Village of Fox Point, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fox Point as Ch. 13 of the 1961 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 756.
Fires and fire prevention — See Ch. 781.
Plumbing — See Ch. 825.

§ 770-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as "The Electrical Code of the Village of Fox Point."

§ 770-2 Purpose.

The purpose of the Electrical Code is to safeguard life and property by regulating and providing for the inspection of the installation and condition of electrical wiring, equipment and devices, and providing for the licensing of persons, firms and corporations undertaking electrical work, and fixing a penalty for violation of the provisions of the Electrical Code.

§ 770-3 Electrical Inspector.

A. 
The office of Electrical Inspector may be held by the Building Inspector. An Electrical Inspector, appointed by the Village Board, shall act as head of this department, performing such inspection and other duties as the Village Board may direct from time to time.
[Amended 11-11-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
B. 
Duties of the Electrical Inspector. The Electrical Inspector shall have the general management and control of all matters pertaining to electrical inspection and shall enforce all state laws and Village ordinances relating thereto. Where requirements of the state laws and regulations and the provisions of the Electrical Code conflict, the stricter requirements shall govern.
C. 
Rights. The Electrical Inspector or his authorized agent shall have the power and authority at all reasonable hours, for any proper purpose, to enter any public or private building or premises in the discharge of his official duties, or for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the electrical wiring, equipment or devices contained therein. The Inspector or his agent shall be given prompt access to any premises upon request made to the owner or person in immediate charge of the premises.
D. 
Records. There shall be kept in the Department of Electrical Inspection a complete record of all applications and permits, regularly numbered in the order of their issue, of all inspections made, and other official work performed under the provisions of the Electrical Code, so arranged as promptly to afford information concerning electrical installation.

§ 770-4 Assistance of other officials.

It shall be the duty of all police officers to report at once to the Electrical Inspector any buildings within their respective districts at which electrical work is being done without a permit as required by this chapter. It shall be duty of other Village enforcement officers to cooperate with the Electrical Inspector in the enforcement of this chapter.

§ 770-5 State Code adopted.

The Wisconsin State Electrical Code is hereby made, by reference, a part of this chapter. A copy of the Wisconsin State Electrical Code is on file in the office of the Building Inspector. In case of conflict between the State Electrical Code and this Electrical Code, the more stringent requirement shall apply.

§ 770-6 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 770-6, Definitions, as amended, was repealed 8-12-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-06. Original Sec. 13.07, Electrical license, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 11-11-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08.

§ 770-7 Electrical license required.

[Amended 5-13-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
No person shall alter, install or repair electrical wires, equipment or devices for any purpose in the Village of Fox Point without first having procured a license or registration per Wisconsin Statutes § 101.862, subject to the exceptions noted therein. A license or registration issued by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is also required for a residential property owner who installs, repairs, or maintains electrical wiring on premises that the property owner owns and/or occupies as a residence.

§ 770-8 Permits.

A. 
Permits required. No person shall alter, install, or repair electrical wires, equipment, or devices for any purpose whatsoever in the Village of Fox Point (except as hereinafter provided) without first having procured a permit from the Electrical Inspector.
B. 
Application for permits. Application for an electrical permit shall be made in writing upon blank forms to be furnished by the Electrical Inspector. The form shall be made out in full and shall describe the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required.

§ 770-9 Permit exceptions.

[Amended 5-13-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
The electrical permit regulation of this chapter shall not apply to the following:
A. 
The installation, alteration, or repair of electrical generation, transmission, or distribution equipment owned and operated by an electrical public utility company.
B. 
The installation, alteration, or repair of signal or communication equipment where such equipment is owned and operated by a public utility company.
C. 
Any work in ships, railway cars, trailers, trolleys, buses, aircraft, automobiles, tractor or trailer houses.
D. 
Any work in connection with electrical equipment used for radio and television transmission, but not including supply wires to such equipment.
E. 
Any work involved in the manufacturing or testing of electrical equipment or apparatus, but not including any permanent wiring or equipment.
F. 
Any work associated with the following:
(1) 
The repair of plug-connected electrical equipment or devices.
(2) 
Permanently connected electrical appliances which have been electrically and mechanically disconnected and separated from all sources of electrical supply. The opening of switches or the blowing or removal of fuses shall not be considered electrical or mechanical disconnection or separation.
(3) 
The installation or replacement of approved fuses which are not oversize for the circuit involved.
(4) 
The installation or replacement of plug connected portable appliances which do not overload the circuit involved and are not located in hazardous locations.
G. 
Portable devices such as grinders, drills, portable signs, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, radios, television sets and similar devices not permanently wired to but intended to be connected to the circuit by flexible cord and plug and not in conflict with the Electrical Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 13.10, Permit fees, amended by Ord. No. 2008-07, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-12. See now Ch. 63, Fees, § 63-7, Electrical Code fees.

§ 770-10 Temporary and emergency work.

A. 
Temporary work. On applying for a permit for temporary work, a specified period of time during which such wiring is to remain in service must be stated, but not exceeding 90 days. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not again be connected without written permission from the Electrical Inspector. For buildings where conduit wiring is required, special permits for temporary work may be granted by the Electrical Inspector for the installation of open work and exposed wiring, lights, power for building operations, display, decorative lighting, etc., for use for a limited period, subject to discontinuance and complete removal at expiration, and to condemnation and revocation within such period.
B. 
Emergency work. In emergency work, the person doing or causing such work to be done shall report the same to the Electrical Inspector immediately after beginning work, and such work shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the Electrical Code.

§ 770-11 Inspections.

