No person, firm or corporation shall do any electrical work on any premises in the Town of West Seneca as a contractor or subcontractor unless licensed as a master electrician or residential electrician in the manner provided by this chapter.
The license shall be printed on a form determined by the Town Clerk. Said form shall contain the date of issuance, the license number, the fee paid and the name of the person licensed. All licenses shall expire on December 31 following the date of issuance. All licenses shall be signed by the Town Clerk.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall desire a license to conduct electrical work in the Town of West Seneca shall apply in person, or, in the case of a corporation or limited liability company, by a duly authorized individual, at the office of the Town Clerk and register its name and address with the Town Clerk upon application forms provided by the Town Clerk.
Said application shall contain the name, age and address of the applicant, a statement of the kind of work the applicant has been engaged in for the past five years, together with the names of employers and locations of various projects that he has worked upon, and a statement of the experience and qualifications of the applicant in doing some electrical work, together with such other information that the Town Clerk, Town Board and Board of Electrician Examiners shall deem desirable.
The Town Clerk shall issue a license authorizing said applicant to conduct such business in the Town of West Seneca upon having been satisfied that the applicant has met the following conditions:
Obtaining certificate. A certificate from the Board of Electrician Examiners stating that such person has satisfactorily passed the examination held by said Board for such license and upon receipt of the license fee.
Proof of financial responsibility. The applicant shall file with the Town Clerk certificates of insurance naming the Town of West Seneca and protecting the same to the extent of the following limits: $1,000,000 for each occurrence for bodily injury liability; and $500,000 for each occurrence of property damage liability.
The annual fee for a license shall be set by the Town Board pursuant to adoption of an annual fee schedule.
[Amended 1-25-2016 by L.L. No. 4-2016]
Upon the adoption of this licensing requirement for electricians, any electrician who produces a valid electrician's license from another municipality within New York State shall be deemed to be qualified as a licensed electrician within the Town and shall be provided with a license as either a master electrician or a residential electrician as determined by the Senior Code Enforcement Officer and the Electrical Inspector of the Town. Any appeal of this determination shall be made in writing to the Board of Electrician Examiners. The determination of the Board of Electrician Examiners shall be final. Licenses from other municipalities shall be considered acceptable only if the license is based upon a written examination.
The applicant for examination for qualification as a master electrician shall have a minimum of two years' experience of active engagement in the trade or business of electrical work.
The applicant for examination for qualification as a residential electrician shall have a minimum of one year's experience of active engagement in the trade or business of residential electrical work. Proof of satisfactory experience shall be submitted to the Board of Electrician Examiners before being admitted to the examination.
Each person holding a valid certificate of competency or license as a master electrician or residential electrician shall register with the Town Clerk each year prior to January 31 by securing a master electrician or residential electrician license. The fee for a renewal shall be increased by $25 if renewed subsequent to January 31.
The requirements for licensing of a master electrician or a residential electrician shall not be applicable to electrical work in the following exempt categories:
Work being performed by the owner-occupant of a single- or two-family dwelling unit or a townhouse regulated by the Residential Code of New York State.
Heating, ventilating or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems limited to branch circuit wiring only.