Township of East China, MI
St. Clair County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China 11-18-1980 by Ord. No. 117 as Ch. 5-02 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 172.
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 178.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 244.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 309.
Plumbing — See Ch. 354.

§ 227-1 Purpose.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
The purpose of this chapter is:
A. 
The safeguarding of life and property by regulating and providing for the installation, alteration, repairing, servicing, and maintenance of electrical equipment;
B. 
To provide for the licensing and/or registration of electrical contractors, fire alarm contractors, sign specialty contractors, master electricians, journeyman electricians, fire alarm specialty technicians, sign specialists, apprentice electricians, and fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians;
C. 
To provide for the administration and enforcement thereof;
D. 
To provide for an Electrical Examining and Appeals Board and its powers and duties;
E. 
To provide for membership in the Reciprocal Electrical Council, Inc. for the purposes of achieving uniformity of ordinances, electrical rules, licensing, examinations, and general rules;
F. 
To provide a penalty for violations thereof and to repeal all Ordinance Code provisions in conflict therewith.

§ 227-2 Adoption of National Electrical Code.

[Amended 2-2-1982 by Ord. No. 129; 7-2-1984 by Ord. No. 139; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 159; 5-21-1990 by Ord. No. 183; 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 218; 8-20-1997 by Ord. No. 250; 8-16-1999 by Ord. No. 264]
The Charter Township of East China hereby adopts, by reference, the 1999 National Electrical Code.

§ 227-3 Amendments to National Electrical Code.

[Amended 7-2-1984 by Ord. No. 139; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 159; 5-21-1990 by Ord. No. 184; 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 219; 8-20-1997 by Ord. No. 250; 8-16-1999 by Ord. No. 264]
The Charter Township of East China hereby adopts the “Technical Amendments to the 1999 National Electrical Code.”

§ 227-4 Definitions.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213[1]]
For the purpose of these rules, certain terms used herein, in addition to those lawfully adopted from Chapter 1, Article 100, of the National Electrical Code of 1999, are hereafter defined:
APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN
An individual other than an electrical contractor, master electrician, or electrical journeyman, who is engaged in learning about and assisting in the installation or alteration of electrical wiring and equipment under the direct personal supervision of an electrical journeyman or master electrician.
APPROVED
That electrical equipment, method, or procedure which the Electrical Inspection Authority designates as acceptable having been by demonstration and/or test proven workable and safe for its intended purpose.
BOARD
The Reciprocal Electrical Council Northeast Area Examining and Appeals Board.
DEPARTMENT
The Charter Township of East China Building Department.
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
A person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing, or maintaining electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment.
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
All electrical devices, in connection with the generation, distribution, communication, and utilization of electrical energy, within or on a building, residence, structure, or properties, and including fire alarm and sign devices.
ELECTRICAL JOURNEYMAN
A person other than an electrical contractor who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the practical installation or alteration of electrical wiring. An electrical contractor or master electrician may also be an electrical journeyman.
ELECTRICAL OFFICIAL
Any person who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to inspect all electrical apparatus for compliance with the codes and who shall be the agent or employee of the Department designated by the Building Official as an Electrical Official. Inspectors shall be registered pursuant to Act No. 54 of the Public Acts of 1986, being Section 338.2301 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, and known as the “Building Officials and Inspectors Registration Act.”
ELECTRICAL SIGN
A fixed, stationary, or portable self-contained, electrically illuminated equipment that has words or symbols designed to convey information or attract attention. The term includes outline lighting. Electric sign does not include those signs that are indoor or outdoor portable applications or recognized holiday residential signs listed with a recognized electrical testing laboratory and that use a cord cap 110-volt plug as the electrical energizing attachment method.
ELECTRICAL WIRING
All wiring, generating equipment, fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances in connection with the generation, distribution, communication, and utilization of electrical energy, within or on a building, residence, structure, or properties, and including service entrance wiring as defined by the Code.
EMERGENCY SYSTEMS
The installation, operation, and maintenance of circuits, systems, and equipment intended to supply illumination and power in the event of failure of the normal supply, or in the event of accident, to elements of a system supplying power and illumination essential for safety to life and property as hereinafter required.
FIRE ALARM CONTRACTOR
A person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing, or maintaining wiring, devices, appliances or equipment of a fire alarm system.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY APPRENTICE TECHNICIAN
An individual other than a fire alarm contractor or a fire alarm specialty technician who is engaged in learning about and assisting in the installation or alteration of fire alarm system wiring and equipment under the direct personal supervision of a fire alarm specialty technician.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY LICENSURE
A licensure as a fire alarm contractor or a fire alarm specialty or apprentice technician.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY TECHNICIAN
A person other than a fire alarm contractor who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the practical installation or alteration of fire alarm system wiring.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
A system designed to detect and annunciate the presence of fire, or by-products of fire, installed within a building or structure. “Fire alarm system” does not include a single-station smoke detector.
JOB SITE
The immediate work area within the property lines of a single construction project, alteration project, or maintenance project where electrical construction or alteration of electrical wiring is in progress.
MASTER ELECTRICIAN
A person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to supervise the installation of electrical wiring and equipment in accordance with the standard rules and regulations governing that work.
MINOR REPAIR WORK
Electrical work such as repairing or replacing flush and snap-switches, fuses, lamp sockets or receptacles; replacement of fixtures; repairing or taping bare connections; replacing lamps or the connection of portable electrical equipment to suitable permanently installed receptacles; provided the total value does not exceed $100.
MUNICIPALITY
A city, village, or township.
NEC
The National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition.
OUTLINE LIGHTING
An arrangement of incandescent lamps or electric discharge tubing which is an integral part of an electrical sign that outlines certain features, such as the shape of a building or the decoration of a window.
