There is hereby adopted by the City of Kennett, Missouri, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the construction, alteration, removal and maintenance of electric wiring and apparatus, including permits and penalties, that certain electric code known as the National Electric Code promulgated and adopted by the National Fire Protection Association, being particularly the 1993 Edition thereof, and any subsequent edition of said Code, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified, or amended, of which not less than three (3) copies have been and now are filed in the office of the City Clerk of Kennett, Missouri, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the construction, alteration, maintenance or removal of all electric wiring and apparatus within the corporate limits of the City of Kennett, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 1795 §2, 12-18-1979]
There is hereby created the office of Electrical Inspector who shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation of the City Council. The Electrical Inspector shall have had at least two (2) years experience as an electrician, shall be of good moral character, shall be versed in the approved methods of electrical construction for safety of life and property and the National Electric Code. He/she shall receive such compensation as the Council may decide.
[Ord. No. 1795 §3, 12-18-1979]
The Electrical Inspector, who for the purposes of this Chapter shall be known as the City Electrician, and hereinafter referred to as such, shall have the duty and is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to regulate and determine the placing of electric wires or other appliances for electric lights, heat or power in the City of Kennett, Missouri, and to cause all such wires, appliances or apparatus to be placed, constructed and guarded as not to cause fires or accidents, endangering life or property, and to be constructed as to keep to a minimum the loss or waste of electric current.
It shall be the duty of the City Electrician to enforce all provisions of this Chapter and he/she is hereby granted the authority to enter all buildings in the City of Kennett, Missouri, in the performance of his/her duties between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. daily, except that in emergency and within the limits of reason, the City Electrician may enter buildings for such purposes at other than the designated hours.
It shall be the duty of the City Electrician to inspect and/or test all electrical work and equipment or apparatus for compliance with the Code whenever electric wiring, appliances, or apparatus shall be defective or hazardous through improper manufacture or improper or insufficient insulation or for any other reasons, he/she shall at once cause the removal of such defect or defects, at the expense of the owners of such wiring, appliance or apparatus.
[Ord. No. 1795 §4, 12-18-1979]
No installation, alteration, or removal shall be made in/or of the wiring of any building or structure for light, heat or power or to increase the load of energy carried by such wires or equipment, nor shall any building or structure be wired for electric lights, appliances, motors, apparatus, or heating devices nor alterations made thereto without a written permit therefor being first obtained from the City License Issuing Clerk by the person, firm or corporation having direct charge of such installation, alteration or removal.
[Ord. No. 1795 §5, 12-18-1979]
Upon the completion of the wiring, installation or alteration of any building or structure for light, heat, power, appliance or apparatus, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation having direct charge of such to notify the City Electrician who shall, as early as possible, inspect such wiring, installation, appliance, and apparatus and if installed, altered and constructed in compliance with the permit and in accordance with the requirements of this Chapter, he/she shall execute a certificate of satisfactory inspection, which shall contain the date of such inspection and the result of his/her examination, but no such certificate shall be issued unless such electric wiring, motors, heating devices, appliances, and apparatus be in strict accord with the rules and requirements and the spirit of this Chapter, nor shall current be turned on such installation, equipment, appliance, motor, heating device, and apparatus until such certificate be issued. The amount of fee or charge to be made for such inspections and certificate is to be fixed and determined by the City Council.
[Ord. No. 1795 §6, 12-18-1979]
All electrical construction, all materials, appliances, motors, heating devices, and apparatus used in connection with electrical work and the operation of all electrical apparatus within the City of Kennett, Missouri, shall conform to the rules and requirements of the National Electrical Code current when work is performed or equipment and apparatus installed, however, the necessity, good service and said results often require larger sizes of wire, more branch circuits, and better types of equipment than the minimum which is specified in the National Electrical Code. Therefore, the City Electrician supervising the enforcement of this Code will have the responsibility and authority for making interpretations of the rules, for deciding upon the approval of equipment, materials, construction and for granting the special permission contemplated in a number of the rules and the City Electrician, where necessary shall follow the Code procedure for securing official interpretation of the Code.
[Ord. No. 1795 §13, 12-18-1979]
Any individual desiring to perform his/her own electrical work personally shall not be required to make the required bond or to obtain the required license, but shall be required to obtain the regular permit for that particular job. Such work done by an individual must be done by him/her personally on his/her own particular job and not be a way of performing a service to the public generally.
Any person who shall violate a provision of said Code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the Building Official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this Code, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than one dollar ($1.00), nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.