Chapter 2.08
ELECTRICAL CODE1

Sections:

2.08.010    Adoption by reference.

2.08.010    City permits.

2.08.020    Rules.

2.08.020    Final inspections.

2.08.030    Right of entry.

2.08.030    Disconnection by fire department.

2.08.040    Permit required.

2.08.040    Fire damage.

2.08.050    Responsibility for wiring.

2.08.050    Violation – Penalty.

2.08.060    Fee exemption.

2.08.070    Inspection fees.

2.08.080    Re-inspection or additional fees.

2.08.090    Installations/uses requiring permits – Enumerated.

2.08.100    Expiration of permit.

2.08.110    Inspector to be notified for inspection.

2.08.120    Wiring not to be concealed prior to inspection.

2.08.130    Conduit installations.

2.08.150    Load centers, panel boards and switchboards.

2.08.160    NEC Section 110-2 amended – Acceptance of equipment.

2.08.170    NEC Sections 110-16, 110-23 and 110-24 amended – Space for service and distribution centers – Addition to existing wiring – Abandonment.

2.08.180    NEC Sections 210-8(a), 210-71, 210-72 and 210-73 amended – Circuits, garages, ranges.

2.08.190    NEC Section 215-5 amended – Plans.

2.08.200    NEC Section 225-30 amended – Outside branch circuits and feeders.

2.08.210    NEC Sections 230-100 through 230-160 added – Service.

2.08.220    NEC Section 240-2 amended – Over-fusing.

2.08.230    NEC Section 240-24(e) amended – Over-current devices.

2.08.240    NEC Section 250-2 amended – Grounding.

2.08.250    NEC Section 250-120 amended – Rooftop installations of electrical metal tubing.

2.08.260    NEC Section 300-1 amended – Wiring.

2.08.270    NEC Section 305-1(a) amended – Temporary use – Wiring.

2.08.280    NEC Section 333 amended – Armored cable.

2.08.290    NEC Section 334 amended – Metal-clad cable.

2.08.300    NEC Section 410-2 amended – Flood lights.

2.08.310    NEC Section 600-10(c)(2) amended – Outdoor signs.

2.08.320    Dangerous or unsafe wiring.

2.08.330    Defective work or materials.

2.08.340    Repairs.

2.08.360    Unlawful approval.

2.08.380    Liability of city officials or employees.

2.08.010 Adoption by reference.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, and the Washington State Electric Code Rules and Regulations, the most current editions, together with amendments thereto, one copy of each of which has heretofore been filed with the city clerk of the city of Wenatchee, and any amendments or additions thereto hereafter made and adopted, when printed and filed with the city clerk of the city of Wenatchee as provided by RCW 35.21.180 are hereby adopted by the city of Wenatchee and by reference made a part of this chapter. (Ord. 99-24 § 1)

2.08.010 City permits.

(Effective May 17, 2005)

Electrical permits issued by the city of Wenatchee prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall continue to be enforced and inspected by the city of Wenatchee until such time as the electrical permit has been successfully completed or withdrawn. (Ord. 2005-11 § 2, 2005)

2.08.020 Rules.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The code enforcement department shall, subject to the approval of the director of community development and the legislative authority of the city, make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this chapter or for its proper operation, which rules and regulations shall be published as required by state statutes and when so published shall have the force and effect of law until repealed by the legislative authority. (Ord. 99-24 § 2)

2.08.020 Final inspections.

(Effective May 17, 2005)

An electrical final inspection is required in all buildings or applications within the city where circuits have been added or altered, and before such circuits shall be utilized; or a home, tenant space or commercial or other occupancy shall be occupied. The electrical contracting firm or person who has been permitted to do the wiring shall be responsible to contact the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Inspector to request an inspection once wiring is completed and to make any corrections deemed necessary by the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Inspector. (Ord. 2005-11 § 3, 2005; Ord. 99-24 § 14. Formerly 2.08.140.)