OWNER
Any natural person, firm, partnership, association or corporation and their legal successors. In all proceedings, actions, or prosecution hereunder, in which a corporation is the owner of any building, structure, or part thereof, or of premises, any of its officers, directors, or persons in control or management thereof, as well as the corporation, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
PERSON
Any natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation and their legal successors.
PORTABLE ELECTRIC SIGN
A self-contained single-unit sign, wired in conformity with methods recognized by NEC. Such signs are intended for indoor use only; employ incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps, or both, but no more than four such lamps; shall weigh not more than 50 pounds; shall have a voltage between any two conductors, or between any conductor and ground, of not more than 150 volts; with provisions made for standing on a horizontal surface or for being suspended; and shall be equipped with not more than six feet of flexible cord and an attachment cap. All other signs are considered nonportable and require inspection by the local inspection authority, unless the sign bears a label of approval by a recognized national testing laboratory. A connection permit is required for all nonportable signs.
SCOREBOARD
See the definition of “portable electric sign,” above.
SIGN SPECIALIST
A person who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the installation, alteration, or repair of electric signs.
SIGN SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR
A person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of manufacturing, installing, maintaining, connecting, or repairing electric sign wiring or devices, including wiring that is directly related to electric signs and is electrically dedicated as a sign-circuit beginning at the load side of the sign-circuit disconnect.
SIGN SPECIALTY LICENSURE
Licensure as a sign specialist or sign specialty contractor.
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in Subsections B, C, and D of this definition, that portion of the electric sign wiring that originates at the loadside terminals of a disconnecting means located in the vicinity of the electric sign involved but does not include the installation of the disconnecting means, complete with line-side connection.
B. 
In the case of electric sign installations having sign transformers installed physically apart from the electric sign, that portion of the electric sign wiring that originates at the load-side terminals of a disconnecting means located in the vicinity of the electric sign involved but does not include the installation of the disconnecting means, complete with line-side connections.
C. 
In the case of the freestanding electric sign installations supplied through underground circuit conductors, that portion of the electric sign wiring that originates at a wiring termination point adjacent to, within, or immediately above the permanent base for the electric sign but does not include, if the base of the sign structure is suitable for use as a raceway, the installation of bushing, complete with free-length circuit conductors extending through to accommodate the connection of the related wiring within the sign structure raceway.
D. 
In the case of electric signs specifically designed to be connected directly to the building wiring raceway or cable supply, that portion of the electric sign wiring that originates at the point where the free-length circuit conductors extend through the building wiring raceway or cable at the specifically designed supply location for the electric sign involved but does not include the installation of the building wiring raceway or cable system to the specifically designated point of supply for the electric sign involved, complete with free-length circuit conductors extending through the building wiring raceway or cable to accommodate the connection of the related wiring.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 227-5 Administration; Electrical Official.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
A. 
Agency designated. Pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan Electrical Code, in accordance with Section 8b(6) of Act 230 of the Public Acts of 1972, as amended,[1] the Electrical Official of the Charter Township of East China is hereby designated as the enforcing agency to discharge the responsibility of the Charter Township of East China under Act 230 of the Public Acts of 1972, as amended,[2] State of Michigan. The Charter Township of East China assumes responsibility for the administration and enforcement of said Act throughout its corporate limits.
[Amended 6-18-2001 Ord. No. 274]
[1]
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.1508b(6).
[2]
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.1501 et seq.
B. 
Electrical Official. The Township Board shall appoint an Electrical Official who shall inspect all electrical installations and report to the Inspection Authority.[3]
(1) 
Jurisdiction. This jurisdiction shall apply to the installation of electrical wiring, electrical devices, apparatus and equipment for connection to electricity supply systems having voltages over 30 volts. It shall apply in all systems and all voltages when safety to life and property is involved.
(2) 
Right of reasonable inspection. The Electrical Official and/or his deputy shall have the right during reasonable hours to enter any building in the discharge of his official duties for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the installation of electric wiring, electric devices, and/or electric material contained therein.
(3) 
Emergency authority. The Electrical Official and/or his deputy shall have the authority to cause the turning off of all electric supply and cut or disconnect, in cases of emergency, any wire where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department.
(4) 
Inspect devices, apparatus, and equipment. It shall be the duty of the Electrical Official from time to time to inspect devices, apparatus and equipment offered to the public for use in installation to see that such items conform to the requirements of § 227-8E.
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Deviations from requirements. In cases of practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, the Electrical Inspection Authority is hereby granted discretionary powers to permit deviation from the provisions of this chapter, provided that such a proposal to deviate is first submitted for proper determination in order that health and safety requirements, as they pertain to electrical equipment, shall be obtained.
D. 
NEC interpretations. The Electrical Inspection Authority shall not be responsible for NEC interpretations or other information relative to electrical installations given over the telephone. Requests for such information should be made in person or in writing.
E. 
Recordkeeping. The Township shall keep complete records of all permits issued and inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this chapter.

§ 227-6 Electrical permits.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
Electrical permits are required for the installation of all electrical equipment.
A. 
Wiring.
(1) 
Permit required. No alterations or additions shall be made in the existing wiring of any building, nor shall any building be wired for the placing of any electric lights, motors, heating devices, or any apparatus requiring the use of electrical current at a potential over 30 volts, nor shall any alterations be made in the wiring in any building after inspection, without first notifying the Township and securing a permit therefor.
(2) 
Application. Applications for such permits, describing such work, shall be made by the person, firm, or corporation installing same, and the permit when issued shall be to such applicant.
(3) 
Plans and specifications. A detailed set of plans and specifications shall be submitted with application for building permit for any wiring or alterations to the electrical system in all buildings using over six circuits except single- and two-family dwellings.
(a) 
Electrical drawings. The electrical drawings shall include such details as lighting layout, circuiting, switching, conductor and raceway sizes, wattage schedule, service location and riser diagram, calculations and proposed method of construction drawn with symbols of a standard form. All conductors are assumed to be copper unless otherwise stated on the plan. Specifications when provided shall also include this information.
