Wicomico County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Wicomico County 8-22-1967 by Ord. No. 26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 117.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 144.
Housing standards — See Ch. 160.
Plumbing — See Ch. 183.
Under and by virtue of the authority contained in Article 25A, Section 5, of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1957 Edition) and the amendments thereto, Article 25 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1957 Edition) and the amendments thereto and Chapter 3 of the Laws of Wicomico County, Maryland, of 1967, and further for the protection and promotion of the health, comfort, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wicomico County, the following rules, regulations and provisions are enacted, adopted and established with respect to electrical wiring in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings, structures or any outdoor electrical display or sign, outside the limits of incorporated towns and cities in Wicomico County, except inside the limits of such incorporated towns and cities where the Charter of such corporated towns and cities contains no provision to regulate the subject matter of this chapter.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
There is hereby adopted by the County Council for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the installations, renewal, extension and reception of electrical wiring and electrical apparatus in existing buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs, or in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs, that certain code known as the “National Electrical Code,” as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, being particularly the current edition thereof and the whole thereof, hereinafter referred to as the “National Electrical Code”; and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof and all amendments thereto shall be controlling for all existing and future electrical wiring and apparatus in buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs within the corporate limits of Wicomico County, Maryland.
[Amended 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 4-2-1985 by Bill No. 1985-3]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD
The Wicomico County Board of Electrical Examiners.
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION, REGISTRATION or CERTIFICATE
The terms shall be synonymous with the term license.
[Added 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
COUNCIL
The County Council of Wicomico County, Maryland.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
COURT
The Circuit Court for Wicomico County or the District Court of Maryland for Wicomico County.
CUT-IN-CARD
The written authorization from an authorized inspection agency to the power company in order to connect power to an electrical system.
DEPARTMENT
The Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development.
[Added 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
ELECTRICIAN GENERAL
Any person engaged only in single-phase house wiring, limited to a dwelling containing no more than four family units, and commercial wiring limited to circuits of not more than 100 amperes single-phase in a commercial structure.
ELECTRICIAN LIMITED
A person engaged in not over two of the following related types of work: electrically operated heating or air-conditioning equipment, electrically operated refrigeration equipment, electrically operated display signs, elevators, fire alarm or detection system or electrically operated appliances. This classification shall be limited to installation of the above equipment and control wiring of such equipment only.
FARMSTEAD
Any rural customer who uses electrical service in conjunction with the production and/or management of poultry, livestock (including dairy and swine) and crops in general or any other farming activity that produces an agricultural-type product for sale as an income.
[Amended 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
MAINTENANCE
See "repair."
MASTER ELECTRICIAN
A person engaged in the business of or holding himself out to the public as engaged in the business of installing, erecting and repairing or contracting to install, erect or repair, electric wire or conductors to be used for the transmission of electric current for electric light, heat or power purposes or mouldings, ducts, raceways or conduits for the reception or protection of such wires or conductors or to electrical machinery, apparatus, devices or fixtures to be used for electric light, heat or power purposes or planning, estimating, laying out and supervising such electrical work.
PERSON
Corporations, companies and partnerships, as well as individuals.
REPAIR
Electrical work not including new installations (except by replacement of existing installations with the same as those replaced) and without additional installations or fixtures, or increase in electrical power consumption, change or phase, increase in service capacity or change in electrical characteristics.
SUPERVISE or SUPERVISION
Under the direction of and subject to the inspection of the supervisory party (be the party a master electrician, electrician general or electrician limited) and to the end that the supervising party shall be responsible for the work of one who works under him as though such work has been done by such supervising party and further subject to the licensing provisions herein.
A. 
There is created a Wicomico County Board of Electrical Examiners who shall administer the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
The Board shall consist of six members, all of whom, except for the electrical inspector, must be residents of this Wicomico County and citizens of the United States. Appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council, one shall represent the general public of Wicomico County, one shall be a representative from a local electrical utility company, one shall be an electrical inspector, two shall be engaged in the electrical contracting business for a period in excess of five years and one may represent a local electric utility company or may be an electrical inspector or be engaged in the electrical contracting business.
