[HISTORY: Adopted by the Malone Village Board 6-12-2000 by L.L. No. 2-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building code — See Ch. 22.
Poles and wires — See Ch. 35.
Unsafe buildings and structures — See Ch. 57.
Editor's Note: This local law repealed former Ch. 20, Electrical Code, adopted 4-27-1959, effective 5-20-1959, as amended.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Standards Law of the Village of Malone."
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the manner in which wiring is installed for electric light, heat, power and signal systems operating on 50 or more volts in or on all real property within the corporate boundaries of the Village of Malone.
All electrical installations referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (NYSUFPBC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC) as adopted by the National Fire Protection Association, except where the provisions of this chapter, the Building Code of the Village of Malone or any local law shall prescribe more stringent requirements, in which case compliance with the provisions of such local law shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical installations referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter until a building permit has been issued and until application for inspection has been written.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring for installations referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter to any source of electrical energy prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by a qualified electrical inspector.
In no event will the cost of such inspections be a charge against the Village of Malone.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall be guilty of disorderly conduct and shall be deemed a disorderly person and, upon conviction thereof, may be punished by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $150. Each day of such violation shall constitute a separate punishment thereof.
Any person or organization may apply to the Board of Trustees for permission to conduct electrical inspections in the Village of Malone. The application shall be in writing, on such forms as may be prescribed by a Board of Trustees' resolution, and shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $100 and an insurance certificate showing statutory workers' compensation coverage for its employees and automobile and public liability coverage for property damage and personal injury, including wrongful death, in an amount of at least $10,000,000.
The completed application shall be submitted to the Building Inspector, who shall review the same for accuracy and completeness and who shall also make an investigation into the business reputation and qualifications of the applicant. The Building Inspector shall, within 30 days of the receipt of the application, forward the same, together with his recommendation as to approval or rejection, to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall, within 30 days, either approve or reject the application. In the event that the Board of Trustees fails to act on the application within said time limit, such application shall be deemed to be approved.
Upon approval, the Building Inspector shall issue a letter to the applicant certifying that the applicant has been found to be a qualified electrical inspector in the Village of Malone. Such certification shall be valid until such time as it is revoked by the Board of Trustees upon good cause shown after a hearing before the Board of Trustees, at which hearing the electrical inspector shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to present evidence in his defense. In the event that the applicant's application is not approved, he shall be given an opportunity to secure approval from the Board of Trustees at a hearing to be conducted by the Board of Trustees within 30 days of such rejection and to present evidence in support of his application.
The Building Inspector shall at all times maintain a list of qualified electrical inspectors, with their current business addresses and telephone numbers.
Qualified electrical inspectors may make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter and, where an installation is found to be in compliance with this chapter, may issue temporary certificates and certificates of compliance. Copies of such certificates shall be filed with the Building Inspector within one business day after issuance. Such inspections and reinspections shall be at the request and expense of the property owner.
Qualified electrical inspectors shall report, in writing to the Building Inspector of the Village of Malone, all violations of the NYSUFPBC and NEC insofar as they relate to electrical inspections in the village as referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter.
Such inspectors shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in the village, as referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter, upon the written request of the Building Inspector or, in the event of an emergency, upon the oral request of the Building Inspector or any other village official.
No inspector or inspection agency shall knowingly accept an application for any location or installation that has previously been rejected due to violations by any other inspector or inspection agency.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve or diminish the responsibility of any person owning, leasing, operating, controlling or installing any electrical installations referred to in § 20-2 of this chapter for loss of life or injury or damage to any person or property caused by any defect or negligence therein, nor shall the Village of Malone or any of its agents, servants or employees be deemed to have assumed any such liability for any reason, including any inspection or reinspection of the issuance of any certificates pursuant to this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars or 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, testing or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as its 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.
Former Chapter 20 of the Code of the Village of Malone, as well as all other local laws or parts thereof which are inconsistent herewith, are hereby repealed.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.