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Ord 2326 4/24/1967 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CITY OF WICF':TA FALLS INTER-OFFICE MEMORANDUM TO: Mr. Jack Davis, City Manager DATE: April 21, 1967 1 FROM: John J. Roark, Director of Public Works SUBJECT: Amendment to Electrical Ordinance I In regular meeting on February 13, 1967, the Board of Aldermen approved I a proposed modification of the Electrical Ordinance, which modification was in response to a previous request by the Board of Aldermen, and directed that the Director of Public Works and the City Attorney review U Ordinance No. 2022 and submit a new ordinance including all changes necessitated by the proposed modification. U Since its enactment in May, 1963, Ordinance 2022 has been modified nine different times. The attached ordinance incorporates the above changes in the appropriate place in the text of a new ordinance and includes the changes approved February 13, 1967. The existing ordinances were reviewed I in detail by the Inspection Department of the City of Wichita Falls, work- ing in conjunction with the Electrical Advisory Board, and were rearranged in a manner to facilitate codification with other ordinances of the city. I The review of the existing ordinances revealed certain changes necessitated by new materials and changes in the National Electrical Code. All modifi- cations to the existing ordinances are underlined in the attached ordinance Iand are further noted as follows: A. Page 10, Article III, Section I-B. Addition of the proposed modifica- tion approved February 13, 1967. IIB. Page 13, Article III, Section III-C. This modification, making the license valid for the remainder of the calendar year, is necessary I to be consistent with the requirements of other licenses required under this ordinance. IC. Page 21, Article III, Section VI-D. This change from 115 volts to 150 volts is necessary in order to be consistent with the National Electrical Code. ID. Page 22, Article IV. This modification changes the definition of electrical contractor and master electrician in accordance with the modification of February 13, 1967. IE. Page 23, Article V, Section II. This modification is necessary to show the preeminence of this ordinance over the National Electrical u Code. II i ________ DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CITY OF WWII C :: A FALLS S INTER-OFFICE MEMORANDUM TO: Mr. Jack Davis, City Manager DATE: April 21, 1967 FROM: John J. Roark, Director of Public Works SUBJECT: Amendment to Electrical Ordinance I Page 2 F. Page 25 and others, Article VI. This modification changes the wire designations to the appropriate amphere capacity rather than A.W.G. wire sizes due to the use of conductors other than copper conductors. G. Page 26, Article VI, Section IV. This modification is necessary ' to insure compliance with the current edition of the National Electrical Code. H. Page 31, Article VI, Section VI-G. This modification is necessary to designate new car lots in addition to used car lots. I. Page 33, Article VII, Section I. This change is necessary under the modification approved February 13, 1967 . J. Page 36, Article VIII, Section IV-B. This modification was for ' the purpose of permitting the industrial electrician the use of the deposit system, K. Page 39, Article X, Section IV. This modification repeals Ordinance No. 2022 and all prior ordinances. ' This office recommends that the attached ordinance be enacted, and in so doing, recognizes the effort put forth in its review and preparation by the Inspection Department and the Electrical Advisory Board. /7 -- / - • . Jonn •J. Roark, JJR:mr I A LISTING OF CHANGES AND REASONS FOR SUCH CHANGES ARTICLE I. Section I-B, seven member board, Ordinance ##2236, dated May 23, 1966. ARTICLE I. Section I-C, paragraph 1 changes to comply with seven member board as stated in Ordinance ##2236 passed May 23, 1966. ARTICLE II. Section I-B, eliminate (and recommend from) Ordinance #2232 May 9, 1966. 11 1 The direction of the City Council to modify Ordinance ##2022 eliminating the necessity of an Electrical Contractor being a Master Electrician necessitate 1(A) the elimination of the words (Electrical Contractor) following the words Master Electrician where applicable. Direction was made in a motion by Alderman Schenk March 2, 1967. ARTICLE III. Section III-C, insert in fourth paragraph the sentence. "The • (B) ' license shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year" to be consistent with the requirements of other licenses. ARTICLE III. Section VI-D third - changes 115 volts to 150 volts � paragraph h p g 5 (C) IPor less to be consistent with the National Electrical Code. ARTICLE IV. Inserted Electrical Contractor and changed Master Electrician to II(D) comply with Alderman Schenk' s motion March 2, 1967. ARTICLE V. Section II, added the words "unless otherwise specifically covered (E) herein" to show that this is the primary Ordinance. ARTICLE VI. Appropriate ampere capacity has been inserted in place of (A.W.G. ) (ll ) wire sizes due to the use of other than copper conductors. ARTICLE VI. Section IV. To make underground installations of type U.F. cable (G) comply with the current edition of the National Electrical Code. ARTICLE VI. Section VI-G, inserted new to include new and used car lots. 1(H) ARTICLE VII. Section I, revised to make license holders responsible for permits 1(I) rather than contractors. IF) ARTICLE VIII. Section IV-B, made the deposit system available to Industrial Electricians. (K) ARTICLE N. : ct o n TV. :?epees inn of Orcnylecs. ARTICLE X. Omit work in progress prior to enactment and special t_i.rr,r; con- sideration. AMENDMENTS TO ORDINANCE #2022 AS LISTED INSERTED IN THEIR PROPER PLACES. IAmend parts of Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) 202 II - Amend parts of Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) 2055 Amend__parts of Ordinance #2022 (Electrical :Code), IExamination and duty. 2063 Amend Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) metal conduit II . etc. 2370 11 Amend Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) create position of Industrial Electrician. 8-1-64 2104 I/ Amend Ordinance #2022. changing license fee for Master Electrician and Industrial Electrician. 12-14-64 2137 Amend Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) 10-25-65 2201 IAmend Ordinance #2022, making changes with reference to selection of inspector and requirements to qualify for IIMaster Electrician and Journeyman Electrician. 5-1-66 2232 Amend Ordinance #2022 (Electrical Code) change number IOr beard : �ni;sum 5 '63 r: 5-23=66: ti.4J II II I , II II II . . . 1 II I ORDINANCE NO. ,, ,ei� AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE INSTALLATIONS, USE AND MAINTENANCE OF ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, WIRING AND APPARATUS ON ANY PREMISE, STREET, ALLEY OR ROADWAY WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, CREATING A BOARD OF EXAMINERS, THE OFFICE OF ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR AND PROVIDING FOR THE LICENSE OF MASTER ELECTRICIAN, INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN, JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN, MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN, REGULATI N G APPRENTICES, TRAINEES, AND HELPERS, PRO- VIDING FOR INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS, PROVIDING FOR EXEMPTIONS, PROVIDING FOR AND FIXING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION HEREOF AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS. Declaration of Policy Whereas: After a review of the facts disclosed by investigation and otherwise IIascertained it is hereby declared that to properly safeguard persons and property and to promote the public welfare- it is necessary that the existing I/ standards for electrical apparatus and its installation and maintenance, as provided for under existing Ordinances, be reviewed, revised and updated. Whereas: Upon the basis of facts disclosed by investigation and otherwise ' ascertained, it is hereby found that the National Electrical Code is a minimum standard with reference to the installation and use of electrical apparatus in public and private premises which is designed to provide for the practical 11 safeguarding of persons and property from electrical hazards arising on or about such premises from the use of electricity for light, heat, power, 1 decoration, radio, signaling and other purposes; that the National Electrical Code represents the consensus of expert opinion as to minimum practical methods of installation to provide for safeguarding persons and property in the instal- l/ lation, use and maintenance of electrical apparatus and that the National Electrical Code is periodically reviewed and revised in order that it may ' reflect technological advances and current good practice; and Whereas: Upon the basis of facts disclosed by investigation and otherwise ascertained, it is further found that Underwriters' Standards for electrical equipment are the only electrical products standards in the United States which have as their principal basis the safeguarding of persons and property - 2 - from fire and accident hazards arising from the use of electricity for light, heat, power, decoration, radio, signaling and other purposes; that one of the fundamentals on which Underwriters' Laboratories Standards for electrical ' apparatus is based, is that the equipment when installed in accordance with the minimum provisions of the National Electrical Code, shall safeguard persons and property from electrical hazards arising from the use of such equipment; IIand that electrical materials and devices certified by Underwriters' ' Laboratories Standards are accepted generally by electrical inspection with I/ requirements for such materials and devices contained in the National Electrical Code; and Y g Whereas: Upon the basis of facts disclosed by investigation and otherwise P N ascertained, hereby