[HISTORY: Adopted by Common Council of City of North Tonawanda 6-6-1960.]
This ordinance shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the City of North Tonawanda, New York."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this electrical ordinance is enacted to regulate the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electrical light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the City of North Tonawanda.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except where the provisions of this ordinance or any other local law, ordinance or Building Code of the City of North Tonawanda shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or Building Code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this ordinance. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70 as approved, adopted and amended by the American Standards Association.
Editor's Note: The New York State Building Code was adopted by resolution of the Common Council on 6-2-1958.
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the City of North Tonawanda are hereby authorized to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same. In no event, however, will the cost or expense of such inspection and reinspections be a charge against the City of North Tonawanda.
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this code, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and of all local laws, ordinances and the Building Code as referred to in this ordinance insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. The Inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the City of North Tonawanda upon the written request of an authorized official of the City of North Tonawanda or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the City of North Tonawanda where he 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 City of North Tonawanda. It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the City of North Tonawanda and owners and/or lessees of property where defective installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations are in conformity with this ordinance. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the City of North Tonawanda, to the attention of the Building Inspector.
It shall be a violation of this ordinance for any persons, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the City of North Tonawanda until an application for inspection has been filed with the Building Inspector. It shall be a violation of this ordinance for a person or 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 the Building Department.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall be guilty of a violation, which for the purposes of this ordinance shall be designated as an offense, and shall be assessed a fee of not more than $100, and each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this ordinance 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 ordinance 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 or the State of New York or any manufacturer or industrial plants employing full-time electricians to do electrical work on their own property.
If any part or provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance be adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part or provision or application directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this ordinance or the application thereof to other persons or circumstances, and the Common Council of the City of North Tonawanda hereby declares that it would have passed this ordinance or the remainder thereof had such invalid application or invalid provision been apparent.
All ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
This ordinance shall take effect seven days after publication.