[CC 1976 §9-1; Ord. No. 94-52 §1, 8-9-1994]
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as "The Electrical Code".
[CC 1976 §9-3; Ord. No. 94-52 §1, 8-9-1994; Ord. No. 98-81 §1, 9-29-1998; Ord. No. 2000-59 §§3 — 4, 9-14-2000; Ord. No. 2002-29 §1, 5-13-2002; Ord. No. 2002-30 §1, 5-13-2002; Ord. No. 2005-08 §§1 — 3, 2-15-2005; Ord. No. 2008-19 §1, 3-10-2008; Ord. No. 2019-18, 9-9-2019]
National Electrical Code Adopted. The National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition, published by the National Fire Protection Association, as amended, one (1) copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk, is hereby adopted as the Electrical Code of the City of Overland, Missouri, for residential and commercial construction, except that it shall be prohibited to use aluminum wiring in any new construction, any alteration or remodeling of any building within the City limits. This exception shall apply to all wiring which extends from the load side of the service equipment to the outlets. The terms "premises wiring," "service equipment" and "outlet" shall have the definitions as set forth in the National Electrical Code.
Supervisor Of Electrical Inspection — Designated — Enforcement. The Director of Community Development is hereby designated the supervisor of electrical inspection and is the person vested with executive authority to see that all provisions of this Section are carried out. He/she shall direct the activity of all electrical inspectors.
Qualifications Of Inspectors. All inspectors performing electrical inspections shall have a minimum of three (3) years' inspection experience enforcing the Electrical Code or equivalent.
Electrical Inspection Generally.
Upon completion of any electrical installation for which a permit has been issued, the permittee shall notify the office of the supervisor of electrical inspection, and a final inspection shall be made. The supervisor of electrical inspection shall cause to be made as many interim inspections as he/she deems necessary. No installation shall be covered or concealed until inspected.
The supervisor of electrical inspection may accept reports of inspection by authoritative and recognized services or individuals. Such services or individuals must be proven experienced in the electrical field as it relates to the work being inspected. All reports of such inspection shall be in writing and certified by a responsible officer of such authoritative service or by the responsible individual.
The supervisor of electrical inspection may engage such services or individuals as may be deemed necessary to report on unusual technical issues that may arise, and such services shall be at the expense of the permit holder.
Permit And Inspection Fees. Permit and inspection fees shall be as delineated in Subsection (W) of this Section.
Examinations And Licenses Generally. No person shall engage in the business of making or maintaining electrical installations or installing any electrical material, apparatus or equipment of any kind without first having been examined and licensed by St. Louis County, except as permitted otherwise herein.
Doing Business Without A License. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of electrical or communication work within the City without having been duly licensed as required by the provisions of this Section.
Licensed Supervisor Required For Firms And Corporations. Any firm or corporation in the business of installing electrical or communication work shall employ a duly licensed supervisor, under the provisions of this Section, who shall be responsible for installations made by such firm or corporation.
Use Of Licensee's Name By Another — Office Of Supervisor Of Electrical Inspection To Be Notified Of Business Name And Address, Etc. No person having obtained a license under the provisions of this Section shall allow his/her name to be used by another person, either for the purpose of obtaining permits, or for doing business or work under the license. Every person licensed shall notify the office of the supervisor of electrical inspection of the address of his/her place of business and the name under which such business is carried on and shall give immediate notice to the office of the supervisor of electrical inspection of any change in either.
Permit Required For Electrical Work.
No person, firm, corporation, institution or organization shall begin any work or installing, erecting or altering material, wiring, fixtures or other apparatus, to be used for generation, transmission and utilization of electricity in and on buildings and premises in the territory subject to the provisions of these regulations unless and until written application shall have been filed in the office of the supervisor of electrical inspection for a permit to do said work, except as otherwise provided herein.
An original certificate of insurance shall accompany said application showing coverage as follows:
A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall accompany this application.
No person, firm, corporation, institution or organization shall begin such work unless and until a permit shall have been obtained, except as otherwise provided herein. In the event of an emergency, work may begin prior to issuance of a permit either by securing permission from said office upon condition that written application for permit be filed in said office without delay or, if said emergency occurs during non-working hours, upon condition that the office of supervisor of electrical inspection be notified at the start of the next work day and that a written application for permit be filed in said office without delay.
Any person, firm, corporation, institution or organization performing electrical work without a permit as required by the Electrical Code shall be subject to proceedings of law and upon conviction of a violation of this Section shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or three (3) months' imprisonment or by both such fine and imprisonment. In the case of a person who is otherwise, upon application and issuance thereof, entitled to a homeowner permit, such fine may be reduced or waived at the discretion of the court upon the filing of a homeowner permit application and the issuance thereof.
Permits shall be issued only to a licensed electrical contractor as set out in this Code or an authorized agent therefor, except as otherwise provided herein.