2.08.030 Right of entry.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

When it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or when the inspector has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a building or upon a premises a condition which is contrary to or in violation of this chapter which makes the building or premises unsafe, dangerous or hazardous, the inspector may enter the building or premises at reasonable times to inspect or to perform the duties imposed by this chapter; provided, that if such building or premises be occupied, that credentials be presented to the occupant and entry requested. If such building or premises be unoccupied, the inspector shall first make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person having charge or control of the building or premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the inspector shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry. (Ord. 99-24 § 3)

2.08.030 Disconnection by fire department.

(Effective May 17, 2005)

When any wiring, apparatus or fixture in any building has been disconnected by the fire department, said wiring apparatus or fixture shall not be reconnected until approved by the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Inspector. (Ord. 2005-11 § 4, 2005; Ord. 99-24 § 35. Formerly 2.08.350.)

2.08.040 Permit required.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

It shall be unlawful for any person to place or install, or cause to allow to be placed or installed in any building any wires, apparatus or fixtures for the use of electricity, or to make or cause to be made any alterations, changes or additions to any wiring, apparatus or fixtures for such use without first obtaining from the inspector a written permit so to do. Such a permit shall state the kind of work to be done thereunder, and it shall be unlawful for any person to do or perform or cause or allow to be done or performed, any work other than that designated in said permit. Such permit shall also state the location by street and number of the building where such work is to be done and shall be valid only for the location so stated. A separate permit shall be issued for each building. Before granting a permit for any electrical work, the inspector shall require the applicant to establish to his satisfaction that said applicant has complied with all state laws, city ordinances and rules adopted pursuant thereto applicable to the installation of electrical wiring, and has paid the department the required permit and inspection fees. (Ord. 99-24 § 4)

2.08.040 Fire damage.

(Effective May 17, 2005)

Wiring damaged by fire shall be inspected and the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Inspector and Fire Marshal shall release the system before any repairs are started. (Ord. 2005-11 § 5, 2005; Ord. 99-24 § 37. Formerly 2.08.370.)

2.08.050 Responsibility for wiring.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

All electrical wiring within the city limits of Wenatchee shall be done by:

(1) Electrical Contractor. Company, firm or organization holding valid administrator license with the state of Washington or state having reciprocation with the state of Washington to install power and light circuits in commercial and/or residential occupancies, as applicable.

(2) Journeyman Electrician. Being one having a license to perform installations of electric power and light circuits only while employed for an electrical contractor. Wiring performed by a journeyman electrician shall only be approved while the journeyman electrician is in the employment of an electrical contractor; provided, however, that a journeyman electrician may perform wiring in his own residence.

(3) Property Owners. The department may issue a permit to the owner of any building used and occupied by him, for which a permit is required by this chapter. Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict the right of any homeowner to assist or receive assistance from a friend, neighbor, relative, or other person when none of the individuals doing such electrical installation hold themselves out as engaged in the trade or business of electrical installations; provided, however, that no permit shall be issued to the owner of any building to do his own electrical wiring if the building for which the permit is required is used as a place of business, apartment house, rental unit or is a new dwelling to be offered for sale within six months from the date of completion. (Ord. 99-24 § 5)

2.08.050 Violation – Penalty.

(Effective May 17, 2005)

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and each such person, firm or corporation shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter is committed, continued or permitted, and upon conviction of any such violation such person, firm or corporation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 2005-11 § 6, 2005; Ord. 99-24 § 40. Formerly 2.08.400.)

2.08.060 Fee exemption.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The city of Wenatchee shall be exempt from the payment of the fees provided for by this chapter. (Ord. 99-24 § 6)

2.08.070 Inspection fees.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The inspector shall collect fees for inspections required under this chapter as follows:

