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Chapter 10 - Electricity

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Chapter Contents:

Article I - In General




ARTICLE II. STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS




ARTICLE III. NATIONAL ELECTRIC SAFETY CODE




ARTICLE IV




Article I - In General

Sec. 10-1. "Electrical inspector" - Defined.

Whenever the words "electrical inspector" are referred to in this Chapter or in the provisions of the National Electrical Code, they shall be construed to mean the building official or his duly appointed assistant. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-2. Same - Appointment and requirements.

The city administrator shall appoint an electrical inspector. The electrical inspector or his appointed assistant may not be engaged in the business of installing electric wiring. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-3. Same - Right of entry to inspect; authority to shut off current, etc.

The electrical inspector, or his duly appointed assistant, shall have the right during reasonable hours to enter any building in the discharge of his official duties, or for the purpose of making any inspection or test or the installation of electrical wiring, electrical devices or electrical material, and shall have the authority to cause the turning off of all electrical current and cut or disconnect, in cases of emergency, any wires where such electrical current is dangerous to life or property or may interfere with work of the fire department. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-4. Same - Procedure for correcting defective installations.

When the installation of any wiring, devices and materials is found, during an inspection to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the person using or operating the same shall be notified and shall make the necessary repairs or changes required to place such wiring, devices and materials in safe condition and have such work completed within fifteen days or any longer period specified by the inspector in the notice. The electrical inspector is hereby empowered to order the discontinue of electrical service to any building or site in which electrical wiring devices or material is found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition by issuing a written order of disconnect to the utility company serving the building or site. Service may be restored after the electrical inspector issues a written permit to the utility company authorizing reconnection of the electric service. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-5. Compliance with Chapter prerequisite to electrical service.

It shall be unlawful for any utility company to supply electric current or service to any installation or building without authorization of the electrical inspector. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-6. Permit - Required.

An electrical permit shall be required for all new electrical services, and for alterations, additions or repair to existing electrical services, including the wiring of buildings for the placing of any electric lights, motors, heating devices or any apparatus requiring the use of an electrical current. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-7. Permit - Exceptions.

No permit shall be required for minor repair work, such as repairing flush and snap switches, replacing fuses, changing lamp sockets and receptacles, and repairing drop cords. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-8. Same - Application.

Applications for permits required by Section 10-6, describing work of the types enumerated by Section 10-6 shall be made by the person installing such work and the permit, when issued, will be issued to such applicant. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-9. Inspection fees.

Refer to fee schedule provided in Section 108.7 of the International Building Code. (Ord. 2368, §2; Ord. 2595, §2; Ord. 3283, §2; Ord. 3549, §2)

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Sec. 10-10. Certificate of inspection - Generally.

Upon the completion of the installation of the wiring and electrical equipment for which a permit is required, it shall be the duty of the person installing the same to notify the electrical inspector who shall inspect the installation within forty-eight hours of the time such notice is given. If it is found to be fully in compliance with this Chapter and does not constitute a hazard to life and property, he shall issue a certificate of inspection and/or approval authorizing connection to the electrical service and turning on the current. All wires which are to be hidden from view shall be inspected before concealment and any person installing such wires shall notify the electrical inspector, giving him forty-eight hours in which to make the required inspection before such wires are concealed. (Ord. 2368, §2; Ord. 2595, §2)

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Sec. 10-11. Same - Compliance with Chapter and National Electrical Code.

No certificate of inspection and approval shall be issued unless the electrical light power or heating installation are in strict conformity with the provisions of this Chapter, and unless they are in conformity with the most approved methods of construction for safety to life and property and upon the payment of the proper fees as designated in Section 10-9. Compliance with the regulations as laid down in the National Electrical Code and supplements thereto as approved by the American Engineering Standards Committee shall be prima facie evidence of such most approved methods. (Ord. 2368, § 2)

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Sec. 10-12. Records of permits and inspections to be kept.

The electrical inspector shall keep complete records of all permits issued and inspections made and other official work performed under the provisions of this Chapter. He shall be provided with the necessary help to carry out the provisions of this Section. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-13. Liability for electrical installations.

The provisions of this Chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility or liability of any party owning, operating, controlling or installing any electric wiring, electric devices or electric material, for damage to person or property, caused by a defect in such electrical devices, nor shall the city be held as assuming any such liability by reason of the inspection authorized in this Chapter, or certificate of inspection issued as provided in this Chapter. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-14. Enforcement of Chapter.

The electrical inspector is hereby appointed to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and such amendments as may hereafter be passed by the city council. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Secs. 10-15 to 10-19. Reserved.

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Article II - Standards and Specifications

Sec. 10-20. National Electrical Code - Adopted.

