This article including the NEPA standard Code is incorporated by reference herein, shall constitute the minimum standards for all electric light, heat and power wires, fixture, appliances, conductors, and apparatus and their supports here after placed or installed in or upon any building, shop, outhouse, shed or other structure in the city. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to install or permit to remain installed any such wiring which violates any provision of this article or fails to comply with any standard set by this article for such installation.
That certain standard code known as the “National Electrical Code 1996”, published by the National Fire Protection Association, is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this article, save and except such portions as are hereinafter in this article deleted or amended.
There shall be not less than three (3) copies of the standard code adopted by reference section 4-302 of this article kept on file in the office of the city clerk and kept available for inspection by the public at all reasonable hours of business. The filed copies of the standard code shall be marked or stamped “Official Copy as Incorporated by the Code of the City of Minneapolis.” All sections or portions of the filed copies of the standard code shall be clearly marked to show deletions from the standard code.
There is hereby created the office of electrical inspector for the City of Minneapolis. The designated agent of the City of said city shall, in addition to the duties now imposed upon him or her by ordinance, perform the duties of electrical inspector, as hereinafter set forth.
The electrical inspector, who for the purpose of this article shall be known as the city electrician, and hereinafter referred to as such, shall have the duty and is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to regulate and determine the placing of electric wires or other appliances for electric lights, heat or power in the city and to cause all such wires, appliances or apparatus to be placed, constructed and guarded as not to cause fires or accidents, endangering life or property, and to be constructed as to keep to a minimum the loss or waste of electric current. It shall be the duty of the city electrician to enforce all provisions of this article and he is hereby granted the authority to enter all buildings in the City of Minneapolis in the performance of his duties between the hours of eight a.m. and five p.m. daily, except that in emergency and within the limits of reason, the city electrician may enter buildings for such purposes at other than the designated hours. It shall be the duty of the city electrician to inspect and/or test all electrical work and equipment or apparatus for compliance with the code whenever electric wiring, appliances, or apparatus, shall be defective or hazardous through improper manufacture or insufficient insulation or for any other reason, he or she shall at once cause the removal of such defect or defects, at the expense of the owners of such wiring, appliance or apparatus.
No installation, alteration, or removal shall be made in/or the wiring of any building or structure for light, heat or power or to increase the load of energy carried by such wires or equipment, nor shall any building or structure be wired for electric lights, appliances, motors, apparatus, or heating devices nor alterations made thereto without a written permit therefore being first obtained from the city license issuing clerk by the person, firm or corporation having direct charge for such installation.
Upon the completion of the wiring, installation or alteration of any building or structure for light, heat, power, appliance or apparatus, it shall be the duty of the person, firm or corporation having direct charge of such to notify the city electrician who shall, as early as possible, inspect such wiring, installation, appliance and apparatus and if installed, altered and constructed in compliance with the permit and in accordance with the requirements of this article, he or she shall execute a certificate of satisfactory inspection, which shall contain the date of such inspection and the result of his or her examination, but no such certificate shall be issued unless such electric wiring, motors, heating devices, appliances, and apparatus be in strict accord with the rules and requirements and the spirit of this article, nor shall current be turned on such installation, equipment, appliance, motors, heating device, and apparatus until said certificate be issued. The amount of fee or charge to be made for such inspections and certificate to be fixed and determined by the city council.
All electrical construction, all materials, appliances, motors, heating devices, and apparatus used in connection with electrical work and the operation of all electrical apparatus within the City of Minneapolis shall conform to the rules and requirements of the National Electrical Code as adopted, however, the necessity, good service and said results often require larger sizes of wire, more branch circuits and better types of equipment than the minimum which is specified in the National Electrical Code. Therefore, the city electrician supervising the enforcement of this code will have the responsibility and authority for making interpretations of the rules, for deciding upon the approval of equipment, materials, construction and for granting the special permission contemplated in a number of the rules and the city electrician, where necessary, shall follow the code procedure for securing official interpretations of the code.
Any person, firm or corporation desiring to engage in the business of electrical construction or of the installation of wiring and apparatus for electric lights, appliances, heating or power in the City of Minneapolis, shall, before doing so, obtain a license, therefore, the fee for which shall be one dollar ($1.00) per year which shall be paid into the city treasury before such license shall become effective.
No license shall be issued until the party applying for same has given satisfactory evidence to the city electrician of his or her or their ability to do said electrical work in a safe and satisfactory manner. No permit of any wiring, heating devices, motors, appliances and apparatus shall be issued until the license and bond herein required have been obtained.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall fail to correct any defect or defects in his or her work or to meet the required standards after having been given notice of the unfit condition by the city electrician, within a reasonable time, shall be refused any other permit until such defect or defects have been corrected and shall be subject to revocation of license for continual defective work.
Upon failure to comply with this article, the city electrician shall have authority, after due notice, to cut out electric current in the locality concerned.
Any individual desiring to perform his own electrical work personally shall not be required to make the required bond or to obtain the required license, but shall be required to obtain the regular permit for that particular job. Such work done by an individual must be done by him personally on his own particular job and not be a way of performing a service to the public generally.
Connection permit required. No person, firm or corporation shall connect to any electricity for service by the city, air conditioners of two (2) or more tons without having first applied at the city clerk’s office for permission to do so, and having secured a permit from the city electrician. No person, firm or corporation shall connect to any electricity for service by the city, air conditioning of three (3) or more tons without having the air conditioner three phase. Upon application being filed, the city electrician shall examine the electric lines and if he finds that said lines and electric supply are sufficient, he shall issue his permit.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article, or doing any of the acts or things prohibited by this article, or failing or refusing to perform any duty imposed by this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any amount not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00), or be imprisoned not to exceed thirty (30) days, or be both so fined and imprisoned. Each day during or on which the violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.