[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven 11-21-2000 by L.L. No. 17-2000, effective 11-27-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction administration — See Ch. 16.
[Amended 5-3-2018 by L.L. No. 9-2018, effective 5-17-2018]
The Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven hereby determines that in order to insure the safety of its residents and the public in respect of electrical systems for light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on real property located within the Town, it is necessary and prudent to regulate the installation and alteration of the wiring therefor. This chapter shall also provide for private electric inspection entities to perform electric inspections within the Town of Brookhaven when in conformance with the following provisions and approved by the Town Board.
[Amended 7-25-2006 by L.L. No. 16-2006, effective 7-31-2006; 2-15-2011 by L.L. No. 9-2011, effective 3-1-2011]
All electrical systems and wiring installations within the Town of Brookhaven shall conform to the requirements of the National Electrical Code™, also known as “National Fire Protection Association Code 70,” as specified in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
Editor’s Note: Former § 16A-3, Aluminum wiring prohibited, as amended, was repealed 5-3-2018 by L.L. No. 9-2018, effective 5-17-2018.
Inspections shall be made only by qualified inspectors so designated by the Town Board.
Qualifications. Duly appointed inspectors of qualifying organizations may seek designation as electrical inspectors by the Town Board as authorized agents of the Town, so long as they shall satisfy the following minimum qualifications for eligibility:
A minimum of 10 years' field experience in the maintenance, installation or inspection of electrical systems;
Shall hold and maintain a certification from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) for one- and two-family dwellings and for general electrical;
Shall be familiar with the National Electrical Code and New York State and Town of Brookhaven laws, rules and regulations to the extent that they relate to electrical inspections;
Shall shelve active electrician licenses during the period of appointment, if there may be a conflict of interest.
Said qualifying organizations shall:
Maintain policies of insurance from an insurance company(ies) duly licensed by the State of New York meeting or exceeding the following minimum coverage requirements and shall provide a certificate of insurance evidencing the same and naming the Town of Brookhaven as an additional insured:
File a verified application with the Chief Building Inspector on the form so designated by him/her.
Powers and duties of electrical inspector(s) designated as such by the Town Board shall:
Report, in writing, to the Chief Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all provisions of this chapter, all violations of and/or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code, and of all local laws and/or ordinances. Any of the aforementioned are applicable to electrical installations, alterations and/or repairs;
Make inspections of electrical installations, alterations and repairs in and on properties within the Town, upon the written request of the Chief Building Inspector or his designee other authorized Town official as herein otherwise provided; and to make such inspection(s) upon the oral request of the Chief Building Inspector, his designee or otherwise authorized Town official.
Furnish written reports to the Chief Building Inspector and the owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations, alterations and repairs are identified upon inspection;
Authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance for electrical installations, alterations and repairs which are in conformity with the provisions of this section;
Direct that the certificate of compliance be sent to the Chief Building Inspector.
This chapter shall not be construed to alter, diminish or relieve the liability of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing electrical wiring, devices, appliances and/or equipment, for loss of life or damage to persons or property caused by any defect therein; nor shall the Town of Brookhaven be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.
Editor’s Note: Former § 16A-6, Penalties for offenses, as amended, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 5-3-2018 by L.L. No. 9-2018, effective 5-17-2018.