City of Saco, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco 5-1-1995 as Ch. XII, Sec 12-2, of the 1994 Code; amended in its entirety 2-6-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 73.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 102.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 106.
Mobile homes — See Ch. 143.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 163.

§ 87-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Electrical Code."[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 87-1.1, Definitions, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 3-5-2012.

§ 87-2 Adoption of standards by reference.

[Amended 8-4-2008; 3-5-2012]
A. 
Reference is herewith made to the 2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, as published by the National Fire Protection Association, as amended, to become effective May 1, 2015, and said code is hereby adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes as found herein. Statutory authority to adopt this code is granted by 30-A M.R.S.A., and 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4171 and shall cover original installations, alterations and additions, both residential and commercial and shall be in effect for the entire City of Saco. At least seven days prior to the public hearing, the purpose of which is to consider changes to this chapter, notice shall be given by regular mail, electronic mail or facsimile to all electricians who have obtained an electrical permit within the six-month period preceding the public hearing date.
[Amended 4-6-2015]
B. 
Additions, insertions and changes. The following are hereby revised as follows:
(1) 
200.6 Means of Identifying Grounded Conductors.
(D)
Grounded Conductors of Different Systems. Where grounded conductors of different systems are installed in the same raceway, cable, box, auxiliary gutter, or other type of enclosure, each grounded conductor shall be identified by system. Identification that distinguishes each system grounded conductor shall be permitted by one of the following means:
(1)
One system grounded conductor shall have an outer covering conforming to 200.6(A) or (B).
(2)
The grounded conductor(s) of other systems shall have a different outer covering conforming to 200.6(A) or (B) or by an outer covering of white or gray with a readily distinguishable colored strip other than green running along the insulation.
(3)
Other and different means of identification as allowed by 200.6(A) or (B) that will distinguish each system grounded conductor.
The means of identification shall be permanently posted where the conductors of different systems originate
(2) 
210.5 Identification for Branch Circuits.
[Amended 4-6-2015]
(C)
Identification for Ungrounded Conductors.
(1)
Branch Circuits Supplied for More Than One Nominal Voltage System
(b)
Posting of Identification Means. The method utilized for conductors originating within each branch-circuit panelboard or similar branch-circuit distribution equipment shall be permanently posted at each branch-circuit panelboard or similar branch-circuit distribution equipment.
(3) 
215.12 Identification of Feeders.
[Amended 4-6-2015]
(C)
Identification of Ungrounded Conductors.
(1)
Feeders Supplied from More Than One Nominal Voltage System.
(b)
Posting of Identification Means. The method utilized for conductors originating within each feeder panelboard or similar feeder distribution equipment shall be permanently posted at each feeder panelboard or similar feeder distribution equipment.
(4) 
334.10 Uses Permitted.
(3)
Other structures permitted to be of Types III, IV and V construction.
[Amended 4-6-2015]
(5) 
334.12(A)(2) Uses Not Permitted is deleted and not adopted by the City of Saco.
(6) 
338.12 Uses Not Permitted.
(B)
Underground Service-Entrance Cable.
(1)
For interior wiring of branch circuits and feeders originating and terminating within the same building.
(2)
For aboveground installations except where USE cable emerges from the ground and is terminated in an enclosure at a location acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and the cable is protected in accordance with 300.5(D).
(7) 
702.4 Capacity and Rating.
(B)
System Capacity.
(2)
Automatic Transfer Equipment. For other than single-family dwellings, where automatic transfer equipment is used, an optional standby system shall comply with (2)(a) or (2)(b)
(8) 
Smoke and heat detectors. In addition to smoke detectors required elsewhere in this Code, a smoke or heat detector shall be installed in any new attached residential garage. Installation, including wiring and power sources for all smoke and heat detectors shall be in accordance with the provisions of the 2007 Edition of NFPA Standard 72, Chapter 11.
(9) 
Adoption of utility requirements. The authority having jurisdiction may, at the request of the electrical utility company, enforce the requirements as found in the Handbook of Standard Requirements for Electric Service and Meter Installations published by Central Maine Power, effective January 1, 2009, and as amended.
(10) 
Removal of old wiring required. All readily accessible cable that is not properly capped and terminated and labeled for future use shall be removed.

§ 87-3 Supervising official.

The Electrical Inspector who must be licensed by the State of Maine as a Master Electrician is herewith designated as the City official to supervise and enforce this chapter. The Electrical Inspector will be under the direction of the Building Inspector, who will act as his/her immediate supervisor.

§ 87-4 Appeals.

A. 
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Electrical Inspector with regard to the enforcement of the Electrical Code may take an appeal to the Mayor and City Council.
B. 
An appeal may be taken within 30 days from the date of the decision appealed by filing with the City Council, through its Clerk, a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof, except that in the case of a building or structure which, in the opinion of the Electrical Inspector, is unsafe, dangerous and a threat to life safety, the Electrical Inspector may, in his/her order, limit the time for such an appeal to seven days. The Electrical Inspector shall forthwith transmit to the Mayor and City Council all the papers upon which the action appealed from was taken.

§ 87-5 Violations and penalties.

The following provisions shall apply to violations of the laws and ordinances set forth in this chapter, and all monetary penalties shall be civil penalties.
A. 
The minimum penalty for starting construction or undertaking a land use activity without a required permit shall be $100, and the maximum penalty shall be $2,500.
B. 
The minimum penalty for a specific violation shall be $100, and the maximum penalty shall be $2,500.
C. 
The violator may be ordered to correct or abate the violations. Where the court finds that the violation was willful, the violator shall be ordered to correct or abate the violation, unless the abatement or correction will:
(1) 
Result in a threat or hazard to public health or safety;
(2) 
Result in substantial environmental damage; or
(3) 
Result in substantial injustice.
D. 
If the City of Saco is the prevailing party, it shall be awarded reasonable attorney fees, expert witness fees and costs, unless the court finds that special circumstances make the award of these fees and costs unjust. If the defendant is the prevailing party, the defendant may be awarded reasonable attorney fees, expert witness fees and costs, as provided by court rule.
E. 
The maximum penalty may exceed $2,500 but shall not exceed $25,000 when it can be shown that there has been a previous conviction of the same party, within the past two years, of the same law or ordinance.
F. 
All proceedings arising under the provisions of locally administered laws and ordinances shall be brought in the name of the City of Saco, and fines shall be paid to the City of Saco.

§ 87-6 Electrical permits and fee schedule.

[Amended 8-4-2008; 3-5-2012; 4-6-2015]
Electrical permits shall be administered as provided for in Informative Annex H, Section 80.19(A) through (C) and (E) through (H) of the 2014 National Electric Code. The City Council shall determine fees after a public hearing.