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Chapter 8-2
ELECTRICAL CODE

Sections:

8-2-01    Purposes.

8-2-02    Adoption of the Electrical Code of the City of Turlock.

8-2-03    Definitions.

8-2-04    Assistance to inspectors.

8-2-05    Permit: Issuance: Required licenses.

8-2-06    Permit: Issuance to owner.

8-2-07    Special requirements: Residential.

8-2-08    Special requirements: Commercial and industrial buildings.

8-2-09    Exceptions to fees.

8-2-10    Licenses required.

8-2-11    Violation: Misdemeanor.

 

8-2-01 Purposes.

The purposes of this chapter are to provide minimum standards to safeguard life, limb, health, property, and the public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, alteration, repair and quality of materials for electrical work within the City of Turlock.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-02 Adoption of the Electrical Code of the City of Turlock.

The following publications are hereby incorporated herein by reference and adopted by the City of Turlock as the Electrical Code of the City of Turlock, except as expressly amended or superseded by the provisions of this chapter:

California Electrical Code, 2013 Edition, based on the 2011 National Electric Code, including Annex A, B, and C as published by National Fire Protection Association and as adopted by the California Building Standards Commission in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

One (1) copy of said California Electrical Code, certified by the Clerk of said City of Turlock, is on file and will be kept on file for use and examination by the public in the office of the Chief Building Official in said City of Turlock, 156 South Broadway, Turlock, California.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-03 Definitions.

Whenever the following words appear in the California Electrical Code, they shall be deemed to mean as follows:

(a) “Chief Electrical Inspector” shall mean the Chief Building Official or his deputies.

(b) “Residential structures,” as used in this chapter, means single-family and multifamily dwelling units and attached accessory uses only. Convalescent hospitals, rest homes, hotels and motels shall be considered as commercial.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-04 Assistance to inspectors.

Upon reasonable advance notice being given to the Building Division, the contractor shall furnish the necessary help and equipment to assist the inspector to inspect the work done. This help shall be provided during normal working hours of the trade involved and in a reasonable length of time proportionate to the size of the job.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-05 Permit: Issuance: Required licenses.

No permit shall be issued to any person to do or cause to be done any electrical work regulated by this chapter, except to a person holding a valid unexpired and unrevoked California electrical contractor’s license and City contractor’s business license, except when and as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-06 Permit: Issuance to owner.

Any permit required by this chapter may be issued to any person to do any electrical work regulated by this chapter in the event that person is the bona fide owner of any such buildings.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-07 Special requirements: Residential.

(a) Not more than ten (10) outlets shall be permitted on any lighting circuit on No. 14 AWG copper wire.

(b) Where the service conduit is extended to furnish a support for the service drop wires, only rigid conduit of not less than one and one-fourth (1-1/4") inch trade size may be used and shall not extend more than thirty (30") inches beyond the last support.

(c) Substandard service equipment shall be brought up to standard on any and all remodeling jobs or in any case where additional wiring is installed.

(d) On panel and switchboard all circuits shall be identified by means of painting or other approved methods. Type S (nontamperable) fuses shall be required in all new fuse panels and in existing installations showing evidence of overfusing.

(e) Except with special permission of the Chief Building Official, service entrance conductors shall be copper and not less than No. 2 for one hundred (100) amperes and No. 4/0 for two hundred (200) amperes.

(f) All temporary power pole services shall be at least fifty (50) ampere capacity with properly protected outlets.

(g) Dishwashers and garbage disposals shall be each wired on an individual circuit with No. 12 copper wire with twenty (20) ampere receptacles.

(h) All residential receptacle circuits shall be wired with No. 12 AWG copper conductors.

(i) A maximum of eight (8) receptacles and/or fixed outlets on each residential circuit shall be allowed.

(j) Bell transformers shall not be installed in attics.

(k) Electrical subpanels may not be installed over any plumbing fixture or in bathrooms or in clothes closets.

(l) Service equipment shall be located on the outside of all dwellings. The outer end of the service raceway shall be terminated where it is accessible to the serving agency.

(m) Where nonmetallic sheathed cable is used all grounding on noncurrent carrying metal parts of fixed equipment shall be done by means of a grounding conductor running in the same cable with the circuit conductors.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-08 Special requirements: Commercial and industrial buildings.

(a) Convenience outlets in commercial installations shall be wired with not less than No. 12 AWG copper wire with a maximum of ten (10) outlets per circuit.

(b) On panel and switchboards, all circuits shall be identified by means of painting or other approved methods. Type S (nontamperable) fuses shall be required in all new fuse panels and in existing installations showing evidence of overfusing.

(c) Portable type neon signs, phonographs, pinball machines, merchandise dispensers and the like shall be wired with not more than six (6') feet of flexible cord.

(d) Electrical subpanels may not be installed over any plumbing fixtures or in bathrooms or in clothes closets.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-09 Exceptions to fees.

The following-named owners of proposed buildings shall be required to secure a building permit, if the provisions of this chapter apply to such buildings, but they shall be exempt from the requirements for payment except where the City incurs an actual cost for any plan-checking or permit fee for such buildings: the Federal, State, and County governments and any municipality, school district or other district, agency, or jurisdiction supported by public taxation.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-10 Licenses required.

Nothing contained in this chapter, or the codes adopted by this chapter, shall be construed or deemed to be a waiver of the applicable provisions of the Municipal Code of the City requiring contractors, subcontractors, or specialty contractors to obtain licenses from the City under the circumstances and conditions therein prescribed.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

8-2-11 Violation: Misdemeanor.

Violation of any provision of this chapter or any code adopted by the City Council shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable as provided in Chapter 1-2 TMC.

(1196-CS, Amended, 07/10/2014; 1162-CS, Added, 02/23/2012)

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