[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Old Westbury 11-21-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Old Westbury finds that there is an inherent danger in the installation and use of electrical energy throughout the Village. This chapter is enacted to regulate the inspection of installation and alteration of wiring of electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in all real property within the Village of Old Westbury and to allow inspections by outside certified electrical inspection services.
Electrical inspections shall be made by an approved inspection agency and shall be done so with the intent that such approval be in the interests of public safety and in accordance with the latest edition of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, the National Electrical Code, NFPA, the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office, LIPA Red Book standards and all applicable promulgated codes.
The Superintendent of Buildings shall approve an inspection agency upon the submission of evidence acceptable to the Superintendent of Buildings that such agency's chief electrical inspector and electrical inspectors possess the following qualifications:
The chief electrical inspector must meet two or more of the following requirements:
Be an electrician who satisfies the minimum requirements for a master electrician's license in Nassau County, with a minimum of seven years' field experience working for or as a licensed electrician.
Hold certifications and certificates in the field of electrical inspections from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors for one- and two-family dwellings, general and plan review, or equal, as determined by the Superintendent of Buildings for the Village of Old Westbury.
Be a New York State licensed professional engineer with at least five years of field experience in the supervision and design of electrical installations.
Hold a certificate of competency, or equal, as determined by the Superintendent of Buildings for the Village of Old Westbury, from a nationally recognized and accredited electrical inspection testing agency or organization.
Electrical inspectors must meet two or more of the following requirements:
Be a New York State licensed professional engineer with two years' experience in the electrical industry.
Be an electrician that satisfies the minimum requirements for a master electrician's license in Nassau County, or has worked for a licensed master electrician for at least three years.
Holds certifications from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors in one- and two-family dwellings, general or equal, as determined by the Superintendent of Buildings for the Village of Old Westbury.
A chief electrical inspector must be an officer of the inspection agency and must have a supervisory position to all inspectors. If the designated chief electrical inspector leaves such inspection agency, all inspections will be suspended until another approved designee meets the qualifications and is approved by the Superintendent of Buildings.
Electrical inspectors must report to the chief electrical inspector.
Neither the chief electrical inspector nor any electrical inspector(s) may hold an active electrician's license or other accreditation which may be determined as conflicting with the interest and independence of the approved inspection agency as it relates to an unbiased ability to serve the public interest. Any such license/accreditation shall be made inactive while the inspector is employed by the inspection agency.
The chief electrical inspector and electrical inspectors shall belong to a nationally recognized and chartered trade association with continuing education courses and certification programs. Proof of membership and continuing education for each inspector shall be submitted annually to the Superintendent of Buildings.
Any inspections of Village facilities and buildings shall be performed by the inspection agency without charge to the Village.
An approved inspection agency must maintain:
General liability for electrical inspections: $3,000,000 per occurrence.
Excess general liability for electrical inspections: $7,000,000 per occurrence.
Total general liability: $10,000,000.
Professional liability: $3,000,000 per occurrence.
Automobile liability: $1,000,000.
Workers' compensation and disability: insurances, satisfactory to the Superintendent of Buildings.
The Village of Old Westbury must be named as the certificate holder and as additional insured on all polices with a fifteen-day notice of cancellation.
Should the requirements above not be met at any time, the inspection agency shall immediately cease performing inspections. Before resuming inspections, the Superintendent of Buildings shall determine if it complies with the requirements to continue as an approved inspection agency.