[Amended 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 6-13-1988 by Bill No. 1988-19; 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
C. 
Persons appointed to the Board initially shall be appointed for the following terms: one member for one year, two members for two years and two members for three years. Thereafter members shall be appointed for terms of three years. No member representing the electrical contracting business shall be eligible for successive appointment to the Board.
D. 
Appointments to fill a vacancy occurring otherwise than through the expiration of a term shall be for the unexpired term.
E. 
Every member of the Board shall receive a commission of his appointment from the County before beginning his term of office.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
[Amended 6-13-1988 by Bill No. 1988-19; 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11; 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
The County Executive may remove any member of the Board for misconduct, incompetency, neglect of duty or for any other sufficient cause. An unexcused failure to attend three consecutive meetings shall be deemed sufficient cause for removal.
[Amended 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 10-24-2000 by Bill No. 2000-7; 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
All members of the Board may receive such compensation as the County Council shall from time to time determine. No employee of the county government shall serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board. The members shall be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
The Board shall hold regular meetings at least once each month and special meetings at such times as the Board or the President shall determine.
B. 
The Board shall elect annually a President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.
C. 
Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for purposes of doing business.
D. 
In all proceedings of the Board, a majority of all of the members thereof shall be necessary to bind the Board.
E. 
No member shall be elected as President of the Board for more than two consecutive years.
[Added 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31]
A. 
The Board may adopt and amend all rules and regulations not inconsistent with the Constitution, laws and ordinances of this state and County which may be reasonably necessary for the proper performance of its duties and the regulations of the proceedings before it.
[Amended 2-15-1978 by Bill No. 1978-6]
B. 
The Board shall adopt and have an Official Seal.
C. 
In carrying into effect the provisions of this chapter, the Board, under the hand of its President and the seal of the Board, may subpoena witnesses and compel their attendance and also may require the production of papers or documents in any case involving the revocation of registration or practicing or offering to practice without registration.
D. 
Any member of the Board may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses appearing before the Board.
E. 
If any person refuses to obey a subpoena so issued or refuses to testify or produce any books, papers or documents, the Board may present its petition to the Circuit Court for Wicomico County setting forth the facts. Thereupon the Court shall, in a proper case, issue its subpoena to such person requiring his attendance before such Court and there to testify or produce such papers and documents as may be deemed necessary and pertinent by the Board. Any person failing or refusing to obey the subpoena or order of the Court may be proceeded against in the same manner as for refusal to obey any other subpoena or order of the Circuit Court.
A. 
All money received by the Board shall be paid monthly to the Director of Finance and shall be credited to the general fund of the county.
B. 
All disbursements made by the Board for salaries, expenses or other authorized expenditures shall be paid by the Director of Finance out of funds appropriated for such purpose.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
C. 
The Secretary-Treasurer of the Board shall give surety bond to the county in such sum as the County Executive may determine. The premium on such bond shall be regarded as a proper and necessary expense of the Board.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill also repealed former Subsection D, which immediately followed this subsection and provided for the employment of assistants and reasonable expenditure of funds.
A. 
The Board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a register of all applications for registration, which register shall show:
(1) 
The name, age and residence of each applicant.
(2) 
The date of the application.
(3) 
The place of business of such applicant.
(4) 
The qualifications of the applicant.
(5) 
Whether or not an examination was required.
(6) 
Whether the applicant was rejected.
(7) 
Whether a certificate of registration was granted.
(8) 
The date of the action of the Board.
(9) 
Such other information as may be deemed necessary by the Board.
B. 
The records of the Board shall be prima facie evidence to the proceedings of the Board set forth therein. A transcript thereof, duly certified by the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board, under seal, shall be admissible in evidence with the same force and effect as if the original were produced.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, which immediately followed this subsection and required submission of a fiscal report to the County Council, was repealed 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
The County Attorney shall act as legal adviser of the Board, and render such legal assistance as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
In order to safeguard life and property, any person holding himself out in the general public as a master electrician or electrician, general or limited, in this County shall submit evidence that he is qualified as such an electrician and shall be registered as provided in this section. No person shall hold himself out in the public in the County as being a qualified master electrician, electrician, general or limited, as defined in § 138-3, or use in connection with his name or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that he is a master electrician or electrician, general or limited, unless such person has been duly registered under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 3-7-1972 by Ord. No. 26B; 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 4-2-1985 by Bill No. 1985-3]
The following shall be considered as the minimum evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant is qualified for registration as a master electrician or electrician, general or limited, respectively:
A. 