(a) There is hereby adopted by the City, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations applicable to and governing all building and construction in the City, that certain code known as the National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, of which code not less than two copies have been and now are filed in the office of the City Clerk, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated in the Code of the City, as if set out at length herein.  (Ord. 4120 §1)

(b) Amendments

101.1 Title, is hereby amended by inserting the words "City of Rolla, Missouri".

403.2 Expiration. Every permit issued shall be valid for one year after issuance unless work authorized by the permit is not commenced within 180 days after it's issuance, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. At that time the permit would become void and re-application would need to be made. A one-time, one-year extension of a valid permit may be obtained at a cost of one half of the original permit fee.

404.2 Fee schedule. Refer to fee schedule provided in Section 108.7 of the International Building Code.

1003.1 Penalties. Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

1004.3 Unlawful Continuance. Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe conditions, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $500.00.

(c) This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after January 21, 2003. (Ord. 2368, §2; Ord. 2595, §2 (11-20); Ord. 2926, §2; Ord. 3150, §2; Ord. 3549, §2)

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Sec. 10-21. Conduits and wiring for bulk oil and service stations.

All bulk oil and service stations within the city shall be wired in rigid iron conduit and shall be wired in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code for hazardous locations. (Ord. 2368, §2)

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Sec. 10-22. Service connections.

All exposed conduits to the Utility Company's supply side of the meter base shall be rigid heavy-wall steel. (Ord. 2368, §2; Ord. 3549, §2)

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Sec. 10-23. Ground wire required.

All electrical systems in any structure within the city shall have an independent ground wire installed with such electrical system; and copper twelve (12) gauge shall be the minimum wire size for branch circuit receptacle outlets. Fourteen (14) gauge copper wire shall be allowed for residential fifteen amp lighting circuits. (Ord. 2368, §2; Ord. 3549, §2)

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Secs. 10-24 to 10-39. Reserved.

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Article III - National Electric Safety Code

Sec. 10-40. National Electric Safety Code - Adopted.

There is hereby adopted by the city, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations applicable to and governing all electrical supply and distribution in the city, that certain code known as the "National Electric Safety Code", said code being the 1990 edition, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc., and all supplements thereto of code not less than three copies have been and now are filed in the office of the city clerk, and are obtained at the office of the city clerk during regular business hours, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated in the code of the city, as if set out at length herein. (Ord. 2757, §2.)

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Sec. 10-41. Purpose.

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the City of Rolla, Missouri to maintain the financial integrity and continued viability of its board of public works, and to maintain reasonable prices for the customers of said board. To that end, and also to preserve the public safety and welfare of the City of Rolla, it is deemed necessary and appropriate to regulate and control the distribution and consumption of electrical power and energy within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla which may emanate from sources, or be under the control of persons or entities, other than the board of public works. (Ord. 2581, §1; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Sec. 10-42. Definitions.

Board of public works - shall mean the board of public works of the City of Rolla, Missouri.

Electrical distribution system - shall mean real estate, fixtures, or personal property which is used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the generation, transmission, distribution, sale or furnishing of electricity for light, heat, power or related uses, and any conduits, ducts, conductors, or other devices, materials, apparatus or property designed or used for containing, holding or carrying conductors used or designed to be used for the transmission or distribution of electricity for light, heat, power or related uses. The term shall not be construed to include electrical wiring designed to carry voltage of 220 volts or less and which is a fixture of any structure, nor shall it include portable generators of such voltage.

The municipal electrical distribution system - shall mean the electrical distribution system located within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla, Missouri, which is operated and maintained by the board of public works of the City of Rolla and is known as the Rolla Municipal Utilities.

Person - shall mean any natural person, corporation, company, firm, partnership, association, joint stock company or association, partnership or person, agency of state or local government, political subdivision, or trust, whether operated for profit or not, or their lessees, licensees, permittees, trustees, or receivers, which owns, operates, controls, or manages any "electrical distribution system", the whole or any part of which is located within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla. For purposes of this Ordinance, person shall not include the board of public works of the City of Rolla, Missouri.

Structure - shall mean an agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, or other building or mechanical installation, machinery or apparatus. (Ord. 2581, §2; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Sec. 10-43. Prohibited acts.

(a) No person shall, without a written permit previously obtained from the board of public works, or a franchise granted by ordinance of the city council:

  1. own, erect, construct, operate, maintain, utilize, extend, or improve an electrical distribution system within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla, or
  2. own, erect, construct, operate, maintain, utilize, extend or improve an electrical distribution system which is designed to, or does in fact, provide electrical service to itself or any other person, or
  3. utilize, occupy, cross above or below, or in any way encroach upon any public street, alley, easement or right of way with any component or aspect of its electrical distribution system, or
  4. own, utilize, operate or maintain an electrical distribution system which utilizes a source of electrical power and energy other than the municipal electrical distribution system.

(Ord. 2581, §3; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Sec. 10-44. Exemptions.

