[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of East Hampton 12-2-1977 as Ch. 74 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be administered and conducted under the supervision of the Building Department of the Town of East Hampton. The town's Building Inspectors, however, shall at no time be required to conduct electrical inspections nor perform any of the duties hereinafter assigned to Electrical Inspectors.
[Amended 3-3-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995]
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed Inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters are hereby designated as Electrical Inspectors of the Town of East Hampton and are authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of East Hampton to make inspections and reinspection 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 reinspection be a charge against the Town of East Hampton. The Town Board may also designate, by resolution, the Chief Inspector and/or each of the duly appointed Inspectors of organizations other than the New York Board of Fire Underwriters as Electrical Inspectors and authorize and deputize them as agents of the Town of East Hampton to make inspections and reinspection of all electrical installations heretofore and hereinafter described and to approve or disapprove the same.
All organizations applying for authorization pursuant to this chapter must meet the following minimum standards:
Inspectors shall have a minimum of 10 years of experience within the field.
Inspectors shall hold a certification from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors for one- and two-family dwellings.
Inspectors shall be familiar with the requirements of the National Electrical Code.
Inspectors shall obtain a minimum of 12 continued education units in electrical and/or fire prevention within each five-year period.
The inspection agency shall maintain a policy of insurance meeting or exceeding the following minimum coverage requirements and shall provide a certificate of insurance evidencing the same and naming the Town of East Hampton as an additional insured:
All organizations applying for authorization pursuant to this chapter shall file a written, signed and verified application with the Inspector on the form provided by the Town Clerk. All such applications shall include the following information:
The trade name and business address of the applicant.
If the applicant is an individual, his name and residence address; if a corporation, the names and residence addresses of the officers thereof; if a firm, partnership or other unincorporated entity, the names and residence addresses of all members of the entity.
Whether there are any outstanding liens or judgments against the applicant and, if so, the identification and nature of each.
Such other and further information as the official town application form may require or as any member of the town responsible for review of the application may require as reasonably necessary to verify the credentials of the applicant and to process the application, including, but not limited to:
The names and resident addresses of each inspector, stockholders and/or directors of the applicant.
Whether or not the applicant or any member, partner, officer, stockholder or employee thereof now engages or ever has engaged in an electrical inspection business under another name or for another person or entity and, if so, reasonable information with respect thereto,
Information relating to the financial responsibility and character of the applicant.
It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspector to report in writing to the Inspectors whose duty it shall be to enforce all provisions of this chapter, all violations or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the Building Code applicable to the Town of East Hampton and of all local laws, ordinances and the Building Code as referred to in this chapter insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. The Inspector shall make inspections and reinspection of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town of East Hampton upon written request of an Inspector of the Town of East Hampton or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspection leading to the issuance of a certificate of compliance from an organization duly designated by the Town Board to issue the same, for electrical wiring, installations, devices, appliances and equipment, in or on properties within the Town of East Hampton where a building permit has been issued by the Building Department of the Town of East Hampton or where a property owner or electrical contractor requests such an inspection. Applications for such inspections are to be made directly to the organization duly designated to perform the same by the Town Board. In addition, application for a temporary certificate must be made directly to an organization duly designated by the Town Board herein to perform electrical inspections wherever there is a change in electrical service. In the event of any emergency, it is the duty of the Inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town of East Hampton.
[Amended 3-3-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995]
It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of East Hampton and 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 this chapter. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of East Hampton to the attention of the Building Inspector. No certificate of occupancy may be issued by the Building Department until receipt of a copy of said certificate of compliance has been received.
The use of aluminum wire or wire utilizing aluminum in combination with other materials where the principal metallic component of such wire is aluminum, e.g., nickel clad, copper clad, etc., American wire gauge No. 4 and smaller is prohibited.
Aluminum wire or wire utilizing aluminum may be used in combination with other materials where the principal metallic component of such wire is aluminum, e.g., nickel clad, copper clad, etc., American wire gauge No. 2 and larger only when termination and splicing of such wire is by compression connectors, approved by Underwriter's Laboratories.
[Amended 3-3-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995]
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 within the Town of East Hampton until an application for inspection has been filed in conformance with the foregoing provisions of 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 temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by an organization duly designated by the Town Board to perform electrical inspections, as heretofore required under the provisions of this chapter.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment for each offense.
Should any section or provision of this chapter be decided by the courts to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so decided to be unconstitutional or invalid.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.