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Chapter 17. Electrical Code

Sec. 17-38. Licenses.

(1) License required; exceptions. No person shall engage in or undertake to do any electrical work as defined in this chapter, within the City of Marshfield, except in the usual operation of public or private electrical utilities relating to those portions not covered by the State of Wisconsin electrical code, without first having procured a proper license therefor, as provided in this section. All such licenses shall be issued by the board of electrical examiners, subject to approval by the council. Except as provided elsewhere in this chapter, any electrical components or devices installed by an unlicensed person shall be removed by the owner within 15 calendar days after notice is given. The owner of the property shall be responsible for any costs incurred for this removal if the electrical inspector orders this removal and the owner does not comply. All electrical work as outlined under 17-41(2) shall be performed under the supervision of a municipal licensed electrical contractor. Exceptions to the license shall be the following:

  1. HVAC/appliance installers as outlined in subsection (3) of this section.
  2. Listed sign installers as outlined in subsection (4) of this section.
  3. Nonlicensed persons as outlined in subsection (10) of this section.
  4. Homeowners as outlined in section 17-44 of this chapter.
  5. Industrial/commercial/institutional/maintenance electricians as defined in section 17-03 of this chapter.
  6. The Marshfield Electric and Water Department may perform electrical work, without a license, on medium-voltage installations and the low-voltage connections directly related to these installations, that are located on customer-owned facilities. This electrical work shall be subject to the inspection and permit requirements of this chapter.

(2) License classifications. There shall be four classes of electrical licenses, as follows:

  1. Master electrician's license. A master electrician's license shall be granted to any person certified as a State of Wisconsin master electrician by the State of Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  2. Journeyman's license. A journeyman electrician's license shall be granted to any person certified as a State of Wisconsin journeyman by the State of Wisconsin Administrative Code. Such license shall not entitle such journeyman to do any electrical wiring or any other electrical work in the city except under the employment of and the supervision of a duly qualified licensed electrical contractor.
  3. Electrical contractor's license. An electrical contractor's license shall be granted to any person certified as a State of Wisconsin electrical contractor by the State of Wisconsin Administrative Code. An electrical contractor's license may be granted to a State of Wisconsin certified master electrician who provides proof of a minimum $250,000.00 general liability insurance providing coverage for the provision of electrical contracting services for the individual or firm by which employed, by filing with the electrical inspector a certificate of insurance for the performance of electrical work.
  4. Plant electrician's license. A plant electrician's license shall be granted to any person defined in section 17-03 of this chapter upon an application being filed. Such license shall be null and void if the licensee leaves the employ of the plant or factory where he or she was employed at the time of issuance of such license. Such electrician, while working at the employer's place of business, need not be under the direct supervision of the electrical inspector or a municipal licensed electrical contractor. Upon leaving the employ of the plant, factory, or industrial/commercial/institutional employer the status of this person may be changed to that of a municipal journeyman electrician and this person may perform work for an electrical contractor.

(3) HVAC/appliance installers. Any qualified individual who is currently an owner or employed by a State of Wisconsin certified HVAC or state licensed plumbing firm, and only while working under the employment of or as owner of these firms, may connect, disconnect, reconnect, and provide maintenance to central heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, electric ranges, clothes dryers, and electric heating equipment in new or existing commercial, residential, or industrial applications. The individual shall not extend, replace, or otherwise modify existing electrical wiring, other than minor changes to facilitate direct equipment replacement, nor shall the individual add new electrical circuits. This individual shall be qualified by the employer to have sufficient knowledge of the type of work involved to ensure that the work will be performed safely and in accordance with the requirements of all applicable codes. New circuit wiring or new circuit extensions to these appliances shall be subject to the permit and inspection provisions of this chapter.

(4) Sign installers. All nonlicensed persons performing electrical work or repairs on any neon or illuminated signs shall be employed by a listed sign company. Sign companies shall show proof of a minimum of $500,000 of liability insurance related to this work.

  1. Neon signs. Sign installation companies that are qualified by and listed by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. (UL) and are registered with the electrical inspector's office, may install and repair components of and wire the secondary (high voltage) side of neon signs, field-installed neon skeleton signs, and field-installed neon outline lighting as set up by UL's program and article 600 of the NEC without a license. These installers may hook up only the final branch circuit connection on the primary (low voltage) side to these listed signs that are created under this program. Only licensed electricians may install the primary branch circuit to the point of the neon's transformer connection. An electrical permit is required for all new neon installations.
  2. Illuminated signs. Companies listed and qualified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, that have registered with the electrical inspector's office may connect, reconnect, or make repairs to illuminated signs as defined by the National Electrical Code without a license. All wiring involved shall not be concealed until inspected. These installers may only hook up the final branch circuit connection to these signs. Only licensed electricians shall install any part of the branch circuit wiring to the point of the sign's connection. All types of illuminated signs or outside lighting shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing agency or they shall not be installed in this municipality. Relocated signs shall be listed before they are reinstalled at the new location. All listing marks of the listing agency shall be clearly visible after installationfrom grade level by a permanent label or stamping process. New circuit wiring or new circuit extensions to these signs shall be subject to the permit and inspection provisions of this chapter.