it is hereb further found that the National Electrical Safety Code is a minimum standard governing the installation, maintenance, and operation of electrical systems and utilization of electrical apparatus for IIindustrial, commercial, and public buildings; and that the National Electrical Safety Code was formulated under the sponsorship of the National Bureau of IIStandards of the U.S. Department of Commerce and was submitted to and approved IIby the American Standards Association as an American Standard; and Whereas: The improper installation, use and maintenance of electrical systems, wiring and appar a tus within the Corporate Li mits of the City of Wichit a Falls, IITexas, creates a hazard and a nuisance to the inhabitants of this city; and 1 IIWhereas: The rapidly increasing use of electricity and the added hazard of improper installation created by persons not familiar with all the safety rules makes necessary the examination, registration and licensing of all persons desiring to engage in the occupation of Master Electrician, Industrial Electri- I/ ciah, Journeyman Electrician or Maintenance Electrician within the scope of this I Ordinance; and 1 ' Whereas: Upon the bails of fact disclosed by investigations and otherwise obtained only five classifications of occupation now exist in the electrical � Y P industry covered by this Ordinance. They are Master Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, Maintenance Electrician and apprentices, 1 IItrainees,or helpers. All persons desiring to engage in such occupation must register as required in this Ordinance before engaging in such occupation. - 3 - ARTICLE I Board of Electrical Examiners IISection I. A. Established: There is hereby created a Board of Electrical Examiners IIfor the City of Wichita Falls, to be appointed by the City Council. V IB. Membership: Qualifications and Quorum: The Board of Electrical Examiners shall consist of seven members, I/ ' who shall serve without compensation, selected as follows: 1'. One (1) Master Electrician. I . . 2. One (1) Journeyman Electrician. ' 3. One (1) member who is an employee of the Local Electric Utility Company (currently known as the Texas Electric Service Company). 4. One (1) member, who, in the opinion of the City Council, is qualified through education and practical experience to I/ perform the duties of an Electrical Examiner. 5. One (1) member who shall be a representative of industry. II 6. One (1) member who shall be a home builder or otherwise IIassociated with the home building industry. 7. One (1) member who shall be designated as a member at large'.g g I/ This member shall not be connected with the electrical contracting industry for monetary gain. I (a) Four members of this Board shall constitute a quorum. (b) Any member of the Board involved in a dispute before the Board, shall disqualify himself and an alternate 1 1/ member shall be selected by the Board to serve in his place. M • C. Terms: Resignations: The existing Board shall serve its regular appointed term after the IIenactment of this Ordinance. Thereafter all members shall be appointed for terms of two years each. IINo Master Electrician or Journeyman Electrician shall serve or hold office longer than two (2) consecutive full two (2) year terms. . _ 4 _ r a t i 1 1 1 ' i Any member of the Board may resign from his appointment by submitting 1 1 a formal resignation to the City Council at a regularly scheduled Council meeting. II D. Removal of Members: z When good cause exists, a member may be removed from office by the ICity Council. Any member who is absent four (4) consecutive regular meetings, without just cause, shall be considered as having resigned and shall be replaced by the City Council. . I i E. General: I 1. Powers and Duties: IThe Board shall meet as soon after appointment as possible II and select a Chairman and Vice-Chairman from within its number, and it shall meet once each month thereafter; this may be changed IIor a meeting may be postponed by a majority vote of the Board or due to the inability to secure a quorum. The Board shall submit I periodically to the City Council and (or) to the City Manager a r written recommendation and suggestions for the improvements, enforcement and administration of this Ordinance. The Board II shall examine the gazalifications of all applicants for the office I of the Electrical Inspector and Assistant Inspector. The Board IIshall adopt rules, regulations and policies for all the functions of the Board and for the examination and re-examination of applicants Ifor electrical licenses, electrical inspector or inspectors. No rule IIregulation or policy shall be applicable unless it has been in- corporated in the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board prior IIto its application. IThe Board shall prepare the questions and conduct and grade all examinations. I The Board shall review and approve or reject, prior to issuing I • the licenses, the examination papers for Master Electrician, 1 - 5 - . • Industrial Electrician, Electrical Inspectors, Journeyman Electricians, and Maintenance Electricians. II An applicant who has been refused an examination by the Secretary i may appeal to the Board- of -Electrical Examiners. 1 TheyBoard shall approve the issuance of appropriate license to Isuccessful applicants. No licenses shall be valid without Board IIapproval. The Board of Electrical Examiners shall act as the Electrical Appeals Board both to interpret the meanings of this Code and Ialso to settle differences of interpretation of this Code between the Electrical Inspector and any license holder or home owner. This Board may be called into session at any time by the Chairman of the Board or by a majority of the Board, provided that each member must be given at least twenty four hours notice in writing Iby the Secretary. IAn appeal may be taken from any ruling, interpretation, require- . ment, or decision made by the Electrical Inspector by the filing Iof an application in writing with the Secretary of the Board for IIa hearing before the EJ.eotrioal Advisory Hoard at its regular meeting period and the decision of the Electrical Advisory Board IIin said hearing shall be final. 1 2. Secretary designated: duties generally: The Electrical Inspector shall serve as Secretary to the Board rwithout additional compensation and shall keep a complete written IIrecord of all proceedings of the Board and shall give copies of these records to each member of the Board immediately after 1 preparation of same. • The Electrical Inspector, as Secretary of the Board, shall gather i required information concerning the experience and qualifications IIof applicants for licenses and shall present same to the Board of Examiners for review prior to examination being given. - 6 - I i 1 , a s ARTICLE II I Office of Electrical Inspector ISection I. Office of Chief Created; Assistants Authorized: iThere is hereby created the office of the Chief Electrical Inspector 1 ,1 of the City of Wichita Falls within which may be Assistant Electrical i 11 II Inspectors. II A. Qualifications: The Chief Electrical Inspector and his assistants shall be competent 1 persons of good moral character; each shall have had adequate experience in the electrical field, such adequacy being established ' by the Board; each shall have had at least four (4) years experience . I i as a Journeyman Electrician; each shall have adequate knowledge of current and approved methods and practices relating to electrical installations; and each shall have passed the examination in the City of Wichita Falls for Journeyman Electricians. r B. Appointment: IThe Chief Electrical Inspector and the Assistant Electrical Inspectors shall be appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the City ICouncil after examination by the Examining Board. IISection II. Duties and Powers Generally: A. The Electrical Inspector shall inspect all installations, alterations and repairs of electrical work in consumer installations as hereinafter H I set out. He shall be allowed thirty (30) hours, Saturdays, Sundays, • and Holidays, recognized by the City of Wichita Falls excluded, to 1 make such inspection. For an approved installation, he shall attach a green tag or card; for a disapproved installation, he shall attach a red tag or card and immediately notify the Master Electrician per- II1 forming work on said premises, in writing and by telephone, speci- fying the exact deficiency existing and shall allow a reasonable time, II •as determined by the Electrical Inspector, to correct said deficiency. IIIt shall be a violation of this Ordinance to remove, deface, damage ormt' mutilate a tag or card which the Electrical Inspector has attached to an installation. If this corrective action is not begun immediately or the deficiency is not corrected within the prescribed time, the • - 7 - I Electrical Inspector shall notify the owners or his agent by letter and copy of previous notice to the Master Electrician and shall, if he believes public welfare endangered, in writing order the electric Isupply to the premises discontinued. IIB. When in the performance of his duties and as far as may be necessary for the. performance of his duties, the Electrical Inspector shall have I . the right to enter any consumer' s premises at all reasonable hours IIfor the purpose of making tests or inspections of the electrical wiring, a liances apparatus contained therein. When on duty, the II PP , or PP Electrical Inspector shall have adequate identification with photograph, furnished by the City of Wichita Falls to indicate his position. I C. The Electrical Inspector shall keep, or cause to be kept, a written Irecord of all permits, licenses, and inspections which are required under this Ordinance. He also shall keep a written record of all IIcondemnations and disconnects of electrical installations resulting IIfrom condemnations. IID. The Electrical Inspector shall stop the installation, alterations, operations, or