Village of Fayetteville, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fayetteville 1-12-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981; amended in its entirety 1-14-2013 by L.L. No. 1-2013. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention and building construction administration — See Ch. 78.
Housing standards — See Ch. 99.
The purpose and intent of this Chapter shall be to coordinate the inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations regulated by the National Electric Code, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, and/or the Code of the Village of Fayetteville in the Village of Fayetteville.
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Scope. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the words and terms shall, for the purposes of the Code of the Village of Fayetteville, have the meanings shown in this Chapter.
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Interchangeability. Words used in the present tense include the future; words stated in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter genders; and the singular number includes the plural, while the plural number includes the singular. The word "shall" is always mandatory; the words "may" or "will" are always permissive.
C. 
Terms defined in other codes. Where terms are defined in the National Electric Code (NEC) or in the Code of Village of Fayetteville and are defined in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code), such terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them as in those codes.
D. 
Terms not defined. Where terms are not defined through the methods authorized by this Chapter, such terms shall have ordinarily accepted meanings such as the context implies. Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, shall be considered as providing ordinarily accepted meanings.
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Parts. Whenever the words "dwelling unit," "dwelling," "premises," "building," "rooming house," "rooming unit," "housekeeping unit," or "story" are stated in the Code of the Village of Fayetteville, they shall be construed as though they were followed by the words "or any part thereof."
F. 
The following words or phrases, as used in this Chapter, are defined as follows:
APPROVED ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
A residential or commercial electrical inspector approved to inspect occupancies in the Village of Fayetteville.
CODES ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
An employee or representative of the Village of Fayetteville who is appointed or authorized by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fayetteville.
COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
An electrical inspector who inspects only assembly, business, educational, factory industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential other than one- or two-family housing, storage and miscellaneous occupancies as defined in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
ELECTRICAL INSPECTION AGENCY
An entity or organization that employs or contracts with approved residential and/or commercial electrical inspectors.
INSPECTION REPORT FORM
A form that is approved by the Codes Enforcement Officer of the Village of Fayetteville on which the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall report any violation, deviation, or compliance with the National Electric Code, New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and/or Code of the Village of Fayetteville.
NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE (NEC)
Published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70-08)
NEW YORK STATE UNIFORM FIRE PREVENTION AND BUILDING CODE (UNIFORM CODE) AS AMENDED
The Residential, the Building, Existing Building, Fire, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Energy Conservation Construction Codes of New York State.
RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
An electrical inspector who inspects only one- or two-family housing.
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The Codes Enforcement Officer shall enforce all provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
The Codes Enforcement Officer shall be and is hereby authorized to appoint an electrical inspector(s) and/or electrical inspection agency(s) for the purpose of making electrical and related inspections and reinspections, at reasonable times and places and upon reasonable notice.
C. 
The Codes Enforcement Officer shall be and is hereby authorized to approve the qualifications of all electrical inspector(s) who, in his opinion and discretion, are qualified to conduct electrical inspections.
(1) 
The minimum qualifications of an electrical inspector shall be in accordance with § 70-3 of this Chapter.
(2) 
If an electrical inspector's qualifications are not acceptable, the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency may appeal the Codes Enforcement Officer's decision to the Village of Fayetteville's Board of Trustees.
D. 
In no event shall the cost or expense of such inspections or reinspections be a charge against the Village of Fayetteville, except that such inspection or reinspection is:
(1) 
Made on a property owned by the Village of Fayetteville.
(2) 
Done due to the result of an emergency (See § 70-5F.), unless the property was under a current permit of the approved electrical inspector(s) or electrical inspection agency.
A. 
Residential electrical inspector: successful completion of a certification course offered by a nationally or New York State recognized agency such as the International Code Council's (ICC) Test E1; or International Association of Electrical Inspectors' Test, One- and Two-family (2A).
B. 
Commercial electrical inspector: successful completion of a certification course offered by a nationally or New York State recognized agency such as the International Code Council's (ICC) Test E2; or International Association of Electrical Inspectors' Test, Electrical General (2B).
