Fire prevention and building code administration — See Ch. 62.
§ 56-2Compliance with National Electrical Code.
§ 56-3Electrical inspections.
§ 56-4Penalties for offenses.
§ 56-5Exceptions to applicability.
§ 56-6Liability of owners or installers; nonliability
The Town of Potsdam, by enactment of a local law, has provided for enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and recognizing that said code in Parts 850 and 1030.1 provides minimum parameters for the design, installation and location of electrical wiring, systems and equipment operating on 50 volts or more wishes to more fully implement the aforesaid provisions and facilitate enforcement of same.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except when the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Town of Potsdam provide otherwise, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or building code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as National Fire Protection Association, Pamphlet No. 70, as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Potsdam shall be, and is hereby, authorized to appoint and deputize as agents of the Town of Potsdam for the purpose of making inspections and reinspections, at reasonable times and places and upon reasonable notice, of all electrical installations regulated and covered by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and to approve or disapprove said installations, such persons, agencies or organizations as, in the opinion and discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer, shall be qualified to conduct the same. In no event shall the cost or expense of such inspections or reinspections be a charge against the Town of Potsdam.
It shall be the duty of such person, organization or agency duly appointed and deputized as provided in this chapter to report in writing to the Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Potsdam all violations of or deviations from the provisions of the National Electrical Code, and of all local laws and the Building Code insofar as any of the same shall apply to electrical wiring, systems and equipment covered by this chapter. Such deputized Inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town of Potsdam upon the written request of the Town of Potsdam Code Enforcement Officer.
It shall be the duty of such appointed and deputized Electrical Inspector to issue a certificate of compliance only when electrical installations and equipment are found to be in conformity with the provisions of the National Electrical Code and this chapter. He/she shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance or the official denial thereof be sent to the Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Potsdam.
Any installation or alteration of an electrical system or electrical wiring that is covered and regulated by the provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the National Electrical Code or a local law of the Town of Potsdam without the issuance of a certificate of compliance as hereinabove provided shall be a violation of this chapter. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to all penalties and remedies provided by Article 18 of the Executive Law of the State of New York as the same pertains to violations of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
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 railway, electrical or communication utilities in the exercise of its function as a utility, and located outdoors or in a building used exclusively for that purpose. 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, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as their principal business. It shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States of America or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the liability 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 Town of Potsdam, its Code Enforcement Officer or the deputized Electrical Inspector be deemed to have assumed any responsibility by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.