repair of any electrical work on or in any consumer' s P 1 premises, when in the Inspector' s opinion, the work is being done in a reckless, careless, or unsafe manner or in a manner which violates IIthe provisions of this Ordinance. In the event a formal complaint IIis necessary, it shall be filed by the Chief Electrical Inspector. E. Upon determining that particular work should stop, the Electrical IInspector shall post a notice to that effect on the consumer's premises Iand notify permit holder in writing and by telephone. Thereafter no person shall proceed with the installation until the Electrical IInspector has cancelled the stop-work notice in writing and by tele- ' phone. • F. The Electrical Inspector shall turn over to the City of Wichita Falls II • all monies and payments received by his office. IIG. The Electrical Inspector, as Secretary of the Board, shall pass on the experience and qualification of applicants for licenses before an applicant is presented to the Board for examination. - 8 - I Section ITT. Re:a;*,nation Rrcuired: Should an Electrical Inspector desire to take an examination for Master Electrician or Industrial Electrician, he must resign his position and take the examination after the effective date of his termination. ' Section IV. Conflict of Interest: Electrical Inspectors shall not have any monetary interests in any Electrical Contracting Company nor shall he do any electrical work for any private party or any company at any time while he is in the employ- !' ment of the City of Wichita Falls. Section V. Inspection of Premises Generally: ' A. The Electrical Inspector shall inspect and re-inspect the wiring of all public premises at least once each year and at not less than 12 months intervals and shall notify in writing the owner and occupant of such premise to repair such defects as may be found and any person, firm, or corporation refusing or failing to make such repairs within forty eight (48) hours after notification shall be subject to the penalties prescribed by this Ordinance. B. The Electrical Inspector is herein given authority to inspect and • ' re-inspect all house electrical wiring and when said electrical wiring is found to be in a condition dangerous to life and property, he shall notify the owner thereof at once to replace all electrical Y p wiring in a safe condition and at the same time have the electrical service discontinued until same is repaired and placed in a safe condition. • Section VI. Authority: The Electrical Inspectors shall be endowed with all the police powers 11 necessary for the proper enforcement of this Ordinance and shall be responsible for its strict enforcement. The Electrical Inspectors: shall not deviate from the minimum standards or rules and regulations contained herein without the written approval of the Board of Electrical Examiners. ' - 9 Section VII. Liability: The Electrical Inspectors shall not be liable for damages arising by reason of duties performed under the provisions of this Ordinance. IARTICLE III Licenses, Registration. Bonds 1 ' Section I. Electrical Contractor: A. Registration Required: I II Any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation desiring to IIengage in the business of electrical contracting within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas shall register with the 1 City of Wichita Falls, in the Chief Electrical Inspector' s office, IIthe correct name, address and telephone number under which they will be doing business. B. Master Electrician Required: Any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the electrical contracting business within the corporate limits of the IICity of Wichita Falls, Texas shall be or have continuously in his employment a qualified Master Electrician and shall file in the office ' (A) of the Chief Electrical name, address Inspector the correct and , es d ' license number of such Master Electrician, which Master Electrician shall have actual supervision of the installation, maintenance, and/or repair of any electrical wiring, device, material, and/or equipment ' within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, and shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Ordinance in its entirety. Whenever a Master Electrician shall leave or be discharged from the employment of any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation who is required by this Ordinance to be or have in his employment a Master Electrician, a notice in writing thereof shall be given ' med imiatel b both the er on f rm cgm sp ,rt,nm'h � or corporation and the Master Electrician to the Chief Electrical Inspector' s office and the permit privileges of such Master Electrician ' shall without further order or action, stand suspended, which - 10 - I suspension shall remain effective until both such Master Electrician and any other person, company, firm, partnership or corporation shall have first complied with the provisions of this Ordinance, II Any electrical work in progress or contracted for by any person, Icompany, firm, partnership or corporation who is required by this Ordinance to be or have in his employment a Master Electrician shall, Iwithout further action or notice, stop immediately upon the removals by any means, of the qualifying'Master Electrician and the permit I privileges of such person, company, firm, partnership or corporation (A) II I shall without further order or action, stand suspended and shall not ' be resumed until both, such a person, company, firm, partnership or corporation and any other Master Electrician shall have fully complied IIwith the provisions of this Ordinance. No Master Electrician shall represent or be employed as the qualifying 1 Master Electrician for more than one (1) person, company, firm, partnership or corporation at one (1) time nor shall he secure permits for any other than the one (1) person, company, firm, partnership or IIcorporation by whom he is employed as the qualifying electricians IC. Display Required: Any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the IIelectrical contracting business in the corporate limits of the City IIof Wichita Falls, Texas, shall display, in a permanent way, on its trucks, vans or any other vehicles used in transporting materials Iand tools to and from any electrical job, the correct name and address of such person, company, firm, partnership or corporation. IWhich display shall be in lettering no smaller than three inches (3") IIin height, readily visible and clearly ledgable at all times. Section II. Master Electrician: IA. Application; Fee: IA person desiring a Master Electrician' s license shall be a citizen of the United States, shall have reached the age of twenty-one (21) IIyears and shall make application in writing to the Board of Electrical Examiners for an examination. Examinations shall be held at the regular meeting periods. , - - 11 - The application shall be presented to the Secretary of the Board and shall be accompanied by a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) . B. Examination: The applicant shall submit himself to an examination given by the Board. The examination shall consist of questions concerning electrical installations the National Electrical Code, and other topics related ' to the occupation of a Master Electrician. The applicant must furnish the Secretary conclusive proof of at least five (5) years experience, ' giving dates and location in the business as a Master Electrician, ' Journeyman Electrician, whose experience record meets the require- ments for Journeyman Electrician as described in this Ordinance, or a ' combination of the two, to the satisfaction of the Board of Examiners. A holder of a completion certificate from an accredited Technical ' School or College may be given credit not to exceed three (3) years of the required five (5) years experience. Falsification of an experience record shall be justification for the Board' s refusal to ' grade an examination paper or to cancel a license. ' If a license is cancelled due to falsification of an experience record, no refund of any portion of the license fee shall be made. In order Ifor a person to pass a Master Electrician's examination, he must have a grade of seventy (70) or more and meet such other requirements as ' are stated in this Ordinance. C. Bond; License Fees; Issuance; Expiration Date: ' If the applicant is successful in passing the examination, he shall • obtain a bond from an approved Surety Company doing business in the ' State of Texas, in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) payable to the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, and conditioned upon the applicant' s 1 strict and faithful compliance with this Ordinance. Said bond must ' be furnished by a firm having a representative in the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. Which bond shall bear as principal the successful ' , applicant and such Surety Company and shall be signed by the successful applicant and which bond must be delivered to the City of Wichita Falls, ' Texas within thirty (30) days prior to beginning of any work; other- wise, the examination shall be null and void. - 12 - A successful applicant shall pay to the Secretary the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) as the first year' s license fee. The fifty dollars ($50.00) must be paid within thirty (30) days after the grading of the IIexamination paper and prior to beginning work; otherwise, the exami- . nation shall be null and void.. In case of failure to pass the exami- nation, an applicant must wait ninety (90) days before being allowed to take another examination and a waiting period of six (6) months will be required between the second and third examination and between IIall subsequent examinations. The waiting periods commence on the date the examination paper is graded. The fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall Ibe required for each examination. IIWhen a Master Electrician has not obtained permits