Residential Fees
 

New Service

1 – 100 amp

$ 40.00

101 – 200 amp

75.00

201 – 400 amp

85.00

401 – 600 amp

150.00

601 – 800 amp

200.00

801 – 1200 amp

250.00

Additional Fees

S/F over 2,000 square feet

$ 20.00

S/F over 3,000 square feet

40.00

S/F over 4,000 square feet

60.00

M/F over 4,000 square feet

20.00

M/F over 5,000 square feet

40.00

M/F over 6,000 square feet

60.00

M/F over 7,000 square feet

80.00

M/F over 8,000 square feet

100.00

Circuits/Feeders/Subpanels

4 or less, 1 – 100 amp

$ 30.00

5 or more, 1 – 100 amp

40.00

101 – 200 amp

50.00

201 – 400 amp

60.00

401 – 600 amp

75.00

601 and above

100.00

Altered/Relocated

1 – 200 amp

$40.00

201 – 400 amp

50.00

Over 400 amp

Same as new

service fee

Nonresidential Fees
 

New Service

1 – 100 amp

$ 40.00

101 – 200 amp

75.00

201 – 400 amp

130.00

401 – 600 amp

175.00

601 – 800 amp

220.00

801 – 1,200 amp

250.00

1,201 – 1,600 amp

275.00

1,601 – 2,000 amp

300.00

2,001 – 2,500 amp

325.00

2,501 – 3,000 amp

350.00

3,001 – 4,000 amp

375.00

4,001 – 5,000 amp

400.00

Altered/Relocated

1 – 200 amp

$ 50.00

201 – 400 amp

75.00

Over 400 amp

Same as new service fee

Circuits/Feeders/Subpanels

4 circuits or less

1 – 100 amp

$ 40.00

5 circuits or more

1 – 100 amp

60.00

101 – 200 amp

80.00

201 – 400 amp

90.00

401 – 600 amp

100.00

601 amp and above

120.00

Miscellaneous Fees

Temporary Service

$ 30.00

100 amp or less

30.00

101 – 200 amp

40.00

201 – 400 amp

60.00

Over 400 amp

80.00

Miscellaneous Inspection

30.00

Re-inspection

30.00

Illuminated Sign (per sign)

25.00

Swimming Pool

35.00

Mfg. Home Feeder

25.00

Furnace Run/Hot Tub

25.00

Septic Tank Effluent Pump

30.00

Progress Inspection

35.00

Concessionaires, Noncarnival

25.00

Intercom/Burglar Alarm

25.00

Fire Alarm or Nurse Call

First 2,500 square feet

40.00

Each additional 1,000 square feet or fraction thereof

15.00

Circus/Carnival

10 rides or less

150.00

Each additional ride

15.00

Generator/Power Box

15.00

Concessionaires/Game Booths

20.00

Each additional concession

10.00

Street Lights (per pole)

40.00

Additional pole same source (each)

10.00

Plan review (per hour)

35.00

(Ord. 99-24 § 7)

2.08.080 Re-inspection or additional fees.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The code enforcement manager or his designee, when deemed necessary, may require a fee to be paid before approval of an installation in the following circumstances:

(1) For re-inspection when the applicant has given notice to the department that the work is ready for inspection when it is not;

(2) For more than one additional inspection per permit to inspect corrections for neglect or improper installation of electrical conductors or equipment;

(3) For each re-inspection necessary to remove a noncompliance citation from the job site, posted due to unlicensed electrical contractors or uncertified electricians or trainees working on the job site;

(4) When corrections requested by written notice have not been made in the required time, unless an exception has been requested and granted;

(5) Double inspection fees, when deemed necessary, can be charged for installations that are covered or concealed before inspection;

(6) Failure to obtain the electric work permits prior to beginning the installation or alteration.

Exception: Electrical permits for emergency repairs to existing electrical systems shall be obtained no later than the next business day;

(7) Progress inspection fees shall be $35.00. (Ord. 99-24 § 8)

2.08.090 Installations/uses requiring permits – Enumerated.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Permits shall be required and subsequent inspections to follow for the following installations:

(1) Fire alarm system;

(2) Communication systems, nurse call and paging;

(3) Low voltage systems, including thermostat wiring and sound equipment;

(4) Burglar alarms and security.

Permits shall be required for circuses and traveling carnivals. Each concession shall be considered an individual occupancy. (Ord. 99-24 § 9)

2.08.100 Expiration of permit.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Every permit issued by the building official under the provisions of this chapter shall expire by limitation and become null and void if the electrical work authorized by such permit is not commenced within 180 days from the date of such permit, or if the electrical work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 180 days. Before such electrical work can be recommenced, a new permit shall be first obtained to do so, and the fee therefor shall be one-half the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work; and provided, that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one year.

Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which work may commence under that permit when the permittee is unable to commence work within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reasons. The building official or his designee may extend the time for action by the permittee for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the permittee showing that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being taken. No permit shall be extended more than once. (Ord. 99-24 § 10)

2.08.110 Inspector to be notified for inspection.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

When any work done under a permit issued by the department is completed and ready for inspection, the person to whom the permit has been issued shall, within 24 hours after completion of said work, give notice to the department that the same has been completed and is ready and accessible for inspection, and said inspector shall cause said work to be inspected within a reasonable time thereafter. (Ord. 99-24 § 11)

2.08.120 Wiring not to be concealed prior to inspection.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Electrical wiring shall not be inspected until the structural framework and metallic pipe, ducts, plumbing, etc., installed by other trades which are liable to interfere with, or be run in close proximity to the electrical installation, are permanently in place and have been approved by the code enforcement department. No electrical wiring shall be covered or concealed until the inspector has approved the installation and given permission to cover or conceal it.

In the event any electrical installation or part thereof is covered or concealed before being regularly inspected and approved as herein provided, it shall be exposed upon the request of the inspector. The inspector shall approve rough-in work that conforms to the provisions of this chapter by attaching thereto a notice of his approval. (Ord. 99-24 § 12)

2.08.130 Conduit installations.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

A rough-in inspection is required for conduit installations. If the inspector allows walls to be covered, an additional inspection fee and inspection are required before devices and equipment may be installed. (Ord. 99-24 § 13)

2.08.150 Load centers, panel boards and switchboards.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

When newly installed or altered in any occupancy, space shall be left for future expansion. Load centers with 20 circuit spaces or less shall not be installed in dwelling units of 1,250 square feet or more without approval from the inspector. (Ord. 99-24 § 15)

2.08.160 NEC Section 110-2 amended – Acceptance of equipment.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 110, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 110-2. Acceptance of Equipment. Conductors and equipment required or permitted by this chapter shall be acceptable only if approved by the inspector.

(Ord. 99-24 § 16)

2.08.170 NEC Sections 110-16, 110-23 and 110-24 amended – Space for service and distribution centers – Addition to existing wiring – Abandonment.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 110, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 110-16(g). Space for Service and Distribution Centers. Building space shall be provided for adequate service metering and distribution center equipment in new and remodeled commercial buildings. Such space shall be of sufficient floor area and vertical dimensions to provide for the working clearance specified in the National Electrical Code for the initial equipment to be installed plus space for not less than one additional service switch and meter, panel board or switchboard section.

Section 110-23. Addition to Existing Wiring. In existing buildings when alterations, additions or extensions are made to present wiring, all new work must be made to conform to this chapter, and whenever the new work equals or exceeds the old work, the wiring in the building shall be brought to conform with the provisions of this chapter as determined by the department. Existing wiring that is properly installed, undamaged, and in safe operating condition may not require removal or replacement.

Section 110-24. Electrical Work Abandoned Upon Alteration. Upon alteration of an existing electrical system, all non-concealed portions of said electrical system which are abandoned or discarded upon alteration shall be removed by the person doing the electrical work, except that the conduits and related equipment within a commercial building, which in the future may again be used, need not be removed if correctly secured and terminated.

(Ord. 99-24 § 17)

2.08.180 NEC Sections 210-8(a), 210-71, 210-72 and 210-73 amended – Circuits, garages, ranges.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 210, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 210-8(a). Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Protection shall be provided for all newly installed or altered heat cable circuits in residential occupancies.

Section 210-71. Spare Circuits. A minimum of two full size circuit spaces shall be provided in residential and apartment occupancies for the future use of appliances, motor loads or equipment.

Section 210-72. Garages and Carports. All new dwelling unit garages and carports shall have a minimum of one duplex receptacle ground fault circuit interrupter protected outlet readily accessible to each automobile parking space. New or altered garage installations shall have a wall operable switch at each walk door entrance to control the common light fixture(s) in the garage.

Section 210-73. Wall Oven and Table Top Ranges. Individual branch circuits or individual over-current protection shall be provided for each wall oven and each table top range.

