CHAPTER IV. BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONCHAPTER IV. BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION\ARTICLE 3. ELECTRICAL CODE

For the purpose of this article, the words and phrases used herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary.

(a)   Approved shall mean approved by the chief building official, the electrical inspector or his or her designee.

(b)   Authorized person shall mean any individual, firm or corporation who or which is permitted under the provisions of this article to do the work as permitted under the specified provisions of this article.

(c)   City shall mean the territory within the corporate limits of this city.

(d)   Conductor shall mean a wire or cable or other form of metal suitable for carrying the electric current or potential.

(e)   Electrical construction or installation shall mean and include all work and materials used in installing, maintaining or extending a system of electrical wiring and all appurtenances, apparatus or equipment used in connection therewith, inside or attached to any building, structure, lot or premises, except industrial plants where fulltime maintenance is provided and other agencies providing inspections of installations and facilities. Electrical construction shall not be held to mean or include any of the excepted activities specified in the 2005 National Electric Code.

(f)    Equipment shall mean conductors, materials, fittings, devices, appliances, fixtures, apparatus, motors and the like, used as a part of or in connection with an electrical installation.

(g)   Inspector shall mean the chief building official or his or her designee.

(h)   Person shall mean a natural person, his or her heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, and also includes a firm, partnership or corporation, its or their successors, assigns, or the agent of any of the aforesaid.

(i)    Special permission shall mean the written consent of the chief building official or his or her designee.

(j)    Special ruling shall mean a written ruling filed in the office of the chief building official or his or her designee.

(Code 1998; Code 2009)

There is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the installation of electrical wiring and apparatus, the National Electrical Code [including Chapter 9- Tables; and Annex Chapters A, B, C, D, F, G, H, I], 2011 Edition, such code being made a part of the ordinances and code of the city as if the same had been set out in full herein, all as authorized and in the manner prescribed by K.S.A. 12-3009 through 12-3012 including any amendments thereto.  At least one copy of the National Electrical Code shall be marked or stamped “Official Copy as Incorporated by the Code of the City of De Soto,” and shall be filed with the city clerk to be open to inspection and available to the public at all reasonable hours of business.

(Ord. 820; Ord. 2185; Code 2009; Ord. 2320)

The following sections of this article are in addition to, or are revisions of, the standard codes incorporated by reference in section 4-302:

(a)   90.2.A.5 Covered. In addition to the requirements of this code, the service supplying any structure must be installed to meet “Westar Energy’s – Service Standards Specifications”.

(b)   210.12 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection. Add the following sentence to first paragraph of “(A) Dwelling Units”: For these purposes, a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm shall not be considered an outlet and shall not be included in the arc-fault circuit. Also, add Exception 4 to read: This section will not apply where existing dwelling unit premises wiring circuits make the application of this section impracticable, as determined by the building official.

Informational Note:  One example of the application of this exception is where the existing dwelling unit utilizes a listed panelboard for which there is no listed device for the application of AFCI protection for a multi-wire branch circuit.

(c)   250.52 Grounding electrodes. Add the following paragraph: Where none of the electrodes specified in Section 250.52 is available, two or more of the electrodes specified in 250.52 (5) shall be used. They shall be connected in the manner specified in Section 250.53 to a minimum of two separate grounding electrode conductors.

(d)   547.5(E) Physical Protection. Add the following sentence to the end of this paragraph: All electrical wiring and equipment subject to physical damage by livestock shall be protected to a minimum height of 8 feet.

(Ord. 2185; Code 2009; Ord. 2320)

The building official or his or her authorized designee shall be responsible for the administration and enforcement of this article and if necessary, appointment of an electrical inspector in accordance with section 4-204 of this chapter, which shall apply in a like manner to this article.

(Code 2009)

(a)   Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any electrical construction as defined in section 4-301 within the city without an electrical permit being first obtained therefore from the city clerk, after approval by the chief building official or his or her duly authorized assistant. The application for such permit shall be made and the permit obtained before any electrical construction work is commenced.

(b)   No electrical permit shall be required for any of the following:

(1)   The replacement of lamps, fuses, bulbs or the connection of portable electrical equipment to suitable permanently installed receptacles and replacement of receptacles and switches, lighting fixtures and apparatus where no changes or alterations are made to the wiring;

(2)   Any work involved in the manufacturing, repair or testing of any electrical equipment or apparatus, but not including any permanent wiring; or

(3)   Any work in industrial establishments where the issuance of electrical permits come under the scope of other agencies.

(Code 1998)

(a)   An electrical permit shall be issued upon an application in writing to the office of city clerk on a form or forms provided for the purpose. This application shall, among other things, disclose the following:

(1)   The name of the owner of the lot or tract of ground;

(2)   The location of the building or structure;

(3)   The electrical construction work proposed;

(4)   The class of occupancy;

(5)   The class of electrical construction;

(6)   The kind of materials to be used;

(7)   The estimated cost of the work;

(8)   The date work will commence;

(9)   Expected date of completion;

(10) Name and address of electrical contractor or contractors doing the work;

(11) Such other information as may be pertinent to the issuance of the required permit.

