Town of Rotterdam, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Rotterdam 3-23-1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 90.
Fires and fire prevention — See Ch. 130.
Housing standards — See Ch. 154.

§ 112-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Inspection Ordinance of the Town of Rotterdam."

§ 112-2 Purpose.

Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this Electrical Inspection Ordinance is enacted to regulate the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more, or to install or cause to be installed, or to alter, repair or maintain any portable electrical equipment used for amusement device connected to 50 or more volts of electrical power which equipment is intended for use by the public or as an amusement device or vending machine, in or on all real property within the Town of Rotterdam.

§ 112-3 Conflict with state provisions.

[Added 3-12-1986 by L.L. No. 4-1986]
Where the provisions of this chapter conflict with any provision of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall apply.

§ 112-4 Adoption of standards.

[Amended 7-9-2003 by L.L. No. 9-2003]
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code so long as it or they shall continue to be standards approved by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, or any other standards approved by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, except where the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or Building Code of the Town of Rotterdam shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or Building Code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as the "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved by the American Standards Association.

§ 112-5 Authorization of inspectors.

[Amended 6-12-1991 by L.L. No. 4-1991; 3-26-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997; 11-12-1997 by L.L. No. 14-1997; 8-12-1998 by L.L. No. 11-1998; 10-13-1999 by L.L. No. 16-1999; 12-23-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2015; 7-13-2016 by L.L. No. 7-2016]
The Chief Inspector, and each of the duly appointed inspectors of New York Atlantic-Inland, Inc., the Middle Department inspection Agency, Inc., The Inspector, LLC, and Northeast Electrical Inspectors, LLC, are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam.

§ 112-6 Powers and duties of Inspectors.

[Amended 7-9-2003 by L.L. No. 9-2003]
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to report in writing to the Chief Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this code, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code, 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 Rotterdam upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town of Rotterdam or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment, in and on properties within the Town of Rotterdam, where he 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 inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town of Rotterdam. It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Rotterdam and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations 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 Rotterdam to the attention of the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer.

§ 112-7 Application for inspection and certificate of compliance required.

[Amended 6-12-1991 by L.L. No. 4-1991; 3-26-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997; 11-12-1997 by L.L. No. 14-1997; 10-13-1999 by L.L. No. 16-1999; 12-23-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2015; 7-13-2016 by L.L. No. 7-2016]
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical wiring for heat, light or power in or on properties in the Town of Rotterdam until an application for inspection has been filed with New York Atlantic-Inland, Inc., the Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc., The Inspector, LLC, or Northeast Electrical Inspectors, LLC. 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 Atlantic-Inland, Inc., the Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc., The Inspector, LLC, or Northeast Electrical inspectors, LLC.

§ 112-8 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 3-12-1986 by L.L. No. 4-1986; 6-12-2013 by L.L. No. 7-2013]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of no less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for conviction of a first offense; for conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $1,000 nor more than $1,500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both; and upon conviction for a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $1,500 nor more than $2,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day of continued violation shall constitute a separate, additional offense.

§ 112-9 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communication 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 their principal business. It 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.

§ 112-10 Construction; assumption of liability.

[Amended 6-12-1991 by L.L. No. 4-1991; 3-26-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997; 11-12-1997 by L.L. No. 14-1997; 10-13-1999 by L.L. No. 16-1999]
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 a defect therein, nor shall the Town of Rotterdam or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or the Middle Department of Inspection Agency, Inc., or The Inspector, LLC be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.