[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco 5-1-1995 as Ch. XII, Sec 12-2, of the 1994 Code; amended in its entirety 2-6-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Electrical Code."
Editor's Note: Former § 87-1.1, Definitions, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 3-5-2012.
[Amended 8-4-2008; 3-5-2012]
Reference is herewith made to the 2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, as published by the National Fire Protection Association, as amended, to become effective May 1, 2015, and said code is hereby adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes as found herein. Statutory authority to adopt this code is granted by 30-A M.R.S.A., and 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4171 and shall cover original installations, alterations and additions, both residential and commercial and shall be in effect for the entire City of Saco. At least seven days prior to the public hearing, the purpose of which is to consider changes to this chapter, notice shall be given by regular mail, electronic mail or facsimile to all electricians who have obtained an electrical permit within the six-month period preceding the public hearing date.
Additions, insertions and changes. The following are hereby revised as follows:
200.6 Means of Identifying Grounded Conductors.
210.5 Identification for Branch Circuits.
215.12 Identification of Feeders.
334.10 Uses Permitted.
334.12(A)(2) Uses Not Permitted is deleted and not adopted by the City of Saco.
338.12 Uses Not Permitted.
702.4 Capacity and Rating.
Smoke and heat detectors. In addition to smoke detectors required elsewhere in this Code, a smoke or heat detector shall be installed in any new attached residential garage. Installation, including wiring and power sources for all smoke and heat detectors shall be in accordance with the provisions of the 2007 Edition of NFPA Standard 72, Chapter 11.
Adoption of utility requirements. The authority having jurisdiction may, at the request of the electrical utility company, enforce the requirements as found in the Handbook of Standard Requirements for Electric Service and Meter Installations published by Central Maine Power, effective January 1, 2009, and as amended.
Removal of old wiring required. All readily accessible cable that is not properly capped and terminated and labeled for future use shall be removed.
The Electrical Inspector who must be licensed by the State of Maine as a Master Electrician is herewith designated as the City official to supervise and enforce this chapter. The Electrical Inspector will be under the direction of the Building Inspector, who will act as his/her immediate supervisor.
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Electrical Inspector with regard to the enforcement of the Electrical Code may take an appeal to the Mayor and City Council.
An appeal may be taken within 30 days from the date of the decision appealed by filing with the City Council, through its Clerk, a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof, except that in the case of a building or structure which, in the opinion of the Electrical Inspector, is unsafe, dangerous and a threat to life safety, the Electrical Inspector may, in his/her order, limit the time for such an appeal to seven days. The Electrical Inspector shall forthwith transmit to the Mayor and City Council all the papers upon which the action appealed from was taken.
The following provisions shall apply to violations of the laws and ordinances set forth in this chapter, and all monetary penalties shall be civil penalties.
The minimum penalty for starting construction or undertaking a land use activity without a required permit shall be $100, and the maximum penalty shall be $2,500.
The minimum penalty for a specific violation shall be $100, and the maximum penalty shall be $2,500.
The violator may be ordered to correct or abate the violations. Where the court finds that the violation was willful, the violator shall be ordered to correct or abate the violation, unless the abatement or correction will:
If the City of Saco is the prevailing party, it shall be awarded reasonable attorney fees, expert witness fees and costs, unless the court finds that special circumstances make the award of these fees and costs unjust. If the defendant is the prevailing party, the defendant may be awarded reasonable attorney fees, expert witness fees and costs, as provided by court rule.
The maximum penalty may exceed $2,500 but shall not exceed $25,000 when it can be shown that there has been a previous conviction of the same party, within the past two years, of the same law or ordinance.
All proceedings arising under the provisions of locally administered laws and ordinances shall be brought in the name of the City of Saco, and fines shall be paid to the City of Saco.
[Amended 8-4-2008; 3-5-2012; 4-6-2015]
Electrical permits shall be administered as provided for in Informative Annex H, Section 80.19(A) through (C) and (E) through (H) of the 2014 National Electric Code. The City Council shall determine fees after a public hearing.