[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of St. Francis 2-20-2013 by Ord. No. 1338.Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 198.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 245.
Plumbing standards — See Ch. 345.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 351.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 237, Electrical Standards, adopted as Ch. 16 of the 1981 Code, as amended, and provided an effective date of 4-1-2013.
The Wisconsin State Electrical Code, in particular Ch. SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code, and the National Electrical Code adopted therein are hereby adopted and are incorporated by reference as part of this chapter as if set forth in full, and as they may be amended from time to time. Such additional rules and regulations as adopted by the Electrical Board or the Electrical Inspector, together with the above-mentioned codes, shall extend over and govern all electrical work in the City.
As used in this chapter, words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth in the above adopted codes.
Appointment and term. The Electrical Inspector shall be appointed in the manner and for the term set forth in § 105-3 of this Code.
Bond. The Electrical Inspector shall execute a bond to the City in the sum of $1,000 with such sureties as the Council shall approve, conditioned for the faithful performance of all electrical inspection work.
Powers and duties. The Electrical Inspector shall have the following powers and duties:
Records. The Electrical Inspector shall keep a complete record of all applications and permits, regularly numbered in the order of their issue. The Electrical Inspector shall keep a record of all inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this chapter and so arrange it as to afford prompt information concerning electrical installations.
Inspections. The Electrical Inspector shall make a thorough examination of all the electrical wiring, equipment and devices installed in connection with any permit(s) issued under this chapter and, when found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the Electrical Inspector shall notify the person owning, using, operating or installing the same to place them in a safe condition. The Electrical Inspector shall order the discontinuance of electrical service to such defective electrical system until it shall have been repaired, removed or altered as directed by him.
Compliance required. The Electrical Inspector shall:
Inspect electrical power and lighting work in buildings under construction, alteration or repair to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications and with the state and City codes, laws and regulations.
Require the use of approved materials and workmanship.
Direct that necessary repairs or changes be completed according to the provisions of this chapter.
Inspect buildings that may be fire hazards.
Investigate and cooperate in the prosecution of violations of the electrical laws and codes.
Investigate and make written reports regarding electrical fires and accidents.
Appear before public groups and Council committees and courts regarding electrical hazards and code violations.
Authority to turn off current. The Electrical Inspector shall cause the immediate turning off of all electrical currents to any equipment which is found to be in an unsafe condition and cut or discontinue electrical service in cases of emergency and where such electrical currents are dangerous to life and property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment until permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.
Right of entry. The Electrical Inspector shall have the right at any reasonable time to enter any building or premises in the City of St. Francis, except occupied dwellings, in the discharge of his official duties. He shall be given prompt access upon notification to the proper authority and shall have the right to order discontinuance of electrical service to any building or premises or parts thereof where he is denied access or entry. It shall be unlawful to interfere with the Electrical Inspector when making such inspections or to refuse to permit him to enter the premises. Upon request, the Electrical Inspector shall show his credentials or picture identification. If consent to entry to personal or real properties which are not public buildings, or to portions of public buildings which are not open to the public, for inspection purposes has been denied, the Electrical Inspector shall obtain a special inspection warrant under §§ 66.122 and 66.123, Wis. Stats.
Director of Electrical Inspection Department. The Electrical Inspector shall direct the Electrical Inspection Department and perform the duties as specified in this chapter. The Department shall be under the general administrative supervision and direction of the Mayor.
Outside inspectors. Whenever it is impossible for the City Electrical Inspector to perform inspections, whether due to absence or conflict of interest, the Electrical Inspector shall have the authority to appoint qualified persons to perform such inspections in his absence. All such persons shall report to the Electrical Inspector.
The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to relieve or lessen the responsibility or liability of any person, firm or corporation performing any electrical work or installing, owning, using, or operating any electrical system, for damages to persons and property caused by any defect therein or therefrom; nor shall the City, the Electrical Inspector, or their agents, be held as assuming any such responsibility or liability by reason of the issuance of a permit, inspections, or reinspections of work, approval or disapproval of any work or materials or equipment, or the issuance of a certificate of inspection authorized by this chapter. Nor shall the City be held liable for the damages resulting from the enforcement of this chapter.
[Added 3-19-2013 by Ord. No. 1342]
License required. Subject to the provisions of § 101.861, Wis. Stats., as amended from time to time, no person shall install, alter, repair, remove or replace any electrical wiring, fixtures or other apparatus for any purpose in the City for which an electrical permit is required under § 237-6 without having first obtained an electrical license as provided in this section.
