[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fort Plain 8-2-1984 as L.L. No. 2-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 69.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Village of Fort Plain."
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this electrical chapter is enacted to regulate the installation and alteration of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Village of Fort Plain, New York.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code except when the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Village of Fort Plain shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or building code shall be recognized as proper 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 or other qualified inspection agency approved by the village are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Village of Fort Plain 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 and reinspections be a charge against the Village of Fort Plain.
It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Code Enforcement Officer(s), whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this Code, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and of all local laws, ordinances and the 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 properties in the Village of Fort Plain upon the written request of an authorized official of the village as herein provided. The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Village of Fort Plain where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property. In the event of an emergency it is the duty of the inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Village of Fort Plain. It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Village of Fort Plain and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Village of Fort Plain to the attention of the Code Enforcement Officer(s).
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the Village of Fort Plain until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto, upon conviction thereof, may be punished by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment of not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the 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 that purpose. This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as their principal business. It shall not apply to any building 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 or lessen the responsibility of 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 Village of Fort Plain or 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.