Town of Grand Island, NY
Erie County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Grand Island Town Board 5-3-1965 by L.L. No. 2-1965 (Ch. 14 of the 1963 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 125.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 327.
Zoning — See Ch. 407.
[Amended 9-7-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]
Provisions hereunder are for the regulation of the installation, alteration and repair of high-voltage and low-voltage life safety electrical wiring and equipment and the maintenance thereof.
[Amended 9-7-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982[1]]
In the interest of public safety and welfare, no person shall conduct the business of installing, altering or repairing electrical wiring and equipment or maintenance thereof in the Town of Grand Island unless such person filed an application with an approved electrical inspection agency and is the holder of a valid electrician's license issued annually by the Town of Grand Island subject to the requirements herein specified, or is in the employ of such a person.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A responsible member of a family who will live in the building which such person proposes to wire electrically for the exclusive use of the family shall show proof of ability to do the work to the annually elected representatives of the Licensed Electricians Board at Large. Such person shall develop a wiring diagram and specifications of the proposed work and give oral and written answers to pertinent questions therefor. The sale of a privately completed building to another person for the purpose of privately completing similar work in another building shall be construed as work done by one who is conducting a business as herein specified and such person shall first obtain a license subject to the customary procedure for licensing electricians in the Town.
A. 
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 jointing 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. It 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.
B. 
All such electrical work shall agree with or exceed the minimum standards of the National Electrical Code and the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Construction Code (Uniform Code).[1],[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 14-5, Licensed Electricians Board at Large, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
The Board of Electrical Examiners is hereby established and hereinafter called the "Board" and shall consist of four members: a Code Enforcement Officer, the Town Engineer, and two persons who have been licensed as electricians in any New York State municipality for at least seven years immediately preceding their membership on the Board. The last two members shall hold active licenses to practice the electrical trade in the Town of Grand Island and shall have terms of office of two years. These members shall be elected by the general membership of licensed Grand Island electricians during a biennial election. Official nominating ballots shall be mailed to the membership of licensed electricians during the second week of October. Completed nomination ballots shall be returned to the Town Clerk's office for recording purposes by the second Friday of November. The Clerk's office shall forward the results to the Building Department. The five nominees receiving the most votes shall have their names placed on an election ballot that will be mailed during the third week of November. Completed election ballots shall be returned to the Town Clerk's office for recording purposes through the third Friday of December. The Town Clerk shall forward the results of the election to the Building Department, who shall in turn contact the electricians receiving the most votes and determine if they agree to serve on the Board. The two electricians with the greatest number of votes who will accept the position to the Board shall take office on the first day of January following the election.
B. 
The members of this Board shall serve without compensation.
C. 
The Board shall meet at times and dates designated by the Chairman, who shall be elected by said Board. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Amended 4-3-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000; 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
A. 
Applications for the electricians' examinations may be obtained through the Building Department, which shall forward it to the Board for review. Applicants that are deemed qualified to sit for this exam shall pay an exam fee to the Building Department. Applicants for electrical examination shall complete the form and submit it to the Town Clerk prior to taking the examination.
B. 
Applicants with less than four years' actual electrical wiring experience in residential or commercial building construction and who are electrical engineers and/or have related college or trade schooling may be deemed qualified to sit for the exam.
[Amended 4-3-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000; 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 5-2016]
The Town Board, by resolution, may designate a testing agency, consultant or other appropriate entity to prepare and administer an examination to test an applicant’s knowledge of residential and commercial electrical work and the various customary applications of it in these fields under the Code. A score of 75% or better shall be deemed as passing. Provided the applicant meets the minimum qualifications to sit for the examination, the Town will accept results from the prior two years, so long as the examination was prepared and proctored by an approved agency, consultant, or other entity.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 14-9, Records, of the 1963 Code; which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012.
[Amended 3-7-1966 by L.L. No. 1-1966; 5-2-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988]
All regular or special examination fees and electrician license fees shall be in the amount set forth in the Schedule of Fees adopted by Town Board resolution and filed in the office of the Town Clerk.
[Amended 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
The customary application for building permit and application for certificate of occupancy for change in use shall show the name of the Grand Island licensed electrician. Such electrician shall process application for the electrical inspection directly with the office of an approved electrical inspection agency. Certificates of electrical compliance shall be furnished prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy issued by the Building Department.
[Amended 4-3-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000; 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012; 6-20-2016 by L.L. No. 5-2016]
Regular electricians’ examinations shall take place on the first Saturday in June and December. The place and time of the examination shall be posted by the Building Department. In lieu of regular examination dates, the Town will accept results as described in § 141-7.
[Added 4-3-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000; amended 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
A. 
Following satisfactory completion of said examination by the applicant and upon recommendation of the Code Enforcement Officer, the Town Clerk shall issue an electricians' license, upon payment of the required fee and the filing of a certificate of insurance naming the Town of Grand Island as an additional insured in the following amounts: $1,000,000 in an amount specified each occurrence for bodily injury liability and $250,000 each occurrence for property damage liability, as well as proof of workers' compensation coverage or proof of exemption. Such license shall be issued for the period of that year ending on December 31, and all required insurances shall be maintained throughout the license period.
B. 
A renewal license shall be issued by the Town Clerk each year to any person, firm or corporation holding a license at the expiration of the previous year without examination upon payment of the license fee as listed on the fee schedule then in effect. The renewal of a license shall require proof of insurance coverage as set forth herein. Any license that is not renewed by January 31 shall be deemed to be inactive. The license fee shall be doubled when an inactive license is renewed. Additionally, if a license shall be inactive for one calendar year, said license shall be revoked and reexamination will be required.
[Amended 10-15-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
A. 
No license holder shall allow his name or license to be used by any other person or party either for the purpose of obtaining permits or the performance of electrical-related activities.
B. 
Licenses shall not be transferable.
C. 
The Board may revoke any license issued pursuant to this chapter or suspend it for such term as it may deem proper if it finds that the holder thereof or an employee of said holder has violated any provision of this chapter or has made a false statement in connection with a material fact in an application for any license required under this chapter. The Board may take the foregoing action at any regular meeting thereof or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The holder of the license shall be given notice, in writing, setting forth the charge and the date, time, and place of the hearing. The notice shall either be served personally upon the holder not less than five days prior to the meeting or hearing in which the charge is to be heard or shall be mailed by either registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the holder of the license at the last known address thereof at least 10 days prior thereto. Refusal to accept or inability to deliver the mailed notice shall not prevent the Board from proceeding to hear and determine the charge. The holder of the license shall in all cases be entitled to counsel if they desire. Upon evaluating the information presented, the Board shall determine if any action is required. A majority vote of the Board shall be required to either revoke or suspend a license. Action taken by the Board either to revoke or suspend a license shall be in additional to any other punishment authorized by this chapter or other provisions of law.
D. 
The Board may also direct the Code Enforcement Officer to file an information or complaint with the local justice court for the purpose of prosecuting the offender, and after hearing, if the defendant shall be found guilty and convicted of a violation of this chapter, he shall be fined a sum not to exceed $1,000 for each such violation or by imprisonment not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each separate occurrence shall constitute a separate additional violation.