City of Monroe, MI
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Monroe 2-18-1994 by Ord. No. 94-003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Electrical code — See Ch. 275, Art. VI.
Damaging electrical facilities — See Ch. 519.
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Electricity generally — See Mich. Const. Art. 7, §§ 24, 25.
Electrical code in Home Rule cities — See MCLA §§ 117.3, 117.4b et seq., 117.4f.
Negligence of electricians and electrical contractors; accrual of claims; limitation of actions — See MCLA §§ 600.2912, 600.5805, 600.5838.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN
An individual other than an electrical contractor, master electrician or electrical journeyman, who is engaged in learning about and assisting in the installation or alteration of electrical wiring and equipment under the direct personal supervision of an electrical journeyman or master electrician.
BOARD
The City of Monroe Electrical Examining and Appeals Board.
DEPARTMENT
The City of Monroe Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance.
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
A person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing or maintaining electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment.
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
All electrical devices in connection with the generation, distribution, communication and utilization of electrical energy, within or on a building, residence, structure or properties, including fire alarm and sign devices.
ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
A person who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to inspect all electrical apparatus for compliance with applicable codes and who shall be the agent or employee of the Department who is designated by the Building Official as an electrical inspector. Inspectors shall be registered pursuant to Act 54 of the Public Acts of 1986, as amended, being MCLA § 330.2301 et seq., and known as the Building Officials and Inspectors Registration Act.
ELECTRICAL JOURNEYMAN
A person other than an electrical contractor who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the practical installation or alteration of electrical wiring. An electrical contractor or master electrician may also be an electrical journeyman.
ELECTRIC SIGN
Fixed, stationary or portable self-contained, electrically illuminated equipment that has words or symbols designed to convey information or attract attention. The term includes outline lighting but does not include those signs that are indoor or outdoor portable applications or recognized holiday residential signs listed with a recognized electrical testing laboratory and that use a cord Cap-110 volt plug as the electrical energizing attachment method.
ELECTRICAL WIRING
All wiring, generating equipment, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances in connection with the generation, distribution, communication and utilization of electrical energy, within or on a building, residence, structure or properties, including service entrance wiring as defined by the National Electrical Code.
FIRE ALARM CONTRACTOR
A person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing or maintaining wiring, devices, appliances or equipment of a fire alarm system.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY APPRENTICE TECHNICIAN
An individual other than a fire alarm contractor or a fire alarm specialty technician who is engaged in learning about and assisting in the installation or alteration of fire alarm system wiring and equipment under the direct personal supervision of a fire alarm specialty technician.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY LICENSURE
Licensure as a fire alarm contractor or a fire alarm specialty or apprentice technician.
FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY TECHNICIAN
A person other than a fire alarm contractor who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the practical installation or alteration of fire alarm system wiring.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
A system designed to detect and annunciate the presence of fire, or by-products of fire, installed within a building or structure. "Fire alarm system" does not include a single station smoke detector.
JOB SITE
The immediate work area within the property lines of a single construction project, alteration project or maintenance project where electrical construction or alteration of electrical wiring is in progress.
MASTER ELECTRICIAN
A person having the necessary qualifications, training experience and technical knowledge to supervise the installation of electrical wiring and equipment in accordance with the standard rules and regulations governing that work.
MINOR REPAIR WORK
Electrical work such as repairing or replacing flush and snap switches, fuses, lamp sockets or receptacles; replacing fixtures; repairing or taping bare connections; replacing lamps; or connecting portable electrical equipment to suitable permanently installed receptacles, provided the total value does not exceed $100.
MUNICIPALITY
City of Monroe.
OUTLINE LIGHTING
An arrangement of incandescent lamps or electric discharge tubing which is an integral part of an electrical sign that outlines certain features, such as the shape of a building or the decoration of a window.
