[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Baxter Estates 9-19-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building code administration — See Ch. 78.
This chapter shall be known as "The Electrical Code of the Village of Baxter Estates.”
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter is enacted to regulate the installation and alteration of wiring, electric light, heat, or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Village of Baxter Estates (hereinafter referred to as the "Village").
All electrical installations hereinbefore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except where the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Village shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or building code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall he those known as "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association, as such may be amended by the American Standards Association from time to time.
The Board of Trustees of the Village may establish by resolution and, from time to time, amend qualifications and conditions for entities from whom certificates of compliance with this Electrical Code will be accepted by the Village as prima facie evidence of such compliance with said code. Any entity which meets, and continues to meet, those qualifications and abides by those conditions shall be authorized to issue such certificates of compliance.
All electrical wiring and equipment in the Village shall be installed, altered or removed by or under the supervision of an employing or master electrician holding a certificate of competency or license issued in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2, Article IV, Electrical Standards, of the Code of the Town of North Hempstead, New York; except that an electrician or helper employed by the State of New York or any political subdivision thereof, or any electrician or helper employed by any public utility company subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission or the State of New York, may install, remove or alter electric wiring and equipment without a license, provided such installation, removal or alteration is performed in the employment by such public utility company or the State of New York or any political subdivision thereof.
Nothing contained herein shall preclude the installation of replacement parts or units in existing oil or gas burners, heating systems or air conditioning and refrigeration units or prevent the owner of a residence building occupied or to be occupied by himself and family from installing, removing or altering electrical wiring and equipment, provided the work is done in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Any master electrician holding a certificate of competency or license issued by any other town within the County of Nassau, and whose license shall not have been revoked for cause by the Town of North Hempstead, shall be entitled to the same privileges as though he or she had such a license from the Town of North Hempstead. Upon application to the Village Board of Trustees, a master electrician holding a certificate of competency or license issued by any other municipality within the State of New York, whose licensing requirements are substantially the equivalent of those established by the Town of North Hempstead, and whose license shall not have been revoked for cause by the Town of North Hempstead, may request a waiver of the requirement that he or she be certified or licensed by the Town of North Hempstead or one of the other towns in Nassau County.
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 Village until an application for inspection has been filed with an entity authorized to issue certificates of compliance pursuant to this chapter. 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 certificate of compliance by an authorized entity.
[Amended 8-6-2015 by L.L. No. 2-2015]
Each and every violation of, or failure to comply with, any provision of this chapter shall constitute a violation, punishable as follows: for a conviction of a first offense, by a fine not more than $250, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment; for a conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, by a fine not less than $250, nor more than five $500, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment; and for a conviction of a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, by a fine not less than $500, nor more than $1,000, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day on which any such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment, or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communications utility in the exercise of its function as a utility. This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as its principal business. It shall not apply to a building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the Government of the United States or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage therein, nor shall the Village or the authorized entity be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection or reinspection made pursuant to this chapter.