Town of Van Buren, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Van Buren 5-9-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Buildings, unsafe — See Ch. 96.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 115.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 117.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of Van Buren."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter is enacted to regulate the installation, alteration of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more, in or on all real property within the Town of Van Buren.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except where the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Town of Van Buren shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or building code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70, as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
[Added 12-4-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012[1]]
A list of the approved electrical inspection agencies for the Town of Van Buren shall be made available in the Codes Enforcement Office and shall be updated and maintained by the Town of Van Buren Town Board. Electrical inspection agencies are required to be fully insured at all times and shall provide insurance certificates to the Town of Van Buren. Electrical inspection agencies are also required to provide the names of each inspector working in the Town of Van Buren and their certification credentials. Only certified personnel are to provide inspections within the Town of Van Buren. The Town Board shall determine, in its sole discretion, which qualified electrical inspection agencies are included on the approved list.
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Editor's Note: This local law also provided for the renumbering of former §§ 110-4 through 110-9 as §§ 110-5 through 110-10, respectively.
[Amended 5-13-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996; 12-4-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
The Chief Inspector, and each of the duly appointed inspectors on the approved list pursuant to § 110-4, are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Van Buren to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described, and to approve or disapprove the same. In no event, however, will the cost or expense of such inspections and reinspections be a charge against the Town of Van Buren.
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to report, in writing, to the Code Enforcement Officer, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this chapter, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and of all local laws, ordinances and the building codes as referred to in this chapter insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. The Inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town of Van Buren upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town of Van Buren or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized within the law to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town of Van Buren where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the Inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or office of the Town of Van Buren. It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Van Buren and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of Van Buren to the attention of the Code Enforcement Officer.
[Amended 5-13-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996; 12-4-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed, or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the Town of Van Buren until an application for inspection has been filed. It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by one of the electrical inspection agencies or inspectors for the Town of Van Buren.
[Amended 11-24-1997 by L.L. No. 7-1997]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day of continuance of an offense shall be considered a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, 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, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as their 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.
[Amended 11-24-1997 by L.L. No. 7-1997; 12-4-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of Van Buren or any approved electrical inspection agency or inspector on the approved list pursuant to § 110-4 be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.