[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Elm Grove 3-12-1956; amended in its entirety 9-27-2005. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Village of Elm Grove" and will be referred to hereinafter as "this chapter."
The purpose of this chapter is to establish rules and regulations governing electrical installations in the Village of Elm Grove.
The Village Board shall appoint an Electrical Inspector upon recommendation of the Village Manager pursuant to Chapter 54, § 54-3C, who shall be certified as such by the state pursuant to §§ 101.82(2) and 101.88(2), Wis. Stats., concerning the inspection of public buildings and places of employment, and pursuant to §§ 101.63(2) and 101.66(2), Wis. Stats., concerning the inspection of one- and two-family dwellings. It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspector to faithfully enforce all the laws and ordinances relating to electrical installations. The Electrical Inspector shall maintain a record of all transactions pertaining to his or her office.
No person shall alter, install, or repair electrical wires, equipment or devices for any purpose in the Village without first having procured a license or registration per § 101.862, Wis. Stats., except for any person meeting the requirements of § 106-3B.
Required. No electrical equipment or installation shall be installed, altered, renewed, replaced or connected without first obtaining an electrical permit and paying the fee provided for under this chapter.
Issuance. Permits shall be issued by the Electrical Inspector upon the payment of the applicable permit fee and the filing of a proper application describing the nature of the work as well as such other information as may be required for inspection. Permits are valid for a period of 24 months from the date of issuance, after which they shall expire and new permits shall be obtained in a manner consistent with the provisions of § 106-3F(3). All fees are nonrefundable.
Inspections. All electrical work requiring a permit shall require periodic inspections, as required by the Electrical Inspector.
When permits not required.
No permit shall be required for the following:
The repair and maintenance of portable or stationary electrical appliances and equipment previously installed in compliance with state and municipal codes.
Minor repair work such as repairing drop cords and flush and snap switches, replacing fuses or changing lamp sockets.
In single-family residences only, the extension or alteration of an existing circuit. All circuits, together with extensions, shall not exceed 500 watts, nor shall the circuit exceed two outlets.
Electrical installations of communication systems, security systems and signaling systems not exceeding 49 volts electromotive force.
Electrical contractor licensees shall keep a complete separate record of all work for which a permit is not required, which record shall be open for inspection at all times.
Emergency work. Emergency work may be commenced without a permit, provided the licensee reports the same to the Electrical Inspector within 48 hours after commencing such work and thereafter obtains the required permit and pays the proper fee.
Special permit for temporary work. Special permits may be issued by the Electrical Inspector for limited periods of time not to exceed six months for the installation and use of temporary electric wiring and equipment that does not conform to the regulations of this chapter. Such permits may be authorized for buildings where conduit wiring is required for open work and exposed wiring, lights, power for building operations, display and decorative lighting, carnivals, circuses, theatrical acts, exhibitions and all places of temporary outdoor assembly. The person installing such wiring or equipment shall be directly responsible and accountable for the safe condition of the installation at all times and its complete removal at the end of the temporary period, as fixed by the Inspector, or as soon as reasonably possible when ordered by the Inspector. Such temporary work 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, and 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.
Revocation of permits.
The Inspector may revoke any permit issued under this chapter and may stop construction or use of approved new materials, equipment or methods of construction, devices or appliances in the event any of the following occurs:
Such revocation shall be effected by written notice of the same delivered to the applicant for the permit, the owner of the subject premises or his or her agent or the person having charge of the construction or activity which is the subject of such permit. A revocation placard shall be posted on the building or structure, equipment or appliance, as the case may be. After the notice is delivered, it is unlawful for any person to thereafter proceed with any construction or activity that is the subject of the permit, and the revoked permit shall be null and void. Before any such construction or activity may resume, a new permit shall be obtained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Electrical permit fees shall be as determined by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
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 Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter SPS 316.
The Electrical Inspector shall have the authority to enter all buildings and premises during reasonable hours in the discharge of his or her official duties. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the acquisition of an inspection warrant in accordance with §§ 66.122 and 66.123 Wis. Stats. and § 12-4 of the Village of Elm Grove Code of Ordinances, nor shall it be construed to prohibit access by way of property owner and/or tenant consent.
Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter SPS 316, with amendments thereto, is hereby adopted and shall be complied with by all persons, firms or corporations performing electrical work within the scope of this chapter within the Village. It is the intent of the Village that all revisions to the Wisconsin State Electrical Code shall be considered to be adopted by the Village as they occur and become effective within the Wisconsin State Electrical Code without further revision of this chapter or action on the part of the Village.
Installation, alterations, replacements and repairs of electrical equipment used for light, heat or power shall be installed in a workable and workmanlike manner in conformity with the regulations of this chapter.
No person, firm or corporation shall keep or offer for sale or sell for use within the Village of Elm Grove any apparatus, equipment or fixtures designed or intended to be used for the production, transmission or utilization of electrical current or power if said apparatus, equipment or fixtures, when installed for use, would be in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or would be unsafe or dangerous.
Any person or firm who or which makes application for a permit under this chapter and fails to take out the permit by failing to make arrangements to accept delivery of the permit shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
Any person or firm who or which fails to notify the Electrical Inspector that the work for which the permit has been procured is ready for inspection within five working days of completion of such work shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.