(b)   An application for an electrical permit shall be signed by the owner or his or her duly authorized agent, or an electrician or electrical contractor licensed by the city. If the application is made by the owner or his or her agent, it shall contain the name or names of the licensed electrician or electrical contractor or contractors doing the work described, or an electrical permit may be issued to the owner upon his or her application disclosing satisfactory evidence that the proposed work will be performed by the owner, himself or herself and not by a licensed electrical contractor, and likewise subject to the final approval of the electrical inspector for work performed.

(c)   Upon approval of the completed application and a determination that a permit should be issued, the chief building official or his or her assistant shall issue a permit to the owner, electrician or electrical contractor authorizing the electrical construction work covered by the application.

(d)   Any permit issued under this section shall be valid and subsisting for a period of not more than six months from the date of issuance unless the permittee shall have commenced, within the period so limited, the electrical construction work authorized by such permit. Electrical construction work commenced, for the purpose of this section, shall mean the beginning of electrical construction work other than the preparation of plans or the letting of an electrical contract.

(Code 1998)

Whenever an application for a electrical permit is made, the chief building official or the electrical inspector may, if he or she finds it necessary to determine whether electrical construction work described in the application will comply with the laws pertaining to such work, require that the applicant file a written description or drawing of the proposed electrical construction as may be prepared for the purpose. If such drawing or description is insufficient for the purposes of determining whether a permit should be issued, the building official may require the applicant to file complete electrical and engineering plans and specifications for such electrical construction, or any part thereof, as may be necessary for the inspector to determine compliance with this article. The filing of such plans and specifications and the approval thereof in connection with an application for a permit shall not in any way affect the authority of the city to deny or issue a permit, or to inspect any electrical construction work for conformity with this article.

(Code 1998)

The fee for an electrical permit shall be imposed as set out in the City’s annual Fee Resolution.

(Code 2009)

A copy of the electrical permit shall be kept on the premises for public inspection during the performance of the work and until the completion of the same. The electrical inspector may require a certified copy of the approved plans to be kept on the premises at all times from the commencement of the work to the completion thereof.

(Code 1998)

Upon the completion of any electrical work covered by this article, it shall be the duty of the person doing such work to notify the electrical inspector and request that it be inspected; after which such work shall be inspected promptly as hereinafter provided.

(Code 1998)

(a)   When any electric equipment is to be hidden from view by the permanent placement of parts of the building, the person, firm or corporation installing the equipment shall notify the building inspector and such equipment shall not be concealed until it has been inspected, approved or authorized by the electrical inspector or until 24 hours, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, shall have elapsed from the time of such notification. On large installations, where the concealment of equipment proceeds continuously, the person, firm or corporation installing the electrical equipment shall give the electrical inspector due notice and inspections shall be made periodically during the progress of the work.

(b)   The electrical inspector shall have the authority to require building contractors to open such work which, in any manner, conceals electrical wiring that has been closed without his or her knowledge or permission, and in no case shall the inspector issue a certificate of approval until satisfied that the work is in accordance with the provisions of this article. The inspector shall also have the right to refuse to issue a certificate of approval on any wiring, that is concealed in such manner that it cannot be fully determined that it has been done in accordance with this article.

(Ord. 820, Sec. 8; Code 1998)

An initial inspection fee shall be imposed as set out in the City’s annual Fee Resolution.

(Ord. 820, Sec. 9; Code 2009)

(a)   When the electrical inspector finds an electrical construction or installation to be in conformity with the provisions of this article, he or she shall issue to the person, firm, or corporation performing the electrical construction work or making the installation, a certificate of approval, with duplicate copy for delivery to the owner, authorizing the use of the installation and connection to the supply of electricity.

(b)   When a certificate of approval is issued authorizing the connection and use of a temporary installation, the certificate shall expire at a time to be stated therein and shall be revocable for cause by the electrical inspector.

(c)   In no case shall certificates of approval be issued on electrical construction, installations or parts of installations where the work installed does not conform to the requirements of this article.

(d)   If, upon inspection, the installation is not found to be fully in conformity with the provisions of this article, the electrical inspector shall immediately notify the person, firm, or corporation performing the electrical construction work or making the installation of the existing defects.

(e)   No certificate of approval shall be issued unless the electric conductor or equipment has been installed in strict conformity with the provisions of this article and unless the electrical construction or installation is made in compliance with nationally approved methods of construction for safety to life and property as herein set forth.

(f)    The electrical inspector shall be deemed the judge of whether the installation of electric conductors and equipment has been made in accordance with the requirements of this article.

(g)   No certificate of approval shall be required for any of the following:

(1)   The replacement of lamps, fuses, bulbs or the connection of portable electrical equipment to suitable permanently installed receptacles and replacement of receptacles and switches, lighting fixtures and apparatus where no changes or alterations are made to the wiring;

(2)   Any work involved in the manufacturing, repair or testing of any electrical equipment or apparatus, but not including any permanent wiring; or

(3)   Any work in industrial establishments where inspections come under the scope of other inspection agencies.

(Code 1998)