Licenses. Subject to the provisions of § 101.861, Wis. Stats., as amended from time to time, an electrical license may be issued as follows:
Electrical contractor's license. No person shall perform the work of an electrical contractor unless licensed by the City after having satisfactorily met the qualifications of the Wisconsin Master Electrician Certification Program.
Application for license. Application for a license shall be made to the Electrical Inspector on forms furnished by him. Before such license shall be issued, the application shall be approved by the Electrical Inspector.
License fees and expiration. The fees for electrical licenses shall be as provided by the current fee schedule on file with the City Clerk. Licenses shall expire on April 30, following issuance, unless sooner revoked. If a license expires for more than one year, the holder shall show proof of qualification for such license.
Revocation of license. The Common Council may suspend or revoke any electrical license issued hereunder upon proof that such license was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation or through gross error or that the holder thereof is incompetent or has been guilty of any dishonest practice or practices in connection with his work as a licensee, provided that before any license is suspended or revoked, the holder thereof shall be given a written notice enumerating the charges and specifying a date, not less than 10 days after the service of such notice, on which the holder shall be given a hearing by the Common Council. If such a license holder is dissatisfied with the ruling of the Common Council, he or she may appeal as provided in Chapter 4, Administrative Review, of this Code.
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 4-1-2013.
[Amended 4-2-2014 by Ord. No. 1363]
No person shall alter, install, or repair electrical wires, equipment or devices for any purpose whatsoever in the City without first having procured a permit from the City. The permittee shall be responsible for the work done under the permit.
No person shall cause or permit electrical service to be restored to any building in the City that has been disconnected from electrical service for a period of 12 months or more without first having procured a permit from the City. Following issuance of a permit, a state-licensed electrical contractor shall check the electrical system to ensure its safety and compliance with applicable standards and, thereafter, the City shall do a service inspection prior to reconnection of any electrical service.
Electrical permits may only be obtained under this chapter by a master electrician for installation by a state licensed/registered electrical contractor.
Application for permits. Application for an electrical permit shall be made, in writing, upon blank forms to be furnished by the City Clerk. The form shall be made out in full and shall describe the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required and shall be accompanied by all applicable permit fees established by the Common Council from time to time.
Concealment of work. No person, firm or corporation shall conceal any electrical work for which a permit has been issued before inspection by the Electrical Inspector.
Permit exceptions. The electrical permit regulations of this chapter shall not apply to the following:
The installation, alteration or repair of electrical generation, transmission or distribution equipment owned and operated by an electrical public utility company.
The installation, alteration or repair of signal or communication equipment where such equipment is owned and operated by a public utility company.
Any work in connection with electrical equipment used for radio and television transmission, but not including supply wires to such equipment.
Any work involved in the manufacturing or testing of electrical equipment or apparatus, but not including any permanent wiring or equipment.
Any work associated with the following:
The repair of plug-connected electrical equipment or device.
Permanently connected electrical appliances that have been electrically and mechanically disconnected and separated from all sources of electrical supply. The opening of switches or the blowing or removal of fuses shall not be considered as electrical or mechanical disconnection or separation.
The installation or replacement of approved fuses that are not oversized for the circuit involved.
The installation or replacement of plug-connected portable appliances that do not overload the circuit involved and are not located in hazardous locations.
Use of materials. All material and appliances used or designed to be used in connection with the utilization of electricity for light, heat or power shall be of standard design and according to the list of standard material which shall be kept on file in the office of the Electrical Inspector, and all current-carrying material shall be new, carrying approval from an independent testing laboratory (i.e., UL, CSA or ETL) and of an approved design.
A permit for temporary work shall have a duration of 60 days. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not again be connected without permission from the Electrical Inspector. However, extensions of the sixty-day period may be granted by the Electrical Board.
For buildings where conduit is required, special permits for temporary work may be granted by the Electrical Inspector for the installation of open work and exposed wiring, lights, power for the building, operating display, decorative lighting, etc., for use for a limited period, subject to discontinuance and complete removal at expiration and to condemnation and revocation within such period.
Emergency work. In emergency work, the person doing or causing such work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector immediately after commencing work, and such work shall be done in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Inspection of industrial plants. Any person using electricity for light, heat or power regularly employing a licensed electrician to maintain or repair electric equipment shall have his electrical installation inspected as the Electrical Inspector may determine and shall pay a fee as provided herein.