(Ord. 99-24 § 18)

2.08.190 NEC Section 215-5 amended – Plans.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 215, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 215-5(a). Plan Review. At the request of the inspector, a plan review can be required on any building or installation. Fees shall be based on the amount of time expended and paid by the general contractor, electrical contractor or the owner, prior to issuance of permit.

Section 215-5(b). Wiring Plans. Wiring plans and specifications giving all the information required by the inspector shall be filed and approved prior to the issuance of a permit for the installation of electrical wiring.

Every plan shall consist of blue prints or some other indelibly rendered type satisfactory to the inspector. Specifications for such plans may be either shown thereon or given on separate sheets filed therewith and shall be clearly and legibly inscribed and worded.

Section 215-5(c) Plans and Schedules. The wiring plan or schedule required shall contain the following information:

1. The type, voltage and current rating and locations of any new or altered service equipment, feeders, circuits, and electrical loads.

2. A one-line diagram or schedule listing each service or feeder and showing:

a. The size of breaker or fused switch;

b. The size of conductors;

c. The size of raceway;

d. The location of panel boards or load centers served;

e. The type of occupancy;

f. The area served and all special loads;

g. The total computed load for lighting, appliances, and motors determined as specified in the National Electrical Code herein referred to; and

h. The intended loads if such load is greater than the computed load.

3. A panel board or load schedule shall show:

a. The type of load served, indicating whether lighting, motors, heating, cooling receptacles or power outlets and all special loads;

b. The computed load per circuit determined as specified in the National Electrical Code herein referred to; and

c. The initial or intended load if such load is greater than the computed load.

Section 215-5(d). Supplementary Plans. Supplementary plans or a revised schedule shall be submitted where the installation is not made in conformity with the original plans or schedule.

Section 215-5(e). Wiring Tables. WAC 296-46-155 with tables 1 and 2 in conjunction with all other requirements of this chapter shall be used to determine wiring methods in educational, institutional, and health care facilities.

(Ord. 99-24 § 19)

2.08.200 NEC Section 225-30 amended – Outside branch circuits and feeders.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 225, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 225-30. Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders. For the purpose of Article 225-30 of the National Electrical Code, additional buildings or structures on the same property and under single management shall be supplied by a single branch circuit or feeder, unless the provisions of the exceptions to NEC Article 230-2 apply. If application of one of these exceptions allow additional supplies, a permanent plague or directory shall be installed at each supply location denoting all other supplies to the building or structure and the location of each.

(Ord. 99-24 § 20)

2.08.210 NEC Sections 230-100 through 230-160 added – Service.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 230, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 230-100. Substantial Remodel. Where wiring is added or altered in a commercial building, as in a remodel, renovation, or new construction, all circuits feeding any tenant space must be fed from a circuit breaker or fuse panel that is located within that tenant space, or at a location which will always be accessible to the occupants of that tenant space.

Section 230-110. Location of Service Equipment. The location of overhead and underground service and service equipment shall be installed at a location acceptable to the service utility and the department. When an electrical service is altered, split buss circuit breaker or fuse panels shall be removed.

Section 230-115. Service Entrance Conductors. When an electrical service is altered or repaired, outdoor cloth-covered service entrance conductors shall be replaced. For commercial and industrial installations, the ampacity of the service entrance conductors shall meet or exceed the buss rating of the service equipment.

Section 230-120. Service Entrance Raceways. All service entrance conductors shall be installed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, Schedule 80, rigid non-metallic conduit, wire-ways, buss-ways or auxiliary gutters. PVC Schedule 40 conduit shall be permitted outdoors, or where encased in 2″ of concrete. Electrical metal tubing is allowed where installed outside of building lines and not subject to physical damage.

Section 230-140. Availability of Electric Service. The availability of service for the equipment to be used shall be determined from the particular service utility before proceeding with the wiring or the installation of the equipment.

Any wiring performed without first determining outlet or service equipment location is done at the risk of having to be changed to conform to the requirements set forth herein.

Section 230-150. Connection of Building to Distribution System. It shall be unlawful for any person furnishing electric current for light, heat or power to connect, or cause or allow to be connected, its distribution system with any installation of wiring, apparatus or fixture in any building without first being inspected and approved by the inspector for the same.