OWNER
Any natural person, firm, partnership, association or corporation and their legal successors. In all proceedings, actions or prosecution hereunder, in which a corporation is the owner of any building, structure or part thereof, or of premises, any of its officers, directors or persons in control or management thereof, as well as the corporation itself, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
SIGN SPECIALIST
A person who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the installation, alteration or repair of electrical signs.
SIGN SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR
A person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of manufacturing, installing, maintaining, connecting or repairing electrical sign wiring or devices, including wiring that is directly related to electrical signs and is electrically dedicated as a sign circuit beginning at the load side of the sign circuit disconnect.
SIGN SPECIALTY LICENSURE
Licensure as a sign specialist or sign specialty contractor.
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in Subsections B, C and D of this definition, that portion of the electrical sign wiring that originates at the load-side terminals of a disconnecting means located in the vicinity of the electrical sign involved, but not including the installation of the disconnecting means, complete with line-side connections;
B. 
In the case of electrical sign installations having sign transformers installed physically apart from the electrical sign, that portion of the electrical sign wiring that originates at the load-side terminals of a disconnecting means located in the vicinity of the electrical sign involved, but not including the installation of the disconnecting means, complete with line-side connections;
C. 
In the case of freestanding electrical sign installations supplied through underground circuit conductors, that portion of the electrical sign wiring that originates at a wiring termination point adjacent to, within or immediately above the permanent base for the electrical sign, but not including, if the base of the sign structure is suitable for use as a raceway, the installation of bushing, complete with free-length circuit conductors extending through to accommodate the connection of the related wiring within the sign structure raceway;
D. 
In the case of electrical signs specifically designed to be connected directly to the building wiring raceway or cable supply, that portion of the electrical sign wiring that originates at the point where the free-length circuit conductors extend through the building wiring raceway or cable at the specifically designed supply location for the electrical sign involved, but not including the installation of the building wiring raceway or cable system to the specifically designated point of supply for the electrical sign involved, complete with free-length circuit conductors extending through the building wiring raceway or cable to accommodate the connection of the related wiring.
[Amended 6-18-2001 by Ord. No. 01-013]
A. 
The Electrical Appeals Board, also referred to in this chapter as the "Board," shall have and hereby is given jurisdiction, subject to review as hereinafter provided, over the inspection of all electrical installations, including changes, repairs and additions thereto, within the City of Monroe.
B. 
The Electrical Appeals Board shall consist of the Chief Electrical Inspector of the City of Monroe, a representative of the electrical utility company, a licensed electrical contractor who is also a licensed master electrician, and an electrical engineer.
C. 
The City of Monroe shall appoint an electrical inspector or electrical inspectors, who shall be licensed as an electrical journeyman or master electrician and who shall inspect all electrical installations and report to the inspection authority. This authority shall apply to the installation of electrical wiring and electrical devices, apparatus and equipment for connection to electrical supply systems, except as provided in § 305-6A to F and H.
When an application is made for a permit, license, registration or examination required under this chapter, a fee shall be paid in an amount prescribed by the Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance and approved by resolution of the City Council.
Subject to the Constitution and laws of the State of Michigan, the Electrical Inspector and/or his or her deputy shall have the right, during reasonable hours, to enter any building in the discharge of his or her official duties for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the installation of electrical wiring, electrical devices and/or electrical materials contained therein and shall have the authority to cause the turning off of all electrical supply and to disconnect, in cases of emergency, any wire where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department.
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall install, alter, maintain, service or repair electrical equipment in or on any building, structure or part thereof, or on any premises, or cause or permit therein or thereon the installation, alteration, maintenance, service or repair of any electrical equipment without a permit having been obtained therefor as provided herein. Nothing in this section shall be considered as applying to any person engaged in repairing and maintaining electrical appliances.
B. 
Permits shall be issued only to the following persons:
(1) 
Licensed electrical contractors.
(2) 
Licensed fire alarm contractors.
(3) 
Licensed sign specialty contractors.
