Town of Wappinger, NY
Dutchess County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger 3-13-1978 by L.L. No. 1-1978. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 85.

§ 114-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of Wappinger."

§ 114-2 Statement of purpose.

Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this chapter is enacted to regulate the installation and alteration of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Town of Wappinger.

§ 114-3 Electrical Code adopted.

All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except where the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or the Building Code of the Town of Wappinger shall differently prescribe, 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 Pamphlets Nos. 70 and 70A-1972" (National Fire Code, Vol. 5) or any subsequent revisions thereof as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.

§ 114-4 Inspectors authorized.

[Amended 9-13-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999]
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed Inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Wappinger 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 Wappinger.

§ 114-5 Duties of Inspector.

It shall be the duty of the Inspector to report, in writing, to the Chief Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this code, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code 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 reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town of Wappinger upon written request of an authorized official of the Town of Wappinger or as herein provided. The Inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town of Wappinger where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the Inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or office of the Town of Wappinger. It shall be the duty of the Inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town of Wappinger 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 Wappinger to the attention of the Building Inspector.

§ 114-6 Violations.

[Amended 9-13-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999]
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 in the Town of Wappinger until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town. 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 the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town.

§ 114-7 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 9-13-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999; 3-22-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall be guilty of a violation and shall be punished by a fine in the amount set forth in Chapter 122, Article V, § 122-20K of the Code or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 114-8 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in railway cars or automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communication utility in the exercise of its function as a utility and located outdoors or in the buildings used exclusively for that purpose. This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing 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, the State of New York or the County of Dutchess.

§ 114-9 Construal of provisions.

[Amended 9-13-1999 by L.L. No. 6-1999]
This chapter 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 person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of Wappinger or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters or other qualified inspection agency approved by the town be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.

§ 114-10 Enforcement.

[Added 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 10-2003]
This chapter will be enforced by the Zoning Administrator, the Building Inspector, the Deputy Building Inspector, the Fire Inspector, the Deputy Fire Inspector and any police agency having jurisdiction within the Town of Wappinger.