Village of Saugerties, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties 7-16-1984 by L.L. No. 1-1984 as Ch. 57 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 100.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD
The Board of Electrical Examiners of the Village of Saugerties, New York, established by this chapter.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL
A certificate issued by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
INSPECTOR
The person or persons authorized and required by this chapter to make electrical inspection within the Village of Saugerties, New York.
MASTER ELECTRICIAN
Includes any person who engages in or carries on the business of installing, erecting, altering or repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, fixtures, devices, appliances and equipment utilized or designed for the utilization of electricity for light, heat or power purposes or for signaling systems operating on 50 volts or more, and any person who performs or supervises the performance of work done in connection with the installation, erection, alteration, extension or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus, fixtures, devices, appliances and equipment for light, heat or power purposes or for signaling systems operating on 50 volts or more, and any person who contracts to do any of the foregoing.
MASTER ELECTRICIAN LIMITED
Includes any person, who engages in or carries on the business of installing, erecting, altering or repairing electrical wiring for heating, furnace apparatus and equipment utilized or designed for the utilization of electricity operating on 50 volts or more, and any person who performs or supervises the performance of work done in connection with the installation, erection, alteration or repair of heating furnace apparatus and equipment operating on 50 volts or more and any person who contracts to do any of the foregoing.
PERSON
Includes an individual, firm, partnership or corporation.
SPECIAL ELECTRICIAN
Includes any person who is in the exclusive employ of the owner, lessee or manager of a building, plant or structure and whose employment consists wholly or partly of the work of maintaining and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, fixtures, devices, appliances and equipment utilized or designed for the utilization of electricity for light, heat or power purposes or for signaling systems operating on 50 volts or more.
A. 
No person shall hereafter engage in, carry on, or conduct the business of master electrician or do or perform or offer or undertake or contract to do or perform the work of a master electrician within the Village of Saugerties, New York, or hold himself out to the public, directly or indirectly, as being able so to do unless licensed therefor pursuant to this chapter or unless employed by and working under the direction of a person so licensed.
B. 
No person shall hereafter engage in, carry on or conduct the business of master electrician limited or do or perform or offer or undertake or contract to do or perform the work of a master electrician limited within the Village of Saugerties, New York, or hold himself out to the public, directly or indirectly, as being able so to do unless licensed therefor pursuant to this chapter or unless employed by and working under the direction of a person so licensed.
C. 
No person shall hereafter engage in, undertake or perform the work of a special electrician or agree to do or perform such work within the Village of Saugerties, New York, or hold himself out to the public, directly or indirectly, as being able so to do unless licensed therefor pursuant to this chapter, and no person shall directly or indirectly hire, employ, engage or suffer or permit any person to do the work of a special electrician unless such person is licensed as a special electrician pursuant to this chapter.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
A. 
There is hereby established in and for the Village of Saugerties, New York, a board to be known as the "Board of Electrical Examiners of the Village of Saugerties, New York." This Board shall consist of six persons who shall be residents or have business affiliations in the Village of Saugerties, New York, and who shall be appointed by the Mayor. One of such persons shall be a representative of a public service corporation furnishing electricity for public use in the Village of Saugerties, New York; one shall be a representative of the New York State Board of Fire Underwriters; three shall be licensed master electricians who have at least 10 years' experience in electrical contracting and construction work; and the sixth shall be the Village Building Inspector.
B. 
All members of the Board of Electrical Examiners shall serve a one-year term and until his or her successor have been duly appointed.
C. 
A vacancy occurring in the membership of the Board from any cause shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term of the member whose office has become vacant.
D. 
A member of the Board may be removed by the Mayor for misfeasance or malfeasance in office, incompetency, incapacity, neglect of duty or other good and sufficient cause, after giving to such member a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be heard in his defense in person and/or by counsel.
E. 
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
The Board shall have the following powers and duties in addition to those elsewhere prescribed in this chapter.
A. 
To hold as many meetings at such times as, in the opinion of the Chairman, or a majority of the Board, are necessary or desirable for the efficient discharge of the business of the Board. All members of the Board present at any meeting shall sign the minutes of such meeting.
B. 
To examine into the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licenses under this chapter or of the representatives of such applicants designated for such purpose.
C. 
To grant and issue licenses as master electricians to applicants possessing or whose representatives possess the requisite qualifications; to grant and issue licenses as special electricians to applicants possessing the requisite qualifications. Licenses shall be signed by the Chairman and Secretary.
D. 
To suspend or revoke licenses for cause as prescribed in § 93-9.
E. 
To impose and collect fines for violations as prescribed in § 93-9.
F. 
To keep records of all meetings and proceedings and of all licenses issued, suspended or revoked by it, and to make such records available for public inspection.
