[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mamaroneck 2-27-1985 as part of L.L. No. 3-1985 (Ch. 14, Art. IV, of 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter shall regulate the design, installation, alteration, replacement, maintenance, repair and inspection of wiring for electric light, power, heat, signal systems and other uses operating in excess of 50 volts and the installation of all electrical equipment and apparatus operating in excess of 50 volts located in or on any real property in the Town of Mamaroneck, County of Westchester, State of New York.
Electricians must possess a valid license from any Westchester County municipality or be the owner/occupant of a one-family residence in which the electrical work is to be done.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code except when the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Town of Mamaroneck shall prescribe differently, 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 be those known as "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters Electrical Bureau are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck. Whenever reference is hereinafter made to the "Inspector," such reference shall be to the aforesaid Chief Inspector or to any of said duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
[Amended 10-16-2002 by L.L. No. 10-2002]
It shall be the duty of the Inspector upon making an inspection or reinspection of any electrical installation in or on real property in the Town of Mamaroneck to issue a written report to the Director of Building Code Enforcement and Land Use Administration, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of the Electrical Code. The Inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties in the Town of Mamaroneck upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town of Mamaroneck, upon the written request of the owner of a building in the Town of Mamaroneck or his electrical contractor or upon his own volition. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the Inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an authorized official of the Town of Mamaroneck. It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports of all inspections to the Director of Building Code Enforcement and Land Use Administration or to the proper officials of the Town of Mamaroneck and to the owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with the Electrical Code. He shall send a copy of said certificate of compliance to the Clerk of the Town of Mamaroneck, to the owner, lessee or electrical contractor involved or to any official designated to receive such certificate or reports.
The provisions of the Electrical Code shall not apply to electrical installations in railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communication utility in the exercise of its function as such utility and located outdoors or in buildings used exclusively for that purpose. The Electrical Code shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, testing or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing or repair as its principal business. It shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the State of New York.
The Electrical Code 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 to a person or property caused by any defect therein nor shall the Town of Mamaroneck or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to the Electrical Code.
It shall be a violation of the Electrical Code for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the Town of Mamaroneck until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. It shall be a violation of the Electrical Code for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on premises in the Town of Mamaroneck to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary or a final certificate of compliance by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters Electrical Bureau.
Any person, firm, entity or corporation and/or principal of a corporation found to be in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $250 for each violation and/or up to 15 days' imprisonment for the active officer. Each week in which such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
In the event that any person, firm, entity or corporation and/or principal of a corporation shall continue a violation and the Town Board shall make a finding that such violation is detrimental to the health, safety or general welfare of the inhabitants of the town, then the Town Board may direct the Counsel for the Town to apply to the Supreme Court for relief, directing that the violation be corrected or removed and that all costs and expenses incurred by the Town of Mamaroneck in connection with such proceeding, including the actual cost of correction or removal of the condition causing the violation, shall be assessed against the offender and shall be added to the next year's tax roll and become a lien against said property. The Town Board may direct, by resolution, that the Town may correct violations creating emergency conditions of danger by forthwith entering the property and correcting the violation and assessing the cost of the same to the violator as set forth above.