A. 
Inspection required. Upon the completion of the wiring in or on any building, and before any wiring is to be hidden from view, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation doing the same to notify the Electrical Inspector in writing and he shall inspect the installation after such notice is received. If, upon inspection, it is found that the installation is in compliance with the Electrical Code and with the Wisconsin State Electrical Code and does not constitute a hazard to life or property, he shall approve the same and authorize concealment of the wiring or authorize connection for electrical service. If the installation is incomplete or not strictly in accordance with applicable codes, the Electrical Inspector shall issue orders to the person installing the same to remove all hazards and make the necessary changes or additions within seven days. In the event that corrections are not made within the specified time, the Electrical Inspector may request the Building Inspector to stop all work on the premises until such time as all lawful orders of the Electrical Inspector are complied with, or he may order discontinuance of service as set forth in § 770-12. Reinspections shall be made as stipulated in § 63-7C.
B. 
Final inspection. Upon the completion of any building, structure, equipment, or construction for which a permit was issued and before the same is occupied or used, a final inspection shall be made by the Electrical Inspector and until such building, structure, or equipment is in compliance with all the requirements of the Electrical Code and the Wisconsin State Electrical Code and terms of the permit, no occupancy shall be maintained.
[Amended 11-11-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
C. 
Periodic inspections. The Electrical Inspector shall periodically visit and inspect all buildings and premises, especially those occupied by the public such as places of amusement and places of assemblage, and make a thorough examination of all the electrical wiring, equipment and devices installed, and when found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, he shall notify the person owning, using, operating or installing same to place them in a safe condition. The necessary repairs or changes shall be completed within 15 days after the receipt of such notice; each day which shall expire after the expiration of said period shall constitute a separate offense, and the Electrical Inspector is hereby authorized to order the discontinuance of electrical service to such defective electrical system until it shall have been repaired, removed or changed as directed by the Electrical Inspector. Failure to obey any such order shall subject the person failing to make such disconnection to the penalties herein provided.
D. 
Certificate of inspection. Upon acceptance of work by the Electrical Inspector, he shall note approval on a placard posted on the premises. Until such time as this approval is posted, no work requiring inspections shall be concealed. Current shall not be turned on any electrical installation until a certificate of inspection has been issued by the Electrical Inspector. However, in occupied buildings where a permit for lighting fixtures has been issued, the Electrical Inspector may authorize the installation of meters for electrical service after wiring has been inspected and approved.

§ 770-12 Authority to discontinue electrical operation.

The Electrical Inspector shall have the authority to order the cutting off of all electrical current from any electrical system which is found to be in an unsafe condition, and to order the cutting off of electrical current in cases of emergency and where such electrical currents are dangerous to life or property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment thus cut off until permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.

§ 770-13 Appeal from decision of Electrical Inspector.

When the Electrical Inspector condemns all or part of the electrical installation in any building, the owner may within five days after receiving written notice from the Electrical Inspector file with the Village Clerk/Treasurer a petition in writing for review of said action of the Electrical Inspector. Upon receipt of the petition, the Board of Appeals shall, as soon as convenient, proceed to a hearing on whether said electrical construction complies with the Electrical Code, and within 24 hours after such hearing, shall make a written finding.

§ 770-14 Conformity with codes.

[Amended 11-11-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
No certificates of inspection shall be issued unless the electrical light, power or heating installation and all other electrical apparatus connected with it are in conformity with the provisions of the Electrical Code, the rules and regulations of the Wisconsin State Electrical Code issued by the Department of Safety and Professional Services of Wisconsin under authority of the state statutes and all amendments thereof and supplements thereto.

§ 770-15 Approved materials.

A. 
No electrical materials, devices or appliances shall be used or installed in the Village of Fox Point unless they are in conformity with the provisions of the Electrical Code, the Wisconsin Statutes and the rules and regulations issued by the Department of Safety and Professional Services of Wisconsin and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and all amendments thereof and supplements thereto under authority of the Wisconsin Statutes, and unless they are in conformity with approved methods of construction for safety to life and property.
[Amended 11-11-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
B. 
The maker's name, trademark or other identification symbol shall be placed on all electrical material, devices and appliances used or installed under the Electrical Code; also the rating in volts, amperes, watts, or horsepower, etc. to permit proper identification. Except as otherwise regulated in the Electrical Code, all electrical methods and materials shall comply with all laws, rules, orders and regulations of the State of Wisconsin and the Electrical Code issued by the Industrial and Public Service Commission.

§ 770-16 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 770-16, Installation regulations, as amended, was repealed 8-12-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-06.

§ 770-17 Signs.

A. 
Electrically illuminated signs shall not be hung or erected until after inspection and approval by the Electrical Inspector.
B. 
Small socket signs may be connected to an existing lighting circuit, provided the total wattage of lighting circuit, together with socket sign, does not exceed 1,650 watts. A switch shall be installed within sight of sign to individually disconnect sign from a source of supply.
C. 
Vacuum and inert-gas tube signs may be connected to an existing lighting circuit, providing the total wattage of the lighting circuit together with the wattage of transformer for this type of sign does not exceed 1,650 watts. The volt ampere rating of the transformer used in connection with this type of sign shall be considered as watts. A separate individual switch shall be installed to disconnect transformer from source of supply. This switch is to be of such type that it can be locked in the open position.
D. 
As applied to neon or gas tube signs, "portable" means less than 75 pounds in weight and less than 10 square feet over the largest surface, with all high-tension wires and tube terminals within the sign enclosure property, and the tubes or lamps fastened only to and not extending beyond the sign surface or background. All portable gas tube signs shall have the metal enclosure grounded by a three-wire cord connected to a three-point receptacle, and the portable cord shall be limited to six feet in length. All gas tube signs not coming within the above definition of "portable" shall be wired in accordance with the Electrical Code rules and permits procured for each sign installed.

§ 770-18 Notching of girders, beams or joists.

Before any notching or cutting of girders, beams or joists is done, permission must be obtained from the Building Inspector.