[Ord. No. 96-144 §2, 12-9-1996]
Unless otherwise provided for in this Chapter, the BOCA National Building Code/1990 and the National Electric Code/1990 adopted by Order of the St. Charles County Commission on October 25, 1990, or any Codes that St. Charles County may adopt hereafter in lieu of these Codes, shall govern the administration and enforcement of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §3, 12-9-1996]
Unless otherwise expressly stated in this Chapter, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings when used in this Chapter.
- CODE OFFICIAL
- The Director of the St. Charles County Division of Building
and Code Enforcement of the Department of Community Development or
a duly authorized representative of the Director.[Ord. No. 16-054 §11, 7-25-2016]
- ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR LICENSEE
- An individual who holds an electrical contractor license issued pursuant to this Chapter.
- ELECTRICAL WORK
- Any work subject to applicable Code standards set in Section 630.010 of this Chapter, including the designing, installing, constructing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering or modifying of a product or equipment that conducts electricity, but not including the repair of household appliances, the repair of telephone and cable television wiring, or the replacement of existing light fixtures in single family residences.
- An individual who is an employee of an electrical contractor licensee.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §4, 12-9-1996]
The Code Official shall:
Adopt certain rules and regulations to ensure the proper administration and enforcement of this Chapter;
Conduct investigations into all complaints against any electrical contractor licensee;
Suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of any electrical contractor licensee who fails to correct any violations of this Chapter or of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 630.010 of this Chapter;
Activate bonds to cover the cost for any work performed by an electrical contractor licensee who does not meet minimum requirements of any applicable Code standard set out in Section 630.010 of this Chapter; and
Review applications for electrical contractor licenses pursuant to this Chapter, test applicants, and issue electrical contractor licenses to applicants who pass their tests as provided in this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §5, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 97-18 §1, 2-26-1997]
Subject to Section 630.050 of this Chapter, an individual must have an electrical contractor license issued pursuant to this Chapter to perform electrical work in unincorporated St. Charles County or in any incorporated area of the County whose governing body has consented to County licensure of electrical contractors. No electrical contractor licensee may allow any non-licensed individual or any other individual to use his number for any purpose, except as provided for in Section 630.050(4). An electrical contractor is not exempt from this licensure requirement even if that contractor is also registered pursuant to Chapter 327, RSMo., as an architect or professional engineer trained in design criteria for electrical systems and qualified to design such systems.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §6, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 97-18 §2, 2-26-1997]
Section 630.040's licensure requirements shall not apply when an individual:
Is performing electrical work for a public utility on construction, maintenance, and development of its facilities;
Is performing electrical work on motor vehicles or irrigation equipment;
Is an owner-occupant of a single-family dwelling, and is performing electrical work on that dwelling, and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Code Official (by written examination, if necessary) the knowledge and skill to perform such work;
Is an electrician employed by an electrical contractor licensee, and is performing electrical work authorized by and under the direct supervision of that electrical contractor licensee.
Any individual exempt under this Section from the licensure requirements imposed by Section 630.040 of this Chapter shall meet applicable Code standards set out in Section 630.010 of this Chapter when performing electrical work and shall obtain permits and inspections as may be required by ordinance.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §7, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §13, 6-2-2010; Ord. No. 13-001 §11, 1-3-2013; Ord. No. 13-050 §11, 6-28-2013]
To obtain an electrical contractor license, an applicant for such a license must meet the following minimum requirements:
The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or able to demonstrate that he or she is an emancipated minor;
[Ord. No. 13-087 §11, 11-25-2013]
The applicant must make application to the Code Official on forms prescribed by the Code Official;
The applicant must meet all requirements specified by this Chapter and by rules and regulations promulgated by the Code Official;
The applicant must pay the appropriate examination and license fees required by the Code Official;
The applicant must pass the appropriate examination administered by the Code Official or the testing agency duly designated by the Code Official.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §8, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §14, 6-2-2010]
All applicants who meet the requirements for licensure in Section 630.060 of this Chapter shall be issued an electrical contractor license. However, the Code Official may deny a license if the applicant has:
Committed any act which, if committed by an electrical contractor licensee, would be grounds for suspension or revocation of an electrical contractor license pursuant to Sections 630.030(3) and 630.120 of this Chapter;
Previously been denied a license for cause, or previously had a license revoked for cause;
Knowingly made any false statement or misrepresentation on the application for an electrical contractor license.