for electrical work within a three (3) year period in the City of Wichita Falls, it will be his responsibility to prove that he is actively engaged in the electrical business as a Master Electrician in order to obtain a license renewal. If such evidence of activity is found by the Electrical I ' Advisory Board to be lacking, they shall require the applicant II . to take the applicable examination to show that said applicant is qu:::::Ied. Qued applicants who comply with the above provisions shall be IIissued a license signed by the Secretary and Chairman of the Board (B) of Examiners. The license shall be valid for the remainder of the Icalendar year. IAll present and future licenses shall expire each December 31, annually. D. Renewals; Fees: II • The license holder shall have a grace period of thirty (30) days for renewal of such licenses. If license is not renewed by 5:00 P.M. I on January 31st, the license holder shall be required to take a new , q Iexamination and pay all applicable fees. IThe license may be renewed by paying to the Secretary the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) within thirty (39) days after the expiration date . of the original license. - 13 - • • E. Dispiny; Use; Non-ns:;i;*nnhle: No person shall engage in the occupation of Master Electrician within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, without IIhaving his license displayed in a prominent place, at all times, or in case of companies, firms, partnerships or corporations without having a holder of such license supervising the actual work being performed. No person shall allow the use of his Master Electrician' s ' license directly or indirectly, by any other person, firm, partnership or corporation for the purpose of obtaining a permit to construct electrical installations. F. Forfeiture for Violations: In addition to other penalties provided in this Ordinance, any person convicted of violating this provision shall forfeit his license and it shall thereafter be void. It may be renewed after a waiting period ' of one year and then only after the Master Electrician has successfully passed a Master Electrician' s examination and has paid the license fee ' of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the following year or fraction thereof. G. Filing Information: All Master Electricians shall file their correct addresses, telephone numbers and changes of address with the Secretary of the Board. E POtric�_3r�: A. Application: !Fee: A person desiring an Industrial Electrician's license shall make ' application for the issuance of a license to the Secretary. Exami- nation shall be held at the regular meeting periods. The application shall be presented to the Secretary of the Board and shall be accompanied by a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) . ' B. Examination: The applicant shall submit himself to an examination given by the ' Board. The examination shall consist of questions concerning electrical installations, the National Electrical Code and other topics related to the occupation of an Industrial Electrician. The applicant must furnish the Secretary conclusive proof of at least four (L.) years •of electrical. experience, which the Boa rd of Electrical Examiners feels is contributory to the gaining of electrical experience con- cerning the type of work which the applicant will be performing. - 1 4 - The Board of Electrical Examiners may consider as adequate experience for this license two (2) years of full time electrical experience in the employ or under the supervision of a Master Electrician or Journey- tman Electrician. Falsification of an experience record shall be justification for the Board's . refusal to grade an examination paper IIor to cancel a license. If a license is cancelled due to falsification of an experience record, Ino refund of any portion of the license fee shall be made. In order for a person to pass an Industrial Electrician' s examination, he must 1 have a grade of seventy (70) or more and meet such other requirements as are stated in this Ordinance. II C. Bonds; License Fee; Issuance; Expiration Date: IIf an applicant is successful in passing the examination, he shall submit to the Secretary of the Board the correct name, location and Itelephone number of the firm, company or corporation by whom he is ' employed, and he shall be employed only by such single firm, company or corporation, and shall not perform any act of installation, repair Ior replacement of any electrical installation, apparatus or device on any other premises except that the license holder shall be eligible IIto serve as an Industrial Electrician for any aligned or comparable IIfirm? company or corporation in which controlling interest is owile3 by the company, firm or corporation employing such licensed Industrial II Electrician. . IA successful applicant shall pay to the Secretary the sum of twenty- five dollars ($25.00) as the first year' s license fee. The twenty- five dollars ($25.00) must be paid within thirty (30) days after the IIgrading of the examination paper and prior to beginning work; otherwise, the examination shall be null and void. In case of failure to pass Ithe examination, an applicant must wait thirty (30) days before being allowed to take another examination, and a waiting period of six (6) Imonths will be required between the second and third examinations and IIbetween all subsequent examinations. The waiting periods commence on - 15 - • • the date the examination paper is graded. The fire of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be required for each examination. If the applicant is successful in passing the exa-:ination, c shall obtain a bond from an approved Surety Company doing, business in the ' State of Texas, in the amount of five thoudand dollars ($5,000) payable to the City of Wichita �alls, Teas, and conditioned upon the applicant's strict and faithful compliance with this Ordinance. Said bond must be furnished by a firm having a representative in the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. Which bond shall bear as principal the successful applicant and such Surety Company and shall be signed by the successful applicant and which bone gust be delivered to the City of Wichita Falls, Texas within thirty (30) days prior to beginning of any work; otherwise, the examination shall be null and void. Qualified applicants who comply wit: the above provisions shall be issued a license signed by the Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Electrical Examiners to carry on the occupation of Industrial Electri cian. The license shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year. The license shall state the name and location of the company, firm or corporation by whom the holder is employed. The license holder shall be governed by the provisions as prescribed for Master Elect ,iciano, I/ All present and future licenses shall expire each December 31, annually. 1 D. Renewals; Fees: II . The license holder shall have a grace period of thirty (30) days for renewal of such licenses. If licenses are not renewed by 5: 00 ' P.M. on January 31st, the license holder shall be required to take a new examination and pay all applicable fees. The license may be renewed by paying to the Secretary the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) within thirty days after the expiration date of the original license. E. Display: Use; Non-assignable: A license shall be issued to an individual and shall not be assignable. . No person shall engage in the occupation of Industrial Electrician IIwithin the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas without having his license displayed in a prominent place at all times. No Iperson shall allow the use of his Industrial Electrician's license Idirectly or indirectly by any other person, firm, partnership or . corporation for the purpose of obtaining a permit to construct IIelectrical installations. . IA holder of an Industrial Electrician' s license shall be present at all times during the actual construction of electrical installations Ias hereafter prescribed for Industrial Electricians and shall be IIresponsible for maintenance men, trainees and helpers working under his supervision under the penalties provided in this Ordinance. IAn Industrial Electrician may make any installations, repairs and Ireplacements of any electrical apparatus, device or equipment within or on the premises of which he has listed with the Secretary of the IBoard, except that he may not make any installations which will be covered or concealed by the finish of the building or structure. II - F. Forfeiture for Violations:' IIIn addition to the panelty provided in this Ordinance, any person I convicted of violating this provision shall forfeit his license and • it shall thereafter be void. It may be renewed after a waiting period Iof one (1) year and then only after the Industrial Electrician has successfully passed an Industrial Electrician's examination and has IIpaid the license fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the following year or fraction thereof. • II Section IV. Journeyman Electrician: A. Application; Fee: IIA person desiring a Journeyman Electrician' s license shall be a citizen of the United States, reached the age of twenty-one (21) IIyears, and shall make application for the issuance of a license to the Secretary. Examinations shall be held at the regular me; tin - 17 - . ... periods. The application shall be presented to the Secretary of the • Board and shall be accompanied by a fee of five dollars ($5.00) . B. Temporary Uorkincr Permit: On or after the date a person has applied for a Journeyman Electrician' s f- examination, he may secure from the Secretary, without charge, a temporary permit on which. he may operate for thirty (30) days or fluntil his examination paper is graded, whichever covers the shorter period of time. Should a person secure a temporary permit to work I [7 • as a Journeyman Electrician and