(b) 
Design responsibility. The selection of suitable disconnect and overcurrent devices to provide proper coordination and interrupting capacity for a wiring system is the responsibility of the designer. The Electrical Inspection Authority when approving electrical plans assumes no responsibility for the design nor any deviations from any applicable codes not explicitly agreed upon at the time of approval of electrical drawings.
(4) 
Fee. When an application is made for a permit required under the terms of this chapter, a fee shall be paid in an amount as prescribed by the Township Board of the Charter Township of East China. The local municipal offices should be consulted for permit fees.
B. 
Carnivals, displays, shows, etc. Electrical equipment for such places as carnivals, convention displays, product and street shows, etc., shall require a permit for inspection and approval must be obtained prior to the time of opening. For special requirements, consult the Electrical Inspection Authority.
C. 
Temporary. Temporary permits must be filed under any of the following conditions:
(1) 
For connection to temporary service drop and for equipment to be used for construction purposes, a temporary permit is required for the number of circuits to be used or number of power units to be installed.
(2) 
For connection to permanent service or for installation of temporary lighting or power equipment not included on original permit, a separate permit based on the Permit Fee Schedule is required, except that in single- or two-family dwellings temporary connection of the permanent service equipment may be included on the original wiring and fixture permit without additional fee, provided service is ready for inspection at the time of the first rough inspection call.
(3) 
For connection to permanent service for heating equipment, a temporary permit will be issued if a regular permit for permanent connection of the heating equipment is issued or is on file at the time the temporary connection is requested.
D. 
Homeowners. A bona fide owner of a single-family residence which is, or will be on completion, his own place of residence, and no part of which is used for rental or commercial purposes, nor is now contemplated for such purpose, may do his own work, provided he applies for and secures a permit, pays the fee, does the work himself in accordance with the provisions hereof, applies for inspections and receives approval of his work by the Electrical Inspection Authority. Failure to comply with these requirements will subject the owner’s permit to cancellation.

§ 227-7 Permit regulations.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
A. 
To whom permits are issued.
(1) 
Permits covering the installations of electrical wiring and/or equipment in the municipality shall be issued only in the names of persons authorized by this chapter to perform electrical work.
(a) 
A holder of an electrical contractor license.
(b) 
A person employing a licensed electrical journeyman to actively supervise the new installation of electrical equipment on premises owned or occupied, and used, by the applicant in the conduct of his business, and at which premises the licensed electrician performs his duties in those instances where business or industrial procedure requires the regular employment of a licensed electrical journeyman. However, an affidavit form furnished by the administrative authority shall be signed by both the employer and the licensed journeyman. This affidavit shall be kept on file in the offices of the administrative authority and shall contain the following:
[1] 
Name and business address of the person employing the licensed electrical journeyman.
[2] 
Name, address, and current license number of the licensed electrical journeyman.
[3] 
License numbers of two previous years and the name of licensing authority in order to establish the holding of a license for not less than two years.
[4] 
Statement to the effect that the employer and the licensed electrical journeyman will comply with the provisions of the code regulating installation of electrical equipment in the state. A new affidavit shall be filed before permits are issued if the licensed electrical journeyman terminates his employment.
(c) 
A homeowner who comes under the jurisdiction of the code.
(d) 
A holder of a fire alarm contractor license.
(e) 
A holder of a sign specialty contractor license.
(2) 
Exceptions. No license shall be required by the Board to perform the work indicated in Subsections A(2)(g), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), and (n); nor shall a license or permit be required to execute the work covered by Subsections A(2)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (h):
(a) 
Minor repair work, as defined in § 227-4.
(b) 
The installation, alteration, repairing, rebuilding, or remodeling of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, or man-lifts performed under a permit issued by an elevator inspection agency of the State of Michigan or political subdivision of the State of Michigan.
(c) 
The installation, alteration, or repair of electrical equipment and its associated wiring, installed on the premises of consumers or subscribers by or for electrical energy supply or communication agencies for use by such agencies in the generation, transmission, distribution, or metering of electrical energy, or for the operation of signals or transmission of intelligence, not including fire alarm systems.
(d) 
The installation, alteration, or repair of electric wiring for the generation and primary distribution of electric current, or the secondary distribution system, up to and including the meters, where such work is an integral part of the system owned and operated by an electric light and power utility in rendering its duly authorized service.
(e) 
Any work involved in the manufacture of electric equipment, including the testing/repairing of such manufactured equipment.
(f) 
The installation, alteration, or repair of equipment and its associated wiring for the generation or distribution of electric energy for the operation of signals or transmission of intelligence where such work is in connection with a communication system owned or operated by a telephone or telegraph company in rendering its duly authorized service as a telephone or telegraph company.
(g) 
Any installation, alteration, or repair of electrical equipment by a homeowner in a single-family home and accompanying outbuildings owned and occupied or to be occupied by the person performing the installation, alteration, or repair of electrical equipment.
(h) 
Any work involved in the use, maintenance, operation, dismantling, or reassembling of motion-picture and theatrical equipment used in any building with approved facilities for entertainment or educational use and which has the necessary permanent wiring, floor and wall receptacle outlets designed for the proper and safe use of such theatrical equipment, but not including any permanent wiring.
