[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Cumberland 4-14-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Wind energy conversion systems — See Ch. 300.
There is hereby adopted by the Town of Cumberland, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations governing the practical safeguarding of persons and of buildings and their contents from hazards arising from the use of electricity for light, heat, power, radio, signaling, and for other purposes, including permits and penalties, that certain electrical code known as the "National Electrical Code" and the whole thereof, save and except such portions as are herein deleted, modified or amended, of which not fewer than three copies were filed with the Town Clerk of Cumberland at least 30 days prior to adoption of this chapter and which are on file in said office, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the corporate limits of the Town of Cumberland.
The office of Electrical Inspector is hereby created in accordance with the Administrative Code, Town of Cumberland, and the executive officer in charge shall be known as the "Electrical Inspector" who shall be appointed in accordance with the Administrative Code, Town of Cumberland.
The Electrical Inspector shall have jurisdiction within the corporate limits of the Town of Cumberland, which shall include but not be limited to the thickly settled portion of the Town.
An appeal may be taken from any order of the Electrical Inspector to the State of Maine Electricians Examining Board and from the Board to the courts in accordance with statutory law.
The Electrical Inspector or any employee charged with the enforcement of this code, acting in good faith and without malice for the Town in the discharge of his duties, shall not thereby render himself liable personally and he is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may occur to persons or property as a result of any act required or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of his duties. Any suit brought against the Electrical Inspector or employee because of such act or omission performed by him or her in the enforcement of any provisions of this code shall be defended by the Legal Department of the Town until final termination of the proceedings.
The Electrical Inspector, in the discharge of his official duties and upon proper identification, shall have authority to enter any building, structure, or premises at any reasonable hour.
Electrical permit fees collected by the Electrical Inspector, or his duly authorized agent, will be deposited with the Town Treasurer in a form and manner to be determined by said Treasurer. In all instances where work is started without a permit, an additional late fee shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit. Fees shall be set by order of the Town Council.
All electrical wiring, apparatus or appliances for furnishing light, heat, or power shall be in strict conformance with the Electrical Code, the statutes of the State of Maine and approved methods of construction for safety to life and property.
No wiring in new construction or in existing structures shall be installed without first obtaining a permit from the Electrical Inspector and paying the stipulated permit fee. In cases of wiring in new construction, no connection to the source of power supply shall be made unless and until the Electrical Inspector shall have examined the completed installation and approved of the material and workmanship of the installation.
Unless otherwise specifically provided, whenever a section of this chapter conflicts with any section of any other ordinance, code, or regulation, the section which imposes the more stringent requirement or mandates the greater degree of safety shall have precedence.
The invalidity of any section or provision of this chapter or of the Electrical Code hereby adopted shall not invalidate other sections or provisions thereof.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation, being the owner or having control of any building or structure or part thereof, who or which violates any of the provisions of the Electrical Code, or fails to conform to any of the provisions hereof, or fails to obey any order of any officer charged with the enforcement of the provisions of the Electrical Code in relation to the matters and things herein contained, or any architect, engineer, contractor, builder, subcontractor, foreman, plumber, carpenter, electrician, employee, or other person who shall assist in the violation of this Electrical Code, or of any certificate, order, or permit thereunder, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100. Each and every day on which the person or persons, firm, or corporation continues to violate the provisions of this chapter, after having been notified of such violation, shall constitute a separate offense.