Town of Clarence, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Clarence 7-6-1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Appearance tickets — See Ch. 3.
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 67.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 75.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Ordinance of the Town of Clarence."
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on fifty (50) volts or more in or on all improved property within the Town of Clarence in order to properly protect life and property in the Town.
[Amended 7-22-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformance with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, current edition, except where the provisions of this chapter or other local law or ordinance or the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law or ordinance or the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be considered compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
The Chief Inspector and each of the duly appointed inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town of Clarence 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 or reinspections be a charge against the Town.
[Amended 7-22-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspector all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and all local laws, ordinances and the New York State Fire Prevention and 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 improved properties in the Town upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town or as in this chapter otherwise provided. The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of such improved properties within the Town as he may deem necessary to protect life and property therein. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the inspector to make electrical inspections upon the verbal request of such Town officer or official. It shall also be the duty of the inspector to furnish a written report or reports to the appropriate Town official and to the owner and/or lessee of any property where defective electrical installations or equipment are found. It shall also be the duty of the inspector to issue a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment conform to requirements and to forward a copy of such certificate to the Town Building Inspector.
It shall be a violation of this chapter to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power within the Town of Clarence until application for inspection thereof has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. It shall be a violation of this chapter to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on any property for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or certificate of compliance by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
[Amended 7-22-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) or imprisonment for not more than fifteen (15) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
This chapter shall not apply to electrical installations in mines, railway cars, automotive equipment or 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 buildings used exclusively for such purpose; nor shall this chapter apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by any person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as his or its principal business; nor shall this chapter apply to any structure which is owned or leased in its entirety by the Government of the United States or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from responsibility 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 Clarence nor the New York Board of Fire Underwriters be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.