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission, and introduce any evidence in his/her defense. Any individual whose application for an electrical contractor license has been denied may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of denial.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §9, 12-9-1996]
All current holders of electrical contractor licenses issued by St. Charles County shall be subject to all provisions of this Chapter, except that such individuals are exempt from this Chapter's testing requirements, unless their licenses expire without being renewed as required by Section 630.090 of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §10, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §15, 6-2-2010]
All existing electrical contractor licenses issued or maintained pursuant to Sections 630.060 and 630.080 of this Chapter shall expire on December 31, 1996. Thereafter, the Code Official shall renew or issue electrical contractor licenses for two (2) year terms beginning on the first (1st) day of January in odd-numbered years, and ending on the last day of December in the following even-numbered year. To renew any electrical contractor license, a licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and on a form prescribed by the Code Official, an application for renewal along with the payment of the renewal fee enumerated in Section 630.110 of this Chapter. Late applications for renewal shall be accepted until but no later than July first (1st) with payment of late fees imposed in Section 630.110(C).
[Ord. No. 96-144 §11, 12-9-1996]
In lieu of renewing an active electrical contractor license as provided by Section 630.090 of this Chapter, an electrical contractor licensee may apply for inactive license status for two (2) year terms, as provided in Section 630.090. An electrical contractor licensee who obtains inactive license status may perform no electrical work under the inactive license. To apply for inactive license status, an electrical contractor licensee must submit to the Code Official, before the license's expiration date, and on a form prescribed by the Code Official, an application for inactive license status along with the required application fees. An electrical contractor licensee on inactive license status may reactivate his license by applying for renewal as provided by Section 630.090.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §12, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 96-167 §§1—2, 12-30-1996; Ord. No. 10-040 §16, 6-2-2010]
The Code Official shall collect the following fees:
The Code Official may prorate the fees enumerated in Subparagraphs (2) and (3) of this Section when first issuing licenses or when reactivating licenses on inactive license status.
The Code Official shall collect the following fees for late renewals of an active or inactive license:
Fifty dollars ($50.00) for licenses renewed in January;
One hundred dollars ($100.00) for licenses renewed in February;
One hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for licenses renewed in March;
Two hundred dollars ($200.00) for licenses renewed in April;
Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for licenses renewed in May; and
Three hundred dollars ($300.00) for licenses renewed in June.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §13, 12-9-1996]
The Code Official may make investigations and conduct hearings and, upon its own investigation or a complaint in writing, signed and verified by the complainant, suspend, refuse to renew, or revoke any electrical contractor license (including a license on inactive license status) if the Code Official finds that the electrical contractor licensee has:
Made a material misstatement in the application for an electrical contractor license, or for the renewal of such a license;
Demonstrated incompetency to act as an electrical contractor licensee as provided by this Chapter; or
Any individual aggrieved by a decision of the Code Official under this Section may appeal to the St. Charles County Building Commission, and introduce any evidence in his defense. Any individual whose electrical contractor license has been revoked or has not been renewed may reapply for such a license, but no sooner than one (1) year after the date of revocation or refusal to renew.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §14, 12-9-1996; Ord. No. 12-029 §14, 3-30-2012]
All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall maintain on file with the Code Official evidence of a performance or license bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). This bond must be kept in force at all times. Failure to maintain such bond shall result in revocation or suspension of license.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §15, 12-9-1996]
All individuals licensed under this Chapter shall be required to maintain on file with the Code Official a certificate of insurance evidence of liability insurance coverage in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00). This insurance must be kept in force at all times. Failure to maintain such insurance shall result in revocation or suspension of license.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §16, 12-9-1996]
Upon notice from the Code Official that electrical work is being performed contrary to provisions of this Chapter, such work shall be immediately stopped. The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved or to that owner's agent and to the individual doing the work; and shall state the conditions under which work will be permitted to resume. Any individual who shall continue any electrical work in violation of the provisions of this Chapter after having been served with a stop work order shall be liable to a fine as provided by Section 630.160 of this Chapter, which fine shall be not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
[Ord. No. 96-144 §17, 12-9-1996]
Any individual who violates any provision of this Chapter, or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter may, in accordance with the regulations issued by the Code Official, be assessed an administrative penalty by the Code Official. The penalty shall not exceed the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for each violation. Each day a violation continues may be deemed a separate offense. However, no administrative penalty may be assessed until the individual charged with the violation has been given notice of the violation and the opportunity for a hearing by the St. Charles County Building Commission. Alternatively, St. Charles County may institute legal action against any individual who violates a provision of this Chapter, or of any rule, regulation, order or license issued pursuant to this Chapter. Any such individual shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment not exceeding one (1) year, or by both. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Ord. No. 96-144 §18, 12-9-1996]
Enforcement of this Chapter shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.