[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Union 7-17-1985 by L.L. No. 8-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 118.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of Union."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter is enacted to regulate the installation and the alteration of wiring for electrical light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Town of Union, outside the corporate limits of the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code except where the provisions of this chapter or any local law, ordinance or the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the "Building Code") shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
The New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other authorized agency is hereby empowered to provide one or more electrical inspectors, as required, to make inspections and reinspections of all new installations and of all existing installations as provided for in this chapter. All such appointments will be subject to approval by the Town Board of the Town of Union.
Authority granted to electrical inspector. The inspector or his authorized deputy shall have the right during reasonable hours to enter any building in the discharge of his official duties or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the installation of electrical wiring, electrical material or apparatus, fixtures or appliances contained therein.
It shall be unlawful for electrical inspectors to engage in the business of the sale, installation or maintenance of electrical wiring, electrical devices or electrical equipment, either directly or indirectly, and they shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in any such business in the Town of Union or elsewhere.
In no event will the cost or expense of such inspections and reinspections be a charge against the Town of Union.
Upon the completion of the installation of the electrical wiring, devices and equipment, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation installing the same to notify the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other authorized agency, whose inspector shall inspect the installation promptly after such notice is given. If it is found to be fully in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, he shall issue the certificate of the authorized agency to such person, firm or corporation as a final approval authorizing connection to the electrical service and/or the turning on of the current and the use of the installation. He shall send written notice of the authorization to the public utility corporation furnishing the electrical service. When a certificate is issued authorizing the connection and the use of temporary work, such a certificate shall be issued to expire at a stated time and shall be revocable by the inspector at his discretion.
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 Union outside the corporate limits of the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott until an application for inspection has been filed with an agency approved to conduct electrical inspections. 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 inspection agency.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of any section of this chapter or who or which shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder or who or which shall falsify plans or statements filed thereunder or who or which shall continue to work upon any building after having received written notice from the Building Official to cease work shall be guilty of an offense and punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both. However, for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon the courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter shall be deemed misdemeanors, and for such purpose only all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations.
Each week's continued violation shall constitute a separate, additional violation. Notice of violation shall be sufficient if directed to such owner, the agent of such owner or the contractor and left at the person's last known place of residence or business.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations 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 his or its principal business. This chapter 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 Union or its duly authorized inspectors be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.
This chapter shall not apply to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the conduct of manufacturing in or on properties in the Town of Union, outside the corporate limits of the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott, who or which hires or employs one or more electricians whose principal duties are installation, maintenance and repair of electrical machinery, appliances or electrical distribution (hereinafter called "electrical work"). The term "electrician" shall mean a person who has completed an apprentice course or received equivalent training or had equivalent experience of at least three years in electrical work and is deemed qualified by reason that his work performance is acceptable by the various codes and inspections that said person, firm or corporation is subject to. By January 1 of each year, a list of such electricians shall be submitted to the Building Official of the Town of Union in order that the person, firm or corporation shall be released from or not subject to the provisions as set forth in this chapter pertaining to the filing of applications or the penalties for noncompliance. There shall be no assessments or fees in connection with the filing of this certificate for electricians.