[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fox Point 6-15-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 756.
Fires and fire prevention — See Ch. 781.
Plumbing — See Ch. 825.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 770, Electrical Standards, adopted as Ch. 13 of the 1961 Code, as amended.
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Village of Fox Point" and will be referred to in this chapter as "this code" or "this chapter."
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.
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.
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.
Right of entry. 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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter SPS 316 is hereby adopted and made part of this chapter by reference as if set forth fully herein. Any future additions, amendments or renumbering to such regulations are incorporated herein, to secure uniform statewide regulation.
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.
Except for an electrical wiring project described in § 101.875(2), Wis. Stats., and as provided Subsection A(2),no electrical wiring project may commence unless the owner of the premises where the installation is to occur or their agent holds a permit from the designated inspection agency if the project involves the installation of new or an addition to any electrical service, feeder, or branch circuit serving any of the following:
Under emergency conditions, the necessary electrical wiring may commence without obtaining a permit, provided the owner of the premises where the installation is to occur or their agent submits a permit application to the inspection agency designated by the department to provide electrical inspections for the installation no later than the next business day after commencement of the installation.
The application for a permit required under Subsection A shall contain all of the following information:
The name of the applicant.
The name of the building or property owner.
The location of the electrical wiring installation.
The scope and extent of the electrical wiring installation.
The name of the person responsible for the installation.
The name and license number of the master electrician, residential master electrician, or registered master electrician under § SPS 305.437 responsible for the installation, unless exempted under § 101.862(4), Wis. Stats.
The applicable fees as described in Chapter 63 of this Code shall be paid to the Village of Fox Point prior to the issuance of an electrical permit or at such later date as determined by the Electric Inspector.
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 disconnected at the end of this period and shall not again be connected without permission from the Electrical Inspector. For buildings where conduit wiring is required, special permits are required for temporary 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.
Except as provided under § 101.875(2), Wis. Stats., electrical wiring installations shall be subject to inspection.
Note: See § SPS 320.10 regarding the inspections for the construction of new one- and two-family dwellings.
Inspections of electrical wiring installations described under § SPS 316.012(1)(a) shall be conducted by a certified commercial electrical inspector.
Note: See § SPS 305.62 for certification provisions for commercial electrical inspectors.
The building owner or their agent shall notify the inspection agency designated by the department to provide electrical inspections when the electrical wiring installation is ready for inspection.
The concealment or energizing of electrical wiring, other than an electrical service, may proceed if inspection has not been completed within two business days after notification is received or as otherwise agreed between the wiring installer and the designated inspection agency providing the inspection.
The notification that an electrical wiring installation is ready for final inspection shall be made to indicate when all electrical fixtures, outlets and face plates are in place and the installation or that portion of the installation is energized.
If upon inspection, it is found that the installation is in compliance with this chapter, the certified inspector shall approve the installation prior to concealment or energizing of the electrical wiring.
If upon inspection, it is found that the installation is incomplete or not in compliance with this chapter, orders to correct shall be issued. An order may include the condition that the electrical wiring is to remain unconcealed and nonenergized until reinspected.
The Electrical Inspector shall have the authority to order the disconnection of all electrical current from any electrical system which is found to be in an unsafe condition, and to order the disconnection 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 until permission is given by the Electrical Inspector.
Any person feeling aggrieved by any order or ruling of the Electrical Inspector may appeal to the Board of Appeals in accordance with the rules of the Board of Appeals. After hearing such appeal, the Board of Appeals shall affirm, reverse, or modify the order or ruling of the Electrical Inspector as it determines proper on the evidence produced at the hearing. The order or ruling of the Electrical Inspector shall remain in full force and effect until reversed or modified by the Board of Appeals.
Electrically illuminated signs shall not be hung or erected until after inspection and approval by the Electrical Inspector.
Persons violating this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provisions of § 1-4 of the Code of the Village of Fox Point.