[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 5-12-1980 by Ord. No. 80-6 (Ch. 41 of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby adopted in its entirety by the Township of Marple, copies of which are on file in the office of the township, that certain electrical code known as the "National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition," as amended, and as published by the National Fire Protection Association, save and except such provisions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended.
Office of Code Enforcement. All of the provisions of the Building Code Ordinance of Marple Township are hereby adopted with this chapter. The administration and enforcement of this chapter and of the National Electrical Code herein adopted shall be carried out by the Department of Code Enforcement in accordance with the procedures established by the Building Code Ordinance of the Township of Marple and by the National Electrical Code herein adopted. Said Building Code Ordinance provides for certain powers and duties of the Building Official, for the creation of a Board of Appeals and for procedures relative to applications, fees, permits, inspections, appeals, penalties and other matters.
Electrical permit for electrical work. The Code Enforcement Officer shall require that all applicants for permits for electrical work shall furnish proof that an application for inspection of the proposed electrical wiring or electrical apparatus has been made to an organization (hereinafter referred to as the "approved electrical organization") with the payment of all inspection fees and charges of such organization being borne by the applicant.
Electrical certificate of approval. All applicants shall, within 30 days of the completion of the building, structure or premises, obtain an electrical certificate of approval from the Code Enforcement Officer. Said certificate shall be issued upon receipt by the Code Enforcement Officer of proof that the Approved Electrical Organization has made an inspection of the applicant's building, structure or premises and that the electrical wiring conforms with the applicable provisions of the National Electrical Code. Whenever the inspection of the Approved Electrical Organization shows that the provisions of the National Electrical Code have not been complied with, said organization shall so inform the Building Official. The Building Official shall then notify the applicant of the steps which must be taken to achieve compliance with the National Electrical Code before an electrical certificate of approval will be issued. Failure to secure an electrical certificate of approval shall be sufficient reason for notification of the electrical utility company to disconnect or refuse to connect electrical power to the premises.
Inspection of existing electrical wiring and apparatus. In order to provide safety against existing hazards or defective electrical wiring and apparatus, the Building Official and/or his authorized representatives, including the approved electrical organization referred to above, shall, when requested by proper authority or when public interest so requires, cause inspections to be made of any premises in the Township of Marple to ensure that the existing electrical wiring and apparatus is not defective or unsafe. The Building Official shall notify the owner of the premises of any unsafe or defective conditions which are found and shall require discontinuance or correction of such conditions in accordance with the National Electrical Code.
Certain work to be done only under supervision of a registered master electrician and in conformity with ordinance. Electrical wiring, equipment or apparatus may be installed, altered or extended only under the supervision of a registered master electrician and in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Registration to act as a registered mastered electrician. Any person desiring to act as a registered master electrician shall make written application therefor to the Code Enforcement Officer and supply him with such information relating to the applicant's qualifications, knowledge and abilities to make installations of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or as by duly adopted rules and regulations, may require. The Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a certification card for each calendar year (or the remaining portion thereof following the application) to any such applicant who shall pay a fee, as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, annually and shall furnish, annually, a certificate of insurance covering public liability, property damage, product liability and completed operations, each of which must have a single occurrence limit of at least $50,000. All certification cards shall expire on December 31 of the year of issue.
Permits and fees. All electrical wiring and installations shall require an electrical permit issued by the Building Official except those outlined in Subsection E of this section. Permit fees shall be based upon the cost of the installation following the same rate schedule as building alterations and repairs.
Certificates may be revoked. The certificate of registry granted under this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Building Official when a registered electrician, firm or corporation or the registered representative thereof shall violate any of these rules or regulations and shall refuse or neglect to make the necessary corrections to work not approved by the Building Official within a reasonable time after written notifications or shall permit the use of his, their or its name by a person or persons for the purpose of obtaining a permit or permits to do electrical wiring or installation work or to do any work under his or their license.
Misrepresentation. It shall be unlawful for any person who does not have a registered electrical certificate issued by the Building Official to engage in or to represent himself as engaged in the business of electric in this township, or to use the words "registered electrician," "electrician" or "wiring" in any form of advertising or to display a sign containing these words or any of them in the Township of Marple.
The following section is hereby added to the National Electrical Code:
Concealing work. Work in connection with an electric wiring system shall not be covered or concealed until it has been inspected and permission to do so has been granted by the Building Official.
Nothing in this chapter or in the National Electrical Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding now pending in any court or any rights acquired or liability incurred or any cause or causes of action accrued or existing under any act or ordinance repealed hereby. No right or remedy of any character shall be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.
This chapter, together with the National Electrical Code adopted herein, shall be known and may be cited as the "Electrical Code of the Township of Marple."