Township of Bethlehem, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 110.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 230.
[Adopted 5-19-1997 by Ord. No. 4-97 (Ch. 5, Part 2, of the 1988 Code)]

§ 122-1 Requirement for approval; alternative procedures for approval, appointment and registration.

[Amended 9-20-1999 by Ord. No. 10-99]
A. 
All electrical inspections required by the Building Code shall be performed by one or more of the following, as determined by the Board of Commissioners, from time to time, as necessary for the administration of the Building Code:
(1) 
One or more employees of the Township.
(2) 
One or more electrical inspection agencies under contract with the Township of Bethlehem.
(3) 
One or more electrical inspection agencies approved by the Board of Commissioners and registered by the Construction Official.
B. 
The Township of Bethlehem shall have the right to enter into a professional services contract with one or more of such agencies, as determined by the Board of Commissioners, from time to time, for the provision of such electrical inspection services directly to the Township of Bethlehem on such terms and conditions as the Board of Commissioners shall deem appropriate. The Board of Commissioners shall have the right to determine that electrical inspection by an employee of the Township of Bethlehem and/or by an agency under contract with the Township of Bethlehem, shall be a requirement for issuance of electrical permits under the Building Code. In the absence of such determination by the Board of Commissioners, the general public shall have the right to contract with any qualified electrical inspection agency for the provision of such services to the public; provided, nevertheless, that each such agency shall be subject to prior approval by the Board of Commissioners and registration by the Construction Official pursuant to this article. No electrical inspection agency shall perform any electrical inspection within the Township of Bethlehem for the purpose of obtaining an electrical permit under the Building Code unless such agency is:
(1) 
Under contract with the Township of Bethlehem for the provision of such services directly to the Township.
(2) 
Has been approved by the Board of Commissioners and registered by the Construction Official as provided in this article.
C. 
No inspector who is not an employee of the Township of Bethlehem shall perform any electrical inspection within the Township of Bethlehem for the purpose of obtaining an electrical permit under the Building Code unless:
(1) 
Such person is an employee of an electrical inspection agency which is either under contract with the Township of Bethlehem or approved by the Board of Commissioners and registered by the Construction Official.
(2) 
Such person is individually under contract with the Township of Bethlehem or approved by the Board of Commissioners and registered by the Construction Official.

§ 122-2 Categories of inspections.

There shall be two categories of electrical inspections within the Township of Bethlehem:
A. 
One- and two-family dwelling inspections.
B. 
General inspections (all other inspections).

§ 122-3 Minimum qualifications for one- and two-family dwelling inspectors.

A. 
Five years of experience in construction as a journeyman in a skilled trade (building, plumbing or electrical), or five years of experience as a construction inspector, or five years of experience as a construction contractor (building, plumbing or electrical), or two years of experience in construction design or supervision as an architect or engineer in construction work and graduation from an accredited institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering, or one year of experience in construction design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect with a current Pennsylvania license.
B. 
A current certificate demonstrating satisfactory completion of module 2A as administered by the National Certification Program for Construction Code Inspectors.

§ 122-4 Minimum qualifications for general inspectors.

Each inspector performing any general electrical inspection within the Township of Bethlehem shall have, at the time of such inspection, the following minimum qualifications:
A. 
Seven years of experience in construction as a journeyman in a skilled trade (building, plumbing or electrical), or seven years' experience as a construction inspector, or seven years as a construction contractor (building, plumbing, electrical), or three years of experience in construction design or supervision as an architect or engineer in construction work and graduation from an accredited institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering or two years of experience in construction design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect with a current Pennsylvania license.
B. 
A current certification demonstrating satisfactory completion of modules 2A, 2B and 2C as administered by the National Certification Program for Construction Code Inspectors.

§ 122-5 Approval by the Board of Commissioners required for registration.

No electrical inspection agency shall be registered by the Construction Official until and unless such agency has been approved by the Board of Commissioners following notification by the Construction Official to the Board of Commissioners that each inspector for such agency satisfies the qualification requirements.

§ 122-6 Certificate of insurance.

[Amended 9-20-1999 by Ord. No. 10-99]
Each electrical inspection, before performing any electrical inspection within the Township of Bethlehem, shall deliver to the Construction Official a certificate of insurance demonstrating that such agency has insurance, of such types and in such amounts as may be required, from time to time, by the Board of Commissioners and that the Township of Bethlehem is an additional insured. Such insurance shall be maintained continuously by each agency and a current certificate shall be provided by such agency to the Construction Official at all times during which such agency performs electrical inspections in the Township of Bethlehem.

§ 122-7 Suspension and revocation of registration.

If at any time it shall appear to the Construction Official that a registered electrical inspection agency has failed to perform an electrical inspection in the Township of Bethlehem in a satisfactory manner or employ in the Township of Bethlehem only those inspectors who possess the minimum qualifications required by this article or maintain insurance or provide a certificate of such insurance to the Construction Official as required by this article, then the Construction Official shall promptly notify such agency and the Board of Commissioners of such failure. Unless such agency shall correct such failure within such period of time that the Construction Official deems necessary to protect the public interest, giving due consideration to the exigencies of the situation, the Construction Official shall have the right to suspend the registration of the agency after providing the agency with an informal hearing and the agency shall not perform further electrical inspections within the Township of Bethlehem pending further action by the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners may take such further action as may be appropriate under the circumstances including, but not limited to, revocation of the registration and approval of such agency following such procedures as may be required by law.

§ 122-8 Annual renewal of registration.

The initial registration of each electrical inspection agency by the Construction Official following approval by the Board of Commissioners shall be valid for a period of one year. The registration may be renewed by the Construction Official for successive period of one year upon the submission by the agency to the Construction Official of evidence that:
A. 
Each inspector employed by such agency to perform electrical inspections within the Township of Bethlehem possesses the minimum qualifications required by this article.
B. 
The agency has the liability insurance required by this article.

§ 122-9 Registration fee.

Each registered electrical inspection agency shall pay an annual registration fee in the amount established, from time to time, by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.

§ 122-10 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction therefor, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or to undergo imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. A separate offense shall arise for each day or portion thereof in which a violation is found to exist and for each provision of this article which is found to have been violated.