(i) 
Work performed by mechanical contractors licensed in classifications listed in Section 6(3) (a), (b), (d), (e), and (f) of the Forbes Mechanical Contractor Act, Act No. 192 of the Public Acts of 1984, being Section 338.976 of the Michigan Compiled Laws; plumbing contractors licensed under Act No. 733 of the Public Acts of 2002 (MCLA § 338.3511 et seq.); and employees of persons licensed under Act No. 192 of the Public Acts of 1984[1] and Act No. 733 of the Public Acts of 2002 (MCLA § 338.3511 et seq.) while performing maintenance, service, repair, replacement, alteration, modification, reconstruction or upgrading of control wiring circuits and electrical component parts within existing mechanical systems defined in the Mechanical and Plumbing Codes provided for in the Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act (MCLA § 125.1501 et seq.), including, but not limited to, energy management systems, relays and controls on boilers, water heaters, furnaces, air-conditioning compressors and condensers, fan controls, thermostats and sensors, and all manufacturer prewired system wiring associated with the mechanical systems in buildings which are on the load-side of the unit disconnect, which is located on or immediately adjacent to the equipment, except for life safety systems wiring.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 338.971 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(j) 
Electrical wiring associated with the installation, removal, alteration, or repair of a water well pump on a single-family dwelling to the first point of attachment in the house from the well, by a registered pump installer under Part 127 of the Public Health Code, Act No. 368 of the Public Acts of 1978, being Sections 333.12701 to 333.12771 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(k) 
The installation, maintenance, or servicing of burglar alarm systems within a building or structure.
(l) 
The installation, maintenance, or servicing of residential lawn sprinkling equipment.
(m) 
The installation, alteration, maintenance, or repair of electric signs and related wiring by an unlicensed individual under the direct supervision of a licensed sign specialist except that the ratio of unlicensed individuals engaged in this activity shall not exceed two unlicensed individuals to one licensed sign specialist. An enforcing agency shall enforce this ratio on a job site basis.
(n) 
The construction, installation, maintenance, repair, and renovation of telecommunications equipment and related systems by a person, firm, or corporation primarily engaged in the telecommunications and related information systems industry. This exemption does not include the construction, installation, maintenance, repair, and renovation of a fire alarm system.
B. 
Fraudulent application information. It shall be unlawful:
(1) 
For any person to present any fraudulent information in making application for any permit from the Inspection Authority;
(2) 
To use the name of another person in order to secure an electrical permit unless regularly employed by and directly authorized by the holder of such electrical contractor license;
(3) 
For an independent electrical contractor to file an electrical permit for work contracted for or performed or to be performed by others without specific permission of the Electrical Inspection Authority.
C. 
Additional to a permit. After permit has been issued and the fee deposited, no additional work shall be included. In cases in which additional work is to be installed, a new permit shall be secured and the fee paid, except when additional circuits of wiring, additional sockets or fixtures, or additional units for heat or power are installed, and on which inspection has been made on the original call but not included in the permit, the fee for such additional work shall apply.
D. 
Additional permits. Additional permits shall be required as follows:
(1) 
If more than one inspection is necessary on any violation notice.
(2) 
For special inspections required for the investigation of any Ordinance Code provision violations.
E. 
Expired permits. If work for which a permit is issued is not started within six months of the date of issue or if work is abandoned for a period of six months, the permit shall lapse and cease to be in effect.
(1) 
Reinstatement. The Inspection Authority may reinstate an expired permit within one year of its date of issue, but such reinstatement shall not be obligatory. Permits which have expired, lapsed, or abandoned one year or more may only be reinstated by resolution of the Inspection Authority in each case.
(2) 
Refunds. If no work has been done, a permit grantee shall be entitled to a refund on his permit in accordance with established rules of the municipality.
F. 
Incomplete installations.
(1) 
Grantee notification of quitting. Should any person to whom a permit has been issued for an installation and inspection of electrical equipment quit the installation for any reason, he shall notify the Inspection Authority.
(2) 
Grantee request for inspection. If an installation has been partially completed, the person upon quitting the installation shall notify the Inspection Authority and request an inspection.
(a) 
Findings recorded. Acceptance of or violations against the work installed shall be recorded by the Inspector on the permit record according to the findings of the Inspector.
(b) 
No refund. No refund shall be granted to the permit grantee of the permit fee covering electrical equipment installed and inspected.
(3) 
Owner request for inspection. If a permit grantee quits an installation after the electrical equipment is installed and fails to notify the Inspection Authority, the owner or his agent may notify the Inspection Authority and request inspection.
(a) 
Upon inspection, the permit grantee shall be sent a notice of any violation.
(b) 
The owner shall be notified that he may secure another licensed contractor to proceed with the work.
G. 
Transfer of permit.
(1) 
From contractor to contractor. In case the permit grantee gives written permission or appears in person with another contractor and grants permission, the permit shall be transferred to the latter licensed contractor, provided the latter contractor pays established transfer fee. If permission is not granted by the original permit holder, the contractor who completes the installation shall secure a permit covering the work he does, and the latter contractor shall be responsible in either case for all work done under his supervision.
(2) 
From owner to contractor. An owner who secured a permit to make installations of electrical equipment in his residence may transfer his permit to a licensed contractor, provided the owner notifies the Inspection Authority of his intention, receives inspection of the work done by him, and has his contractor pay the established transfer fee to the Inspection Authority.
(3) 
From contractor to owner. Before proceeding with any electrical wiring installation which has been started by any other permit grantee, an owner shall request the Inspection Authority to inspect the installation for which a permit was granted and also to inspect any work performed, and shall also obtain an owner permit for the remaining part of the installation. The original permit grantee may, if he desires, transfer his permit to the owner upon the owner's payment to the Inspection Authority of the established transfer fee.
H. 
Revocation. Any permit issued in violation of the laws of the State of Michigan, this chapter, or any other Ordinance Code provisions, or as a result of false or fraudulent information or misinterpretation of conditions shall be subject to revocation at the direction of the Inspection Authority.
(1) 
Show cause hearing. The person holding the permit shall be notified to appear and show cause why the permit should not be revoked.
(2) 
Failure to appear. Failure to appear shall be deemed sufficient to cause the permit to be revoked.

§ 227-8 Installations.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
A. 
Supervision. A licensed electrical journeyman or master electrician shall be present at all times that electrical construction is in progress.
B. 