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Electrical plans examiner: successful completion of a certification course offered by a nationally or New York State recognized agency such as the International Code Council's (ICC) Tests E1, E2, E3, O1 and O2; or International Association of Electrical Inspectors' Tests 2A, 2B, and 2C.
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All inspectors and plans examiners: successful completion of 12 hours of annual in-service certification course offered by a nationally or New York State recognized agency such as local chapter of International Association of Electrical Inspectors; six hours of annual in-service training by a local chapter of NYSBOC related to electrical requirements of the Uniform Code can be used to offset the 12 hours of required annual in-service training.
E. 
Proof of successful completion of a certification course offered by a nationally or New York State recognized agency such as the International Code Council's (ICC) or International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and/or attendance at an annual in-service from local chapter of New York State Building Officials Conference or the International Association of Electrical Inspectors shall be provided annually to the Codes Enforcement Officer of the Village of Fayetteville.
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Provide annually a certificate of insurance naming the Village of Fayetteville as additional insured for New York State's workers' compensation and disability insurance.
G. 
Provide annually a certificate of insurance naming the Village of Fayetteville as additional insured for commercial general, automobile and umbrella liability insurance for a minimum of $1,000,000.
The duly approved residential and/or commercial electrical inspector is hereby authorized to issue electrical permits and make inspections and reinspections, at reasonable times and places and upon reasonable notice, of all electrical installations regulated and covered by the NEC, the Uniform Code, and/or the Code of the Village of Fayetteville in the Village of Fayetteville.
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The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall instruct the applicant to post the permit in a conspicuous place at the work site within 24 hours upon receiving a permit for an electrical inspection.
B. 
Upon issuing a permit for an electrical inspection, the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall immediately fax or e-mail a copy of the application and permit to the Village of Fayetteville's Codes Enforcement Officer.
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The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Village of Fayetteville to verify compliance with the electrical permit that was issued to the applicant. At a minimum:
(1) 
There shall be an inspection prior to enclosing any underground areas, walls, floors or other framing; after the installation of any appliances and/or equipment, including smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors that are hard-wired, generators, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.
(2) 
Determine compliance with regard to:
(a) 
Material, receptacles, plug fuses, non-ground-type receptacles and grounding of appliances;
(b) 
New installations, existing installations, enclosed areas, kitchens laundry areas, ground fault circuit interruption, minimum lighting outlets, utility rooms and basements and clearance for equipment; and
(c) 
Unsafe conditions, service upgrade and number of electrical outlets.
(3) 
Verify that all electrical panels, electrical wiring and equipment are safe, not hazardous and not being overloaded.
(4) 
Confirm that all old wiring, not being used, is removed or properly capped.
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Upon completion of an in-ground, aboveground, rough-in and/or final inspection, the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall post in a conspicuous place at the work site an inspection report form that details what was inspected and whether or not it was in compliance with the electrical provisions of the NEC, the Uniform Code, and/or the Code of the Village of Fayetteville as referred to in this Chapter, insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. With reference to the Uniform Code, the electrical provisions shall include, but are not limited to:
(1) 
Residential Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 33, General Requirements.
(b) 
Chapter 34, Electrical Definitions.
(c) 
Chapter 35, Services.
(d) 
Chapter 36, Branch Circuit and Feeder Requirements.
(e) 
Chapter 37, Wiring Methods.
(f) 
Chapter 38, Power and Lighting Distribution.
(g) 
Chapter 39, Devices and Luminaries.
(h) 
Chapter 40, Appliance Installation.
(i) 
Chapter 41, Swimming Pools.
(2) 
Building Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 27, Electrical.
(3) 
Existing Building Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 3, Prescriptive Compliance Method, Section 302.6 Electrical (Additions, Alterations or Repairs).
(b) 
Chapter 3, Prescriptive Compliance Method, Section 305.6 Electrical (Change of Occupancy).
(c) 
Chapter 5, Repairs, Section 507, Electrical.
