CHAPTER IV. BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONCHAPTER IV. BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION\ARTICLE 2. ELECTRICAL CODE

There is hereby adopted by the City of Marion, Kansas for  the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the construction, alteration, removal and  maintenance of electric wiring and apparatus, including permits and penalties, that certain electric code  known as the National Electric Code Standard of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, being  particularly the 2008 edition thereof and the whole thereof, save and except such portions as are  hereinafter deleted, modified, or amended, of which not less than one copy has been and now is filed in  the office of the City Clerk of the City of Marion, Kansas and the same are hereby adopted and  incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the construction, alteration, maintenance or  removal of all electric wiring and apparatus within the corporate limits of the City of Marion, Kansas.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

There is hereby created the office of Electrical Inspector who shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation of the City Council. The Electrical Inspector shall have had at least two (2) years experience as an electrician, shall be of good moral character, and shall be versed in the approved methods of electrical construction for safety of life and property and the National Electrical Code. He shall receive such compensation as the Council may decide.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

The Electrical Inspector 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 of Marion, Kansas 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 Electrical Inspector to enforce all provisions of this ordinance and he is hereby granted the authority to enter all buildings in the City of Marion, Kansas 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 Electrical Inspector may enter buildings for such purposes at other than the designated hours.

It shall be the duty of the Electrical Inspector 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 of improper or insufficient insulation or for any other reason, he shall at once cause the removal of such defect or defects, at the expense of the owners of such wiring, appliance or apparatus.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

No installation, alteration, or removal shall be made in/or of 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 of such  installation.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

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 Electrical Inspector who shall as early as possible,  inspect such wiring, installation, appliance, and accordance with the requirements of this ordinance, he  shall execute a certificate of satisfactory inspection, which shall contain the date of such inspection and  the result of his 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 ordinance, nor shall current be turned on such installation, equipment, appliance, motors,  hearing device, and apparatus until said certificate be issued. The amount of fee or charge to be made for such inspections and certified to be fixed shall be determined by the City Council.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

All electrical construction, all materials, appliances, motors, hearing devices, and  apparatus used in connection with electrical work and the operation of all electrical apparatus with the  City of Marion, Kansas shall conform to the rules and requirements of the National Electrical Code  current when work is performed or equipment and apparatus installed, 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 Electrical Inspector 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 Electrical Inspector, where necessary, shall follow the code procedure for securing official interpretations of the code.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

No permit shall be granted nor certificate of inspection issued until such person, firm, or corporation shall have first obtained a license from the City Clerk of the City of Marion, Kansas, allowing them to do such electrical work within the City of Marion, Kansas.  Such license shall not be issued until the applicant there shall have first a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of $100,000.00 in favor of the City of Marion, Kansas or in the alternative, have a surety bond in favor of the City of Marion, Kansas for the sum of $100,000.00 conditioned that the principal of said bond will comply with all the provisions of the Ordinances of the City of Marion, Kansas, and amendment thereto.  All electrical licenses shall expire on December 31st of the year following in which the license is issued.  License renewal information will be provided by the City Clerk to all currently licensed electrical contractors prior to the expiration date. 

(Ord. 1337; Ord. 1369; Code 2014)

Every electrical contractor before engaging in electrical work in the city’s jurisdiction shall show proof of passing a standard examination for the determination of competency of electrical contractors as promulgated and administered, or both, by the international code council (ICC), the international association of plumbing and mechanical officials (IAPMO) or Prometric.  Further, all persons receiving such license shall provide proof of obtaining not less than 12 hours biennially or six hours annually of continuing education.  Not less than six hours biennially or three hours annually shall consist of code education.

(Ord. 1337; Ord. 1369; Code 2014)

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 Electrical Inspector, 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 or either upon conviction for violation of the provision of this article.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

Upon failure to comply with this article, the Electrical Inspector shall have authority, after due notice, to cut out electric current in the locality concerned.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of  this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of  not less than Ten Dollars ($10) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100), together with the costs  of such prosecution. Each day, during which violation continues, shall be a separate offense.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

Any individual desiring to perform their own electrical work 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 premises and not be way of performing a service to the public generally.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)

The invalidity of any section or provision of this ordinance or of the code hereby adopted shall not invalidate other sections or provisions thereof.

(Ord. 1337; Code 2014)