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Village of Ossining, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining 2-5-1974 as Ch. 9 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 91.
The provisions of this chapter shall constitute and be known as the "Electrical Administrative Ordinance of the Village of Ossining," and shall be cited as such.
[Amended 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017]
The purpose of this chapter is to safeguard life and property by regulating the manner of installation, alteration, removal and inspection of all electrical work in existing or proposed buildings and structures in the Village and the materials to be used therein by prohibiting any installation, alteration or removal or the use of any materials which do not comply with such regulations.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installation in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installation and maintenance of 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 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 of the state.
[Amended 8-3-1999 by L.L. No. 2-1999]
All electrical installations mentioned in § 114-3 shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Construction Code and the National Electrical Code as promulgated by the National Fire Protection association, being more particularly the 1971 edition thereof.
[Amended 5-4-2004 by L.L. No. 8-2004; 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017]
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Building Inspector and Assistant Building Inspector (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Building Inspector") of the Village. The Building Inspector is hereby empowered to deputize one or more regular inspectors of a corporation that is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and licensed by Westchester County pursuant to Westchester County Law. Article XVII, § 277-706-A, and that applies the National Electric Code as the standard for inspection and certification as his or her deputy inspector or inspectors of all electrical installations as provided for in this chapter. In no event will the cost or expense of such inspections or reinspections be a charge against the Village. The corporation shall be subject to approval by the Village Board of Trustees.
The Building Inspector of the Village or his or her authorized deputy shall have the right, during reasonable hours, to enter any building in the discharge of his or her official duties or for the purpose of making any inspections or tests of the installation of electric wiring, electrical material, apparatus, fixtures or appliances, contained therein, and shall have the authority to cause the turning off or disconnecting from the source of supply of all electric currents and to cut or disconnect in cases of emergency any wire where such electric currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department, until such wiring, devices and equipment and their installation have been made safe as directed by him or her.
Upon completion of the electric wiring, devices and equipment, it shall be the duty of the person installing the same to notify the Building Inspector, who shall inspect the installation promptly after such notice is given.
When a certificate is issued authorizing the connection and use of temporary work, such certificate shall be issued to expire at a stated time and may be revoked by the Building Inspector at his or her discretion. A preliminary certificate may be issued authorizing the connection and use of certain specified portions of any uncompleted installation. Such preliminary certificate shall be revocable at the discretion of the Building Inspector. If, upon inspection, the installation is not found to be fully in compliance with this chapter, the Building Inspector shall at once forward to the person installing the wiring, a written notice stating the defects which have been found to exist.
When the Building Inspector of the Village condemns all or part of any electrical installation, the owner may, within 30 days after receiving written notice of such condemnation, file with the Board of Electrical Examiners, a petition, in writing, for review of such action, upon receipt of which such board shall meet to determine if the electrical installation complies with this chapter.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility or liability of any party owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, electric devices and/or equipment for damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Village be held as assuming any such liability by reason of the inspection authorized in this chapter, or the certificate of approval issued as provided in this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for the Building Inspector of the Village or any of his or her deputies to engage in the business or the sale, installation or maintenance of electric wiring, electric devices or electric equipment, either directly or indirectly, and he or she shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in such business in the Village at any time while holding the office of Building Inspector.
[Amended 8-3-1999 by L.L. No. 2-1999; 9-16-2008 by L.L. No. 6-2008]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $2,500 per offense or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
Editor’s Note: Former Art. II, Board of Electrical Examiners, was repealed 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017. This local law also redesignated former Art. III as Art. II and §§ 114-20 and 114-21 as §§ 114-13 and 114-14, respectively.
[Amended 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017]
No person shall contract to, or conduct a business to maintain, install, erect, extend, alter or repair electrical wiring, apparatus, fixtures, devices, appliances and/or equipment utilized or designed for the utilization of electricity for light, heat, cooling, power purposes or for signaling systems in the Village until such person shall apply for and obtain a master electrician's license from Westchester County pursuant to Westchester County Law Article XVII, Electrical Licensing Board and the Licensing of Master Electricians and Electrical Inspectors.
[Added 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017[1]]
No institution, commercial, industrial or business establishment or residence located in the Village shall permit the installing, erecting, extending, altering, or repairing of electrical wiring, apparatus, fixtures, devices, appliances and equipment utilized or designed for the utilization of electricity for light, heat, cooling, power purposes or for signaling systems within its buildings or property unless a special electrician's license has been applied for and obtained from Westchester County pursuant to Westchester County Law, Article XVII, § 277.705(2). A "special electrician" is "a master electrician who is licensed to perform the work of a master electrician in a particular location." [Westchester County Law, Article XVII, § 277.701(2)]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former § 114-22, Special A license required, which immediately followed, and redesignated former §§ 114-23 and 114-24 as §§ 114-15 and 114-16, respectively.
[Amended 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017; 9-5-2019 by L.L. No. 4-2019]
Except as provided herein, no electrical work shall be done on, within or upon any property or structure without obtaining a permit issued by the Building Department prior to commencement of such work. No wiring, devices or equipment for the transmission, distribution or utilization of electric energy for light, power or heat shall be installed within, upon or on any property or structure, nor shall any alteration or addition be made in any existing wiring, devices or equipment without first securing a permit therefor, except as follows:
The replacement of lamps, fuses or circuit breakers or the connection of portable devices to suitable permanently wired receptacles.
Maintenance and repair work on premises where one or more electricians are regularly employed for the purpose.
Installation of electric wiring devices or equipment installed by or for a public utility corporation for its own use in the generation, transmission, distribution and use of electrical energy or for telephone transmission.
No permits to perform any work shall be issued until the applicant provides satisfactory compliance with the following requirements:
Certificate of compliance with the statutory requirements for worker's compensation insurance and disability insurance in the State of New York.
Certificate that the applicant has comprehensive general liability insurance or comprehensive commercial liability insurance against personal injury and property damage arising out of any operations of the electrician and/or his employees pursuant to a license or permit issued by the Village of Ossining and which designates the Village of Ossining as a co-insured or additional insured on the policy. Such insurance shall be in the following amount: general or commercial liability insurance for personal injury and property damage in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence.
The permit for electrical work detailed in Subsection A shall only be issued to an electrical contractor who is a bona fide holder of a master electrician's license or a reciprocal master electrician's license issued by the Westchester County Electrical Licensing Board upon filing with the Village Building Department a certified copy of such license and payment of the prescribed fee, provided that holders of a reciprocal master electrician's license issued by the Westchester County Licensing Board comply with the requirements in Westchester County Law § 277.706(6).
All work associated with a permit duly issued under this article must be completed within one year from the date of issuance or such permit shall expire and be void. A permit may be extended for an additional period not to exceed six months upon application to the Building Department. Permits remaining open for more than 18 months from the date of issuance are void and a new permit must be obtained before conducting the work. The Building Inspector may, by written notice, revoke any permit in case of false statement or any misrepresentation as to a material fact in the application for a permit; and thereupon all work shall be stopped and such work shall be deemed in violation of the requirements of this chapter and any other provision of law, code or regulation.
[Amended 4-19-2017 by L.L. No. 3-2017[1]]
All fees paid for work permits pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be the fees as set forth in the fee schedule of the Village or such other fees as may from time to time be approved by the Board of Trustees.[2]
Editor’s Note: This local law also repealed former § 114-25, Transfer to or use by others prohibited, § 114-26, Suspension or revocation, and § 114-27, Expiration; renewal, which immediately followed.
Editor's Note: The Schedule of Fees is on file in the Village offices.