should he fail in the examination, he .Im , shall not be issued another temporary permit. C : C. Examination: The applicant shall submit himself to a written and oral examination prepared by the Board. The examination shall consist of questions concerning electrical installations, the National Electrical Code f: and other topics related to the conclusive proof of at least four (4) years actual experience, giving dates, locations, and the employer' s • name in the installation of electrical materials, and equipment or fthe equivalent thereof to the satisfaction of the Board of Examiners. This experience shall include but not, be limited to the installation ri of the electrical materials, and equipment, or the equivalent thereof, in or on private; re do ti al, oomieroial, industrial, and publ.i o properties. Falsification of an experience record shall be justification ffor refusal to give an examination or to cancel a license. If a license is cancelled due to falsification of an experience record, no refund or any portion of the license fee shall be made. r" In order for a person to pass a Journeyman Electrician' s examination, flhe must have a grade of seventy (70) or more and meet such other requirements as are stated in this Ordinance. f D. License Fee; Issuance; Expiration Date: A successful applicant shall be issued a license signed by the Secretary - 18 - • and Chairman of the .Board of Examiners to carry on the occupation of a Journeyman Electrician for the remainder of the calendar year without further charge. In case of failure to pass the examination, an applicant must wait sixty (60) days before being permitted to take another examination, and a waiting period of six (6) months will flbe required between the second and third examinations and between all flsubsequent examinations. The waiting periods commence on the date of the examination. The fee of five dollars $5.00 will be required flfor each examination. r. . Qualified applicants who comply with the above provisions shall be issued a license. te carry on the occupation of Journeyman Electrician. rThe license shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year. All present and future licenses shall expire each December 31st ' r, annually. E. Renewal; Fee: • The license may be renewed by paying to the Secretary the sum of • L"' two dollars ($2.00) not later than the 31st day January of Januar of each . f: year. If a license is not renewed prior to the 31st day of January, it shall thereafter be. void. fl F. Display; Use Non-assignable: A license shall be issued to an individual and shall not be assignable. INo person shall engage in the occupation of Journeyman Electrician within the City of Wichita Falls without having his license on his il , person at all times. 0 No person shall allow the use of his Journeyman Electrician' s fl license, directly or indirectly,.by any other person for the purpose of constructing electrical installations. In addition to the penalty 17 . provided in._this. Ordinance, any person convicted of violating this provision shall forfeit his license and it shall thereafter be void. 17 It may be renewed only after a waiting period of one (1) year and then only after he .has successfully passed a Journeyman Electrician' s .] r rni.nai;.ion and has paid the fee of five dollars ($5.00) for the r )a.inder of the calendar year. 19 - Section V. Apprentices; Trainees or Helpers: A. Supervision: Apprentices, trainees or helpers shall .be supervised in the presence of a Master Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Journeyman Electri- cian or a Maintenance Electrician at all times. Nothing shall I _ justify an apprentice electrician in performing any phase of electrical f" installations unless a Master Electrician, Industrial Electrician, • Journeyman Electrician or Maintenance Electrician is actually present 0 during such installation. Section VI. Maintenance Electrician: A. Registration; Examination: 1..: A person desiring to be employed as a Maintenance Electriciar.�: shall register with the Secretary of the Board of Electrical Examiners I f* setting forth the name; address and type of business of his employer, E: the record of his experience, of not less than two (2) years actual experience in the electrical field. The applicant shall submit himself I: to a written and oral examination by the Board. In order for a person to pass a Maintenance Electrician' s examination,' he must have a grade r: of seventy (70) or more and meet such other requirements as are stated [7. . in this Ordinance. Falsification of the report shall be justification for the Board' s refusal to register a Maintenance Electrician. 0 B. Fees; Registration; Renewal: f ' There shall be a charge of five dollars ($5.00) for the original . registration and two dollars ($2.00) for each renewal. I . . C. Expiration Date: IAll registration for Maintenance Electricians shall expire at mid- . night on December 31st of each year. I 11 D. Restrictions: f" The Maintenance Electrician shall perform the duties of a Maintenance fElectrician on the premises only of the owner by whom he is employed. f: He shall not perform the duties of a Master Electrician, Industrial dl.cctr. cian or Journeyman electrician as long; as he is a registered Hir;'.r it:iace Hleotr:.cisn. - 20 - . Nothing in this Ordinance shall prevent a Master Electrician, Industrial Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician from performing electrical maintenance on any premises. Maintenance work shall consist of the '^ repair and/or replacement of existing electrical installations and _ apparatus; installation of lighting fixtures, base plugs, and wall switches in limited remodeling, providing that the present City Electrical Code has been complied with and such work has been inspected f: by the Electrical Inspector. This electrical work shall be limited (C) to 150 volts or less. Limited remodeling to be determined by the • enforcing authority. f‘ I • E. Penalty: • • f: Any violation of this requirement shall result in such penalty as provided for in this Ordinance. ARTICLE IV DEFINITIONS • All definitions contained in the National Electrical Code are approved r: and shall be the minimum standard for definitions in the City of 11 . Wichita Falls, Texas. Apprentice Electrician: 7 A person engaged as an apprentice, helper or trainee. rl Approved: flShall mean the conformity with the applicable standards of the National Electrical Code, the Board of Fire Underwriters, the National Electrical Safety Code or approval of the Board of Electrical Examiners' Qof the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. City Council: Shall mean the duly elected Board of Aldermen of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas assembled in a business meeting or executive session. Consumer: One who uses electricity on a premise. • (;nr or atr, Limits i t.s or City Limits: r .. the h For te purpose and scope of this Ordinance mean the current boundary as defined by the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. - 21 - • Current end Currently Where used in these definitions, the words "current!' and "currently" • shall mean as of the time of the matter in question. 7 . : . l,i ec',ri cel. Contractor: The term "Electrical_ Contractor. " ,is defined to mean any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation, who is registered with d (D) the City of Wichita Falls, Texas and who has complied with the requirements for Electrical Contractor as set out herein. ! Fire Limits: That part of the city contained within areas of currently designated fire hazard zones requiring special precautions. • • Industrial Electrician: The term "Industrial Electrician" is defined t9 mean any individual who has complied with the requirements for Industrial Electrician t--1� i as set out herein and who holds a valid Industrial Electrician's license. Journeyman Electrician: IA person holding a valid Journeyman Electrician's license with the ) - City of Wichita Falls, Texas. Maintenance Electrician: ( A person who is registered with the Secretary of the Board of Electrical Examiners as required. Tr 1 , Master Electrician: i ' The term "Master Electrician" is defined to mean any individual who has complied with the requirements for Master Electrician as set (D) out herein and whose business is the act or supervision of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing or maintaining of electrical wiring, devices, appliances or apparatus and who holds a valid Master IElectrician' s license in the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. B - -- - 22 - National.. Electrical Code: Shall mean the latest current edition of the National Electrical Code as recommended by the NationalFire Protection Association and , i I. approved by the American Standards Association and the National Om' Board of Fire Underwriters. a Premise: rA piece of real estate; a house or building and its land; private ror public streets, roadways, parks, alleys, etc. Se cr>.La.ry: `'i Shall mean the current Chief Electrical Inspector who shall be the rSecretary to the Board of Electrical Examiners. ARTICLE V �s GENERAL Section I. Application o.f. Chapter: J All the provisions of this chapter shall apply to all persons, companies, rlcorporations, firms, associations and governmental agencies except as r-. . specifically exempted by written agreements or franchise with the city. r: , Section II. National Electrical Code: In the installation and maintenance of electrical wirin g systems stems and r-, . (E) apparatus, the current edition of the National Electrical Code shall be the minimum requirements permitted within the scope of this Ordinance r- unless otherwise specifically covered herein. fSection III. Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. : All material and apparatus used in electrical installations shall conform rwith applicable standards of the Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. and . rbear the Underwriters' label or have the approval of the Board of Examiners of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. Section IV. Unlawful Installations: flIt shall be unlawful for any person to install or use any electrical apparatus, material, appliances or fixtures for use in connection with wl.rin r: or `iny kind in the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, T 7: s, unless such TTparatus, merl. :.l_s or fixtures meet the require- ment of jhn i1; onr!1 Board of Fre . r r !ricers nn.. hear the er_- writers' label, or unless the Board of Examiners issues a special qualification. - 23 - ARTICLE VI INSTALLATIONS Section I. Loose Wiring Prohibited: No person, company, firm, partnership or corporation shall permit pieces of wire to be left on the surface of buildings, in streets, alleys or r: roadways or dead ends to dangle from poles or buildings or in any manner leave old or new wire in a condition that is dangerous to life and fproperty. ISection II. Interference: Inspection Tap;; Responsibility of Contractor: It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any electric wiring being installed on any premise or in any building during rconstruction. In inspecting the electrical wiring of any building or premise, the Electrical Inspector shall leave a tag or notice attached Ito service entrance switch. This notice shall state clearly whether the wiring is approved or is to be kept open for further inspection, no f.� person shall lath, seal or in any manner conceal any wiring until they r: have been informed that such wiring has been approved by the Electrical Inspector. The general contractor or owner shall be held responsible for any violation of this Section and shall be liable to the penalties provided herein. f' Section III. Clearance Required to Connect or Disconnect Service: l.. It hall be unlawful for any person or any Public Service Company serving [i the City of Wichita Falls to connect electricity to any premise of any nature, h..kind or descri tion s without first fit bbtainin g a clearance from the Electrical Inspector' s Department. Whenever service is discontinued to a any building and/or premise (except private residences and duplex apartments where service is carried over for a continuing occupancy, or I: . non-payment of bill) a clearance will be necessary before reconnecting. This shall mean anytime a premise is vacated the Electrical Inspector must I* satisfy himself that no code violation exists. There will be no charge made for a clearance covering such premises and clearances will be r7 as often as necessary. • Sction TV. iliriin(r Methods: A. 'ire Wl rinn on all premises and in all buildings hereafter erected, and all additions to existing buildings in the fire limits of the City - 24 - of Wichita Falls, Texas, shall be installed in a rigid iron conduit, steel tube or metal molding system where allowed. All changes or (F) additions to wiring within the fire limits of the City of Wichita Li Falls shall be a continuous metal conduit system and twenty ampere capacity wire shall be the minimum size conductor used, except low 0 voltage conductors. [ B. Sub-feeders: All' sub-feeders installed from the service disconnect or distribution rpanel to sub-panels shall be installed in an approved continuous metal 0 conduit system. [1 C. Mercantile; Commercial; Public Assembly: All buildings hereafter erected for mercantile or commercial ose ur P P F.; and all buildings used for public assmebly such as, but not limited to, grain elevators, filling stations, refineries, commercial garages, [1 churches, schools, dormitories, apartments, rooming houses, hotels, [... . hospitals, clinics and residences for more than one family within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, shall have all 0 electric wiring for any purpose installed in a complete and continuous metal conduit system and the minimum conductor size shall be twenty 0 (F) ampere capacity, except low voltage conductors. [I D. Flexible Metallic Conduit: Flexible metallic conduit may be used in locations as permitted by 0 the National Electrical Code, except as herein restricted. Flexible [1 metallic conduit, 3/8" minimum diameter, will be permitted on new flwork only in installing door switches and window lighting where rigid iron conduit or steel tube cannot be used practically and will be permitted on old residences or where rigid iron or steel I: . tube conduit is not practical. rE. Underground Installations: All conduits underground shall be rigid galvanized conduit or approved raceway and EMT shall not be permitted underground. For light and power, all underground service conduit shall be a minimum size of two inches (2") internal diameter. ' - 25 - Installation of underground branch circuit cable (Type UF) ,hall (G) comply with the provisions of the current edition of the National Electrical Code, as specifically approved. r . Underground branch circuit cable may be used, including direct burial in the earth, as branch circuit cable when provided with overcurrent . protection not in excess of the rated current carrying capacity ing y o N y of r . the individual conductors. Single conductor cable shall not be installed under any circumstance. The conductor, Type UF cable, with one conductor grounded securely to all metal portions of the r circuit, may be buried directly in the earth, at the minimum depth of eighteen inches (l8"), and shall have a supplementary mechanical [1 . protection of a covering board overlapped twelve inches (l2"), where abutting, and of a minimum one inch (1") thick and six inches [I: (6") wide. rThis type cable is approved solely for use in residential areas, and for residential home use, and is to be exclusively restricted to the iloutside installation of area lighting and general purpose receptacles. f.: ' i This approval is not to be construed to allow the connection of motors or similar type permanent electrical installations. 0 This type cable shall not be used (1) as service entrance cable, (2) . [ . in commercial garages, (3) in theaters, (4) in motion picture studios,• (5) in storage battery rooms, (6) in hoistways, (7) in hazardous fl : locations, (8) embedded in poured cement, concrete or aggregate, nor I.: (9) in air void in masonry block or tile walls, nor (10) in shallow chases in masonry, concrete or plaster walls, nor (11) in similar El ' types of concealment. r: Direct burial cable, when not installed in raceways, shall be installed in pre-inspected trenches at a minimum depth of eighteen E inches (l8") below the finished grade. If the trench bottom is not of a smooth, even soil, it shall be covered with a two inch (2") soil fill to protect the cable against sharp objects. The soil fill mlyadjacent to the covering board shall be free of all foreign or sharp object . The cable small be protected, at the point of entry and exit or tLL trench, by rigid metal conduit extending to a minimum depth of twelve inches (12") below the surface of the finished grade. - 26 - F. Threaded R.i gid Steel Conduit: The use of threaded rigid steel conduit is approved for all instal- lations, including embedding in concrete and direct burial in soil. r / G. Thin Wall Conduit: The use of thin wall conduit is approved for 'all.Code installations with the express exclusion of embedding in concrete and direct burial • in soil. r: H. Aluminum Rigid Conduit: The use of aluminum rigid conduit is approved for installation in all locations that galvanized rigid iron conduit may be used with f] the express exclusion of embedding in concrete and direct burial in soil, or the use as mast p oles.• [: I. Open Wire on Insulators: [i Open wiring on insulators as a wiring method, and wiring supported • on cleats, shall not- be permitted. J. Armoured Cable (BX): Use of armoured cable (BX) is prohibited. • r %Section V. In General: A. Buildings Weathered in Before Wiring Installed: lii wiring shall floc be ihstalled inside Cf �u �ding5 `anti. the interior of such buildings have. been physically protected from 17 the weather. • a B. Equipment Out of Doors: Equipment installed out of doors shall be approved for the location without the use or need of supplementary sheds, enclosures, or any fiother improvised or accessory protective coverings. C. Buildings Moved Into City: Wiring in any buildings moved into the City Limits of Wichita Falls, fi J Texas shall be installed in the manner prescribed for its classification as to use or occupancy. 0. r i nr to h_ Ca 2l et,ed Before Service Connected: Buildings, dwellings, and premises shall be wholly and completely wired, equipped, and approved for permanent electrical service before - 27 - connecting to or being supplied by a source or supply of electricity. • Temporary connection to a permanent service installation may be made by proper application to the office of Electrical Inspector. TR E. Temporary Lighting end Power Installations:ions: F. ' Temporary lighting and power installations on premises which are used for the display of merchandise or for public or private gatherings I: . : shall have all wiring and equipment completed before connection is r: made to the temporary service equipment by the electricity supply agency. All such wiring shall meet clearance requirements and all ETother requirements of this Ordinance. r' Section VI: Specifics: A. Residence: . 1. Branch Circuit: All residence branch circuit conductors shall be 20 ampere Icapacity and shall be protected by 20 ampere circuit breakers 1.: or 20 ampere fuses of the tamper proof type. Larger branch circuit protectors will be allowed only on special appliance acircuits using attaching cords equal to branch circuit conductor capacity. r* 2. Receptacle Outlets: f: . In residential occupancies, at least one approved receptacle [.... outlet shall be installed in each twelve (12) feet of wall space or major fraction thereof; after door openings have been fdeducted, in each wall other than .in hallways and outside . unenclosed' porches; and at least one (1) fixed. lighting fixture , 0or lampholder shall be installed in each kitchen, bathroom, • [i toilet, laundry, pantry, garage, store room, or other room not likely to be lighted with floor lamps. 