[Amended 3-15-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984]
The Town Board of the Town of Walworth may, from time to time, approve independent electrical inspection firms to see that the properties and construction in the Town of Walworth conform to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the Code and such other applicable codes as the Town shall deem apply.
The approved independent electrical inspection firms shall be those that:
File with and keep in force a liability policy of $2,000,000 issued by a company licensed to do business in New York State. The liability policy shall name the Town of Walworth as an additional insured and shall, by its terms, protect the Town of Walworth from any and all liability, active or passive, or claims or causes of action for personal injury or property damage which arise out of the actions of a member or representative of the approved electrical inspection firm performing electrical inspections in the Town of Walworth for or on behalf of the Town of Walworth or to enforce code compliance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the applicable standards of this Code or any other code.
Have the approval of the utilities serving the Town of Walworth, Wayne County, New York State.
In the sole opinion of the Town Board, maintain a suitable office and ample trained staff to service the Town of Walworth and its residents.
Have not been responsible for a claim being successfully prosecuted against the Town because of the mistakes of its agents and employees.
In the sole opinion of the Town Board, have performed satisfactorily services rendered in the Town of Walworth.
Have an accreditation as an approved electrical inspection firm.
Maintain a current list of employees on file with the Town of Walworth.
Perform the electrical inspections proposed herein in a prompt, competent and courteous manner.
Maintain an unblemished record and enjoy an excellent reputation as electrical inspectors in the State of New York.
[Amended 9-1-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
The chief or supervising inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of any approved electrical inspection firm are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations hereinafter described and to approve or disapprove the same. In no event, however, will the cost or expense of such inspections and reinspections be a charge against the Town. The name of each deputy inspector who may perform service in the Town of Walworth shall be filed with the Building Inspector in the Town of Walworth, together with his or her name and address. Such filing shall be kept current at all times by the approved electrical inspection firm. The list shall be furnished and signed by an officer of the firm.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report to the Building Inspector all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and this Code. The Inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town upon the written request of the Building Inspector or Fire Chief or as herein provided.
[Amended 9-1-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town where he/she deems it necessary for the protection of life and property.
In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the property officials of the Town and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection.
He/she shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code or with this Code, and he/she shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Building Inspector.
[Amended 9-1-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
The schedule of rates charged for inspection shall be filed with the Town Clerk and the Building Inspector. In no event may a fee be charged in excess of the rates on file at the time the inspection or reinspection is performed.
The Building Inspector is empowered and directed to issue a permit granting exemption from the provisions of this article to each person, firm or corporation engaged in the conduct of manufacturing in or on properties in the Town upon written applications of such person, firm or corporation, hereinafter called the "applicant," setting forth that:
The applicant is engaged in the conduct of manufacturing in the Town.
The applicant regularly employs one or more journeyman electricians whose principal duties are the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical machinery, appliances, equipment and wiring for electric light, heat or power, hereinafter called "electrical work," in or upon the premises used by the applicant in the conduct of manufacturing.
By reason of the amount and frequency of electrical work so performed upon the applicant's premises, compliance with the provisions of this article would impose an undue burden on the applicant's conduct of manufacturing operations.
The term "journeyman electrician" shall mean a person who has completed an apprentice course or received equivalent training or has equivalent experience of at least three years in electrical work.
Each permit so issued shall be for a period of one year, and such permit shall be renewed for successive one-year periods upon supplemental application by the applicant, certifying that the statements contained in the original application remain true and correct.
The provisions of this article 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.
This article 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 his or her principal business.
This article 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 article 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 Town or an approved electrical inspection firm be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this article.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm, partnership, limited liability company or corporation to occupy or use in any manner any structure or building wherein electrical wiring is installed, altered or repaired unless an inspection approving the installation, alteration or repair has been made by an electrical inspection firm approved by the Town.
[Amended 3-20-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003]
It shall be a violation of this article for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by an approved electrical inspection firm.