(4) 
A bona fide owner of a single-family residence which is, or will be on completion, his or her own place of residence, and no part of which is used for rental or commercial purposes, nor is now contemplated for such purpose, provided that the owner applies for and secures a permit, pays the fee, does the work himself or herself in accordance with the provisions hereof, applies for inspections and receives approval thereof. Failure to comply with these requirements will subject the owner's permit to cancellation.
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of electrical contracting, fire alarm contracting or sign contracting unless such person, firm or corporation shall have received from the State or the appropriate municipality the appropriate contractor's license, nor shall any person, other than an electrical journeyman and other than a person duly licensed and employed by and working under the direction of a holder of an electrical contractor's license, a fire alarm contractor's license or a sign contractor's license, in any manner undertake to execute any electrical wiring without first obtaining the required license therefor, except that no license shall be required by the Electrical Examining and Appeals Board to perform the work indicated in Subsections G, I, J, K, L, M and N hereof, nor shall a license or permit be required to execute the work covered by Subsections A, B, C, D, E, F and H hereof.
A. 
Monroe repair work, as defined.
B. 
The installation, alteration, repairing, rebuilding or remodeling of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators or manlifts performed under a permit issued by an elevator inspection agency of the State of Michigan or a political subdivision of the State of Michigan.
C. 
The installation, alteration or repair of electrical equipment and its associated wiring, installed on the premises of consumers or subscribers by or for electrical energy supply or communication agencies for use by such agencies in the generation, transmission, distribution or metering of electrical energy, or for the operation of signals or transmission of intelligence, not including fire alarm systems.
D. 
The installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring for the generation and primary distribution of electric current, or the secondary distribution system, up to and including the meters, where such work is an integral part of the system owned and operated by an electric light and power utility in rendering its duly authorized service.
E. 
Any work involved in the manufacture of electrical equipment, including the testing and repairing of such manufactured equipment.
F. 
The installation, alteration or repair of equipment and its associated wiring for the generation or distribution of electric energy for the operation of signals or transmission of intelligence where such work is in connection with a communications system owned or operated by a telephone or telegraph company in rendering its duly authorized service as a telephone or telegraph company.
G. 
Any installation, alteration or repair of electrical equipment by a homeowner in a single-family home and accompanying outbuildings owned and occupied or to be occupied by the person performing the installation, alteration or repair of electrical equipment.
H. 
Any work involved in the use, maintenance, operation, dismantling or reassembling of motion-picture and theatrical equipment used in any building with approved facilities for entertainment or educational use and which has the necessary permanent wiring and floor and wall receptacle outlets designed for the proper and safe use of such theatrical equipment, but not including any permanent wiring.
I. 
Work performed by mechanical contractors licensed in classifications listed in Section 6(3)(a), (b), (d), (e) and (f) of the Forbes Mechanical Contractor Act, Act 192 of the Public Acts of 1984, as amended, being MCLA § 338.976, plumbing contractors licensed under Act 266 of the Public Acts of 1929, as amended, being MCLA §§ 338.901 to 338.917, and employees of persons licensed under Act 192 of the Public Acts of 1984, as amended, and Act 266 of the Public Acts of 1929, as amended, while performing maintenance, service, repair, replacement, alteration, modification, reconstruction or upgrading of control wiring circuits and electrical component parts within existing mechanical systems defined in the mechanical and plumbing codes provided for in the State Construction Code Act of 1972, including, but not limited to, energy management systems, relays and controls on boilers, water heaters, furnaces, air-conditioning compressors and condensers, fan controls, thermostats and sensors, and all manufacturer prewired system wiring associated with the mechanical systems in buildings which are on the load side of the unit disconnect, which is located on or immediately adjacent to the equipment, except for life safety systems' wiring.
J. 
Electrical wiring associated with the installation, removal, alteration, or repair of a water well pump on a single-family dwelling to the first point of attachment in the house from the well, by a registered pump installer under Part 127 of the Public Health Code, Act 368 of the Public Acts of 1978, as amended, being MCLA §§ 333.12701 to 333.12771.