As a master electrician:
(1) 
The applicant shall have been regularly and principally employed and engaged in electrical construction, maintenance, installation and repair of all types of electrical equipment and apparatus for a period of not less than seven years or the equivalent thereof. Such employment shall be under the direction and supervision of a master electrician.
[Amended 1-19-2016 by Bill No. 2015-17]
(2) 
A reasonable knowledge of electricity and the natural laws and functions of electric wires, appliances and devices for electric light, heat and power purposes and skill and knowledge in all matters relating to the work or business of the master electrician, as defined in § 138-3 of this chapter.
(3) 
Qualifications for master electrician shall require that an applicant be a bona fide electrical contractor as determined by the Board of Electrical Examiners, have a permanent place of business and devote a majority of his time to the electrical contracting business or express intention to do the above and, in fact, comply with the above requirements to the satisfaction of the Board within 90 days from the date of issuance of any license hereunder.
(4) 
An applicant may be credited a maximum of two years' practical experience for a journal course of study or training in electrical installation at a trade school or other educational institution.
(5) 
An electrician in charge of an electrical department in a commercial or an industrial operation may be licensed as a master electrician whose work shall be confined solely to the internal work of his employer.
B. 
As an electrician general: a reasonable knowledge of electricity insofar as it relates to the particular type or types of equipment pertaining to the business of general electrician, as defined in § 138-3 of this chapter.
C. 
As an electrician limited: a reasonable knowledge of electricity insofar as it relates to the business of electricians limited, as defined in § 138-3 of this chapter.
Application for registration may:
A. 
Be on forms prescribed and furnished by the Board.
B. 
Contain a statement made under oath showing the applicant's education and a detailed summary of his work experience.
[Amended 12-12-1967 by Ord. No. 26A; 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5; 4-2-1985 by Bill No. 1985-3; 2-19-2002 by Bill No. 2002-3]
A. 
The registration fee for all classifications (master electrician and electrician general), except electrician limited, shall be $100. The registration fee for electrician limited shall be $50. Twenty dollars of the required fee shall accompany the application, the remainder to be paid upon notification that the application has been approved. Subject to final payment, a registration certificate will be issued by the Board to the approved applicant. Should the Board deny the issuance of a certificate of registration to any applicant, the initial fee deposited shall be retained as an application fee.
B. 
Before any registration certificate will be issued, or any biannual renewal thereof, the applicant must submit proof and certification of coverage under a general liability insurance policy with an insurance carrier approved by the Maryland State Insurance Commission with minimum limits of $100,000 per occurrence and property damage insurance in the amount of $300,000. Notice of cancellation of general liability insurance or property damage insurance, or any change in the insured status, shall be forwarded to the Board within 10 calendar days of the effective date of the insurance cancellation or status change.
[Amended 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
C. 
The annual registration fee for an electrical inspector shall be $100. Electrical inspectors shall carry errors and omissions/professional liability insurance in an amount of at least $300,000.
[Amended 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
D. 
The annual registration fee for a nongovernmental inspection agency shall be $150. Nongovernmental inspection agencies shall carry errors and omissions/professional liability insurance in an amount of at least $300,000.
[Added 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
A. 
The Board shall issue a certificate of registration to any applicant who has complied with the requirements of this chapter and who, in the opinion of the Board, has satisfactorily met all requirements of this chapter. The certificate shall indicate which classification of electrician the registrant has qualified for and shall show the full name of the registrant, have a serial number and be signed by the President and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board and be impressed with the seal of the Board.
B. 