(d) 
Chapter 7, Alterations - Level 2, Section 708, Electrical.
(e) 
Chapter 9, Change of Occupancy, Section 908, Electrical.
(4) 
Mechanical Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 3, General Regulations, Section 301.7, Electrical Installation.
(5) 
Fuel Gas Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 3, General Regulations, Section 309, Electrical.
(b) 
Chapter 3, General Regulations, Section 309, Electrical Bonding.
(6) 
Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State.
(a) 
Chapter 4, Residential Energy Efficiency, Section 404, Electrical Power and Lighting Systems.
(b) 
Chapter 5 Commercial Energy Efficiency, Section 505, Electrical Power and Lighting Systems.
E. 
The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall immediately fax or e-mail a copy of the inspection report form to the Codes Enforcement Officer, owners and/or lessees of a property where electrical installations, wiring and/or installation(s) are found to be in violation or deviation from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the NEC, the Uniform Code, and/or the Code of the Village of Fayetteville as referred to in this Chapter.
F. 
The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Village of Fayetteville upon written request of the Codes Enforcement Officer, Chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department, Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, the Mayor or as herein provided.
G. 
In the event of an emergency, the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall make inspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Village of Fayetteville upon the oral request of the Codes Enforcement Officer, Chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department, Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, the Mayor or as herein provided.
H. 
The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency are authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment in or on properties within the Village of Fayetteville where they deem it necessary for the protection of life and property.
I. 
The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency are authorized to issue an electrical temporary certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance if a building or other structure or a designated portion of a building or other structure is sufficiently complete so that it may be put to the use for which it is intended.
(1) 
A temporary certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance shall expire 90 days from the date of issuance of the certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance.
J. 
The electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency shall issue a temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance to the applicant when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with electrical provisions of the NEC, the Uniform Code, and/or the Code of the Village of Fayetteville as referred to in this Chapter.
K. 
A copy of the temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance shall be faxed or e-mailed to the Village of Fayetteville's Codes Enforcement Officer within 24 hours upon issuance of the temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance with a copy of the form that details what was inspected and whether or not it was in compliance at the time of the rough-in and final inspections.
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The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communications utility in the exercise of its function as a utility, and located outdoors or in buildings used exclusively for that purpose.
B. 
This Chapter shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the State of New York.
This Chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Village of Fayetteville or duly appointed approved electrical inspector or an inspection agency who employs such inspector that is approved by the Codes Enforcement Officer be deemed to have assumed any liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this local law.
A. 
It shall be a violation of this Chapter and § 78-3A and B for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties of the Village of Fayetteville until an application for inspection has been filed with a designated electrical inspector.
(1) 
When a building permit may not be required (See § 78-3C and D.), all electrical work described (See § 70-1.), but not limited to, shall require an electrical permit.
(2) 
When a utility, fire department, or other emergency personnel disconnects the electricity to a building or portions of a structure, it shall not be re-energized without an inspection by an electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency (that employs such approved electrical inspector).
B. 
It shall be a violation of this Chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power, including transformers or fuel, solar or wind generators to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of an electrical permit (See § 70-5.) by the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency.
C. 
It shall be a violation of this Chapter for a person, firm or corporation who is a property owner or leasing agent to permit the occupancy of any building or other structure that has not been issued a valid temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance by the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency where one is required by this Chapter or § 78-7.
D. 
It shall be a violation of this Chapter for a person to knowingly reside in or occupy any building or other structure that has not been issued a valid temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance by the electrical inspector or electrical inspection agency where one is required by this Chapter or § 78-7.
E. 
It shall be a violation of this Chapter or § 78-7 for a building or other portions of a structure to be erected, repaired, altered or requiring a change of occupancy, subject to the Uniform Code and/or this Chapter, to be used or occupied, except to the extent provided in this section, until a temporary or final certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance has been issued.
F. 
Any person committing an offense against any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable for each offense by a fine or by imprisonment as set forth in Chapter 113 of this Code.