[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Babylon 12-9-1969. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 89.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 123.
Housing standards — See Ch. 138.
Plumbing — See Ch. 170.
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Article V of Ch. 7 of the 1969 Unified Code of Ordinances of the Town of Babylon.
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, these electrical standards are enacted to regulate the installation, alteration of wiring for electrical light, heat or power and signal systems operating on 50 volts or more in or on all real property within the Town.
All electrical installations described in § 112-1 shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the 1965 Edition of the National Electrical Code, published by the National Fire Protection Association, except where the provisions of this chapter or any other ordinances shall differently prescribe, in which event, compliance with the provisions of such ordinance shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as the "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the National Fire Protection Association.
All matters concerning, affecting or relating to the installation, alteration or removal of electrical wiring and equipment are presumptively provided for in this chapter, except insofar as such provisions are contained in the Town Law, the Labor Law or the rules promulgated in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
This chapter, except where the context clearly requires a literal interpretation, is hereby declared to be remedial and shall be construed liberally to secure the beneficial interests and purposes thereof.
No building presently erected or hereafter to be built in the Town shall be altered in any manner that would be in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule adopted thereunder.
[Amended 9-22-1987; 4-5-1994 by L.L. No. 3-1994]
The Chief Inspector, each of the duly appointed Inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters and Long Island Electrical Services Inspectors and such other persons as may be appointed from time to time by the Town Board are hereby authorized and deputized as agents of the Town to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same.
Generally. The Electrical Inspectors shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town or as herein otherwise provided.
Dangerous conditions. Said Inspectors shall be authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town where it is deemed necessary for the protection of life and property.
Emergencies. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of said Inspectors to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town.
In no event shall the cost or expense of inspections and reinspections of electrical work, made as provided in § 112-7, be a charge against the Town.
It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspectors to furnish written reports to the Chief Building Inspector and other proper officials of the Town and to owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection.
It shall be the duty of the Chief Building Inspector to enforce all the provisions of this chapter, all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and of all local laws and ordinances insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring.
The Electrical Inspector shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter and shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town to the attention of the Building Inspector.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring for light, heat or power in or on properties in the Town until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties, for light, heat or power, to any source of electrical energy supply, prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to electrical installations in mines, shops, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communication utility in the exercise of its function as a utility and located outdoors or in buildings used exclusively for that purpose.
This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person engaged in electrical manufacturing as his principal business.
This chapter shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the State of New York.