K. 
The installation, maintenance or servicing of burglar alarm systems within a building or structure.
L. 
The installation, maintenance or servicing of residential lawn-sprinkling equipment.
M. 
The installation, alteration, maintenance or repair of electrical signs and related wiring by an unlicensed individual under the direct supervision of a licensed sign specialist, except that the ratio of unlicensed individuals engaged in this activity shall not exceed two unlicensed individuals to one licensed sign specialist. An enforcing agency shall enforce this ratio on a job-site basis.
N. 
The construction, installation, maintenance, repair and renovation of telecommunications equipment and related systems by a person, firm or corporation primarily engaged in the telecommunications and related information systems industry. This exception does not include the construction, installation, maintenance, repair and renovation of a fire alarm system.
A. 
Upon the completion of the wiring of any building, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation installing the same to notify the Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance, which shall notify the Electrical Inspector to inspect the installation as soon as possible, and if it is found to be fully in compliance with this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, and does not constitute a hazard to life and property, he or she shall issue to such person, firm or corporation, upon request, for delivery to the owner, a certificate of inspection.
B. 
All wires which are to be hidden from view shall be inspected before concealment, and any person, firm or corporation installing such wires shall notify the Department, giving sufficient time in which to make the required inspection before such wires are concealed.
The Electrical Inspector may, when specifically authorized by state law or by a separate City ordinance, periodically make a thorough reinspection of the installation in buildings of all electrical wiring, electrical devices and electrical material now installed or that may hereafter be installed, within the City of Monroe. When the installation of any such wiring, devices and/or material is found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the person, firm, or corporation owning, using or operating the same shall be notified and shall make the necessary repairs or changes required to place such wiring, devices and material in a safe condition and have such work completed within 15 days, or any longer period specified by the Electrical Inspector in said notice. The Electrical Inspector is hereby empowered to disconnect or order in writing the discontinuance of electrical service to such wiring, devices and/or material found to be defectively installed until the installation of such wiring, devices and material has been made safe as directed by the Electrical Inspector.
[Amended 1-4-2005 by Ord. No. 04-018]
No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electrical installation is in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, the statutes of the State of Michigan and the rules and regulations issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission under the authority of the state statutes, and unless it is in conformity with approved methods of construction for safety to persons and property. Compliance with the provisions of the Michigan Electrical Code, as adopted in Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code; the Michigan Building Code, as adopted in Chapter 275, Article III; and National Fire Protection Association (NFiPA) Standards 71, 72, 72E and 74 for fire alarm systems, and with the amendments, rules and regulations established as hereinafter provided, shall be prima facie evidence of compliance with such approved methods.
A. 
No person shall install or use any electrical device, apparatus or equipment designed for attachment to, or installation on, any electrical circuit or system for heat, light, power or a fire alarm system, that is not of good design and construction and safe and adequate for its intended use. The Electrical Inspector shall have power to disapprove the use or installation of devices not fulfilling these requirements.
B. 
Devices, apparatus and equipment listed by such generally recognized authorities as the United States Bureau of Standards, or by qualified electrical testing laboratories, such as Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM), may be given approval by the Electrical Inspector unless explicitly disapproved by said authority for reasons of faulty design or poor construction involving danger to persons and/or property.
A. 
The City of Monroe shall keep complete records of all permits and licenses issued and inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code.
B. 
When the Electrical Inspector condemns all or part of any electrical installation, the owner or his or her agent may, within five days after receiving written notice from the Electrical Inspector, file a petition in writing for review of said action of the Electrical Inspector with the Electrical Examining and Appeals Board. Upon receipt of the petition, the Board shall at once proceed to determine whether said electrical installation complies with this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, and, within five days, shall make a decision in accordance with its findings.
A. 
In general.