Section 230-160. Electrical Connection of Installation Shall be Approved. The inspector is hereby authorized to disconnect any electrical installation, apparatus or fixture, which has been connected before the approval for service has been given. The inspector shall thereupon attach a notice, which shall state that such electrical installation; apparatus or fixture has been disconnected because of having been found in violation of the provisions of this chapter.

Any person removing such notice or reconnecting said wiring; apparatus or fixture before the inspector has approved the same shall be liable to the penalties of this chapter. To avoid delay in service connection or any interruption of service in the case of a cut-over to new service equipment, the holder of the permit shall apply to the inspector for permission to make the cut-over.

(Ord. 99-24 § 21)

2.08.220 NEC Section 240-2 amended – Over-fusing.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 240, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 240-2(a). Unlawful to Over-Fuse Conductors. It is unlawful to over-fuse or bypass the required over-current protection for any electrical conductor or apparatus. When an electrical installation is found to be over-fused or the fuses tampered with so that a dangerous current for the circuit may be passed, the inspector shall, when he deems it necessary to protect the safety of human life or property, require installations to be equipped with approved, tamper resistant fuses or circuit breakers.

(Ord. 99-24 § 22)

2.08.230 NEC Section 240-24(e) amended – Over-current devices.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 240, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 240-24(e). Over-Current Devices. Over-current devices shall not be installed in bathrooms. Exception: water heaters.

(Ord. 99-24 § 23)

2.08.240 NEC Section 250-2 amended – Grounding.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 250, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 250-2. Grounding. All electrical installations shall be grounded in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. All telephone, television and other communication circuits shall be grounded according to NEC Articles 800-40, 810-21 and 820-33.

Section 250-32(b). Insulated Equipment Grounding Conductors. When the feeder or circuit is newly installed or altered, the equipment grounding conductor shall be installed per NEC 250-32(b)1 when power is fed to a separate building or structure.

(Ord. 99-24 § 24)

2.08.250 NEC Section 250-120 amended – Rooftop installations of electrical metal tubing.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 250, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 250-120. Rooftop Installations of Electrical Metal Tubing. When rooftop electrical feeders or circuits area added or altered, an equipment ground wire sized per NEC 250-122 and 250-2(d) shall be installed.

(Ord. 99-24 § 25)

2.08.260 NEC Section 300-1 amended – Wiring.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 300, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 300-1(c). Wiring Methods and Classifications of Occupancies. Electrical metal tubing, flexible metal conduit, rigid metal conduit, electrical non-metallic tubing, surface metal or non-metallic raceway, rigid non-metallic conduit, metal wire ways, buss duct or buss gutter, shall be the only approved wiring methods allowed in commercial buildings or a building given commercial status by the building official.

Section 300-1(d). Non-metallic Type NMB and NMC Cable. NM cable shall only be installed in residential single and multiple-family dwelling occupancies. Hotels and motels shall not be wired in NM cable.

Section 300-1(e). Fire Alarm, Telephone and Communication Systems. Electrical metal tubing, flexible metal conduit, rigid metal conduit, electrical non-metallic tubing or rigid non-metallic conduit shall be installed in all vertical partitions for the installation of fire alarm, telephone and communication systems as per Article 800 of the NEC in all commercial buildings. Where installed in an institutional, educational or health care area of a facility, metal raceways are required for fire alarm, nurse call, emergency paging and telephone systems.

(Ord. 99-24 § 26)

2.08.270 NEC Section 305-1(a) amended – Temporary use – Wiring.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 305, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 305-1(a). Temporary Use – Wiring. For electrical wiring that is to be installed for any temporary use, such as wiring used to supply power during the construction of buildings, for the purpose of accessibility, a permit shall be issued and inspection made in the manner prescribed above, except the inspector may limit the time such temporary wiring may be used.

(Ord. 99-24 § 27)

2.08.280 NEC Section 333 amended – Armored cable.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 333, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 333. Armored Cable. BX or AC armored cable, as a wiring method, shall not be used.

