Borough of Madison, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Madison 10-14-1969 by Ord. No. 21-69 (Art. 19 of the 1970 Revised Ordinances.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 75.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 101.
A. 
All electrical construction and electrical equipment shall be safe to persons and property and in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and the applicable statutes of the State of New Jersey, and all orders, rules and regulations issued by authority thereof.
B. 
As used in this chapter, "safe to persons and property," as applied to electrical construction and electrical equipment, means safe to use in the service for which the installation or equipment is intended without unnecessary hazard to persons or property.
A. 
Conformity of electrical installations with applicable regulations set forth in the National Electrical Code, 1965 Edition, of the National Fire Protection Association, which has been approved by the American Standards Association, shall be prima facie evidence that such installations are safe to persons and property. The said National Electrical Code, of which code not less than three copies have been and now are filed in the office of the Clerk of the Borough of Madison, is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the limits of the Borough of Madison.
B. 
Conformity of electrical equipment with applicable standards of Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., shall be prima facie evidence that such equipment is safe to persons and property.
A. 
Before any person, firm or corporation shall install, extend or renew any electrical wiring or fixed electrical equipment, he shall first file an application for inspection with the company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute.
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 2-72]
B. 
When emergency repairs are necessary in order to maintain services for an electrical system, the necessary repairs may be made without first filing an application for inspection. In such cases the application shall be filed not later than the next three working days after the date on which the repairs were made.
C. 
This section shall not apply to commercial and industrial concerns who maintain a special agreement with the aforesaid company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute for periodical inspections of electrical installations.
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 2-72]
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 2-72]
The company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute, upon the receipt of an application for inspection, shall, within a reasonable time after notice of completion of electrical work, make or cause to be made an inspection of such work and such tests as may be necessary to determine that the installation conforms with the provisions of this chapter. The company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute shall, upon written request from the Building Inspector, make or cause to be made an inspection of an existing electrical installation when, in the opinion of the Building Inspector, the condition of the installation warrants such an inspection. The company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute shall file with the Building Inspector a report of all inspections made and shall have the authority, during reasonable hours, to enter any building or premises for the purpose of making an inspection or test of the electrical installation contained therein.
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 2-72]
No electrical wiring shall be connected by the permanent placement of parts of a building until such wiring has been inspected and approved by the company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute.
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 2-72]
The Building Inspector shall keep on file a record of all violation reports received from the company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute until such violations are corrected and approval issued by the company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute. When an electrical installation which is connected to the supply of electricity has been reported in violation of the requirements of this chapter, the Building Inspector shall notify the person, firm or corporation owning or using the installation. If, after a period of 10 days has elapsed, or such further reasonable time as may be granted upon request, the installation has not been approved by the company or companies authorized by the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey to make electrical inspections as prescribed by statute, the Building Inspector shall have the authority to order the disconnection of electrical services to said electrical installation. In cases of emergency, when necessary for safety to persons or property or when electrical equipment may interfere with the work of the Fire Department, the Building Inspector shall have the authority to disconnect or order the disconnection immediately of service to electrical installations.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to work done in connection with lines or equipment owned by a public utility, as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:2-13, and directly used in the supplying of its service.
[Amended 8-14-2000 by Ord. No. 35-2000; 5-8-2006 by Ord. No. 19-2006]
Any person, firm, corporation or other organization found guilty of violating any provision of this chapter or who shall fail to comply with any order made thereunder shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following in the discretion of the Judge: a fine of not to exceed $2,000; or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. In the event that a fine is imposed, pursuant to this section, such fine shall be no less than $100.