(1) 
Membership; purpose.
(a) 
The Electrical Examining and Appeals Board shall consist of the Chief Electrical Inspector of the City of Monroe; a representative of the electrical utility company; a licensed electrical contractor who is also a licensed master electrician; and an electrical engineer.
(b) 
The members of said Board shall be appointed by the Monroe City Council for such terms as shall be designated at the time of appointment. This Board shall examine all applicants for electrical, fire and sign contractors' licenses; journeyman and master electrician licenses; fire alarm specialty technician licenses and sign specialist licenses; and the registration of apprentice electricians and fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians.
(2) 
Applicants for journeyman and master electrician licenses, fire alarm specialty technician licenses and sign specialist licenses shall designate their residence and their legal address. All applicants for contractor licenses shall designate their principal place of business as their legal address.
(3) 
All electrical contractors, fire alarm contractors, sign specialty contractors, master electricians, journeyman electricians, fire alarm specialty technicians, sign specialists, apprentice electricians and fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians, having their legal address within the corporate limits of the City of Monroe shall secure their license or registration from the Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance.
(4) 
The Board shall prepare the application forms, prescribe the examination, establish guidelines for the scheduling of examinations by the Electrical Inspector, and hold examinations.
(5) 
The examination for journeyman and master electricians, fire alarm specialty technicians and sign specialists shall include, but not be limited to, questions designed to test an individual's knowledge of this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, the State Construction Code Act of 1972, and any code adopted by the City of Monroe, as well as the theory relative to such codes.
(6) 
The examination for an electrical contractor's license, a fire alarm contractor's license and a sign specialty contractor's license shall include, but not be limited to, questions designed to test an individual's knowledge of this chapter and Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, and any rules promulgated under this chapter and Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, the State Construction Code Act of 1972 and the administration and enforcement procedures of any code adopted by this municipality.
(7) 
All application forms and examinations shall be in English and all applicants shall be required to read and write in the English language.
(8) 
A person holding a valid electrical contractor's license, master electrician's license, electrical journeyman's license or apprentice electrician's registration shall not be required to hold any specialty licenses in order to perform specialty installations.
B. 
Contractor's license requirements. No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of electrical contractor, fire alarm contractor or sign specialty contractor and install, alter or repair electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus or fixtures for light, heat, power or a fire alarm system in or about buildings and/or structures located within the City of Monroe without first having procured the appropriate contractor's license, as follows:
(1) 
Electrical contractors. The Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance shall issue an electrical contractor's license to a person who does all of the following:
(a) 
Holds a master electrician's license or has not less than one master electrician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. Such master electrician shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment and shall represent no other person, firm or corporation as his, her or its master electrician.
(b) 
Files a completed application on a form provided by the Department.
(c) 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
(d) 
Pays the license fee prescribed by the Department.
(2) 
Fire alarm contractors. The Department shall issue a fire alarm contractor's license to a person who does all of the following:
(a) 
Holds a fire alarm specialty technician's license or has not less than one fire alarm specialty technician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. Such fire alarm specialty technician shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of fire alarm system wiring and equipment.
(b) 
Files a completed application on a form provided by the Department.
(c) 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
(d) 
Pays the license fee prescribed by the Department.
(3) 
Sign specialty contractors. The Department shall issue a sign specialty contractor's license to a person who does all of the following:
(a) 
Holds a sign specialist license or has not less than one sign specialist residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. The sign specialist shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installation, maintenance, connection and repair of electrical signs and related wiring.
(b) 
Files a completed application on a form provided by the Department.
(c) 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
(d) 
Pays the license fee prescribed by the Department.
(e) 
Provides evidence of public liability insurance coverage.
C. 
Master, journeyman and apprentice electricians.
(1) 
No person shall engage in the occupation or trade of master, journeyman or apprentice electrician in the installation, alteration, maintenance or repair of electrical wiring equipment, apparatus or fixtures for light, heat, power or medical purposes in or about buildings and/or structures within the City of Monroe without having first obtained a license or apprentice registration as herein provided.