(5) Application. Application for all licenses required by this chapter shall be made to the electrical inspector on forms furnished by the city and shall contain a record of the applicant's training and experience in the installation and repairing of electrical wires, equipment, devices and apparatus, duly vouched for by instructors or licensed electricians under whom he or she may have served. A copy of his or her State of Wisconsin certification shall be an acceptable record of training. A state-certified person may have a licensed issued upon the signature of the electrical inspector.

(6) Expiration. All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be valid for a period of three calendar years, and shall expire on June 30 of the third calendar year, unless sooner revoked. This three-year cycle commenced on July 1, 1996. Licenses may be renewed with the finance director for the three-year renewal fee. All applications for renewal of existing licenses shall be filed with the city clerk, not later than June 1 of the three-year cycle period and require the approval of the electrical board. No license shall be issued, whether original or renewal, unless the required fee has been paid. If a license is permitted to expire, the former holder thereof shall have the same status as a person not previously licensed. The fees for the various licenses required by this chapter shall be as specified in subsection (9) of this section. All municipal granted electrical license holders, as defined by 17-03, who wish to maintain this status, shall show proof of at least 18 hours of continuing education relative to their equivalent license category before a renewal is granted. This proof shall consist of a copy or copies of a certificate of completion for State of Wisconsin approved continuing education unit's (CEU's). The required education shall be achieved during the previous license period and prior to April 1st of the renewal year. This requirement shall go into effect for the July 1, 2008 license renewal period and continue for all subsequent renewals.

(7) Lapse of license. If any person ceases, during the term of such license, to be actively engaged in the kind of electrical work for which the license is held, such license shall lapse upon motion of the board of electrical examiners. Such license may be reinstated if such person desires to reenter the field of electrical work, upon proof being given that this person is certified by the State of Wisconsin.

(8) Scope. Any license granted under this chapter shall be valid only within the corporate limits of the city.

(9) Fees. All licenses shall be issued for three years commencing July 1 and expiring June 30 per the three-year National Electrical Code cycle year of adoption, unless sooner revoked. The fees for such licenses shall be paid to the finance director. The fees for the licenses are as follows:

  1. Journeyman and plant electrician, $30.00.
  2. Master electrician, $30.00.
  3. Electrical contractor license, $100.00

(10) Nonlicensed persons. A license is not required for the following persons:

  1. An indentured apprentice, material handler, or state-certified beginning electrician may perform electrical work as defined in section 17-03 of this chapter in the city, only if he or she is under the direct supervision of a duly qualified master or journeyman electrician who shall hold a city license. This work shall not include working on energized circuits or equipment.
    1. Direct supervision shall mean abiding by the following ratio: The first person on the work site shall have a municipal master or journeyman's license. The next four people on the job may be any combination of indentured apprentices, state-certified beginning electricians, or material handlers. At no time on a job site shall there be more apprentices than journeymen workers. For any additional workers exceeding these five people the first person shall be a municipal licensed master or journeyman with the rest of the ratio enforced. This ratio shall be maintained for the entire quantity of workers employed at each work site. The required number of licensed electricians shall always be present at each job site for this "direct supervision" if there are unlicensed people performing electrical work there.
    2. Up to two fifth-year State of Wisconsin indentured apprentice electricians shall be allowed to work at each job site without being included in this ratio. If there are more than two fifth-year apprentices at a job or work site, they shall be included in this ratio. Fifth-year apprentices shall not supervise any persons performing electrical work.
    3. For the purposes of this chapter, a job site or work site is considered to be the physical location where employees report for their work assignments and/or perform electrical work. The employer's workshop or service center shall be considered to be a separate, single job site. All other physical locations where workers report for work or perform work are each considered to be a separate, single job site. Every such indentured apprentice, certified beginning electrician or material handler shall, prior to commencing electrical work within the city, register with the electrical inspector.
  2. A fifth-year State of Wisconsin indentured apprentice electrician shall be allowed to perform electrical work without a license and without either a master or journeyman electrician being physically present at a job site, provided that the master electrician for their firm be responsible for the apprentice's work. Fifth-year apprentices shall not supervise any other persons performing electrical work as outlined in this chapter. The apprentice's employer shall provide proof of the fifth-year apprentice's status before that person shall be allowed to work without the required licensed electrician's direct supervision.
  3. This subsection shall not be applicable to electrical work on mobile homes, modular homes or any other manufactured structure being done within the manufacturing plant or factory.

(Code 1982, 16.06; Ord. No. 947, 1(16.06), 11-27-2001; Ord. No. 972, 1, 2-25-2003; Ord. No. 984, 1 (16.06(9)), 7-22-2003; Ord. No. 1024, 1, 6-22-2004)