G. 
To adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary, not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, with respect to the form and content of applications for licenses, the reception thereof, the investigation and examination of applicants and their qualifications, the conduct of the meetings and the business of the Board, and the other matters incidental or appropriate to the powers and duties of the Board as prescribed by this chapter and for the proper administration and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, and to amend or repeal any of such rules and regulations, by a majority vote, at any special or regular meeting, upon notice of at least 30 days to each member thereof.
H. 
To file a copy of all of its rules and regulations and of all changes therein, duly certified by the Secretary, with the Village Clerk immediately upon the adoption thereof, which copy shall be available for public inspection during the regular business hours of the day.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
The Board may issue licenses under this chapter as follows:
A. 
Master electrician's license - Class A. A master electrician's license Class A shall authorize the licensee to engage in the business of master electrician within the Village of Saugerties, New York, for a period ending December 31 of the year in which it is issued, except that a licensed master electrician regularly and exclusively employed by a person who owns, leases, manages, maintains or operates one or more buildings or structures constituting a plant occupied or used for commercial or industrial purposes may not perform the work or engage in the business of a master electrician outside of such plant; and except, further, that the work of master electrician may not be performed under a license granted on application made pursuant to § 93-6B outside of the plant mentioned and described in such application. The fee for such license shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board. Such a license may be renewed annually on or before the expiration thereof for a period of one year upon the payment of an annual renewal fee which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board.
B. 
Master electrician's license - Class B (one job permit). A master electrician's license Class B shall authorize the licensee to engage in the business of master electrician in the Village of Saugerties, New York, but only for the purpose of undertaking, performing and completing a single continuous job or installation at one location or property. The fee for such license shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board for a period ending December 31 for the year for which it is issued. Such a license may be renewed on or before the expiration thereof for a period of time necessary to complete the job for which it is issued, and a renewal fee shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board. No person shall receive more than two master electrician Class B permits.
C. 
Master electrician limited license shall authorize the licensee to engage in the business of wiring of air-conditioners and oil burners within the Village of Saugerties, New York, for a period ending December 31 of the year in which it is issued. The fee for such license shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board. Such license may be renewed annually on or before the expiration thereof for a period of one year on payment of an annual renewal fee which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
A. 
Every person desiring a license as a master electrician under this chapter shall make application therefor to the Board in such form and detail as the Board may prescribe. Such application shall state, among other things, the name and place of business of the applicant, the class of license applied for and the name of the representative of the applicant who will act as the supervisor of the work to be done under the license, if granted. If the applicant is a corporation, any one of the officers of the corporation who owns and holds at least 25% of the issued and outstanding capital stock may be designated as the representative of the applicant for such purposes.
B. 
A person who owns, leases, manages, maintains or operates one or more buildings or structures constituting a plant occupied or used for commercial or industrial purposes desiring a license as a master electrician so that the work of the master electrician may be regularly performed in such plant may make application therefor to the Board in such form and detain as the Board may prescribe or may regularly employ a licensed master electrician for such purpose. Such application shall state the applicant, the location and description of the buildings or structures constituting the plant of the applicant where the work of a master electrician will be performed under the license, if granted, and the name of the representative of the applicant, who will take the examination for the license and who will act as the supervisor of the work to be done under the license granted.
C. 
Each application shall be accompanied by cash, check or money order for the payment of an application fee which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
A. 
Examinations shall be in writing. A complete record of every examination given shall be kept on file until three years after the date of the examination. Examinations shall be held at such times and places as the Board may fix.
B. 
Examination for a master electrical limited license shall be in writing or oral. No license as a master electrician limited shall be granted to any person unless the designated representative shall prove to the satisfaction of the Board that he is a competent electrician and qualified to perform the work of installing electrical wiring for heating furnace apparatus and equipment.
C. 
The applicant, or, in the case of those applying for licenses as master electricians, the designated representative of the applicant shall present himself for examination at the time and place specified in a notice to be given by the Board.
D. 
An applicant or the representative of an applicant who has failed in his first examination shall not be eligible for reexamination until one month from the date of such failure; one who fails twice or more shall not be eligible for further reexamination until at least six months have elapsed from the date of such second or subsequent failure.
E. 
No license as a master electrician shall be granted to any person unless the designated representative shall prove to the satisfaction of the Board that he is a competent electrician and qualified to do electrical contracting, construction and installation work and electrical wiring; has a working knowledge of electricity and the natural laws, properties and functions of electricity and of appliances, apparatus, materials and devices for electric light, heat, power and signaling purposes used and required in such work, combined with a practical working knowledge of the requirements and provisions of the National Electrical Code and a knowledge of the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the Board and the laws of the state, if any, and of the Village of Saugerties, New York, for installation of electrical wiring, devices, appliances and equipment and of provisions thereof requiring permits therefor.