Construction restriction. Electrical contractors shall in no case install permanent electrical equipment that may be damaged by the roughing in of heating, ventilation and plumbing construction and before the roof is covered.
C. 
Accessibility. No installation of plumbing equipment, refrigeration equipment, space heating equipment, duct work, cabinets, partitions or materials shall be made in such a way as to render the wiring in any electrical service equipment, distribution panel, outlet, splice, junction, or pull box inaccessible.
D. 
Concealed equipment. No person shall conceal or cause to be concealed any electrical equipment before it has been approved by the Electrical Inspection Authority. All wires which are to be hidden from view shall be inspected before concealment, and any person, firm or corporation installing such wires shall notify the Township, giving sufficient time in which to make the required inspection before such wires are concealed.
E. 
Mandatory use of approved materials. It shall be unlawful to install or use any electrical device, apparatus, or equipment designed for attachment to, or installation on, any electrical circuit or system for heat, light, power, or fire alarm system that is not of good design and construction, safe, and adequate for its intended use. The Electrical Official(s) shall have power to disapprove the use or installation of devices not fulfilling these requirements. Devices, apparatus, and equipment approved by such generally recognized authorities as United States Bureau of Standards, or by qualified electrical testing laboratories such as Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), or Factory Mutual (FM) may be given the approval of the Electrical Official(s) unless explicitly disapproved by said Authority for reasons of faulty design or poor construction involving danger to persons and/or property.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
F. 
Exemptions. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following:
(1) 
Radio receiving sets and equipment. The installing of radio receiving sets and equipment. (The installation of convenience outlets for power supply to a radio set shall be subject to such rules and regulations.)
(2) 
Public utilities. This chapter and its provisions shall not apply to apparatus and equipment installed by or for any public utility operating under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Public Service Commission in the exercise of its function as a utility and when such apparatus or equipment is used primarily for the generation or distribution of electric current or for signal or communication purposes.
G. 
Exception. A licensed electrician shall not be required for any wiring in or on a home and accompanying outbuildings owned, occupied or to be occupied by the person performing the installation, alteration or repair of wiring, devices, appliances and appurtenances, provided the Inspector deems such person qualified to perform such work and such person obtains a permit as required by this chapter.

§ 227-9 Inspections.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
A. 
Notification. Upon the completion of the wiring of any building, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation installing the same to notify the Township, who shall notify the Electrical Official to inspect the installation as soon as possible. Twenty-four-hours’ notice at least shall be given the Electrical Inspection Authority before inspection is required.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Blueprints available on job. Blueprints or plans approved by the Electrical Inspection Authority or a certified copy thereof, where required, shall be available for the use of the Electrical Official on the job.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Representative present. The Electrical Inspection Authority reserves the right to require a representative of the contractor to be on the job when inspection is made.
D. 
Notice of inspection.
(1) 
Posting. Any notice of inspection of electrical equipment shall be posted in or on the job by the Electrical Official only.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Removal or alteration. Inspection notices shall not be removed, defaced, or altered by anyone except by a representative of the Electrical Inspection Authority.
E. 
Certificate of inspection.
(1) 
Strict conformity. No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electrical installation is in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter, the statutes of the State of Michigan, the rules and regulations issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission under the authority of the state statutes, and unless they are in conformity with approved methods of construction for safety to persons and property. The regulations as laid down in the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), § 227-5A of this chapter, and NFPA's 71, 72, 73, and 74 for fire alarm systems as approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and in the amendments, rules, and regulations established as hereinafter provided shall be prima facie evidence of such approved methods.
(2) 
Testing. Certificate of inspection shall be issued on request from the person or persons to whom permit is issued, but shall not be issued until after the installation has been tested with current on wires and all electrical equipment permanently installed, or, if this is not possible, until after every outlet has been tested by the applicant or his representatives in the presence of the Inspector and approved by that Inspector.
(3) 
Issuance of. If the installation is found to be fully in compliance with this chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life and property, he shall issue on request to such person, firm, or corporation for delivery to the owner a certificate of inspection authorizing connection to the electrical service and the turning on of the current.
F. 
Periodic reinspection. The Electrical Official may make periodically a thorough reinspection of the installation in buildings of all electric wiring, electric devices, and electric material now installed or that may hereafter be installed, within the Township.[4]
(1) 
Violations. When the installation of any such wiring, devices, and/or material is found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the person, firm or corporation owning, using or operating the same shall be notified and shall make the necessary repairs or changes required to place such wiring, devices, and material in a safe condition and have such work completed within 15 days, or any longer period specified by the Electrical Official in said notice.
(2) 
Discontinuance of service. The Electrical Official is hereby empowered to disconnect or order in writing the discontinuance of electrical service to such wiring, devices, and/or material so found to be defectively installed until the installation of such wiring, devices and material has been made safe as directed by the Electrical Official.
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
G. 
Appeal of condemnation of installation. When the Electrical Official condemns all or part of any electrical installation, the owner or his agent may, within five days after receiving written notice from the Electrical Official, file a petition in writing for review of said action of the Electrical Official with the Electrical Examining and Appeals Board upon receipt of which the said Electrical Examining and Appeals Board shall at once proceed to determine whether said electrical installation complies with this chapter, and within three days shall make a decision in accordance with its findings.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 227-10 Licenses for electrical work.

[Amended 9-7-1993 by Ord. No. 213]
A. 
Requirements.
(1) 
Master, journeyman, and apprentice elect. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the occupation or trade of master, journeyman, or apprentice electrician in the installation, alteration, maintenance, or repair of electrical wiring equipment, apparatus, or fixtures for light, heat, power, or medical purposes where the electromotive force exceeds 30 volts in or about buildings and/or structures within the Charter Township of East China without having first taken the examination and obtained a license or apprentice registration as herein provided.
