[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 7-1990; amended in its entirety 10-14-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful to install electric devices or wiring for light, heat or power or to alter, extend or repair any existing electric device or wiring system or to maintain and use electric devices or wiring systems within the Town except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
For the purpose of interpreting and applying the provisions of this chapter, the following definitions shall have the meanings indicated. All other definitions shall be as set forth in the National Electric Code.
- BUILDING INSPECTOR
- The Building Inspector of the Town of Greenburgh, or any of his duly appointed representatives.
- CERTIFIED INSPECTOR
- The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of any electrical inspection agency which is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and applies the National Electrical Code (NEC) as the standard for inspection and certification who are authorized by the Building Inspector to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations described in this chapter and to recommend that the Building Inspector approve or disapprove of the same.
- Includes installation, alteration, extension and repair.
- MASTER ELECTRICIAN
- Any person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation having a regular place of business who performs the work or who is engaged in the business of electrical contracting and/or installing, altering and repairing or contracting to install, alter or repair any electric wires or wiring, apparatus, fixtures and other appliances (except small plug-in appliances) used or to be used for the transmission of electricity for light, heat or power or signaling systems when more than 50 volts are required.
- MATERIALS, FITTINGS AND DEVICES
- Only the materials, fittings and devices approved by a recognized laboratory shall be acceptable as suitable for use under this chapter, except as may be provided otherwise.
- That part of the Town of Greenburgh lying outside the limits of any incorporated village.
- Includes installation, alteration, extension and repair of electric devices or wiring for light, heat or power or signaling systems when more than 50 volts are required.
Except as may be provided otherwise in this chapter, the requirements of the National Electric Code and the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be deemed to be the approved methods and practices to be used in the Town.
It shall be unlawful to install electric devices or wiring for light, heat or power or to extend an existing electric device or wiring system unless a permit has been issued thereof by the Building Inspector, except that no permits shall be required for electrical work for the generation and primary distribution of electric current or the secondary distribution system ahead of the meter where such work is an integral part of the system owned and operated by an electric light and power company in rendering its duly authorized service. No permit shall be issued to any person, firm or corporation other than an electrician licensed by Westchester County, except those not required to be licensed by this chapter.
Applications for permits shall be made on forms supplied by the Building Inspector.
Permits shall be issued to the licensed electrician engaged to perform the work in the form of a poster, which shall bear the name of the electrician to whom it is issued, the location of the premises and such other information as the Building Inspector may require. The permit shall be posted by the electrician on the premises in which the installation is to be made, adjacent to the existing or proposed location of the electric service meter.
No permit shall be required for the repair of electrical fixtures.
The fee for a permit shall be set by the Building Inspector subject to the approval of the Town Board.
Inspections shall be made during the installation of an electric device or wiring system to assure compliance with this chapter. An application for inspection must be filed with the Town or a certified inspection agency.
No work in connection with an electric installation shall be covered or concealed until it has been inspected as prescribed in this section and permission to do so has been given by the Building Inspector or a certified inspector.
The Building Inspector or a certified inspector shall, within a reasonable time after notice of the completion of any electric installation which shall come under the provisions of this chapter, make an inspection of such work and perform such tests as may be necessary to determine that it conforms with this chapter.
The Building Inspector or certified inspector shall make a reinspection of an electric installation whenever he deems it necessary in the interest of public safety.
If an electric installation, upon reinspection, is found to be defective or unsafe, the Building Inspector or certified inspector shall revoke all certificates in effect at that time relating to such installation, and the use of such installation shall be discontinued until it has been made to conform to this chapter and a new certificate has been issued by the Building Inspector or certified inspector.
Inspection and reinspection fees shall be set by the Building Inspector subject to the approval of the Town Board.
Certificate of approval. If it is found that an electric device or wiring system is lawfully installed or altered, the Building Inspector shall issue a certificate of approval to that effect. A certificate of approval issued by a certified inspector shall be deemed sufficient under the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful to use or permit the use of or to supply current for electric devices or wiring for light, heat or power within the Town unless the required certificate of inspection and approval has been issued.
The Inspector may, in his discretion, give temporary permission for a reasonable time to supply and use current in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed.
When, in the opinion of the Inspector or a Fire Chief, any electric current is dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department, either of them may disconnect or cause to be disconnected said current.
It shall be unlawful 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 any certified inspector.
This chapter shall be enforceable by the Building Inspector, Fire Marshal or the Electrical Inspector and/or his or her assistants. Each shall have the authority to issue violation notices, summonses and stop-work orders as necessary.
It shall be unlawful for any licensed electrician to allow his license to be used in connection with work not actually done by him or his employees.
The provisions of this section appertaining to licenses shall not apply to electric corporations as defined in the Transportation Corporations Law of the State of New York nor to any person or corporations engaged in their behalf nor to the employees of any of them in performing such work in the conduct of the business of such corporation in installing, maintaining or repairing wires, apparatus or fixtures or other appliances used by such companies and necessary for or to their business, whether or not such wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures or other appliances are on its own premises, unless the work in connection therewith is done within a building now owned by such corporation. Such provisions shall not apply to the electrical work of a telephone, telegraph, central station protective, railroad or radio broadcasting company nor to those performing electrical work for such a company where said electrical work is an integral part of the plant or service used by such company in rendering its duly authorized service to the public.
Any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed three months. Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
A second and subsequent violation for the same offense shall be a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of not less than $750 nor more than $2,500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed six months. Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.