(2) 
All electrical work done by apprentice electricians shall be performed under the direct personal supervision of a journeyman or master electrician who shall be on the premises at all times when such apprentice electricians are performing such work.
(a) 
Master electrician's license: requirements; failure to pass examination; condition of renewal; license limitation.
[1] 
The Department shall issue a master electrician's license to a person not less than 22 years of age who does all of the following:
[a] 
Files a completed application form provided by the Department.
[b] 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
[c] 
Pays the license fee prescribed by the Department.
[d] 
Files a written statement from present or former employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 12,000 hours of practical experience, obtained over a period of not less than six years, relating to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician.
[e] 
Has held an electrical journeyman's license for not less than two years. Verification of the license shall be furnished.
[2] 
Upon failure to pass the master electrician examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until a period of not less than one year from the date of failure of the second examination, at which time he or she shall present to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on applicable codes, electrical fundamentals or electrical theory, approved by the Board, in order to become eligible to again sit for an examination.
[3] 
As a condition of renewal of a master electrician's license, the master electrician shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in applicable codes, prior to or within 12 months after the adoption of the update or change in such codes. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the updates or changes of such codes are adopted by ordinance of Council.
[4] 
A holder of a master electrician's license shall not qualify for more than one electrical contractor's license.
(b) 
Electrical journeyman's license; requirements; failure to pass examination; condition of renewal.
[1] 
The Department shall issue an electrical journeyman's license to a person not less than 20 years of age who does all of the following:
[a] 
Files a completed application form provided by the Department.
[b] 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
[c] 
Pays the license fee prescribed by the Department.
[d] 
Files a written statement from present or former employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 8,000 hours of experience, obtained over a period of not less than four years, relating to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a master or journeyman electrician who is licensed under this chapter.
[2] 
Upon failure to pass the electrical journeyman examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until a period of not less than one year from the date of failure of the second examination, at which time he or she shall present to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on applicable codes, electrical fundamentals or electrical theory, approved by the Board, in order to become eligible again to sit for an examination.
[3] 
As a condition of renewal of an electrical journeyman's license, the electrical journeyman shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in applicable codes, prior to or within 12 months after the adoption of the update or change in such codes. This requirement applies only during or after those years that the updates or changes of such codes are adopted by ordinance of Council.
(c) 
Apprentice electrician; registration; forms; certificate of registration; apprenticeship training program; apprentice electrician ratio.
[1] 
An individual employed as an apprentice electrician shall register on a form provided by the Board within 30 days after employment.
[2] 
The Department shall issue a certificate of registration to a person seeking registration upon satisfactory proof of the person's participation in a bona fide apprenticeship training program approved by the Board. This program shall be equivalent to the requirements of those imposed by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, subject to Subsection C(2)(c)[3] hereof.
[3] 
Except as otherwise provided in Subsection C(2)(c)[4] hereof, the ratio of electrical journeymen or master electricians to registered apprentice electricians shall be one electrical journeyman or master electrician to one registered apprentice electrician. The Department shall enforce such ratio on a job-site basis.
[4] 
Notwithstanding Subsection C(2)(c)[3] hereof, in the case of a residential single-family dwelling or a multifamily dwelling not exceeding eight units per building, the Department shall enforce an apprentice-electrician ratio of one electrical journeyman or master electrician to two registered apprentice electricians on a job-site basis.
D. 
Fire alarm specialty technician's license.
(1) 
The Department shall issue a fire alarm specialty technician's license to a person not less than 20 years of age who does all of the following:
(a) 
Files a completed application form provided by the Department.
(b) 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Board and the Department.
(c) 
Pays the license fee.
(d) 
Has certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology as an Associate Engineering Technician, Level II, or equivalent, as determined by the Board, in the field of fire alarm systems technology.
