[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Orchard Park 12-3-1979 by L.L. No. 9-1979 (Ch. 26, Art. V, of the 1979 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-8-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996]
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters and other approved inspection agencies are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Village 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 reinspection be a charge against the Village.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report to the Code Enforcement Official all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the New York State Building Construction Code (NOTE: The National Electrical Code has been designated as the acceptable standard.) and this Code. The inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Village upon the written request of the Code Enforcement Official or Fire Chief 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 Village where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property with the exception of single-family dwellings. He shall inspect single-family dwellings only upon written request of the Code Enforcement Official or Fire Chief.
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 Village.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Village and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection.
He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with the State Building Construction Code (NOTE: The National Electrical Code has been designated as the acceptable standard.) or with this Code, and he shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Code Enforcement Official.
The schedule of rates charged for inspection shall be filed with the Village Clerk-Treasurer and the Code Enforcement Official.
The Code Enforcement Official is empowered and directed to issue a permit granting exemption from the provisions of this chapter to each person, firm or corporation engaged in the conduct of manufacturing in or on properties in the Village upon written application of such person, firm or corporation, hereinafter called the "applicant," setting forth that:
The applicant is engaged in the conduct of manufacturing in the Village.
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 chapter 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 chapter 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 chapter 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.
This chapter 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 chapter 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 Village or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, 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 Village until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
It shall be a violation of this chapter 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 the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.