Village of Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton by Ord. No. A-002-92, 1992 (Title 16, Ch. 16.08, of the 1979 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended by Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993]
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Village of Grafton" and will be referred to in this chapter as "this code" or "this chapter."
[Amended by Ord. No. 006, 1997; 8-20-1012 by Ord. No. 009-2012]
The National Electrical Code latest edition, Chs. SPS 305 and 316, Wis. Adm. Code, and all the amendments as prescribed by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), are hereby adopted.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993]
The purpose of this chapter is to safeguard life and property by regulating and providing for the inspection of the installation and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment, devices and systems, and providing for the licensing of individuals, firms and corporations undertaking electrical work, and fixing a penalty for violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms and words shall be interpreted as having the following meanings.
All wires, equipment or devices installed for the purpose of conducting, supplying or safeguarding electrical current.
Any act in connection with the installing, altering or maintaining of an electrical system, which act ordinarily requires the use of tools.
Includes the wires and other devices incident to the means for safely conducting or supplying electrical current.
[Amended by Ord. No. 004, 2004]
There is created the office of Electrical Inspector of the Village.
The office of Electrical Inspector shall be held by a suitable and competent person(s), knowledgeable and well versed in approved methods of electrical construction and the statutes of the state relating to electrical work, the rules and regulations issued by the Department of Safety and Professional Services and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and the National Electrical Code. This person(s) shall also be a state-certified Electrical Inspector as required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
[Amended by Ord. No. 027, 2004, Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993; 8-20-1012 by Ord. No. 009-2012]
The Electrical Inspector shall be appointed by the Village Board for a term of two years or until a successor shall be duly appointed and qualified. The Electrical Inspector shall receive as compensation a fee as hereinafter provided for as the Village Board shall from time to time determine. All supplies necessary for this office shall be furnished by the Village. The Electrical Inspector shall be subject to removal from office at the pleasure of the Village Board.
The Electrical Inspector shall not be involved in any circumstances or activities which could be construed as a conflict of interest as defined in § 2.46.050 in the Ethics Chapter of the Municipal Code.
The Electrical Inspector shall have the general management and control of all matters pertaining to electrical inspection and shall enforce all state laws and Village ordinances relating thereto. Where requirements of the state laws and regulations and the provisions of this chapter conflict, the stricter requirements shall govern, except one- and two-family residences built after June 1, 1980. It shall be unlawful to interfere with the Electrical Inspector in the discharge of his duties.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-002-92, 1992]
There shall be kept by the Village a complete record of all applications and permits, regularly numbered in the order of their issue, and of all inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this chapter, so arranged as to afford prompt information concerning electrical installations.
The Electrical Inspector or an authorized agent shall have the power and authority at all reasonable hours, for any proper purpose, to enter any public or private building or premises in the discharge of official duties, or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the electrical wires, equipment or devices contained therein. The Inspector or his agent shall be given prompt access to any premises upon request made to the owner or person in immediate charge of the premises.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993]
The Electrical Inspector shall have the authority to seal and tag unsafe electrical devices and systems or order the disconnection of all electrical service from any electrical system which is found to be in an unsafe condition and to order the disconnection of electric service in cases of emergency and where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No individual, firm or corporation shall reconnect any device or system thus sealed and tagged or disconnected until verbal or written authorization is given by the Electrical Inspector. Use of any such sealed or tagged device or system or removal of any seal or tag shall be unlawful under penalty of this chapter.
The Electrical Inspector shall periodically visit and inspect such places especially occupied by the public, such as places of amusement and places of assemblage, and make a thorough examination of all electrical wires, equipment and devices maintained or installed, and where found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the individual, firm or corporation owning, using, operating or installing same shall be notified to place them in a safe condition. The necessary repairs or changes shall be completed within 30 days. However, if it is determined that an imminent lack of safety or current danger exists, the Electrical Inspector may issue a forty-eight-hour correction order. After the receipt of such notice, each day which shall elapse after the expiration of such period shall constitute a separate offense, and the Electrical Inspector is authorized to order the discontinuance of electrical service to such defective electrical system until it has been repaired, removed or changed as directed by the Electrical Inspector. Failure to obey any such order shall subject the individual, firm or corporation to disconnection and the penalties provided in this chapter.
[Amended by Ord. No. 003-93, 1993]
No person, firm, business or corporation shall occupy any owned, rented or leased building, structure, premises or space, except residential occupancies, without first having obtained an occupancy inspection and permit. The Electrical Inspector may waive the occupancy inspection if it has been determined that the premises has been inspected within the previous twelve-month period.
Section 5.16.050B.1 and 2 of the Municipal Code shall become a part of this chapter by reference.