F. 
No license as a special electrician shall be granted to any person unless he shall prove to the satisfaction of the Board that he is a competent electrician and qualified to do electrical repairing and maintenance work; has a working knowledge of electricity and the natural laws, properties and functions of electricity and of appliances, apparatus materials and devices for electric light, heat, power and signaling purposes used or likely to be used in the building, plant or structure where he is or will be employed, combined with a practical working knowledge of the requirements and provisions of the National Electrical Code and a knowledge of the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the Board and the laws of the state, if any, and of the Village of Saugerties, New York, for the repair and maintenance of electrical wiring, devices, appliances and equipment; provided, however, that any person applying therefor within one year after the effective date of this chapter who shall have been continuously engaged in the work of a special electrician for a period of five years or more preceding such date shall, upon proof thereof to the satisfaction of the Board, be deemed fit and qualified to receive a license as a special electrician hereunder without further examination upon payment of the fee prescribed therefor by this chapter.
G. 
No license shall be granted to any person who is less than 21 years of age or does not comply with the New York Compensation Law. Prior to issuance of a license or any renewal, the licensee shall show proof of compliance with the New York State Workers' Compensation Law and a minimum public liability insurance policy for each occurrence in the amount of $200,000.
A. 
No license issued hereunder shall be assignable or transferable.
B. 
Each license as a master electrician issued hereunder shall specify the name of the person, firm, partnership or corporation licensed who or which shall be known as the holder of the license and shall also specify the name of the person who has passed the examination, and such person shall be designated in the license as the supervisor of all work to be done under the license.
C. 
The person designated as the supervisor may be a person in the employ of the holder of the license, or, if the holder be an individual, may be the holder himself; or, if the holder be a firm or partnership, may be a member thereof; or, if the holder be a corporation may be an officer of the corporation, provided that he has the requisite qualification of stock ownership herein prescribed therefor.
D. 
The same person shall not be designated as the supervisor in two or more licenses issued to different holders.
E. 
In the event that the business association of the supervisor with, or the employment of the supervisor by, the holder of the license shall terminate, the holder shall notify the Board of such fact forthwith and shall promptly designate another person as the representative of the holder who shall submit himself for the examination to the Board when notified so to do. If no such new designation be made within 30 days after the termination of the association or employment of the former supervisor, the license of the holder shall become null and void on the 30th day following such termination.
F. 
All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall be in such form and of such color and shall contain such information as may be prescribed by the Board.
G. 
Each license shall at all times be kept conspicuously displayed in the place of business or employment, as the case may be, of the licensee.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 57-9, Renewal of Class A master electrician's license, and 57-10, Class A master electrician's license: additional requirements, which sections immediately followed this one, were deleted 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992.
A. 
Any license issued hereunder may be suspended or revoked, in the discretion of the Board, after hearing upon due notice held, upon charges given to the licensee and an opportunity to be heard in his defense in person and/or by attorney, if the Board is satisfied that the holder of such license or any of his or its officers or employees willfully, or by reason of incompetence, has violated any provision of this chapter or of any other law, or of any ordinance, local law or building code[1] of the Village of Saugerties, New York, governing electrical work or requiring permits therefor or any requirement contained in the rules and regulations of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, known as the "National Electrical Code."
[1]
Editor's Note: As to the building construction standards, see Ch. 100, Fire Prevention and Building Construction.
B. 
The Board may, in lieu of suspending or revoking a license hereunder, impose a fine not exceeding $50 for the first offense, and not less than $100 nor more than $500 for a subsequent offense and may suspend the license until such fine is paid.
Any action of the Board may be reviewed by any person aggrieved thereby in any court of competent jurisdiction by a proceeding instituted under the provisions of Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
All installations of electrical work, all extensions thereto and all alterations thereof within the Village of Saugerties, New York, shall be in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and of any other law, or of any ordinance, local law or building code of the Village of Saugerties, New York, pertaining thereto, and shall also be in conformity with approved standards for safety to life and property. In every case where no specific type or class of material, or no specific standards are prescribed by law, conformity with the regulations and requirements contained in the National Electrical Code as approved by the American Standards Association shall be prima facie evidence of conformity with approved standards for safety to life and property.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
A. 
The Chief Inspector, duly appointed as a representative of the New York State Board of Fire Underwriters, or other approved inspecting agency and authorized and required as such representative to make electrical inspections within the Village of Saugerties, New York, or within an area which includes the Village of Saugerties, New York, and each of his duly appointed deputy and assistant inspectors are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Village of Saugerties, New York, to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations within the Village of Saugerties, New York, and all extensions thereto and alternations thereof and to approve or disapprove the same.