The issuance of a certificate of registration by the Board shall be prima facie evidence that the registrant is entitled to all the rights and privileges of the classification of electrician named therein while the certificate remains unrevoked or unexpired.
C. 
The Board shall promptly notify in writing the local electrical inspection authorities of all certificates of registration approved, suspended or revoked.
D. 
Any electrician duly licensed hereunder may, upon written request, have his license shelved. Shelving periods shall be at the discretion of the Board, but shall not exceed five years. In the event that a license has been shelved for a period of three years or more, the Board may require an interview or retesting, or both, of the individual asking to have his license unshelved. An annual fee for shelving may be charged, and no work may be done under a shelved license during the shelving periods.
[Added 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31]
The Board shall, upon application therefor and the payment of the regular fee and without examination, issue a certificate of registration as master electrician, electrician general or electrician limited to any person who holds a certificate of qualification or registration issued to him by the proper authorities of any County, state or territory or district of the United States, or of any country, provided that the requirements where the aforesaid registration was issued do not conflict with the provisions of this chapter and are of a standard not lower than that specified in this chapter for the classification to be issued by this Board, and further provided that the same rights are given to electrical contractors of this County.
[Amended 12-12-1967 by Ord. No. 26A; 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5;. 4-2-1985 by Bill No. 1985-3; 2-19-2002 by Bill No. 2002-3]
A. 
Certificates of registration shall expire on the last day of the month of June two years following their issuance or renewal and shall become invalid on that day unless renewed.
B. 
All applicants for renewal shall demonstrate they have received 10 continuing education credits during each biannual period before renewal of certificate registration may be granted.
C. 
Renewal may be effected at any time during the month of June in the year the certificate of registration expires by payment of the biannual fee, which shall be equal to the original cost for such class of certification of registration. The failure on the part of any registrant to renew his certificate biannually in the month of June, as required by this section, shall not deprive such person of the right of renewal, but the fee to be paid for the renewal of a certificate after the month of June shall be increased $5 for each month or fraction of a month that payment of the renewal fee is delayed, up to three years, at which time the license will become canceled.
A. 
The Board may reprimand any registrant, or suspend or revoke the certificate of registration of any registrant that is found guilty of:
[Amended 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
(1) 
The practice of any fraud or deceit in obtaining a certificate of registration.
(2) 
Any gross negligence, incompetency or misconduct in supplying material or performing services as an electrical contractor.
(3) 
Permitting or causing defective electrical work, if done deliberately or if not corrected within 15 days, or longer if necessary, at the discretion of the Board, following notice thereof by the Board.
(4) 
Any negligence, incompetency or misconduct in performing services as an electrical inspector or as an electrical inspection agency.
B. 
Any person may prefer charges of fraud, deceit, gross negligence or misconduct against any registrant. Such charges shall be in writing and shall be sworn to by the person making them and shall be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board.
C. 
All charges, unless dismissed by the Board as unfounded or trivial, shall be heard by the Board within three months after the date on which they shall have been preferred.
D. 
The time and place for the hearing shall be fixed by the Board and a copy of the charges, together with a notice of the time and place of hearing, shall be personally served on or mailed to the last known address of the registrant at least 30 days before the date fixed for the hearing. At any hearing, the accused registrant shall have the right to appear personally and by counsel, to cross-examine witnesses appearing against him and to produce evidence and witnesses in his own defense. If, after such hearing, three or more members of the Board vote in favor of finding the accused guilty, the Board shall revoke the certificate of registration of such registrant.
A. 
An applicant whose certificate of registration has been revoked may become eligible for a new certificate upon meeting all of the requirements of this chapter and upon the satisfactory completion of any examination as hereinafter provided.
B. 
A new certificate of registration to replace any certificate lost, destroyed or mutilated may be issued subject to the rules of the Board. A charge of $5 shall be made for such issuance.
C. 