(2) 
As a condition of renewal of a fire alarm specialty technician's license, the fire alarm specialty technician shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in the code relating to fire alarm systems prior to or within 12 months after the adoption of the update or change in such code. This requirement applies only during or after those years in which the update or change in such code is adopted by ordinance of Council.
(3) 
The holder of a fire alarm specialty technician's license shall not qualify for more than one fire alarm contractor's license.
E. 
Fire alarm apprentice.
(1) 
An individual employed as a fire alarm specialty apprentice technician shall register with the Board on a form provided by the Board within 30 days after employment.
(2) 
The Department shall issue a certificate of registration to a person seeking registration upon satisfactory proof of the person's participation in a bona fide apprenticeship training program approved by the Board. The program shall be equivalent to the requirements imposed by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, subject to Subsection E(3) hereof.
(3) 
The ratio of fire alarm specialty technicians to registered fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians shall be one fire alarm specialty technician to two registered fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians. The Department shall enforce such ratio on a job-site basis.
F. 
Sign specialty technician's license.
(1) 
The Department shall issue a sign specialist license to a person not less than 18 years of age who does all of the following:
(a) 
Files a completed application form provided by the Department.
(b) 
Pays the examination fee required by, and passes the examination provided by, the Department.
(c) 
Pays the license fee.
(d) 
Files a statement from present or past employers to the effect that the applicant has not less than 4,000 hours of experience, obtained over a period of not less than two years, relating to the manufacture, installation, maintenance, connection or repair of electrical signs and related wiring. Equivalent education may be substituted for work experience as determined by the Board.
(e) 
Demonstrates the successful completion of a course concerning the installation, maintenance, connection or repair of electrical signs and related wiring as contained in the sign electrician's workbook published by American Technical Publishers, Inc., or any other course designed to address the sign industry, as approved by the Board.
(2) 
Upon failure to pass the sign specialist examination two times within a period of two years, an applicant shall be ineligible to sit for another examination until he or she presents to the Board proof of the successful completion of a course on code and electrical fundamentals approved by the Board, in order to become eligible again to sit for an examination.
(3) 
As a condition of renewal of a sign specialist's license, the sign specialist shall demonstrate the successful completion of a course, approved by the Board, concerning any update or change in applicable codes prior to or within 12 months after the adoption of the update or change in such codes. This requirement applies only during or after those years in which the update or change in such codes is adopted by ordinance of Council.
A. 
The fees for an examination and/or license for an electrical contractor, fire alarm contractor, sign specialty contractor, master electrician, journeymen electrician, fire alarm specialty technician and sign specialist shall be prescribed by the Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance and adopted by resolution of the City Council.
B. 
Licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year and shall be renewed upon application by the licensee, together with payment of the required fee.
C. 
After March 1, contractor, master, journeyman, technician and specialist licenses not renewed shall be considered cancelled and may not be renewed except upon approval of the Electrical Examination and Appeals Board. A license not renewed within three years shall not be reissued without examination except upon special approval by the Board.
D. 
Electrical contractor's, fire alarm contractors, sign specialty contractor's, master electrician's, journeyman electrician's, technician's and specialist's licenses shall be issued by the City of Monroe upon the recommendation of the Board.
E. 
Licenses and registrations issued under this chapter shall be nontransferable and shall be displayed when required. Electrical, fire and sign contractors licensed under the terms of this chapter shall not secure permits for work to be done by any person not employed by said contractor, and the license may be revoked for violation of this rule.
F. 
Apprentice electrician and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician registrations shall be issued by the City of Monroe upon recommendation of the Board.
G. 
Apprentice electrician and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician registrations will expire on August 31 of each year and shall be renewable within 30 days after that date upon payment of the prescribed fee. Fees for apprentice electrician and fire alarm specialty apprentice technician registrations shall be prescribed by the Board.
H. 