Fees on condemned work. Regular permit fees shall be required for permits issued for overhauling existing installation or replacing work condemned by the Electrical Inspector.
Plan examination and fees for certain buildings. An electrical calculation information sheet with drawings shall be submitted on any existing building where three or more branch circuits are added, where service or feeder is upgraded, or where new service or feeder is installed or new buildings of 25,000 cubic feet or more in volume or containing three or more dwelling units and which are supplied by two-hundred-ampere or larger service. No such electrical work shall be done until approval of such plans has been issued by the Electrical Inspector. There shall be no fees charged for buildings under this subsection. The Electrical Inspector may waive calculations and drawings at his discretion and must do so in writing. In addition to the fees hereinafter stated, there shall be a plan examination fee as provided by the current fee schedule on file with the City Clerk.
The fee for warehouse, stadium, field house, hangars and similar occupancies shall be reduced by 50%, except that no reduction shall result in a fee less than the minimum fee.
Existing buildings. There shall be no fee for plan review on existing buildings when three or more branch circuits are added or where a service or feeder is upgraded.
Schedule of fees. No more frequently than annually, the Electrical Inspector shall prepare a recommended schedule of fees in accordance and in line with fees being charged by similarly situated communities in Milwaukee County. Upon completion of such schedule, the Electrical Inspector shall submit it to the Common Council for its approval. The schedule of fees approved by the Common Council from time to time shall constitute the fee schedule for the City.
Additional inspection. Where additional inspections are necessary due to neglect to make corrections in work found faulty or defective at the expiration of the time set for reinspection as specified in notice duly served, the inspection fee shall be as provided by the current fee schedule on file with the City Clerk.
Double fees. When any work is begun on installation or alteration of electrical equipment without first filing an application for a permit as required in this section, the fees specified in this article shall be doubled, but the payment of such double fees shall not relieve any person from fully complying with all of the regulations of this article, nor from any other penalties prescribed in this article. No further permits shall be issued to any licensee until all arrears in fees have been paid and all lawful orders of the Electrical Inspector shall have been complied with.
Payment of fees. All permit fees shall be paid to the City Treasurer and credited to the general fund. No permit shall be issued or held valid unless signed by the Electrical Inspector and stamped by the City Treasurer in the amount required for such permit.
Certificate of inspection. Current shall not be turned on for any electrical installation until a certificate of inspection has been issued by the Electrical Inspector. In an occupied building, however, where a permit for lighting fixtures has been issued, the Electrical Inspector may authorize the installation of meters for electrical service after the wiring has been inspected and approved.
Insurance required. Prior to any license being granted, each applicant shall have filed with the Electrical Inspector proof of liability insurance in the form of a certificate of insurance showing that the contractor has minimum coverage of $1,000,000. Failure to have the requisite insurance shall be cause for denial of any license. If any such insurance is changed or canceled, the applicant has an affirmative duty to inform the Electrical Inspector of such change prior to any subsequent permit application.
General. No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electric light, power or heating installation and all other electrical apparatus connected with it are in strict conformity with the provisions of this chapter and the codes adopted herein.
Closing meter loops. The closing of meter loops shall not be permitted until a meter certificate has been issued. By procuring a fixture permit before installation of the fixtures and requesting that a meter be ordered immediately and stating the date when fixtures shall be ready for final inspection, the necessity of closing meter loops shall be eliminated, except on service changes.
Whenever the Electrical Inspector condemns the electrical work or any building, he shall, in cases where the construction is in progress, give five days' written notice thereof to the contractor on the job, and in all other cases he shall give five days' notice thereof to the owner or his authorized agent or attorney. Such contractor or owner may, within five days after receiving such notice, file a petition in writing for a review of the action of the Electrical Inspector. The petition may be filed with the City Clerk. Upon receipt thereof, the City Clerk shall schedule the matter for consideration by the Common Council for its determination as to whether the electrical construction complies with the requirements of this chapter. The City Clerk shall cause the findings and decision to be included in the minutes of the meeting at which the matter is considered and shall have a copy thereof mailed or delivered to the contractor and/or owner.
Whenever any electrical work is performed in the City of St. Francis, the Electrical Inspector shall be notified in order to make the following inspections to comply with this chapter:
Any electrical signs must be inspected prior to their installation, and such inspection shall be in addition to any other necessary inspections.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.