Editor's Note: Original § 16.08.120, Electrical license, as amended, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption).
[Amended by Ord. No. A-029-93, 1993]
No electrical wiring or other electrical equipment shall be installed, altered or repaired without first securing a permit. The applications for such permit shall state clearly the work planned and its location. Any work requiring a building permit shall require an electrical permit, providing that electrical work is to be done.
Any individual, firm or corporation manufacturing or repairing electrical apparatus and equipment and employing a competent electrician shall not be required to have a permit.
A permit may not be required for minor repair work, as determined by the Electrical Inspector.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-029-19, 1993; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 005-2016; 7-1-2019 by Ord. No. 012-2019]
The Building Inspector shall maintain a Schedule of Permit Fees of the Wisconsin Uniform Building Code. Permit fees shall be updated as needed and can be obtained through the Building Inspection Department.
A fee shall be required for a permit issued to a licensee for doing any electrical work on or in any building owned by the Village, and a permit shall be procured before the commencement of any work on or in such building.
A permit for temporary work shall not exceed 90 days unless approved by the Electrical Inspector. Permits for temporary work may be granted by the Electrical Inspector for installation of open work and exposed wiring, lights, power for building operations, display, decorative lighting, etc., for use for a limited period, subject to discontinuance and complete removal at expiration, and subject to condemnation and revocation within such period.
[Amended 9-16-2019 by Ord. No. 016-2019]
In emergency work, the individual, firm or corporation doing or causing such work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector immediately after beginning work, and shall obtain a permit for such work no later than the next business day after commencement of the installation.
[Amended by Ord. No. 027, Series 2004; 8-20-1012 by Ord. No. 009-2012]
Upon the completion of the wiring in or on any building, and before any wiring is to be hidden from view, it shall be the duty of the individual, firm or corporation doing the same to notify the Electrical Inspector. The inspection shall be made in accord with the provisions of § SPS 320.10, Wis. Adm. Code, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If upon inspection it is found the installation is in compliance with this chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life or property, the Electrical Inspector shall authorize the concealment of the wiring or connection for electrical service. If the installation is incomplete or not strictly in accordance with this chapter, orders shall be issued to the individual, firm or corporation installing the same to remove all hazards and make the necessary changes or additions within 30 days. However, if it is determined that an imminent lack of safety or current danger exists, the Electrical Inspector may issue a forty-eight-hour correction order. No individual, firm or corporation shall conceal any electrical work before inspection or fail to comply with any order of the Electrical Inspector. Upon completion of the electrical work in a building, a final inspection shall be required. If the installation is not complete, the Electrical Inspector shall notify the individual doing the work of any additional work to be done. If such work is not done within 30 days after such notice, any individual, firm or corporation failing to comply with the order of the Electrical Inspector shall be fined according to Chapter 1.12, Issuance of Citations, of the Code of the Village of Grafton. No permit shall be issued to any licensee until all fees due and payable for electrical inspection have been paid and all lawful orders of the Electrical Inspector complied with.
[Amended by Ord. No. 004, Series 2004]
Electrical service shall not be energized by the local utility until such service installation has been inspected. Upon inspection, a written certificate of inspection will be submitted to the local utility, and only after such certificate has been received may the electrical service be energized. In occupied buildings where a permit for lighting fixtures has been issued, the Electrical Inspector may authorize the installation of meters for electric service after wiring has been inspected and approved.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-003-93, 1993]
The Electrical Inspector may order work stopped on the construction, installation, alterations or repair of wiring or electrical work when such work is conducted in violation of this chapter. Work so stopped shall not be resumed except with written permission of the Electrical Inspector, provided that, if the stop-work order is oral, it shall be followed by a written order within a reasonable period of time. Removal of any such order is unlawful.
Generally. No certificates of inspection shall be issued unless the electric light, power or heating installation and all other electrical apparatus connected with it are in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
Electric signs. Electrically illuminated signs shall not be hung or erected until after inspection and approval by the Electrical Inspector, unless such signs have otherwise been approved.
Editor's Note: Former § 16.08.210, Revocation of license, as amended, was repealed 3-17-2014 by Ord. No. 007-2014.
Editor's Note: Former § 16.08.220, Board of Electrical Examiners, as amended, was repealed 3-17-2014 by Ord. No. 007-2014.
[Amended by Ord. No. A-029-93, 1993; Ord. No. 004, Series 2004]
In addition to any other penalty imposed or restitution required, any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 together with the costs of prosecution and, in default in payment of such forfeiture and costs of prosecution, shall be imprisoned in the county jail until the forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 60 days.