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Electrical Code signed into law.

The city's new Electrical Code was signed into law this week.

Introductory Number 425-A updates the New York City Electrical Code as required by Local Law 64 of 2001. The amended Electrical Code reflects technological advances that make it more responsive to today's special requirements of building and construction in New York City.

New requirements include:

* The use of Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit is prohibited in hazardous locations, as this type of material is not suitable for wiring raceways in hazardous locations;

* The use of Fuel Cells for emergency systems is now prohibited, as they are not suitable as power sources for emergency or life safety systems due to the longer response time they require;

* Solar Photovoltaic Systems are required to be tested as complete assemblies to prevent unsafe installations. These systems transform solar energy into electricity;

* All legally required standby systems are now classified as Emergency Systems. In New York City, legally required standby systems are intended only for use as emergency systems;

* The use of Electrical Metallic Tubing is prohibited in wet locations to prevent potential degradation of the metallic tubing that encases the electrical wiring system.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters are now required in dwelling unit bedrooms and outlets are now required on balconies, decks and porches. Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit, including PVC and fiberglass, are now allowed in residential dwellings not exceeding three stories.

Under the new rules, licenses may now expire at staggered intervals to break up the demand for renewals, thereby speeding up the renewal process.

The Department has authorization to deny renewal where applicants have failed to clear their violations. Applicants for a master electrician license must submit their license application within one year after passing the license examination. This prevents the passage of substantial time between exam and license issuance, which ensures that new licensees are familiar with the latest industry and technological advances.

All licensee applicants must provide proof of various insurance overages, including $1 million of general liability insurance, thereby protecting clients and consumers. A digital signature and seal imprint will now be accepted for documents submitted electronically to the Department, thereby speeding up the application process.

Permit applications will no longer require the owner's signature and will be issued for three-year periods.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 20, 2006
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