Borough of Ridley Park, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ridley Park 4-14-1998 by Ord. No. 1089. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 73.
The Borough of Ridley Park hereby adopts, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the installation, renewal, extension and reception of electric wiring and electric apparatus 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, the electrical code known as the "National Electrical Code, 1996 Edition," as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, of which one copy has been and now is filed in the office of the Borough Manager, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein.
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Title. These regulations shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Borough of Ridley Park," hereinafter referred to as "this code."
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Code official. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Code Enforcement Officer or such other person designated by Borough Council to enforce the provisions of this code.
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Appointment. The Code Official shall be appointed by Borough Council of the Borough of Ridley Park to serve for such term as it shall determine.
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Organization. The Borough Council shall appoint such number of officers, technical assistants, inspectors and other employees as shall be necessary for the administration of this code.
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Deputy. The Borough Council may designate an employee as a deputy who shall exercise all the powers of the Code Official during the temporary absence or disability of the Code Official.
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Rule making authority. The Borough Council shall have the power as may be necessary in the interest of public health, safety and general welfare to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to interpret and implement the provisions of this code to secure the intent thereof and to designate requirements applicable because of local climatic or other conditions. Such rules shall not have the effect of waiving structural or fire performance requirements specifically provided in this code or of violating accepted engineering practice involving public safety.
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Inspections. The Code Official shall, upon the installation, removal, extension and reception of any electrical wiring and electric apparatus pursuant to this code, cause an inspection or inspections to be made by himself or his duly authorized agents to determine that the electrical work conforms with this code and other ordinances of the Borough of Ridley Park and statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
No person, copartnership, firm, association, corporation or other legal entity shall hereafter install, receive, renew or extend electrical wire or conductors to be used for the transmission of electric 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 this code.
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All such applications for a permit shall be made to the Code Official in writing on forms supplied by said Code Official.
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Any person making false answers to any questions or item set forth in such application form shall forfeit and surrender any permit issued pursuant thereto.
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Such application form shall contain questions designated to elicit information to determine whether or not said proposed electric wiring and electric apparatus comply with this code and any other ordinance of the Borough of Ridley Park and statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Each such application form shall be accompanied by a fee in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by resolution by Borough Council of the Borough of Ridley Park as said fee schedule may be amended from time to time.
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Each applicant for a permit shall furnish to the Code Official proof in writing that an application for inspection of the proposed electric wiring and electric apparatus has been made to the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, a nonprofit corporation, hereinafter referred to as "Underwriters," or a similar organization that specializes in such inspections to determine that the electrical work conforms with the provisions of this code and this chapter. The payment of all inspection fees and charges of the Underwriters or similar organization shall be borne by the applicant.
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Each applicant for a permit shall cause the premises covered by the application to be open for inspection or inspections by the Code Official and his agents and the representative or representatives of the Underwriters or similar organization at all reasonable times.
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Upon the Code Official's determination that the proposed electric wiring and electric apparatus comply with this code and other ordinances of the Borough of Ridley Park and statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a permit shall be issued.
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All permits shall expire one year from the date of issuance by the Code Official.
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All inspections shall be made to insure that the proposed electrical work complies with this code. No electric wiring shall be concealed unless inspected and approved by the Building Official and his agents and the representative or representatives of the Underwriters or similar organization, but such inspection or reinspection shall be made within a reasonable time after notice of completion of the electrical work sought to be inspected for approval. A duplicate record of each written approval made by the Underwriters or similar organization shall be filed with the Building Official.
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All decisions made to determine whether or not the proposed electrical work complies with the provisions of this code shall be made by the Code Official.
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The Code Official shall have the power to stop electrical work and order the removal thereof when he determines that such work is not being installed in conformity with this code and other ordinances of the Borough of Ridley Park and statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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The Building Official may waive his inspection to determine compliance with this code and this chapter of all or that portion of the proposed electrical work for which he shall have received a duplicate record of approval by the Underwriters or similar organization. The Code Official shall give notice so that the approved work can be concealed.
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In order to safeguard persons against the hazards and perils incident to defective electric wiring and apparatus that are or may now be in existence within the corporate limits of the Borough of Ridley Park, the Code Official is hereby given the duty to inspect with his agents and the representative or representatives of the Underwriters or similar organization when requested by proper authority, or when public interest so requires, any premises within the Borough of Ridley Park at reasonable times to insure that the existing electric wiring system and apparatus is not defective and unsafe.
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All decisions that the existing electric wiring system and apparatus is defective shall be made by the Code Official in writing on notice to the owner of the premises served forthwith personally or by regular mail addressed to the address shown on the latest tax records with reasons for his decision.
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Upon the Code Official's decision that the existing wiring system is defective and unsafe as aforesaid, the system or portions of the system which are defective and unsafe shall be discontinued until it is corrected and made to comply with the provisions of this code.
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Application for appeal. Every applicant and owner of the premises and other party in interest shall have the right to appeal a decision of the Code Official to the Board of Appeals. The appeal shall be filed in writing within 20 days after the notice was served.
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Membership of board. The Board of Appeals shall consist of five members appointed by Borough Council as follows: one for five years, one for four years, one for three years, one for two years and one for one year. Thereafter, each new member shall serve for five years or until a successor has been appointed.
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Procedures before board. The application for appeal shall be filed on a form obtained from the Code Official within 20 days after the notice was served. Appeals to the Board of Appeals may be taken by any person aggrieved by a decision or interpretation of the Code Official made under the provision of this code. The Board of Appeals may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting its hearings. All Board hearings shall be open to the public. The decision of the Board shall be by resolution. Certified copies shall be furnished to the appellant and to the Code Official.
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Court review. Any person shall have the right to apply to the appropriate court for a writ of certiorari to correct errors of law. Application for review shall be made in the manner and time required by law following the filing of the decision by the Board of Appeals.
Only the materials, fittings and devices enumerated in the "List of Inspected Appliances" of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., as revised from time to time, shall be used in the electrical work regulated by this code.
Whenever a permit is required under the terms of this chapter for electrical wiring and apparatus to be done in connection with a gas or oil burner installation in any existing building or structure or in the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings or structures, there shall be installed an emergency shutoff switch with a red plate thereon marked "oil burner" or "gas burner," as the case may be, at the entrance to the basement or heating room.
All records of the Code Official pursuant to this chapter shall be open to public inspection for good and sufficient reasons during office hours, but shall not be removed from the office of the Code Official without his written consent.
No permit shall be required under this chapter for the following electrical work:
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Minor repair work such as the replacement of lamps and fuses.
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The connection of portable electrical appliances to suitable permanently installed appliances.
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Equipment installed or work performed by or for a public utility operating under authority granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Equipment installed or work performed by a railway utility in the exercise of its function as a utility and located in or on its right-of-way.
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Equipment used in connection with commercial radio and television transmission.
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Repair and maintenance work on premises occupied by a firm or corporation and performed by a regular employee who is a qualified journeyman electrician.
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Any person who shall violate any provision of this code or shall fail to comply therewith or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder or who shall do or cause to be done electrical work in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and, in default of payment thereof, shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.
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The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each day that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
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The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions by an action at law or in equity instituted by the Building Official on behalf of the Borough of Ridley Park.
The provisions of this chapter shall not affect any act done or liability incurred, nor shall they affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any right or penalty or to punish any offense under authority of any of the repealed ordinances.