[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Clarkstown 4-3-1974 by L.L. No. 2-1974 as Ch. 39 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York, the Town Board of the Town of Clarkstown has found it necessary for the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Clarkstown, in the area outside of the incorporated villages, to enact a local law regulating electrical installations to safeguard to a reasonable degree life and property from the hazards caused by improper electrical wiring.
[Amended 3-16-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
The chief inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the electrical inspection agency approved by resolution of the Town Board, hereinafter referred to as "inspector," are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Clarkstown 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 Clarkstown.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspector of the Town of Clarkstown, whose duty it shall be to enforce all provisions of this chapter, all violations or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code applicable to the Town of Clarkstown and all local laws, ordinances and the Building Code 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 Clarkstown upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town of Clarkstown or as herein provided. The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment in or on properties within the Town of Clarkstown 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 officer of the Town of Clarkstown.
[Amended 9-11-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991]
It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Clarkstown and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. The inspector shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and, equipment are in conformity with this chapter The inspector shall direct a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of Clarkstown to the attention of the Building Inspector. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued by the Building Inspector until a certificate of compliance has been filed with the Building Inspector.
[Added 3-16-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
The electrical inspection agency(ies) approved by resolution of the Town Board is (are) expected to operate in a professional and competent manner. If the Building Inspector determines that an electrical inspection agency is not performing its duties in the best interest of the inhabitants of the Town of Clarkstown, he shall notify the Town Board of this failure to perform. The Building Inspector may request such agency be suspended for a period of time or permanently removed from the list of approved electrical inspection agencies.
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 Clarkstown until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. 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 the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
[Amended 4-28-1976 by L.L. No. 3-1976; 9-11-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.