If a partnership, firm or corporation suffers a loss of certificate due to dissolution of the partnership, firm or corporation or death of the certificate holder, the partnership, firm or corporation may continue to operate under a temporary certificate of registration for a period not to exceed 90 days. During the ninety-day temporary period, a person associated with the partnership, firm or corporation may apply for a certificate of registration and, if all requirements of this chapter are met, be scheduled for an examination. If the partnership, firm or corporation allows the ninety-day temporary period to expire before obtaining a person in their employ with a valid certificate of registration, said partnership, firm or corporation shall cease all work for which a certificate is required under this chapter.
[Added 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31]
[Amended 3-7-1972 by Ord. No. 26B; 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5; 10-14-1980 by Bill No. 1980-31; 4-2-1985 by Bill No. 1985-3]
A. 
Master electrician. The scope of examinations, whether oral or written, or both, shall include basic knowledge of electricity, knowledge of the National Electrical Code and knowledge of the Wicomico County Electrical Code. Seventy percent shall be deemed a passing mark. Special reference will be given by the Board to the applicant's ability to place, install and operate electrical wires, appliances and apparatus.
B. 
Electrician general. The scope of examinations, if required, whether oral or written, or both, shall be from the National Electrical Code and the Wicomico County Electrical Code. Seventy percent shall be deemed a passing mark. Special reference shall be given by the Board to the applicant's ability to place, install and operate electrical wires, appliances and apparatus.
[Amended 4-6-2004 by Bill No. 2004-3]
C. 
An applicant failing an examination may, upon request, be permitted to examine his corrected examination papers in the presence of a Board member and may apply for reexamination within one year of application without additional fee. Subsequently, applications will be granted upon payment of a fee to be determined by the Board, except that no such fee shall be more than $10.
Any person who feels aggrieved by any action of the Board in denying, revoking or failing to reissue his certificate of registration may appeal therefrom within 30 days to the Circuit Court for Wicomico County. The decision of the Board shall be prima facie correct, and the burden of proof shall be on the appellant to show that the Board acted contrary to law, fraudulently, arbitrarily or capriciously. The appellant shall be heard on the records and proceedings of the Board, which shall be certified to the Court by the Board within 15 days after service on the Board of a notice of appeal. The Court shall, in its absolute discretion, permit the appellant or the Board to present any evidence that the Court shall deem relevant. The Court may affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the Board, and the decision of the Court shall be final.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to, and no certificate of registration shall be required of or by:
(1) 
Any electric light or power company, electric railway company, steam railway company, diesel railway company or telegraph, telephone or cable television company, nor to any person performing the electrical work of any such company, when such work is a part of the plant or services used by the company in rendering its authorized service to the public.
(2) 
Any person employed by any other person to repair and maintain or to supervise the repair and maintenance of any electrical equipment on the premises and buildings of the employer, except that such employers are not relieved of the duty prescribed by § 138-24 of this chapter.
(3) 
Any person doing electrical work in a single-family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, provided that that person is a bona fide owner and occupant of such dwelling for a period of six months immediately following completion and said owner and occupant purchases all materials and personally performs all labor in connection therewith, except that such work is not relieved of the duties as required by § 138-24 of this chapter.
[Amended 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5]
(4) 
Any employee of any person engaged in the performance of electrical work while under the supervision of any master electrician or electrician general or electrician limited.
(5) 
Property used exclusively for farming purposes, as defined by the Wicomico County Zoning Code,[1] is excluded from all provisions of this chapter except the requirements of § 138-24B and C.
[Amended 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 225, Zoning.
B. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be so construed as to forbid insertion in electrical circuits by unlicensed persons of devices or appliances which are properly designed for such insertion and for which proper wiring and insertion devices are installed.
C. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be so construed as to restrict anyone from servicing equipment in the fields of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration or appliances.
D. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to apply to or limit in any way the construction, reconstruction, authorization, maintenance or repair of any federal or state building.
A. 
No person holding a certificate of registration as a master electrician, electrician general or electrician limited shall install any new or used electrical wires, conduits, machinery, apparatus or any kind of electrical equipment, fixtures, appliances or devices without the prescribed inspections and approval of the electrical inspection authority, except in case of emergency when such inspections and approval will follow the actual work required within a reasonable time.
B. 
