CHAPTER 6. BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONSCHAPTER 6. BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS\Article III. National Electrical Code

This article, including the standard code and amendments thereto incorporated by reference, shall constitute the minimum standards for electrical construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, use, occupancy, location or maintenance of buildings and structures in the city.

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The “National Electrical Code, 2011 Edition”, published by the National Fire Protection Association, and all amendments, supplements and without annexes, thereto, is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part hereof as if fully set out herein save and except certain parts, sections or portions thereof specifically referred to and omitted there from or as amended or modified herein. The “Standard Code” or “National Electric Code” hereinafter referred to in this section is the “National Electrical Code, 2011 Edition”, of the National Fire Protection Association, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA, 02169-7471, and is hereby incorporated by reference as the Electric Code of the City of Ottawa, Kansas.

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One copy of the standard code with supplements and amendments are filed in the office of the city clerk and identified, marked or stamped as provided by statute K.S.A. 12-3010, shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be open to inspection and available to the public during reasonable business hours. The aforesaid code is hereby incorporated by reference as fully as if set out at length herein, and the provisions thereof, unless otherwise specifically provided for in this article, shall be controlling with respect to all subjects and matters therein contained within the corporate limits of the city and the Urban Growth Area..

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As referenced and adopted by the City of Ottawa in the International Building Code, Article 1, Section 6-104 of the Municipal Code.

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Permit fees shall be set by resolution.

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The provisions of this article shall not apply to:

(1)   Employees of the utilities department in the performance of work for such department.

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In case of any difference of opinion in regard to the meaning of any of the rules mentioned or provided for in this article, the decision of the Chief Building Official shall be observed.

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Any person, firm, or corporation violating any provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00, or by imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each separate day or part thereof shall constitute a separate offense.

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The following are the revisions to the National Electric Code adopted in Section 6-302 of the Municipal Code.

Appendix K of the 2012 International Building Code is hereby adopted as the administrative provisions of the National Electrical Code 2011 Edition. The provisions of Appendix K are specific to what might be designated as a Community Development Department and could be implemented where other such provisions are not adopted.

Section K101.3 Refunds. The building official is authorized to establish a refund policy.

Section K103.2 Work exempt from permit. The following work shall be exempt from the requirement for a permit:

1.    Listed cord- and plug-connected temporary decorative lighting.

2.    Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles, but not the outlets therefore.

3.    Replacement of branch circuit overcurrent devices of the required capacity in the same location.

4.    Temporary wiring for experimental purposes in suitable experimental laboratories:

5.    Electrical wiring devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than 25 volts and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy.

6.    Agricultural buildings in the Urban Growth Area.

       Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for work to be done in violation of the provisions of this code or other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

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Section K103.3 Permits Issuance. No permit shall be issued to any person to do or cause to be done any work regulated by this code, except to a person holding a valid City of Ottawa, Kansas, Master Electrician occupational license or a licensed journeyman authorized by the master as required by Article VII I of the City of Ottawa Municipal Code, 1997, except when and as otherwise hereinafter provided in this section.

Section K111.8 Underground electrical service. Underground electrical service may be provided by the utilities department of the city at the request of the individual property owners or customers under the following conditions.

1.    It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or customer to furnish a continuous, enclosed wireway from the meter socket or current transformer cabinet to a point on the pole at about ground level as directed by the utilities department with proper weather head attached. Wireways above the ground shall be approved metal conduit.

2.    Residential installation. After installation of an approved, enclosed wireway from the meter socket or current transformer cabinet to the utility easement or right-of-way as approved by the city, it shall be the responsibility of the utilities department to install the service conductors in such approved wireway. The minimum size approved conduit shall be two inches.

3.    Commercial and industrial installation. After installation of an approved, enclosed wireway from the meter or socket or current transformer cabinet to the utility easement or right-of-way as approved by the city, the customer shall furnish and install the service conductor. The city will make the connection at the pole. The minimum size approved conduit shall be two inches.

4.    Maintenance of the wireway and selection of the materials to be used for the construction of the wireway, as approved in subsection (1 ), shall be the sole responsibility of the property owner or customer, and maintenance of the service conductors shall be the responsibility of the city utilities department

5.    For the purpose of this section, the term “wireway” shall be defined to include, but not limited necessarily thereto, to the following types of construction:

a.     Raceway

b.    Conduit

c.     Nonmetallic conduit

d.    Electrical duct

       Any combination of the above or the use of any other materials as may be approved by the city may be utilized, if approved at the time of installation.

Section K111.9 interior wiring within the city limits. All interior wiring installed within the city in buildings used for A- 1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-1, F-2, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, S-1, S-2, R-1, and R-2 occupancies, except apartment buildings three (3) stories or less, as defined in the 2012 International Building Code shall be in metal or non-metal enclosed conduit or tubing as allowed by the National Electrical Code.

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