Village of Richfield, WI
Washington County
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The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
All wires, equipment, or devices installed for the purpose of conducting or safeguarding electrical current at all voltages.
ELECTRICAL WORK
Any act in connection with the installing, altering, or maintaining of electrical systems, which act ordinarily requires the use of tools.
WIRING
All conductors and all other devices incidental to the safe conduction of electrical current.
A. 
Required; application. The Electrical Inspector shall issue permits for the execution of electrical installation for light, heat or power upon the filing of proper application, which shall be made on blanks furnished by the Electrical Inspector and shall prescribe the nature of the work contemplated and such other pertinent information as may be required for inspection. No work shall be done until a permit has been obtained.
B. 
Issuance of subsequent permits. No permit shall be issued if there are any outstanding corrections to be made by the applicant. No permit shall be issued if previous permits are not complete as to work done and the fees paid on any work that has been reported as complete.
A. 
Duties.
(1) 
Generally. The Electrical Inspector shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Village may elect to hire a full-time Electrical Inspector to enforce the provisions of this chapter or contract with an individual or entity to provide these services.
(2) 
Records and reports. The Electrical Inspector shall keep a complete record of all applications made and permits issued, regularly numbered in the order of their issuance. He or she shall also keep a record of all inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this article, so arranged as to afford prompt information concerning electrical installations and shall make monthly reports thereon to the Village Board.
(3) 
Inspections; notices. The Electrical Inspector shall inspect all buildings and premises and make a thorough examination of all the electrical wiring, equipment, and devices installed and when such are found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, he or she shall notify the person owning, using, operating, or installing the same to place them in a safe condition. Such necessary repairs or changes shall be completed according to the provisions of this article. The Electrical Inspector may order the discontinuance of electrical service to such defective electrical system until it has been repaired, removed, or altered as directed by the inspector. Failure to obey any such order shall subject such person to the penalties provided in § 135-6.
B. 
Authority to turn off current. The Electrical Inspector may cause the immediate turning off of all electrical current to any equipment which he or she finds, in the exercise of his sound judgment, creates imminent danger to persons or property and cut or discontinue electrical service in emergencies where he or she finds, in the exercise of his sound judgment, such electrical current creates imminent danger to persons or property or where such currents may interfere with the work of the Fire Department. No person shall reconnect any equipment thus cut off without the written permission of the Electrical Inspector.
C. 
Right of entry. The Electrical Inspector may enter any building or premises in the discharge of his or her official duties and for that purpose shall be given prompt access upon notification to the proper authority. He may discontinue electrical service to premises to which he is denied access or entry.
D. 
Inspection of work. The contractor shall notify the Electrical Inspector when ready for inspection, and the Electrical Inspector shall inspect all electrical work when completed. All electrical wiring and installations shall be left exposed until such time as the Electrical Inspector has completed his inspection. No electrical service shall be connected by a power company until a written statement stating that the final electrical inspection has been made and approved has been filed with the Electrical Inspector. No building where electrical service has been cut off due to fire shall be reconnected until authorized by the Electrical Inspector. If the Electrical Inspector determines that the work has not done been in accordance with the provisions of this article, the contractor shall correct the work within 10 days after receiving notice thereof. If the defective work has not been corrected within 10 days, the Electrical Inspector shall cancel the permit until the provisions of this article have been complied with.
The purpose of the inspections under this article is to improve the quality of housing in the Village. The inspections and the reports and findings issued after the inspections are not intended as, nor are they to be construed as, a guarantee. In order to so advise owners and other interested persons, a disclaimer shall be included in each inspection report as follows: "The findings of inspection contained herein are intended to report conditions of noncompliance with code standards that are readily apparent at the time of inspection. The inspection does not involve a detailed examination of the mechanical systems or the closed structural and nonstructural elements of the building and premises. No warranty of the operation, use or durability of equipment and materials not specifically cited herein is expressed or implied."[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 14.03E of the prior Code, Penalties, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
The Electrical Inspector may grant special permission, for a limited time, for the installation or use of temporary electric wiring and equipment which does not conform to the regulations of this article. The person installing such wiring or equipment shall be directly and legally responsible and accountable for the safe condition of the installation at all times and its complete removal at the end of the fixed temporary period, as set by the Electrical Inspector, or any time sooner when ordered by the inspector. Carnivals, circuses, theatrical acts, and exhibitions and all places of temporary outdoor assembly are included in the provisions of this section, and all electrical wiring and equipment associated therewith shall be installed, maintained, and operated in a safe and workmanlike manner. All such electric wiring and equipment shall be isolated from the public by proper elevation and guarding of all electric fuses, and switches shall be installed in approved enclosures. Cable laid on the ground in areas traversed by the public shall be buried in trenches or protected by approved covers. No wooden raceways shall be used. All temporary services shall be rainproof in their entirety. Where an enclosure is built around nonwaterproof equipment, it shall have a hinged cover and be supplied with a hasp and lock.
A. 
Issuance contingent on compliance. No certificate of inspection shall be issued unless the electric light, power, or heating installation and all other electrical apparatus connected with it are in strict conformity with the provisions of this article.
B. 
Required. Current shall not be turned on for any electrical installation until a certificate of inspection has been issued by the Electrical Inspector. This certification shall be accomplished as part of the sequence of final inspections required for the building occupancy permit.
C. 
Exception. In occupied buildings where a permit for lighting fixtures has been issued, the Electrical Inspector may authorize the installation of meters for electrical service after the wiring has been inspected and approved.
Whenever the Electrical Inspector determines that all or part of the electrical work of any building does not comply with the provisions of this chapter, he or she shall, in cases where the construction is in progress, give five days' written notice thereof to the contractor on the job. In all other cases he or she shall give five days' notice thereof to the owner or his authorized agent or attorney. Such contractor or owner may have such determination reviewed by the Board of Appeals.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
All electrical work shall be done only by an electrician or electrical contractor licensed by the state.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
On applying for a permit for temporary work, the period of time for which such wiring is to remain in service shall be specified. Service shall be cut off at the end of this period and shall not again be connected without written permission from the Electrical Inspector.
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Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).