Any person permitted to install electrical work must first secure a permit to do so from the Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development before starting any such work. Any permit procured for the erection and maintenance of any temporary service pole shall include whatever permanent installation required under that particular project. Charge for said permit shall be determined by the Board.
[Amended 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5; 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-13]
C. 
Inspections shall be by recognized inspectors approved and licensed by this Board. Said electrical inspectors shall make all inspections within seven work days of the receipt of an application for inspection. No light or power company, whether public or private, shall connect any current, light or power to any property without first obtaining a permanent or temporary cut-in-card from electrical inspectors having jurisdiction thereof, except in case of an emergency when service may be restored by a licensed contractor prior to obtaining such cut-in-card. No permanent or temporary cut-in-card shall be issued unless said cut-in-card is requested by a licensed contractor to whom a registration certificate has been issued under the provisions of this chapter, except for work being done or which has been done by persons who are not required to obtain registration certificates under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5]
D. 
The Board shall adopt as standards for the installation of electrical work, apparatus and devices of all kinds, those required from time to time by the National Electrical Code and Wicomico County Electrical Code; all material and equipment must be approved by the Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or other accredited authoritative agency and testing organizations.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection E on qualification of inspectors and inspection agencies, added 6-13-1977 by Bill No. 1977-5, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16. See now § 138-24.1.
[Added 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
A. 
The board shall issue a certificate of registration as an electrical inspector to any applicant who has complied with the requirements of this chapter and who, in the opinion of the Board, has satisfactorily demonstrated his/her qualification to inspect the installation of electrical work. Any such applicant must be certified by the State Fire Marshal, as a certified nongovernmental electrical inspector to inspect electrical installations for conformity with the National Electrical Code or any adopted local electrical code or amendments. An electrical inspector must place his/her electrician license on inactive status or shelve such license as provided in this chapter.
B. 
The Board may issue a certificate of registration as an electrical inspection agency to any nongovernmental organization which has complied with the requirements of this chapter and who, in the opinion of the Board, has satisfactorily demonstrated its qualification to inspect the installation of electrical work. In determining the qualifications of an inspection agency, the Board of Electrical Examiners, shall consider the record of the inspection agency in any jurisdiction within or without this state, as well as other objective indicators relating to the qualifications of the agency to inspect the installation of electrical work.
(1) 
No inspection agency shall be issued a certificate of registration as an electrical inspection agency until the electrical inspectors of such agency shall have obtained a qualification certificate.
(2) 
Each inspector employed by an registered electrical inspection agency must place his/her electrician license on inactive status or shelve such license as provided in this chapter and must be registered as an inspector with the Board.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for:
(1) 
Any person to perform electrical inspections or hold himself out to the public as a qualified electrical inspector under the terms of this chapter unless duly licensed hereunder;
(2) 
Any inspection agency to perform electrical inspections or hold itself out to the public as a qualified electrical inspection agency under the terms of this chapter unless duly licensed hereunder.
[Amended 12-12-1967 by Ord. No. 26A; 2-19-2002 by Bill No. 2002-3; 12-18-2012 by Bill No. 2012-16]
A. 
Any person, firm, corporation or agent who shall violate a provision of this chapter or fail to comply thereafter or with any of the requirements thereof shall be guilty of a civil infraction and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation. The fine shall be as specified in the schedule of fines adopted by resolution of the County Council for the violation charged. The Director of the Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development or his designee is hereby authorized to issue citations for civil infractions of this chapter. Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.
B. 
The enforcement authority for violations of the Electrical Code is with the Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development's Chief Building Inspector or his designee. The Board shall deliver any information received during its review of complaints received to the Department. The Department shall investigate and, if appropriate, order corrections determined to be necessary, or issue a civil citation and assess the applicable fine.
C. 
In case of any violation of this chapter, the county may, in addition to other remedies provided herein, institute any appropriate action or proceeding in Circuit Court, either by injunction or otherwise, to prevent such unlawful action and/or to restrain, correct or abate such violation, to prevent the occupancy of such building or structure and to prevent any illegal act in or about such premises.
D. 
Civil infractions will be prosecuted by the Wicomico County Department of Law.