Village of Owego, NY
Tioga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Owego 12-1-1969 as Ch. 7 of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 92.
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter is enacted to provide for the inspection and reinspection of electrical wiring and electrical equipment installations and alterations for all electric light, heat, power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the village to ensure compliance with the standards set forth in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which code has been adopted by the village, and any local laws, ordinances and regulations hereafter adopted pertaining to electrical installations and alterations.
The Board of Trustees may by resolution designate a representative of the Board of Trustees whose duty it shall be to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORIZED ELECTRICAL INSPECTION AGENCY
Any corporation or agency recognized by New York State Electric and Gas Corporation as qualified to do electrical inspections and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Owego.
A. 
No person shall install or cause to be installed or alter or cause to be altered electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties within the village until an application for electrical inspection has been filed with an authorized electrical inspection agency. Applications may be obtained at the Village Clerk-Treasurer's office.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
B. 
No person shall connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring for light, heat or power, in or on properties within the village, to any source of electrical energy external to the property prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by an authorized electrical inspection agency.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
C. 
No person shall connect or cause to be connected or, having connected or caused to be connected, shall leave connected electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties within the village to any source of electrical energy if, upon an inspection by an electrical inspector, a certificate of compliance is denied until or unless rewiring is done to bring the electrical wiring into compliance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and any local laws, ordinances and regulations hereafter adopted pertaining to electrical installations and alterations.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
A. 
A certificate of compliance shall be issued by an authorized electrical inspection agency upon receipt of the written report of an inspection stating that electrical installations and alterations are in conformity with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and all local laws, ordinances and regulations of the village pertaining to electrical installations and alterations.
B. 
A temporary certificate shall be issued by an authorized electrical inspection agency upon receipt of the written report of an inspector stating that in his opinion electrical wiring may be connected to a source of electrical energy without danger to life or property prior to the completion of work on an electrical installation or alteration.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
The chief inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of an authorized electrical inspection agency are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the village to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations and alterations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same as complying or not complying with the standards set forth in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and any local laws, ordinances and regulations hereafter adopted. In no event, however, shall the cost or expense of such inspections and reinspections be a charge against the village.
A. 
The electrical inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations and alterations in and on properties in the village upon the written request of the owner of any property or his agent and upon the written request of the Board of Trustees or its duly appointed representative.
B. 
The electrical inspector is authorized during daylight hours to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations and alterations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the village, except private dwellings occupied by the owner thereof, where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property.
In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the electrical inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or elective officer of the village.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
It shall be the duty of the electrical inspector to furnish written reports of all inspections to the chief inspector who shall receive such reports on behalf of an authorized electrical inspection agency. It shall also be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the Board of Trustees or its duly appointed representative and to owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and alterations are found upon inspection.
The electrical inspector shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and alterations are in conformity with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and all local laws, ordinances and regulations of the village pertaining to electrical installations and alterations. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the village to the attention of the Village Clerk-Treasurer.
The electrical inspector shall authorize the issuance of a temporary certificate when in his opinion electrical wiring may be connected to a source of electrical energy without danger of life or property prior to the completion of work on an electrical installation or alteration.
A. 
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 communication 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 work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person engaged in electrical manufacturing as his principal business.
C. 
This chapter shall not apply to any buildings which are owned or leased in the entirety by the government of the United States of America or the State of New York.
D. 
This chapter shall not apply to any person, engaged in business in or on properties in the village, who hires or employs on a full-time basis one or more journeymen electricians whose principal duties are installation, maintenance and repair of electrical machinery, appliances or electrical distribution (hereinafter called "electrical work"), provided that by January 1 of each year a list of such journeymen electricians shall be filed with the Board of Trustees or its duly appointed representative. The term "journeyman electrician" shall mean a person who has completed an apprentice course or received equivalent training or had equivalent experience of at least three years in electrical work and is deemed qualified by the official of the facility by reason that his work has been and is in compliance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and any local laws, ordinances and regulations hereafter adopted pertaining to electrical installations and alterations. No charge shall be made for filing of such list of journeymen electricians.
[Amended 11-21-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983]
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling, altering 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 or an authorized electrical inspection agency be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
Violations of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).