3. icF n R Receptacles: A kitchen must have a minimum of two (2) circuits supplying f.! receptacle outlets only, with a limit of four (4) openings on reach circuit. These circuits may be extended to the pantry, laundry, dining room and breakfast room. - 28 - 4. Fnturn fli_rcu .ts: In all residential installations of more than three circuit loads, one three wire 20 ampere capacity circuit shall be run to the attic and terminated in an outlet box made accessible for future (F) use, and a 2 pole circuit space shall be left in the panel. These circuits shall be calculated at 9 ampere each. In the event that r: the attic space is not accessible, said future circuits shall be extended underneath the floor and made accessible as stated above. Where attic or underfloor space is not accessible said future circuits shall be run to an accessible opening approved by the Electrical Inspector. n 5. Determining Load: In determining the load on the watts-per-square-foot basis for residences, not less than three (3) watts-per-square-foot shall be installed in addition. to appliance circuits. B. Services: 1. Service Heads: Service heads shall be installed not less than ten (10) feet, six (6) inches, nor more than twenty-two (22) feet above the ground and so situated that they shall not be within reach from any porch or stair landing, and if practicable shall afford direct unobstructed space for stringing service drops without the necessity of such drops passing over the property of others than the owner of the ro ert P P y being served. 2. Service Drops: Service drop conductors shall be installed in such a manner that a minimum clearance is maintained of not less than twenty-two (22) l feet above public streets; eighteen (18) feet above alleys, parking lots and private driveways other than residential driveways; twelve (12) feet above residential driveways and walks; and ten (10) feet above the ground or platform at the point of attachment. Service drops and service drop racks or insulators shall not be secured I to the surface of roof tops. I 3. Installations of More Than Two Circuits: All installations of more than two circuits shall have three wire service and all service wires shall be installed in iron conduit or steel tube from the service entrance to service disconnect switch. - 29 - 4. Total Load Connected: The total load connected to service entrance conductors after r approved demand factors have been applied shall not exceed 8Gf of the rated current-carrying capacity of service entrance conductors. f" C. Over Current Devices: 1. Location of: Over current devices shall not be installed in bath rooms or kitchens and shall be readily accessible. r4 2. Tie-Bars: Tie-bars used to connect circuit breakers together shall be of • a type designed for and approved for the purpose; nails, wires and similar improvisions shall not be used in lieu of approved bars. w D. Conductors: • fl1. Branch Circuit Load: The total load connected to a branch circuit shall not exceed 80% of the rated current-carrying capacity of the circuit. 2. Supplying Ranges: Conductors supplying outlets for ranges of other than the built- tJ in type shall be of sufficient size for the range connected, but (F) in no case shall they be smaller than 50 ampere capacity for phase wires and 40 ampere capacity for neutrals. I: E. Circuits: f: 1. Appliances, 6 Ampere or More: Any electrical appliance rated at six (6) amperes or more shall f". ° be supplied by a separate individual circuit. [I 2. Limitation of Outlets: Not more than six (6) current consuming outlets shall be wired f: on any one circuit. Where general illumination in stores, ware- • houses, store rooms, offices and places of public assembly is provided by means of flourescent lighting fixtures exclusively the maximum load shall not exceed 1680 watts per circuit. - 30 - For self-serving laundries not more than one outlet per circuit (F) of C1-41.mpere capacity wire will be permitted, and each such outlet shall be provided with an individual grounding type receptacle. 17' F. Grounciin;7: 1. Method: 1 Grounding shall conform to the current edition of the National Electrical Code. Service grounds shall have a maximum of 25 f" ohms resistance. The point of attachment of the grounding clamp must be accessible. f: 2. Noncurrent-Carrying Parts: • All metal noncurrent-carrying parts and enclosures of electrical ` ' equipment shall be grounded if within reach from the ground or from any grounded object. A distance of eight (8) feet vertically and five (5) feet horizontally shall be deemed out of reach. [: . 3. Receptacles: • All receptacles shall be of the grounding type and shall be grounded according to latest edition of National Electrical Code. Receptacles of more than 150 volts between conductors or to ground shall be the grounding type and polorized and shall be effectively grounded regardless of location. f: • G. Car Lots: 1. Requirements: (H) On lighting for new or used car lots, and similar usage, steel 0 • • supporting wire not smaller than No. 10 gauge shall be used. rl . At the lowest point said wires shall not be less than twelve (12) feet above the ground in normal pedestrian areas; twelve (12) feet riover sidewalks; and eighteen (18) feet over driveways. Not more than twenty (20) outlets per circuit shall.be permitted. H. Mobile Homes: 1. Requirements: For mobile trailer parks, all service wires and meter loops shall be three wires and shall have three (3) pole solid neutral sa i y ..;witci es with popPr fuses. All secondary service from • - 31 - • the main bus line to the trailer outlet shall be three wire (F) minimum 60 ampere capacity and shall have. 60 ampere three (3) pole solid neutral fused safety switches for each trailer. All I, . such wires shall be at least ten feet (l0' ) above the ground at the lowest point. I . Each trailer parking space shall be provided with a 5/8" x 8'0" I: . • ' minimum'ground rod driven full depth in the center of the parking track and shall be securely connected to the trailer during f' occupancy. 1: Mobile home trailer parks shall be wired with weatherproof •r7 fittings and equipment. Such equipment shall include for each trailer a 60 am ere 3-wire switch or a 50 ampere, 3-wire circuit p � � I . breaker and a receptacle so designed that a weatherproof, rain- tight grounding type attachment cap of 50 ampere capacity whether f: ' three-wire or four-wire, can be inserted into the receptacle. 2. Not in Trailer Parks: • Individual trailers, not utilizing trailer park facilities, shall ' be wired as a pre-fabricated building. . 1 fl : I. Bell Ringing Transformers: 1, Requirements: . Bell ringing transformers must be placed in approved metal cabinet I • boxes and made accessible, and fused not to exceed 3 amperes. • This shall mean that transformers may be installed in distribution i<, cabinets if desired. • r: ARTICLE VII r.. PERMITS "' Section I. Required: MIM No person, company, firm, partnership or corporation shall begin work on • any electrical installation within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, without first securing a permit from the office . _ ii of the Electrical Inspector; provided, however, that no permit shall be required for minor work such as repairing flush switches, replacing i'usr!s, crsin«-i.nic lamp soc;: ts and receptacles. Permits will be issued to . - 32 - such Master Electrician who qualifies under the provisions of this (I) Ordinance or to his duly authorized representatives, and to home owners who qualify as set forth herein. When a qualified person, company, firm, rpartnership or corporation or a homeowner fails to obtain a permit before commencing work on such job, such person, company, firm, partnership or corporation becomes liable for double charge for the permit and/or other penalties 'as set forth in this Ordinance. { 17 . No electrical installation work shall be done by an Industrial Electrician without having first obtained a permit from the office of Electrical Inspector, provided; however, that no permit shall be required for minor [7, work such as repairing flush switches; replacing fuses, changing lamp I: • sockets and receptacles or any work which comes under the classification of maintenance work as described herein. When the holder of such a license f.J fails to obtain a permit for a job before commencing work on such job, such person becomes liable for a double charge for the permit and other P enalties as set out in this Ordinance. • fi Section II. Idsuance: . [I Home owners and holders of licenses shall make application fora permit to the Electrical Inspector or to his representative. Upon proper • 0 application for apermit and after payment of the required inspection T... fees, the Electrical Inspector, or his representative, shall issue the i applicant a permit for the proposed installation. [ , Section III. ' Home Owner' s Affidavit: [I Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the issuance of permits to owners of single unit dwellings for repair work or additions in such fsingle unit dwellings, provided that said owner lives in single unit , dwelling and further that he complies with the provisions as set out herein before, and all other applicable provisions of this Ordinance and signs the required affidavit when applying for permit. [.: In the case, of a home owner' s permit, he shall also sign an affidavit .0showing ownership of the property and his bonafide intention to live therein and that he has not secured a home owner' s permit within the last two (2) years, prior to such application. The affidavit shall also stn that the home owner will perform all of the electrical construction without any physical assistance from anyone except members of his immediate . - 33 - • family living in his household. A home owner' s permit shall apply to • single unit