No license shall be recognized by the City of Monroe unless such license is issued by a cooperating member of the Reciprocal Electrical Council, Inc., a municipality that has adopted an ordinance under Section 6 of the Electrical Administrative Act (Public Act 217) or the Michigan Electrical Administrative Board.
I. 
The City of Monroe shall permit electrical, fire and sign contractors lawfully licensed by other political subdivisions within the State of Michigan to install, alter or repair electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus or fixtures for light, heat, power or fire alarm system purposes within the corporate limits of the City of Monroe, upon payment of a registration fee, provided such authorities reciprocate in recognizing contractors who are duly licensed under the provisions of this chapter by granting them the same privilege.
J. 
The City of Monroe Department of Building, Zoning and Environmental Compliance shall have the authority to investigate the activities of a person licensed or registered under this chapter or Public Act 217 which are related to the person's licensure or registration as an electrical, fire alarm or sign contractor, master or journeyman electrician, fire alarm specialty technician, sign specialist, electrician apprentice or fire alarm specialty apprentice technician, which activities include, but are not limited to, those described in Subsection J(1) hereof. The Department shall report findings to the Board and, if necessary, request that a hearing be convened by the Board based on said investigation report.
(1) 
Activities which may be investigated under authority of this Subsection J include, but are not limited to:
(a) 
Fraud or deceit in obtaining a license or registration under this chapter or under Public Act 217.
(b) 
The willful violation of an applicable code.
(c) 
False advertising.
(d) 
A violation of this chapter or Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, or of rules promulgated pursuant to this chapter or Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, or of Public Act 217, except in the case of a minor violation.
(e) 
Failure to produce the identification card for a license or registration and at least one piece of identification containing the individual's picture when requested by the Electrical Inspector.
(f) 
Recommendation by the Michigan Electrical Administrative Board or any municipal board to suspend or revoke a license or registration issued by the Electrical Examining and Appeals Board of the City.
(g) 
Cheating on an examination.
(2) 
The Board shall impose one or more of the following sanctions for any violation set forth in Subsection J(1) hereof:
(a) 
Suspension of the license or registration issued under this chapter.
(b) 
Denial of the license or registration required under this chapter.
(c) 
Revocation of the license or registration issued under this chapter.
(d) 
Restriction on the privilege of taking an exam for a minimum of two years.
(e) 
Restitution.
(f) 
A fine as set forth in § 1-27 of the Code of the City of Monroe.
(3) 
For two violations of this chapter or Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, within a period of two years, the Board may double the fine imposed under this chapter.
(4) 
For three violations of this chapter within a period of three years, the Board shall revoke the person's license or registration and permanently deny the person's reapplication for a license or registration of the class revoked.
(5) 
If restitution is required to be made by a licensee or registrant under this section, the Board may suspend the license or registration of the person required to make the restitution until restitution is made.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to apparatus and equipment installed by or for any utility operating under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Public Service Commission in the exercise of its function as a utility and when such apparatus or equipment is used primarily for the purpose of communication or metering or for the generation, control, transformation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from responsibility or liability, or reduce the responsibility or liability of, any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, electrical device and/or electrical material, for damage to any person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the City of Monroe or the Electrical Inspector be held to assume any such liability by reason of the inspection authorized herein or by reason of any certificate of inspection issued as provided in this chapter.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, and except as provided for in § 1-27 of the Code of the City of Monroe, a person licensed or registered under this chapter who commits a violation of this chapter or Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, that is not a minor violation as described in the general rules, or a person not licensed or registered under this chapter who is performing any activity regulated by this chapter or Chapter 275, Article VI, Michigan Electrical Code, is guilty of a civil violation, punishable by a fine or not less than $1,000 per day for each day the violation occurs, except that a fine shall not exceed $5,000 in total per violation. A second or subsequent violation is punishable by a fine of not less than $2,000 per day for each day the violation occurs, except that a fine shall not exceed $10,000 in total per violation.