Chapter 9.03
ELECTRICAL CODE

Sections:

9.03.010    Adoption by reference of the California Electrical Code.

9.03.020    Violations and penalties.

9.03.030    Amendments to electrical code.

9.03.010 Adoption by reference of the California Electrical Code.

Except as provided herein, the 2016 Edition of the State of California Electrical Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 3) based in the 2014 National Electrical Code, including any amendments and annexes thereof, as promulgated and published by the National Fire Protection Association, Inc., is hereby adopted by reference as though fully set forth herein, and shall constitute and is hereby established as “the Electrical Code of the City of South Gate” (“electrical code” herein). A copy of the 2016 Edition of the California Electrical Code has been deposited in the office of the city clerk and shall at all times be maintained by the city clerk for use and examination by the public.

(Ord. 2332 § 3 (part), 11-22-16: Ord. 2311 § 3 (part), 11-26-13: Ord. 2277 § 3 (part), 11-23-10: Ord. 2245 § 3 (part), 1-8-08: Ord. 2244 § 3 (part), 11-27-07: Ord. 2137 § 4 (part), 4-8-03)

9.03.020 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of the electrical code shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and each such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, during which any violation of any provision of the electrical code is committed, continued or permitted. Upon conviction, any such violation shall be punishable as provided for in Title 1 of this code.

(Ord. 2137 § 4 (part), 4-8-03)

9.03.030 Amendments to electrical code.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 9.03.010, the 2016 Edition of the California Electrical Code is hereby amended by:

A.    Adding a new subsection (C) to Section 90-8 (Wiring Planning) of Article 90 (Introduction) of the electrical code to read as follows:

(C) Wiring to be in an Underground System.

Supply wiring for or to accessory uses, accessory buildings, yard lights, and post signs shall be in an underground system.

B.    Adding a new Section 225-28 to Article 225 (Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders) of the Electrical Code to read as follows:

225-28 Outdoor Installations

All yard wiring shall be installed underground, except for festoon lighting, temporary lighting or wires serviced by a public utility.

C.    Adding a new Section 250-51 (Grounding Electrode System for New and Existing Construction) of Article 250 (Grounding and Bonding) of the Electrical Code to read as follows:

250-51 Grounding Electrode System for New and Existing Construction

(a) New Construction

In addition to the requirements of Section 250-50, one or more copper or non-ferrous rods, as described in Table 250-50A, shall be placed along the bottom of a concrete foundation, or in a building foundation trench, tensioned and supported in such a manner that it will not be less than 3 inches from the bottom or sides of the foundation, with one end terminating twelve inches (12") above the foundation sill plate or finished floor, beneath or adjacent to the main service switch panel.

Where building pier footings are used instead of a continuous foundation, service grounding shall be accomplished by fusion welding of the ground conductor to a vertical electrode which reached to within three inches (3") of the bottom of the piers.

All grounding conductors shall be electrically bonded together and connected to the property’s water system and electrical service equipment.

TABLE 250-50 A

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Size of Largest Service Conductor

UFER Ground

Copper

Aluminum or Copper Clad Aluminum

Copper Wire Size

Rebar Rod

Number Required

Length Feet (Each)

0 or smaller

3/0 or smaller

4

1/2

1

20

4/0 or smaller

300 MCM or smaller

4

1/2

2

25

600 MCM or smaller

900 MCM or smaller

4

--

2

30

1250 MCM or smaller

2000 MCM or smaller

2

--

2

35

Over 1250 MCM

Over 2000 MCM

2/0

--

2

40

(b) Existing Construction

Any change, alteration or remodeling of existing electrical service equipment shall require a ground electrode to be provided in accordance with Table 250-50 A or Table 250-50 B.

The driven ground electrodes may be galvanized pipe, not less than three-quarter inch pipe size, or copper-coated rod, not less than five-eighths of an inch (5/8") in diameter; driven vertically eight feet (8') or more into the ground.

Whenever more than one ground electrode is required, they shall be not less than six feet (6') apart from each other, or from any other electrode, including those used for single circuits, radio, telephone, lighting rods or any other purpose.

Where more than one electrode is required, they shall be bonded together in the same manner and with the same material as specified for pipe rod electrodes. Driven electrodes shall be of one piece. Such pipes or rods shall have clean metal surfaces and shall not be covered with paint, enamel, or other non conducting materials.

TABLE 250-50 B

EXISTING CONSTRUCTION

Size of Largest Service Conductor

UFER Ground

Copper

Aluminum or Copper Clad Aluminum

Copper Wire Size

Rebar Rod

Number Required

Length Feet (Each)

0 or smaller

3/0 or smaller

5/8

1/4

1

8

2/0 or smaller

4/0 or smaller

5/8

1

2

8

D.    Adding a new subsection (D) to Section 300-1 (Scope) of Article 300 (Wiring Methods) of the Electrical Code to read as follows:

Installation Requirements.

All wiring installed in or on building or structures, other than residential or residential accessory buildings, shall be in a metal protected raceway or cable wiring system; provided, however, that equivalent installations may be authorized when requested in writing and approved in advance by the Building Official.

Exception: All exposed wiring installed in residential accessory buildings.

(Ord. 2332 § 3 (part), 11-22-16: Ord. 2311 § 3 (part), 11-26-13: Ord. 2277 § 3 (part), 11-23-10: Ord. 2245 § 3 (part), 1-8-08: Ord. 2244 § 3 (part), 11-27-07: Ord. 2137 § 4 (part), 4-8-03)