In the case of a catastrophic event (i.e., earthquake, tornado, etc.) work may proceed to eliminate hazards and restore the electrical system to a safe and functional condition prior to obtaining a permit; however, a permit shall be applied for as soon as circumstances reasonably allow.
No permit issued under these provisions of the Code shall be assignable or transferable or be used to aid or abet any unlicensed or unauthorized person, firm, or corporation in the performance of electrical work.
Plans And Specifications.
The application for a building permit shall describe in detail the nature of such work, shall give the location by street and number thereof, shall be accompanied by at least two (2) sets of plans and specifications bearing the seal of an engineer authorized to perform engineering work in the State of Missouri and shall contain an accurate description and account of electrical fixtures to be installed.
The supervisor of electrical inspection may waive the need for such plans when the work involved is of a minor nature or can be described adequately by other means.
If, in the course of the work, it is found necessary to make any change from the approved plans and specifications on which a permit has been issued, amended plans and specifications shall be submitted, and, if approved, a supplementary permit shall be issued to cover the change after the same conditions required to secure the original permit have been satisfied. If the change is minor in nature and does not require further plan review the supervisor of electrical inspection may waive the need for a supplemental permit and may amend the original permit subject to fees as delineated in Subsection (W) of this Section.
Service of six hundred (600) amps or larger is required to be designed and sealed by an engineer.
Notice Of Violations. The supervisor of electrical inspection or designated representatives shall serve a notice of violation for the installation, extension, alteration, repair or maintenance of electrical systems which are in violation of the provisions of this Code or in violation of a detailed statement or a plan approved thereunder, or in violation of a permit issued under the provisions of this Code to the permittee or the owner of the building, structure or premises. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or condition and the abatement of the violation.
Upon notice from the supervisor of electrical inspection that work on any building, structure, or premises is proceeding contrary to the provisions of the Code in an unsafe and dangerous manner, such work shall immediately be stopped. The supervisor of electrical inspection shall issue a stop-work order in writing to the owner of the property involved or to the person doing the work. The stop-work order shall state the conditions under which the work may resume.
The building or premises on which a stop-work order is placed shall be posted as such.
Unlawful continuance of work:
Any person who shall continue any work in or about the building, structure, or premises after the issuance of a stop-work order that is directed to be performed to remove a violation or unsafe condition shall be guilty of a violation of this Code and subject to the penalties set out in Section 100.150 of this Code.
Unsafe Condition. All electrical systems, regardless of type, which constitute a hazard to human life, health, or welfare are hereby declared illegal and shall be abated by repair and rehabilitation or removal.
Emergency Measures. When in the opinion of the supervisor of electrical inspection there is a real and present danger or hazard which would endanger human life, the supervisor of electrical inspection is hereby authorized and empowered to order and require the occupants to vacate a structure forthwith. The supervisor of electrical inspection shall post each entrance to such structure as unsafe and unoccupiable.
Existing Electrical Systems. The legal use and occupancy of any structure existing on the date of the adoption of this Code or for which it had been heretofore approved may be continued without change except as may be specifically covered in this Code or deemed necessary by the supervisor of electrical inspection for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.
Alteration Or Repair Of Existing Electrical Systems.
Incidental repairs, replacements or alterations to an existing system generally recognized as being part of normal household or normal maintenance activities with regard to such systems shall not require a permit and may be made in the same manner and arrangement as in the existing system, provided such repairs, replacements or alterations are made in a safe manner.
Minor repairs, replacements or alterations to an existing system may be made in the same manner and arrangement as in the existing system, provided such repairs or replacements are made in a safe manner and are approved by the electrical official.
Alteration or substantial repairs may be made to any existing electrical system without requiring the system to comply with all the requirements of this Code, provided such work conforms to that required for a new electrical system. Alterations or repairs shall not cause an existing electrical system to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of the system.
Additional Loads On Existing Electrical System. Where additions or alterations subject parts of existing systems to loads exceeding those permitted herein, such parts shall be made to comply with this Code.
Maintenance Of Electrical Systems. All electrical systems, both existing and new, shall be maintained in a safe condition. All service equipment, devices and safeguards which are required by this Code or which were required in the building or structure by previous statute or ordinance shall be maintained in good working order when installed, altered or repaired.
Owner Responsibility. The owner or a designated agent shall be responsible for the safe maintenance of the electrical systems in any building, structure or premises at all times.
Moved Structures. Buildings and structures moved into or within the jurisdiction shall comply with the provisions of this Code for new buildings or structures.
Violations And Penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Each day a violation continues after actual notice to either the responsible individual, person, firm, institution, corporation or organization, or representative thereof, to whom the permit was issued, or to the owner, or both, or to the legally authorized representative of the permit holder, owner, or both, shall constitute a separate violation.
Electrical Fees. The fees listed herein are for permits defined as electrical.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 1-1-2020.