(2) 
Specialty technicians; fire alarm apprentice. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the occupation or trade of fire alarm specialty technician, fire alarm apprentice, or sign specialty technician in the installation, alteration, maintenance, or repair of equipment in or about buildings and/or structures within the Charter Township of East China without having first taken the examination and obtained a license or apprentice registration as herein provided.
(3) 
Independent contractors. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to engage in the business of electrical contractor, fire alarm contractor, sign specialty contractor in the installation, alteration, maintenance or repair of electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus, or fixtures for light, heat, power, or fire alarm system purposes where the electromotive force exceeds 30 volts in or about buildings and/or structures located within the Charter Township of East China without first having procured the appropriate contractor's license.
B. 
Grantor. All electrical contractors, fire alarm contractors, sign specialty contractors, master electricians, electrical journeyman, fire alarm specialty technicians, sign specialists, apprentice electricians, and fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians having their legal address within the corporate limits of the Charter Township of East China shall secure their license or registration from the said Township.
C. 
Applicant qualifications.
(1) 
Electrical journeyman.
(a) 
An applicant, in order to qualify for examination for an electrical journeyman's license, shall:
[1] 
Be a person not less than 20 years of age;
[2] 
Have filed a completed application form;
[3] 
Have written statements from present or former employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 8,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than four years related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a master or journeyman electrician that is licensed under this chapter;
[4] 
In lieu of four years of practical experience, present evidence of a total of not less than four years in a combination of practical experience and training at a recognized trade or technical school, provided this includes a minimum of one year practical experience (Evidence in writing from employers and technical schools shall be submitted, showing type of work performed and length of time employed.);
[5] 
Have paid the examination fee;
[6] 
Have passed the examination;
[7] 
Have paid the required license fee.
(b) 
Upon failure to pass the master electrician examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until a period of not less than one year from the date of failure of the second examination, at which time he or she shall present to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on code electrical fundamentals, or electrical theory, approved by the Board, in order to become eligible again to sit for an examination.
(c) 
As a condition of renewal of an electrical journeyman's license, the electrical journeyman shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in the code, prior to or within 12 months, after the adoption of the update or change in that code. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the code is updated or changed by adoption into the Code of Ordinances.
(2) 
Master electrician.
(a) 
An applicant for a master electrician license shall:
[1] 
Be a person not less than 22 years of age;
[2] 
Have held an electrical journeyman's license for not less than two years (Verification of license shall be furnished.);
[3] 
Have filed a completed application form;
[4] 
Have written statements from present or former employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 12,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than six years related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings, or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician;
[5] 
Have paid the examination fee;
[6] 
Have passed the examination;
[7] 
Have paid the required license fee.
(b) 
Upon failure to pass the master electrician examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until a period of not less than one year from the date of failure of the second examination, at which time he or she shall present to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on code electrical fundamentals, or electrical theory, approved by the Board, in order to become eligible again to sit for an examination.
(c) 
As a condition of renewal of a master electrician's license, the master electrician shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in the code, prior to or within 12 months, after the adoption of the update or change in that code. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the code is updated or changed by adoption into the Code of Ordinances.
(d) 
A holder of a master electrician's license shall not qualify for more than one electrical contractor's license.
(e) 
He or she shall further agree that, if a master electrician's license is issued, he (she) will notify the Board in writing within 72 hours (three working days) of a change of employment where such employment was necessary to qualify his employer as an electrical contractor. Willful or negligent failure to give such notice to the Board shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of such license.
(3) 
Apprentice electrician.
(a) 
An individual employed as an apprentice electrician shall register on a form provided by the Board within 30 days after employment.
(b) 
A certificate of registration shall be issued to a person seeking registration upon satisfactory proof of the person's participation in a bona fide apprenticeship training program approved by the Board (This program shall be equivalent to the requirements of those imposed by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.).
(c) 
All electrical work done by apprentice electricians shall be performed under the direct personal supervision of a journeyman or master electrician who shall be on the premises at all times when such apprentice electricians are performing such work.
(d) 
The ratio of journeyman or master electricians to registered apprentice electricians shall be on the basis of one journeyman or master electrician to one registered apprentice electrician (the Department shall enforce the ratio on a job site basis); however, in the case of a residential single-family dwelling or a multifamily dwelling not exceeding eight units per building, the Department shall enforce the apprentice electrician ratio on the basis of one journeyman or master electrician to two registered apprentice electricians on a job site basis.
(4) 
Fire alarm specialty technician.
(a) 
An applicant, in order to qualify for examination for a fire alarm specialty technician's license, shall:
[1] 
Be a person not less than 20 years of age;
[2] 
Have filed a completed application form;
[3] 
Have certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology as an Associate Engineering Technician, Level II, or the equivalent as determined by the Board, in the field of fire alarm systems technology;
[4] 
Have paid the examination fee;
[5] 
Have passed the examination;
[6] 
Have paid the required license fee.
(b) 
As a condition of renewal of a fire alarm specialty technician's license, the fire alarm specialist shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in the code relating to fire alarm systems, prior to or within 12 months, after the adoption of the update or change in that code. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the code is updated or changed by adoption into the Code of Ordinances.
(c) 
The holder of fire alarm specialty technician's license shall not qualify for more than one fire alarm contractor's license.
(d) 
He or she shall further agree that if a fire alarm specialty technician's license is issued, he (she) will notify the Board in writing within 72 hours (three working days) of a change of employment where such employment was necessary to qualify his employer as a fire alarm contractor. Willful or negligent failure to give such notice to the Board shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of such license.
(5) 
Fire alarm specialty apprentice technician.
(a) 
An individual employed as a fire alarm specialty apprentice technician shall register on a form provided by the Board within 30 days after employment.
(b) 
A certificate of registration shall be issued to a person seeking registration upon satisfactory proof of the person's participation in a bona fide apprenticeship training program approved by the Board. (This program shall be equivalent to the requirements of those imposed by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.)
