[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 416, approved 8-15-1975 (Ch. 70 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby adopted by the Borough that certain electrical code known as the "National Electrical Code," recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, being particularly the 1975 Edition thereof, of which not less than three copies have been and now are filed in the office of the Secretary of the Borough, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling with respect to all electrical work covered by said code within the corporate limits of the Borough.
No person shall hereafter install, receive, renew or extend electrical wire or conductors to be used for the transmission of electrical current for electric light, heat or power purposes in existing buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs, or in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings, structures or outdoor electrical displays or signs, without first applying for and obtaining a permit to do so pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The word "person" as used throughout this chapter shall mean and include any individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership.
Application for such permit shall be made on suitable forms provided by the Building Inspector.
Any person making any false answers to any of the questions or items set forth in such application form shall forthwith forfeit and surrender any permit issued pursuant thereto.
Such application form shall contain questions designed to elicit information to determine whether or not said proposed electrical wiring or electrical apparatus complies with the requirements of this chapter.
Each such application form shall be accompanied by the fee prescribed by this chapter.
Each applicant for a permit shall furnish to the Building Inspector proof in writing that an application for inspection of the proposed electrical wiring or electrical apparatus has been made to the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, a nonprofit corporation hereinafter referred to as "Underwriters," to determine that the proposed electrical work conforms to the provisions of this chapter. All inspection fees and charges of the Underwriters shall be borne by the applicant.
Each applicant for a permit shall cause the premises covered by the application to be opened for inspection or inspections by the Building Inspector and the representative or representatives of the Underwriters.
When the Building Inspector has determined that the proposed electrical wiring or electrical apparatus complies with the provisions of this chapter, a permit shall issue forthwith.
All permits shall expire two years from the date of issuance by the Building Inspector.
All inspections shall be made to ensure that the proposed electrical work complies with the provisions of this chapter. No electrical wiring shall be concealed until and unless it has been inspected and approved by the Building Inspector and the representative or representatives of the Underwriters. Such inspection or inspections shall be made within a reasonable time after notice of the completion of the electrical work for which approval is requested.
All decisions made to determine whether or not the proposed electrical work complies with this chapter shall be made by the Building Inspector, except as hereinafter provided. The Building Inspector shall have the power to stop electrical work and order the removal thereof when he determines that such work is not in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
The Building Inspector may waive his inspection of all or such portion of the proposed electrical work with respect to which he shall have received a duplicate record of approval by the Underwriters showing that such work complies with the provisions of this chapter. Notice of such waiver of inspection shall be transmitted to the applicant so that the approved work may be concealed.
[Amended 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988]
The fee for permits or renewals thereof required by this chapter shall be as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
Editor's Note: This ordinance removed specific fees from the Borough's Code; the current fees resolution of the Borough is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
Nothing in this chapter or in the electrical code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding now pending in any court, or any rights acquired or liability incurred or any cause or causes of action accrued or existing, under any act or ordinance repealed hereby. No right or remedy of any character shall be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.
In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any other ordinance or code of the Borough existing on the effective date of this chapter, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the health and safety of the people shall prevail. In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any other ordinance or code of the Borough existing on the effective date of this chapter which establishes a lower standard for the promotion and protection of the health and safety of the people, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail, and such other ordinances or codes are hereby declared to be repealed to the extent that they may be found in conflict with this chapter.
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or the code adopted hereby before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.
[Amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
The imposition of the penalties herein prescribed shall not preclude the Borough Solicitor from instituting, and he is hereby authorized to institute, appropriate actions or proceedings at law or in equity to effect the purpose of this chapter.