[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Sauk City as Ch. 15.03 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All electric wiring hereafter installed in buildings and on streets and alleys in the Village shall conform to the rules and regulations embodied in what is known as the "State Electrical Code," the National Electrical Code (NEC), all ordinances of the Village and rules and regulations of the Sauk City Utility Commission applicable thereto. All groundings shall be made on the street side of the water meter, regardless of distance, and if no water meter is available, an approved ground rod will be acceptable.
No electric wiring shall be done in the Village until application has been made to the Village Administrator for a permit and such permit has been issued by the Village Administrator as provided in this chapter. The application for a permit shall state the work to be performed, the materials to be used and the location and ownership of the premises where the wiring is to be done.
In lieu of an individual permit for each installation or alteration, an annual permit shall, upon application therefor, be issued to any person, firm, or corporation employing one or more electricians for the installation, alteration and maintenance of electrical equipment in or on buildings or premises owned or occupied by the applicant for the permit. The application for this annual permit shall be made in writing to the Village Administrator and shall contain a description of the premises on which work is to be done under the permit.
Upon the completion of any wiring done under the authority of a permit as provided in this chapter, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation doing the same to notify the Electrical Inspector who shall, within 48 hours from the time of the notice, inspect such wiring or cause the same to be inspected by his authorized representative. If the wiring has been done in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the Electrical Inspector or his authorized representative making the inspection shall issue a certificate of inspection to that effect, which certificate shall contain the date of inspection and an outline of the result of such examination. All wires which are to be hidden from view shall be inspected before concealment, and all persons installing the same must notify the Electrical Inspector, giving him 24 hours in which to make an inspection.
The Director of the Electrical Department, with such assistance as he may require from other Village departments, shall perform the duties of the Electrical Inspector as provided in this chapter and shall have control of the supervision of inspection of electrical wiring and shall faithfully enforce all laws, ordinances and rules in relation thereto.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person, firm or corporation owing, operating, or installing any electrical wires, appliances, apparatus, construction, or equipment for damages to anyone injured by any defect therein by reason of the inspection authorized in this chapter or the certificate of inspection issued by the Village Administrator, nor shall the Village be held liable for any damages resulting from the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
The Electrical Inspector or his authorized assistant shall have the right, during reasonable hours, to enter any public or private building in the discharge of his official duties or for the purpose of making an inspection or test of the wires, appliances, or installations contained therein and shall have the authority to cause the turning off of all electrical currents and cut or disconnect in case of emergency any wire where such electrical currents are dangerous to life and property.
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the occupation or business of installing, altering or repairing electrical wiring, fixtures, or apparatus for any purpose whatsoever in the Village without first having procured a license therefor as provided in this chapter. No electrical work shall be done by any person not having such license, except that a permit for wiring may be issued to a property owner to do wiring in a one-family residence owned and occupied by such owner as his home.
The Village Administrator shall determine if an applicant is qualified for an electrical license. An electrical license shall be issued to any state-certified electrical contractor or master electrician. Each licensee must file with the Village a certificate of liability insurance for a minimum amount of $200,000 coverage.
The fee for the license to engage in the business of installing electrical wiring and equipment shall be as set by the Village Board. A license fee as set by the Village Board shall be charged for any person, firm or corporation that employs a competent electrician to do the electrical work in his or its plant, and such a plant electrician shall pass the examination required by the State Electrical Code. The above-named licenses shall expire the 30th day of June following the date of their issuance, and any license may be revoked for cause at any time by the Village Board.
Before any permit to install or alter electrical work shall be issued to any person, firm, or corporation entitled to secure permits under the provision of this chapter, he or it shall appoint or employ a person, who may be himself or some other person, who for the purpose of this chapter shall be known as a "supervising electrician." The person appointed or employed to act as a supervising electrician shall, before starting as such, be required to make an application to the Village Administrator in writing, on a form to be furnished by the Village.
The applicant shall have at least three years' experience or be state certified.
The supervising electrician shall perform the work of supervising and directing the installation, alteration, repair, and maintenance of electric wires and apparatus authorized by permits issued.
Whenever a supervising electrician shall leave or be discharged from the employ of any person, firm or corporation who or which is required to appoint or employ a supervising electrician, a notice in writing shall be given within five days by both the employer and the supervising electrician to the Electrical Inspector, and the permit privileges of such person, firm or corporation shall without further order or action stand suspended until the employment or appointment of another supervising electrician as provided for in Subsection A of this section.
When a license is revoked by the Village Board, no license shall again be granted to the licensee for a period of six months, and then not until he shall have fully complied with the provisions of this chapter, made application, and paid the fee as required for the original license.
Regulations. It is unlawful for any person, firm, company, corporation, copartnership or association knowingly or wantonly to operate or cause to be operated any machine, device, apparatus or instrument of any kind whatsoever within the corporate limits of the Village between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, the operation of which shall cause reasonable preventable electrical interference with radio reception, within the municipal limits; provided, however, that X-ray pictures, examinations, or electrical treatments under the direct instructions of any duly registered physician or dentist may be made at any time, if the machine or apparatus used therefor is properly equipped to avoid all unnecessary or reasonably preventable interference with the radio reception and is not negligently operated.
Exceptions. The provisions of this section shall not be held or construed to embrace or cover regulation of any radio transmitting or broadcasting for a receiving instrument, apparatus or device used or useful in interstate commerce, or the operation of which instrument, apparatus, or device is licensed or authorized by or under the provisions of any act of the Congress of the United States.
Penalty. The provisions of this section are established in consideration of public interest, convenience or necessity, and therefor every person, firm, company, corporation, copartnership or association violating any of these provisions shall, upon conviction, be punished in the same manner as provided for other violations of this chapter.