(c) 
All work done by fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians shall be performed under the direct personal supervision of a fire alarm specialty technician who shall be on the premises at all times when such fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians are performing such work.
(d) 
The ratio of fire alarm specialty technicians to registered fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians shall be on the basis of one fire alarm specialty technician to two registered fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians (the Department shall enforce the ratio on a job site basis).
(6) 
Sign specialty technician.
(a) 
An applicant, in order to qualify for examination for a sign specialty technician's license, shall:
[1] 
Be a person not less than 18 years of age;
[2] 
Have filed a completed application form;
[3] 
Have written statements from present or former employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 4,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than two years related to manufacture, installation, maintenance, connection, or repair of electric signs and related wiring (equivalent education may be substituted for work experience as determined by the Board);
[4] 
Demonstrate the successful completion of a course concerning the installation, maintenance, connection or repair of electric signs and related wiring as contained in the sign electrician's workbook published by the American Technical Publishers, Inc., or any other course designed to address the sign industry, as approved by the Board;
[5] 
Have paid the examination fee;
[6] 
Have passed the examination;
[7] 
Have paid the required license fee.
(b) 
Upon failure to pass the sign specialist examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until he or she presents to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on code and electrical fundamentals, approved by the Board, in order to become eligible again to sit for an examination.
(c) 
As a condition of renewal of a sign specialist license, the sign specialist shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in applicable sections of the code, prior to or within 12 months, after the adoption of the update or change in that code. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the code is updated or changed by adoption into the Code of Ordinances.
(d) 
The holder of a sign specialist's license shall not qualify for more than one sign specialist contractor's license.
(e) 
He or she shall further agree that, if a sign specialist license is issued, he (she) will notify the Board in writing within 72 hours (three working days) of a change of employment where such employment was necessary to qualify his employer as a sign specialist contractor. Willful or negligent failure to give such notice to the Board shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of such license.
Note: Beginning the effective date of the ordinance that added this § 227-10C(6) and for a period of 360 days from that date, the Department shall issue a license to a person applying for licensure as a sign specialist who is qualified under § 227-10C(9), except for the examination requirement. Under these circumstances, the applicant shall furnish a notarized statement from current and past employers documenting past work experience. Work experience of not less than 4,000 hours obtained over a period of not less than two years shall qualify the person for sign specialty licensure under this § 227-10C(6).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The effective date of Ord. No. 213 which added this § 227-10C(6) is 9-15-1993.
(7) 
Electrical contractor. An applicant for an electrical contractor license shall be the holder of a master electrician's license or have not less than one master electrician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ, that shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment, and represents no other person, firm, or corporation as their master electrician; filed a completed application form; paid the examination fee; passed the examination; paid the required license fee.
(8) 
Fire alarm contractor. An applicant for a fire alarm contractor license shall be the holder of a fire alarm specialty technician's license or have not less than one fire alarm specialty technician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ, that shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of fire alarm wiring and equipment, and represents no other person, firm, or corporation as their fire alarm specialty technician; filed a completed application form; paid the examination fee; passed the examination; paid the required license fee.
Note: Beginning the effective date of the ordinance that added this § 227-10C(8) and for a period of three years from that date, the Department shall issue a license to a person qualified for fire alarm specialty licensure except for the requirement of certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology or the equivalent as determined by the Board. Under these circumstances, the applicant shall furnish a notarized statement from current and past employers documenting past work experience. Work experience of not less than 4,000 hours obtained over a period of not less than two years shall qualify the person for fire alarm specialty licensure under this § 227-10C(8).[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The effective date of Ord. No. 213 which added this § 227-10C(8) is 9-15-1993.
(9) 
Sign specialty contractor. An applicant for a sign specialty contractor license shall be the holder of a sign specialist's license or have not less than one sign specialist residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ, that shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations, maintenance, connection, and repair of electric signs and related wiring, and represents no other person, firm, or corporation as their sign specialist; filed a completed application form; paid the examination fee; passed the examination; paid the required license fee; provides evidence of public liability insurance coverage. A person not eligible for a license under the note of § 227-10C(9) below may engage in the installation, alteration, or repair of electric signs and related wiring.
Note: Beginning the effective date of the ordinance that added this § 227-10C(9) and for a period of 360 days from that date, the Department shall issue a license to a person applying for licensure as a sign specialty contractor who has not less than two years’ experience, presented by affidavit, as a sign contractor and who is qualified under § 227-10C(9), except for the examination requirement; or beginning the effective date of the ordinance that added this § 227-10C(9) and until the expiration of 180 days after the Department and Board administer and make available the examination described in the ordinance.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: The effective date of Ord. No. 213 which added this § 227-10C(9) is 9-15-1993.
D. 
Applications. All applications for examination shall be in writing. They shall also be in English, and all applicants shall be able to read and write in the English language. All applicants for journeyman and master electrician license, fire alarm specialty technician license, and sign specialist license shall designate their residence as the location of their legal address. All applicants for contractor licenses shall designate their principal place of business as their legal address.
E. 
Examinations. The examination shall consist of a written examination as the Board shall determine and other practical tests at the discretion of the Board.
(1) 
Electricians and specialists. The examination for journeyman and master electricians, fire alarm specialty technician license, and sign specialist license shall include, but not be limited to, questions designed to test an individual's knowledge of this chapter, Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act (MCLA § 125.1501 et seq.), and any code adopted by the Charter Township of East China, as well as the theory relative to those codes.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Contractors. The examination for electrical contractor's license, fire alarm contractor's license and sign specialty contractor's license shall include, but not be limited to, questions designed to test an individual's knowledge of this chapter and any rules promulgated under this chapter, the Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act (MCLA § 125.1501 et seq.), and the administration and enforcement procedures of any code adopted by this Township.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
Specialty license requirement excluded. A person holding a valid electrical contractor's license, master electrician's license, electrical journeyman's license or apprentice electrician's registration shall not be required to hold any specialty licenses in order to perform specialty installations.
