City of Two Rivers, WI
Manitowoc County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Two Rivers (Title 11, Ch. 2, of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
"Electrical work" means and includes the installation or inspection of electrical wiring and equipment for the production, modification, regulation, control, distribution, utilization or safeguarding of electrical energy for mechanical, chemical, heating, lighting or similar purposes.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Title 1, General Provisions, Ch. 1-1, Art. III)]
All electrical work in the City shall be done in conformity with the most recently adopted edition of the National Electrical Code as well as Ch. SPS 316, Wis. Adm. Code. It is intended that all modifications, amendments, recodifications and renumbering of the foregoing provisions as may occur from time to time shall likewise be immediately adopted and fully incorporated into this Code by reference.
The Electrical Inspector may plan, supervise, install and repair electrical systems and equipment in or upon structures and lands owned by the City. However, he shall not otherwise engage in the business of installation and maintenance of electrical wiring, either directly or indirectly, and he shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in such business in the City while holding the office of Electrical Inspector.
The Electrical Inspector shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. He shall keep complete records of all permits issued and submit reports thereof annually to the City Manager. He shall keep all records of official work performed under this chapter and all correspondence and other important records in such manner as to afford prompt retrieval of such data.
A. 
The Electrical Inspector and his assistants may, during reasonable hours, enter any public or private building or premises in the discharge of their official duties or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of electrical wires or appliances contained therein, except as restricted by law. They shall be given prompt access to any premises upon notification to the proper authority.
B. 
The Electrical Inspector may cause the turning off of all electrical currents to any equipment which he finds to be in an unsafe condition and cut or discontinue electrical service in case of emergency or where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment thus cut off until written permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.
C. 
The Electrical Inspector may annually inspect all the electrical installations and apparatus in the factories, mills, shops or residences and other buildings within the City, and when such installations or apparatus are found to be in dangerous condition, the Inspector shall notify the person owning, using, operating or installing same to place them in a safe condition. The Electrical Inspector may conduct an inspection of a premises in the event that it becomes vacant upon notification of the owner or his agent. He shall serve written notice to the owner or his agent of any unsafe condition found existing in the electrical system or equipment. Such premises shall not thereafter be reoccupied until all such unsafe conditions have been corrected and approved.
To efficiently carry out all the duties of the office, the Electrical Inspector may be provided with a Deputy Inspector or such number of assistants as are required. The Deputy Inspector shall be vested with the authority of the Electrical Inspector when the latter is not acting.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Title 1, General Provisions, Ch. 1-1, Art. III)]
The work of a master electrician consists of the planning, superintending and installing, altering or repairing of electrical wiring and equipment as covered by the most recently adopted NEC and Ch. SPS 316, Wis. Adm. Code.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 11-2-8, Plant electrician, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-16-2019.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Title 1, General Provisions, Ch. 1-1, Art. III)[1]]
See § SPS 305.43, Wis. Adm. Code, for state licensing of master electricians.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed original §§ 11-2-10, Issuance of licenses; 11-2-11, License fees; and 11-2-12, Persons exempt from license requirements, which immediately followed this section.
The Electrical Inspector shall issue permits for all electrical installations for light, heat or power upon the filing of proper application, which shall be made on forms furnished by the Inspector and shall describe the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required for inspection. No electrical work shall be started unless a permit has been obtained, unless the same be exempt from this chapter.
A. 
Fees for permits for electrical work shall be as specified in § 1-2-1.
B. 
No permit shall be issued unless approved by the Electrical Inspector and the fee paid. No further permits shall be issued to any person until all arrears in fees have been paid and all lawful orders of the Electrical Inspector have been complied with.
C. 
Permits shall lapse and be void from and after 12 months from date of issuance.
A. 
No permit shall be required for the usual operation of the local electric and power company on their lines, service and up to and including the service switch and meter.
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No permit shall be required for manufacturing, assembling, repairing or testing of electrical equipment for which no license is required.
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No permit shall be required for minor repairs such as repairing cords, switches or changing lamp sockets.
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No permit shall be required for work done by a plant electrician in the plant of his employer.
On applying for a permit for temporary work, a specified period of time for which such wiring is to remain in service must be stated. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not be again connected without written permission from the Electrical Inspector. Such work shall be in accordance with this chapter and shall have made application and paid the fees as required for the original license. The Board of Electrical Examiners may withhold the granting of a new license for cause for a period to be determined by the Board.
In emergency work, the person doing or causing the work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector, and such work shall be in accordance with this chapter.
A. 
No person installing any electrical work for which a permit is required by this chapter shall, except with the written permission of the Electrical Inspector, utilize the same for heat, light, power or other purposes until an inspection is made by the Electrical Inspector and approval is given.
B. 
Upon the completion of the wiring of any building or before any wiring is to be hidden from view, the person doing the same shall notify the Electrical Inspector, who shall inspect the installation. If upon inspection it is found that such installation is fully in compliance with this chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life or property, the Electrical Inspector shall approve the same and authorize concealment of such wiring or connection for electrical service. If this installation is incomplete or not strictly in accordance with this chapter, the Inspector shall issue orders to the person installing the same to remove the hazards and make the necessary changes or additions within 10 days. Concealment of electric work before inspection or failure to comply with the orders of the Electrical Inspector shall constitute an offense.
The permit provided for herein shall cover the cost to the City of inspection of the electrical work and of one further inspection after the same has been found defective and the defects pointed out to the person doing such work. If other further inspections are required because of continued defects in the work, the person doing the work shall pay the fee for each additional inspection as set forth in § 1-2-1 before the work is approved.
Any person who shall install electric wires or appliances shall be responsible for same until approved by the Electrical Inspector. Any person who shall make any additions, corrections, alterations or connections to the installations thereafter shall be responsible for the correct operation of such installation.
This chapter shall not affect the responsibility or liability of any party owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical equipment for damage to persons or to property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the City be held as assuming such liability by reason of the inspection or reinspection authorized herein, or by reason of the approval or disapproval of any equipment authorized herein, nor shall the City be held in any way liable for any work performed by any individual or group of individuals licensed under this chapter.
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Interference prohibited. No person shall operate within the City any electrical apparatus, device, machine or equipment which causes interference with radio reception or television reception when such interference can be reasonably prevented by means of repairs, adjustments, the installation of corrective appliance or other practicable alterations.
B. 
Electrical Inspector to enforce.
(1) 
It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspector or such City employee as the City Manager may designate to assist the owners of television sets in the City to locate and, if possible, eliminate any interference with reception on such television sets. If the Electrical Inspector should not have sufficient time to locate such interference, he is authorized to call upon any other City employee designated for that purpose by the City Manager. The owner of any television set calling upon the Electrical Inspector to eliminate such interference shall pay to the Electrical Inspector to be turned into the funds of the City a fee as set forth in § 1-2-1.
(2) 
The Electrical Inspector shall have the right of access to any premises at any reasonable hour for the purpose of inspecting the installation and operation of any device or equipment coming within the provisions of this section, except as restricted by law, and it shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with such Electrical Inspector to hinder him in the discharge of his duties.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation issued hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-1-5 of this Code.