B. 
No inspector shall engage in the business of master electrician either directly or indirectly, nor shall he have any financial interest in or connection with any person, firm, partnership or corporation conducting such business.
C. 
The inspector shall have the right during reasonable hours to enter any building in the discharge of his official duties, or for the purpose of making any inspection, reinspection or test of the installation of electric wiring, devices, appliances and equipment contained therein, and shall have the authority to cut or disconnect any wire in cases of emergency where necessary for the safety of life or property, or where such wire may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. He is also authorized to disconnect or order the discontinuance of electrical service to any electric wiring, devices, appliances or equipment found to be dangerous to life or property because they are defective or defectively installed until they have been made safe and been approved by him.
D. 
It shall be the duty of the inspector or any approved inspecting agencies to make an inspection of any premises wherein a fire or explosive has occurred, and for such purpose it shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department of the Village of Saugerties, New York, within 24 hours after such occurrence, to report or cause to be reported to the office of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters from which such inspector operates the address or location of such premises and to furnish such other information and assistance with respect thereto as such inspector may require.
E. 
The inspector shall make periodically a thorough reinspection of the installation of all electric wiring, devices, appliances and equipment now or hereafter installed within the Village of Saugerties, New York, and within the scope of this chapter, and when any such installation is found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the person, firm or corporation owning, using or operating the same shall be notified in writing and shall make the necessary repairs or changes required to place the same in safe condition and have such work completed within 15 days or such longer time as may be specified by the inspector in such notice.
F. 
When a tenant removes from a building or any portion of a building used wholly or partly for mercantile, industrial or commercial purposes, the electric meter shall be removed or locked by the public utility company furnishing electric service to such tenant, and electricity shall not be resupplied to these premises from any source until a new inspection has been made and new certificate of approval has been issued if any change has been made in the electrical installation subsequent to the last previous inspection.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make connection from a source of electrical energy to any electric wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for the installation, extension or alteration of which a permit is required by law until a certificate of approval or a permit has been issued authorizing such connection and the use of such wiring, devices, appliance or equipment.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make connection from a source of electrical energy to any electric wiring, devices, appliances or equipment which has been disconnected or ordered to be disconnected by the inspector or the use of which has been ordered by the inspector to be discontinued until a certificate of approval has been issued by him authorizing the reconnection and use of such wiring, devices, appliances or equipment.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
A. 
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to install, alter or repair any electric wiring in the Village of Saugerties, New York, until such time as proper application has been filed with the New York State Board of Fire Underwriters, or any other approved agency, and a permit obtained.
B. 
No such permit shall be issued to any person, firm or corporation, unless he or it is the holder of a license as a master electrician under this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons engaged solely in selling or solely in the attachment of ordinary electric appliances to existing circuits where no joining or splicing of electrical conductors is required; nor to the installation, maintenance or repair of elevators; nor 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; nor to the work in connection with the erection, construction, maintenance or repair of lines and facilities for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity from the source of supply to the service connection on the premises where used, by public service companies as defined by the Transportation Corporations Law of this state or municipal plants authorized to generate or sell electricity; nor to the work of such companies or plants in installing, maintaining and repairing on the consumer's premises of service connections, meters and other apparatus and appliances remaining the property of such companies or plants after installation; nor to emergency repairs of wiring and appliances on consumer's premises necessary for the protection of life or property; nor to the work of companies incorporated for the transmission of intelligence by electricity in installing, maintaining or repairing wires, apparatus or fixtures or other appliances.
A reciprocal license agreement may be arranged where the license requirements of the counties involved or any political subdivisions thereof are substantially equivalent.
It shall be unlawful for any person to employ an unlicensed electrician to do any electrical work in the Village of Saugerties, New York.
All fees, fines and penalties derived by the Board from the operation of this chapter shall be turned over by the Board to the Treasurer or other fiscal officer of the Village of Saugerties, New York, exercising corresponding functions within 10 days after they are received, and such moneys shall be paid by such Treasurer into the general fund of the Village of Saugerties, New York, and shall be available for use for any lawful Village purpose.
Any person who shall, directly or indirectly, engage in or work at, the business of master electrician, master electrician limited or special electrician in the Village of Saugerties, New York, without a master electrician license, master electrician limited license or special electrician license or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto or who, having had his license suspended or revoked, shall continue to engage in or work at the business of master, master limited or special electrician, as the case may be, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for a term not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
This chapter shall, not be construed to relieve from nor lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electric 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 Saugerties, New York, be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made or license issued pursuant to this chapter.