(a) Section 10-31 of this Ordinance shall not be construed to apply to a rural electric cooperative in those specific instances where the rural electric cooperative was actually providing retail electrical service to a specific structure prior to the annexation into the City of Rolla of the real estate upon which that structure is located. In such instances, and to give effect to the provisions of Section 394.080(4) RSMo 1986, a rural electric cooperative shall be permitted to continue to provide the same type of electrical service to that same structure, and subsequent occupants thereof if the occupants desire, and also to continue to maintain any distribution facilities which the rural electrical cooperative had constructed within the City of Rolla prior to the effective date of the annexation in order to continue to provide service to that structure. However, this exemption from the provisions of Section 10-31 shall not be construed to allow any rural electrical cooperative to expand its operations to serve new customers, of whatever description, subsequent to annexation, and therefore no rural electric cooperative shall be permitted to connect its electrical distribution system with, or provide electrical service to:

  1. structures within the corporate limits constructed subsequent to annexation of the real estate upon which they are situated,
  2. structures constructed prior to such annexation but which were not provided electrical service by the rural electric cooperative prior to annexation,
  3. structures within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla which have at any time been provided electrical service through the municipal electrical distribution system; and, further, that nothing herein contained shall prevent or prohibit the Rolla Municipal Utilities from lawfully purchasing properties belonging to such suppliers of electrical power as provided by state statutes, rules and regulations of the State of Missouri.

(b) This exemption is designed solely to allow a rural electric cooperative to continue to serve its customers, which may from time to time come within the corporate limits of Rolla by annexation, with the same type of electrical service that existed prior to annexation, and to provide electrical service to the subsequent occupants or owners of those same structures, if those occupants or owners desire to continue to receive service from that rural electric cooperative. (Ord. 2581, §4; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Sec. 10-45. Severability of provisions.

The provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable. If any provision is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or unlawful, the remaining provisions of the ordinance are valid unless the court finds the valid provisions of the ordinance are so essentially and inseparably connected with, and so dependent upon, the void provision that it cannot be presumed the city council would have enacted the valid provisions without the void one; or unless the court finds that the valid provisions, standing alone, are incomplete and are incapable of being executed in accordance with the intent of the city council. (Ord. 2581, §5; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Sec. 10-46. Effective date of this Ordinance.

This Ordinance shall become effective and be in full force and effect from and after the date of its passage and approval. (Ord. 2581, §6; Ord. 2757 §2.)

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Secs. 10-47 to 10-49. Reserved.

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Article IV - Natural Gas System

Sec. 10-50. Purpose.

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the City of Rolla, Missouri to maintain the financial integrity and continued viability of its board of public works, and to maintain reasonable prices for the customers of said board. To that end, and also to preserve the public safety and welfare of the City of Rolla, it is deemed necessary and appropriate to regulate and control the distribution and consumption of natural gas and energy within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla which may emanate from sources, or be under the control of persons or entities, other than the board of public works. (Ord. 2870, §1)

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Sec. 10-51. Definitions.

Board of public works - shall mean the board of public works of the City of Rolla, Missouri.

Natural gas distribution system - shall mean real estate, fixtures, or personal property which is used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the transmission, distribution, sale or furnishing of natural gas, heat, power or related uses, and any conduits, ducts or other devices, materials apparatus or property designed or used for containing, holding or carrying used or designed to be used for the transmission or distribution of natural gas, heat, power or related uses.

Person - shall mean any natural person, corporation, company, firm, partnership, association, joint stock company or association, partnership or person, agency of state or local government, political subdivision or trust, whether operated for profit or not, of their lessees, licensees, permittees, trustees, or receivers, which owns, operates, controls or manages any "natural gas distribution system", the whole or any part of which is located within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla. For purposes of this Ordinance, person shall not include the board of public works of the City of Rolla, Missouri.

Structure - shall mean an agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, or other building or mechanical installation, machinery or apparatus. (Ord. 2870, §2)

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Sec. 10-52. Prohibited acts.

(a) No person shall without a written permit previously obtained from the board of public works, or a franchise granted by ordinance of the city council:

  1. own, erect, construct, operate, maintain, utilize, extend, or improve a natural gas distribution system within the corporate limits of the City of Rolla, or
  2. own, erect, construct, operate, maintain, utilize, extend, or improve a natural gas distribution system which is designed to, or does in fact, provide natural gas service to itself or any other person, or
  3. utilize, occupy, cross above or below, or in any way encroach upon any public street, alley, easement or right of way with any component or aspect of its natural gas distribution system, or
  4. own, utilize, operate or maintain a natural gas distribution system which utilizes a source of natural gas and energy other than the municipal natural gas distribution system. (Ord. 2870, §3)

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Sec. 10-53. Severability of provisions.

The provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable. If any provision is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or unlawful, the remaining provisions of the ordinance are valid unless the court finds the valid provisions of the ordinance are so essentially and inseparably connected with, and so dependent upon, the void provisions that is cannot be presumed the city council would have enacted the valid provisions without the void one; or unless the court finds that the valid provisions, standing alone, are incomplete and are incapable of being executed in accordance with the intent of the city council. (Ord. 2870, §4)

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Secs. 10-54 to 10-58. Reserved.

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