electrical inspector shall be submitted to the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department within 48 hours of the inspection. A green sticker shall be used to indicate the compliance with applicable codes.
[Added 1-8-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
Failure to follow the procedures outlined in this chapter and failure to follow any administrative procedures set by the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department may be grounds for denial of a reappointment.
[Added 1-8-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
[Amended 3-27-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996; 6-3-2009 by L.L. No. 22-2009]
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 of the Town of Poughkeepsie until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. 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. Violations of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
In addition to any other remedies set forth herein authorizing the Town to enforce the provisions of this chapter, establishing penalties, and setting forth additional remedies, the person charged with the responsibility to enforce the provisions of this chapter may impose a civil fine or agree to a civil fine not to exceed $1,000 per day for each day of the violation. If said civil fine is imposed, then the alleged violator may appeal to the Town Board.