residential property only and only then if he lives in the • unit. A home owner shall not install wiring in any portion of a duplex, 17 triplex, apartment, commercial, retail, industrial or any rental property of any nature. I: . Section IV. ompeion o f Work Sto pp flWhenever a permit holder desires to complete any work which has been stopped for any reason herein before listed and such permit holder has Icomplied with the provisions of this Ordinance, then no additional fee will be charged for that portion of the work for which a fee has been paid. • Section V. Temporary: f: Permits may be granted for temporary services to any licensed Master rElectrician or Industrial Electrician for a predetermined and limited time by application for a temporary permit and the payment of proper f: inspection fee. • The application shall state time required for temporary service. Temporary service installations shall generally conform to attached Drawing No. 1. fAny temporary service installation that does not fully conform to Code 0 specifications shall not be approved by the Electrical Inspector. Inspection fees shall be the same as for a standard installation. rThe Electrical Inspector may cause the electric supply company to dis connect any temporary service promptly on the expiration date of each temporary permit after proper written notification. Section VI. Additional Work: [14_ Additional work during construction and before final inspections may be added to the original permit as an add on at the•regular item price I: by obtaining and paying for an add. on permit. ARTICLE VIII • INSPECTIONS rSection I. Required: tsThere shall be a rough-in inspection where required and a final inspection of each installation. For rough-in inspection the permit holder whose in;;t:a.11u.l:ion is ready. for in ,pect:i on, shall allow the Electrical Inspector' s office thirty (30) hours, holidays recognized by the City of Wichita • - 34 - excepted, before proceeding with work or installation or concealing such I work or installations. The same notice shall be given for a final inspection. Section TT. Reinspection: . \ When any electrical work covered by this Ordinance is reported to the Electrical Inspector as ready for final inspection and upon such inspection, the electrical work does not meet all requirements of this Ordinance, the permit electrician shall be notified by telephone and tag of the defects existing, and he shall correct such defects promptly and request a 4..J reinspection to the Electrical Inspector; and the permit holder shall f. pay an additional fee of three dollars ($3.00) for each reinspection required 'before final approval is given. f: . If for reason of faulty work, negligence or omission, changes or additions fare required by the Inspector or if an incorrect address is given on the permit necessitating an additional trip by the Inspector, a reinspection . C permit must be taken out and a charge of three dollars ($3.00) will be • made for each extra trip. This rule shall not apply where periodiceinspection is required during progress of construction. • 0 Section III. Concealed Wiring and Apparatus: Where electric wiring or apparatus is to be hidden from view by permanent f: , placement of parts of building or otherwise concealed; the permit Cholder shall notify the Inspector and have an inspection made, and such. wiring or apparatus shall not be concealed by any person until it (7 has been inspected and approved. IIn the event such wiring and apparatus has been concealed, the Electrical Inspector may require the removal of such concealing parts for inspections and require a reinspection permit and fee. I: Section IV. Fees: A. Required: Fees required by this section shall be as listed below and shall he for all new electric.7. work, repairs, renewals and additions. - 35 - • The minimum fee for any electrical work at the same time and place shall be two dollars (x$''2.00) . B. Deposits: Tol All permit fees may be paid at the time:ithe permit is issued except In • (j) that Master Electricians or Industrial Electricians may pay in advance their requirements for thirty days with a minimum deposit of one hundred dollars ($100.00) paid to the Electrical Inspector' s office. a The Master Electrician or Industrial Electrician using deposit system shall at all times maintain a credit balance with the Electrical • [: Inspection Department. Master Electricians or Industrial Electricians who maintain such credit balance.may phone in their permit require- 0 ments to the Electrical Inspection Department. • C. Temporary: fl . Temporary inspection fees shall be the same as for a standard installation. • D. Reinspection: •0 A charge of three dollars ($3.00) will be made for each reinspection. E. Charges: • Meter Loop: 0 100 amperes or lee@ en-ranoo equiphent9 each • m ® a 41,00 Over 100 amperes through 200 amperes 2.00 Current transformer type service 5.00 11 • Outlets: All outlets, each $0.15 0 Fixtures: rl ' Where fixtures, drop lights, switches or hot plugs on either open or concealed work are installed by another person than flthe original permit holder;• inspection fees of fifteen • cents (15¢) each shall be charged for all such fixtures, etc. fl Motors: Fractional H.P. , each $0.2.5 1 H.P. and less than 2 H.P. , each $1.50 2 H.P. and less than 5 H.P. , each $2.00 5 H.P. and less than 10 H.P. , each $3.00 10 H.P. and less than 25 H.P. , each $4.00 25 H.P. and over, each $5.00 - 36 - Renters: Dryers (electrically heated) , each $1.00 Water, each $1.00 • Room, each $0.50 f: • Ranges or Cooking Units: Each $1.00 f: Signs: Incandescent, per circuit $1.00 Neon, per circuit $1.00 Transformers (not neon or low voltage) : /0 KVA ©r te47, . ei9dh $2.00 o%'R fa: K VA, eACN -- - - ; 3.00 Panels: [1 10 circuits or less (other than dwellings), each - - - $1.00 Over 10 circuits (other than dwellings), each $1.50 Circuits: Circuit connection for sign, each $1.00 To neon transformer, not included in permanent sign, first transformer $1.00 Each additional transformer $0.50 Circuit wiring only for equipment to be connected by others (in other than dwelling). • • No. 1 A.W.G. or smaller, each $0.50 Larger than No. 1 wire, each $1.00 Motion Picture Machines: " flEach $3.00 • Elevators: Control panel and control wiring for three floors or less, each $2.50 Control wiring, -each added floor $0.50 Transformer type, each $1.00 - 37 - • Carnivals, Circuses end Fairs: Each concession $1.00 Each generator $5.00 ETRewiring: Same as new installation. Other Electric Work: f: When fees are not set up herein, the Electrical Inspector shall, with Board approval, set fees that are consistent with fees named hereinbefore. • ARTICLE IX PENALTIES Any person, company, firm, partnership or corporation violating any of 11 • the terms or provisions of this Ordinance, shall be guilty of a mis- demeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in a sum not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00) . Each day that any person, company, ' firm, partnership or corporation shall continue to violate, or fail to comply with a provision of this Ordinance, shall constitute a separate efonn and bg p liPhab: as Much/ UpQa Qo vict:ion of th@ seoont vicag,ion r] of this Ordinance by a person, as that term is defined herein, in addition to a fine, if the offending person holds an occupational license from the City of Wichita Falls, the Board of Electrical Examiners, acting as the Electrical Appeals Board shall, if it deems necessary or:'.desirable, hold f] a public hearing for the purpose of determining whether or not said person' s license should be revoked, If the Board of Electrical Examiners then determines that the license should be revoked, it shall thereafter fibe void and vest no rights for a period of not less than twelve (12) months from the date of the public hearing. His license may be reinstated only by 'his successfully passing another examination and paying the appropriate fee. Upon conviction of a third violation, in addition to the fine, he shall be barred permanently from working as a Master Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Journeyman Electrician or Maintenance Electrician within the corporate limits of the City of Wichita Falls. If for any reason, a Master Electrician' s, Industrial Electrician' s, . Journeyman Electrician' s or a Maintenance Electrician' s license is revoked, no portion of the license fee will be refunded. - 38 - ARTICLE X SPECIAL CLAUSES Section I. Exemptions: IAll the provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to all persons, companies, firms, partnerships or corporations and governmental agencies except n I as specifically exempted by written agreements or franchise with the r] City of Wichita Falls,. Texas. Section II: Savings Clause: ' `� The invalidity of any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence> clause, r: phrase, word or words shall not invalidate any other part of this Ordinance. It is the intention of the 'City Council in enacting this [1 ' Ordinance that the provisions are separable and no .provisions hereof shall become inoperative or fail by reason of the invalidity of any r other P rovision. QSection III. Directions to Publish: fThis Ordinance constitutes a digest and revision of the Electrical Ordinances of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, and the City Manager . of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, is hereby directed to publish this Ordinance in pamphlet form for general distribution to the public [: at a nominal fee. fSection TV. Repeaiin of Ordinane: . Ordinance No. 2022 and all other prior Ordinances or parts thereof K and all other subsequent Ordinances or parts thereof in conflict here- � ) q P riwith are hereby repealed. This Ordinance shall be cited as the 1967 Electrical Code of the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. 11 : , PASSED AND APPROVED THIS THE off/L/ 1 day of 1967. [ . . r / 4 • /✓I Ay0g . [1 ., ArrEsr 4-..rte.- • CITY CI E R lc . - 39 -