(Ord. 99-24 § 28)

2.08.290 NEC Section 334 amended – Metal-clad cable.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Section 334, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 334. Metal-Clad Cable. MC cable, as a wiring method, shall not be used.

(Ord. 99-24 § 29)

2.08.300 NEC Section 410-2 amended – Flood lights.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Article 410, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to include the following:

Section 410-2(a). Flood Lights and Colored Lights as Traffic Hazards. It shall be unlawful of any person to place or install or cause or allow to be placed or installed any flood lights upon any property that the use of the same will interfere with the safe flow of traffic or cause a blinding effect upon the traffic. It shall also be unlawful to place or install or cause or allow to be placed or installed any colored light of the intermittent or blinking type that in any way would be mistaken for any warning, danger, directional or traffic control signal.

Section 410-2(b). Flood Lights on Utility or Municipally Owned Poles. The installation of private flood lights or any electric wires on telephone, electric utility or City of Wenatchee owned poles shall be unlawful unless specific permission in writing is granted by the owners of such poles or standards. A copy of such agreement shall be placed on file with the inspector.

(Ord. 99-24 § 30)

2.08.310 NEC Section 600-10(c)(2) amended – Outdoor signs.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Section 600, National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 600-10(c)(2). Outdoor Signs. All portable or mobile outdoor signs shall be ground fault circuit interrupter protected.

(Ord. 99-24 § 31)

2.08.320 Dangerous or unsafe wiring.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Whenever the inspector shall find any electrical wiring, apparatus or fixture being used or maintained in any building in a dangerous or unsafe condition, or any electrical wiring, apparatus or fixtures being installed, altered or extended in any building in violation of the provisions of this chapter or in a dangerous or unsafe condition, it shall be his duty to notify the owner, agent or person or persons responsible for the building in which such condition exists or in which such work is being or has been performed, to correct such condition within the time specified in said notice.

Should any person served by such notice fail or refuse to comply with the orders contained in said notice within the time specified therein or fail to commence in good faith to comply with such orders, the inspector is hereby empowered to disconnect and/or seal or order the discontinuance of electrical service to any conductors, apparatus or fixtures found dangerous or unsafe. The inspector shall thereupon attach a notice which shall state that such conductors, apparatus or fixtures have been disconnected by the inspector because the same were found to be in a dangerous and unsafe condition or were installed in violation of the provisions of this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove said notice of disconnect or reconnect such defective conductors, apparatus or fixtures until the same has been placed in a safe and secure condition and has been approved by the inspector. (Ord. 99-24 § 32)

2.08.330 Defective work or materials.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The inspector shall condemn and reject all work done or materials used which do not in all respects conform to the provisions of this chapter, or any amendments thereto, and shall order such changes in work or materials as will make the same conform thereto. (Ord. 99-24 § 33)

2.08.340 Repairs.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

Repairs to electrical wiring, apparatus or fixtures shall be made with material and by such methods as are provided in this chapter for new work insofar as it is practical so to do as determined by the department. (Ord. 99-24 § 34)

2.08.360 Unlawful approval.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

The issuance or granting of a permit or the approval of plans and specifications shall not be deemed or construed to be a permit for, or approval of, any violation of the provisions of this chapter. No permit purporting to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this chapter shall be valid.

The issuance of a permit upon plans and specifications shall not prevent the inspector from thereafter requiring the correction of errors in said plans and specifications or from stopping electrical wiring being carried on thereunder when in violation of this chapter. (Ord. 99-24 § 36)

2.08.380 Liability of city officials or employees.

(Repealed effective May 12, 2006)

This chapter shall not be construed as imposing upon the city of Wenatchee any liability or responsibility resulting from defective wiring or the installation thereof; nor shall the city of Wenatchee or any official or employee thereof be held as assuming any such liability or responsibility by reason of the inspection authorized thereunder. (Ord. 99-24 § 38)


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Prior legislation: Ords. 2978 and 3000.Ord. 2000-37 re-enacted and affirmed the fees, rates and taxes imposed by Ord. 99-24.Ord. 2005-11 repeals provisions of Ch. 2.08 effective May 12, 2006 as indicated.