F. 
Fees. The fees for an examination and/or license for an electrical contractor, fire alarm contractor, sign specialty contractor, master electrician, electrical journeyman, fire alarm specialty technician, and sign specialist shall be prescribed by the Charter Township of East China. The fees for registration for an apprentice electrician and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician shall also be prescribed by the Charter Township of East China.
G. 
Issuance. Electrical contractor's, fire alarm contractor's, master electrician's, electrical journeyman's, fire alarm specialty technician's, and sign specialty technician's licenses and apprentice electrician's and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician's registrations shall be issued by the Charter Township of East China upon the recommendation of the Board.
H. 
Restrictions.
(1) 
Reexamination. Applicants failing to pass will not be eligible for reexamination in any reciprocating municipality for a period of 30 days.
(2) 
Renewal. Licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year and shall be renewed upon application by the licensee, together with payment of the required fee.
(a) 
Licenses not renewed within 60 days.
[1] 
After March 1, licenses not renewed shall be considered cancelled and may not be renewed except upon approval of the Board.
[2] 
A license not renewed within three years shall not be reissued without examination except upon special approval by the Board.
(b) 
Apprentice registrations. Apprentice electrician and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician registrations will expire on August 31 of each year and shall be renewable within 30 days after that date upon payment of the fee prescribed by the Charter Township of East China.
(3) 
Nontransferable. Licenses and registrations issued under this chapter shall be nontransferable and shall be displayed when required.
(4) 
Revocation.
(a) 
Securing permits for others. Electrical, fire, and sign contractor's licenses under the terms of this chapter shall not secure permits for work to be done by any person not employed by said contractor, and the license may be revoked for violation of this rule.
(b) 
Violations.
[1] 
Authority to investigate; grounds. The Charter Township of East China Building Department shall have the authority to investigate the activities of a person licensed or registered under this chapter or applicable state law which are related to the person's licensure or registration as an electrical, fire alarm, or sign contractor; master or journeyman electrician; fire alarm specialty technician; sign specialist; electrician apprentice; or fire alarm specialty apprentice technician, which activities include, but are not limited to, the following described grounds:[6]
[a] 
Fraud or deceit in obtaining a license or registration under this chapter;
[b] 
The willful violation of a code;
[c] 
False advertising;
[d] 
A violation of this chapter, rules, or the Act, except in the case of a minor violation;
[e] 
Failure to produce the identification card for a license or registration and at least one piece of identification containing the individual's picture when requested by the Electrical Official;[7]
[7]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[f] 
Recommendation by the Michigan Electrical Administrative Board or any other municipal board to suspend or revoke a license or registration issued by this Board;
[g] 
Cheating on an examination.
[6]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[2] 
Hold hearings. The Department may hold hearings and shall report its findings to the Board.
[3] 
Sanctions by Board. The Board shall impose one or more of the following sanctions for an above violation:
[a] 
Suspension of the license or registration issued under this chapter;
[b] 
Denial of the license or registration required under this chapter;
[c] 
Revocation of the license or registration issued under this chapter;
[d] 
Restriction from taking an exam for a minimum of two years;
[e] 
Restitution;
[f] 
Fines as listed below in Subsection H(4)(c) and/or the General Rules.
[4] 
Sanctions for multiple violations. For two violations of this chapter within a period of two years, the Board may double the fine imposed under this chapter. For three violations of this chapter within a period of three years, the Board shall revoke the person's license or registration and permanently deny the person's reapplication for a license or registration of the class revoked.
[5] 
Restitution. If restitution is required to be made by a licensee or registrant under this subsection, the Board may suspend the license or registration of the person required to make the restitution until restitution is made.
(c) 
Penalties and fines. Any person, firm, or corporation who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions hereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a civil infraction. See Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty.[8]
[8]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(5) 
Advertising. It shall be unlawful for a person to use any word or words in any sign, display, business form or document or advertising medium which indicates, or tends to indicate, that a person is qualified to supervise, install, repair, replace, remove or service any electrical device which requires a permit and/or inspection hereunder from the Department, unless such is uttered, published, or displayed by authority of a licensed electrical contractor whose licensed name and license number is included in such media, and such shall be given prominence at least equal to that of the said advertiser's name.
(6) 
Exemptions. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to apparatus and equipment installed by or for any utility operating under jurisdiction of the Michigan Public Service Commission in the exercise of its function as a utility and when such apparatus or equipment is used primarily for the purpose of communication or metering; or for the generation, control, transformation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy.
I. 
Reciprocal licensing agreements.
(1) 
Michigan municipalities.
(a) 
Recognition. No license shall be recognized by the Charter Township of East China unless such licenses are issued by a cooperating member of the Reciprocal Electrical Council, Inc., a municipality that has adopted an ordinance under Section 6 of the Electrical Administrative Act 217, or the Michigan Electrical Administrative Board.
(b) 
Registration. The Charter Township of East China shall permit electrical, fire alarm, and sign contractors lawfully licensed within the State of Michigan to install, alter, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus, or fixtures for light, heat, power, or fire alarm system purposes within the corporate limits of the Charter Township of East China, upon payment of a registration fee in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees, provided that such authorities reciprocate in recognizing said contractors who are duly licensed under the provisions of this chapter by granting them the same privilege and charging the same uniform license and registration fees.[9]
[9]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Non-Michigan corporations. Corporations applying for electrical contractor licenses, whose principal place of business is not in the State of Michigan, should obtain such license from the State of Michigan Electrical Administrative Board upon the payment of the prescribed fee.

§ 227-11 Liability.

This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility or liability of any party owning, operating, controlling, or installing any electric wiring, electric devices, and/or electric material for damages to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Charter Township of East China be held as assuming any such liability by reason of the inspection authorized herein, or certificate of inspection issued as herein provided.