[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ocean Beach 8-10-28, as amended through 10-15-51. Sections 80-5 and 80-11 amended during codification; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the office of Electrical Inspector. The person chosen to fill the office of Electrical Inspector shall be a competent electrician of good moral character, shall have had at least four years' experience as a journeyman in the practice of his trade, or at least two years' training in a recognized college of electrical construction for safety to life and property, the statutes of the State of New York relating to electrical work, the rules and regulations issued by all state departments or bureaus under authority of said statutes and having jurisdiction over electrical construction, the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code and all other installation and safety rules and standards approved by the American Engineering Standards Committee. The Inspector shall maintain a file of listed inspected electrical appliance cards issued by or for Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
Said Electrical Inspector shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees and shall serve for one year. He shall also take and subscribe an oath, which, together with the certificate of appointment, shall be filed with the Village Clerk. He shall be removed from office for cause only, after a full hearing, by the Board of Trustees. Without having first obtained the written approval of the Board of Trustees, it shall be unlawful for the Electrical Inspector to engage in the business of the installation and maintenance of electrical wiring, electrical devices and electrical material, either directly or indirectly, and he shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in such business in the Village of Ocean Beach at any time while holding office as Electrical Inspector. Any violation of the provisions of this section by said Inspector shall be a sufficient cause for his removal from office.
Said Electrical Inspector shall have the right, during reasonable hours, to enter any building or premises in the discharge of his official duties or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the installation of electrical wiring, electrical devices or electrical material contained therein or appurtenant thereto and shall have the authority to cause the turning off of all electrical current and cut or disconnect in cases of emergency any service, feed or transmission wires, where the same interferes with the work of the Fire Department or for any violation or threatened violation of this chapter.
No alterations or additions shall be made in the existing wiring of any building, nor shall any building be wired for the placing of any electrical lights, meters, heating devices, power plants or engines, or any apparatus requiring the use of electrical current or generating electrical current, nor shall any alterations be made in the wiring of any building after inspection, without first notifying the Electrical Inspector in writing and securing a permit therefor; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to minor repair work, such as repairing flush and snap switches, replacing fuses, lamp sockets and other receptacles, taping bar joints and repairing drop cords. Application for such permit, describing such work, shall be made by the person, firm or corporation installing the same; and the permit, when issued, shall be to such an applicant. This section shall not apply to maintenance and repairs on the premises of a person, firm or corporation regularly employing journeymen electricians for that purpose.
All permits shall be signed by the Village Clerk and countersigned by the Electrical Inspector. The fee for the issuance of permits shall be as determined by the Board of Trustees from time to time.
Such fees shall be paid to the Village Clerk. No permit shall be issued until and unless such fee is paid in advance.
Prior to the commencement of wiring of any building and the installation of electrical current, the person, firm or corporation installing the same and doing such work shall file with the Village Clerk an original or duplicate original temporary permit issued by the Suburban Fire Insurance Exchange of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. Upon the completion of the wiring of any building it shall be the duty of such person, firm or corporation installing the same and doing such work to notify the Electrical Inspector, who shall inspect the installation within a reasonable time after such notice is given and in no case later than four days thereafter; and if it is found to be fully in compliance with this chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life and property, he shall issue to such person, firm or corporation for delivery to the owner a certificate of inspection authorizing connection to the electrical service and the turning on of the current. All wires which are to be used hidden from view shall be inspected before concealment; and any person, firm or corporation installing such wires shall notify the Electrical Inspector, giving him four days within which to make the required inspection before such wires are concealed. Upon the completion of the wiring of any building it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation installing the same to file with the Village Clerk the final certificate of approval issued by the Suburban Fire Insurance Exchange of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
The Electrical Inspector shall periodically make a thorough reinspection of the installation in buildings and premises of all electric wiring, devices and material and all power plants and transmission lines now installed or which may hereafter be installed within the village; and when the installation of any wiring, devices, materials, power plants or transmission lines is found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the person, firm or corporation owning, using or operating the same shall be notified to place the same in a safe condition and have such work completed within a time to be specified by the Electrical Inspector in said notice. The said Inspector is hereby empowered to disconnect or order the discontinuance of electrical service to such wiring, devices, material, power plant or transmission lines, so found to be defectively installed and operated, until the same has been made safe as by him directed.
No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electric light, power and heating installations, power plants or transmission lines are in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter, the statutes of the State of New York and the rules and regulations issued by all the departments and bureaus of said state having the jurisdiction thereof and unless they are in conformity with the most approved methods of construction for safety of life and property. The regulations, as laid down in the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code and all other installation and safety regulations approved by the American Engineering Standards Committee, shall be prima facie evidence of such approved methods.
The Electrical Inspector shall keep complete records of all permits issued and inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this chapter, and he shall be provided with the necessary clerical help to carry out the provisions thereof.
When the Electrical Inspector condemns all or part of any electrical installation, the owner may, within five days after receiving notice from the Electrical Inspector, file a petition in writing for review of said action of the Electrical Inspector with the Board of Trustees of the village, upon receipt of which the said Board of Trustees shall at once proceed to determine whether said electrical installation complies with this chapter and within one week shall make a decision in accordance with its findings.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions hereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-14.
This chapter and all parts thereof shall apply to the installation in buildings of any and all private electrical power plants, such as is commonly known as "Delco," and electrical power plants of a like nature.
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, electrical devices or electrical material for damages 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 herein or certificate of inspection issued as herein provided.