Prior to the adoption of Ord. 19352 on 01/02/2007, Section 6-32 read as follows.

        The code adopted by this article is hereby amended by substituting the following sections or portions of sections for those sections or portions of sections with corresponding numbers in the ICC Electrical Code, 2000 Edition or where there is no corresponding section in the ICC Electrical Code, 2000 Edition, the following sections shall be enacted as additions to the ICC Electrical Code, 2000 Edition.

101.1  These regulations shall be known as the Electrical Code of the City of Columbia, Missouri, and may be so cited and will be referred to as “this code”.

101.4  Conductors.  Conductors normally used to carry current shall be of copper unless otherwise provided in this code.  Where the conductor material is not specified, the material and the sizes given in this code shall apply to copper conductors.  Where other materials are used, the size shall be changed accordingly.  Aluminum and copper aluminum will be approved as outside feeders of 100 amperes or larger and must terminate nearest the point of entrance of the feeder; or as designed and recommended by a registered professional engineer or registered architect.

301.1  The administration and enforcement of this code shall be the duty of the director of public works who shall be referred to as the code official in this code, and who is hereby authorized to take such action as may be reasonably necessary to enforce the provisions of this code.  Such persons may be appointed and authorized as assistants or representatives of the director, as may be necessary, to carry out the provisions of this code.

301.2 Delete

301.4  Restriction of employees:  An official or employee connected with the division of protective inspection, except one whose only connection is that of a member of the board of electrical examiners established under the provisions of Section 303.1 shall not be engaged in or directly or indirectly connected with the furnishing of labor, materials or appliances for the construction, alteration or maintenance of a building, or the preparation of plans or of specifications therefore, unless he is the owner of the building; nor shall such officer or employee engage in any work which conflicts with his official duties or with the interest of the department.

302.1.1  In case of an emergency, the director is hereby empowered to cause the discontinuance of electrical service to any electrical wiring, devices, appliances and equipment found to be immediately dangerous to life or property until such wiring, devices, appliances and equipment have been made safe in accordance with the minimum requirements of this code.

302.9 Relief from personal responsibility:  The code official, officer or employee charged with the enforcement of this code, while acting for the jurisdiction, shall not thereby render himself liable personally, and is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage accruing to persons or property as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of official duties. Any suit instituted against any officer or employee because of an act performed by that officer or employee in the lawful discharge of duties and under the provisions of this code shall be defended by the legal representative of the jurisdiction until the final termination of the proceedings.  The code official or any subordinate shall not be liable for costs in any action, suit or proceeding that is instituted in pursuance of the provisions of this code; and any officer of the protective inspection division acting in good faith and without malice, shall be free from liability for acts performed under any of its provisions or by reason of any act or omission in the performance of official duties in connection therewith.

303.1  Board of Electrical Examiners
A board of electrical examiners consisting of six (6) persons is hereby created.  One member shall be the director of public works or his designee, who shall be the ex-officio chair of the board; the remaining five (5) members shall be appointed by the city council.  One member shall be a registered professional engineer, one member shall be a licensed electrical contractor, one member shall be a licensed electrician, and two (2) members shall be laymen.  The first two (2) persons appointed to the board shall serve for three (3) years, the second two (2) persons shall serve for two (2) years, the last person shall serve for one year.  Thereafter, each member of the board shall serve for three (3) years and until a replacement is appointed and qualified.  The board of electrical examiners shall be empowered to give examinations for electricians' licenses and certificates, to approve or disapprove applications for electricians' licenses and certificates, and to issue or revoke electricians' licenses or certificates.  The board shall meet upon the call of the chair, or upon the call of a majority of its membership, however, it shall meet within at least thirty (30) days after filing of an application for examination as an electrician for the purpose of examining such applicant or applicants.   The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting.  Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five percent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office.  Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the council of the vacancy.   Applicants scheduled for examination shall be notified of the date, time and place of examination at least three (3) days prior to the date of examination.  

303.2  It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus or fixtures for light, heat or power purposes; installation or additions to sound, audio visual or communication equipment in or on any building, structure, or premises within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia, Missouri, unless issued a certificate of competency by the board of electrical examiners, except as provided by Section 401.4.  This shall not be construed to cover cases where the connected electrical load is not increased or where no new electrical wiring is required.

303.3  The board of electrical examiners is herein empowered to provide for the following types of certificates:

1.  Electrical Contractor or Master Certificate (Type A)
2.  Electrical Sign Contractor Certificate (Type B)
3.  Journeyman Certificate, 8,000-Hrs (Type C-8 General)
4.  Journeyman Certificate, 6,000-Hrs (Type C-6 General)
5.  Sign Wireman Certificate (Type D)
6.  Burglar-Fire Alarm Certificate (Type F)
7.  Communication and Sound Certificate (Type G)
8.  Maintenance Electrician Certificate (Type H)
9.  Apprentice Electrician Certificate (Type E)

303.3.1  Certificates will be issued to applicants who meet the following requirements:

Apprentice (Type E)  Submit application stating name, address and telephone number and employer's signature.  No fee required.

    Journeyman (Type C-8)  
    1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    Prove 8,000 hours active employment as an apprentice electrician. Time in an appropriate electrical apprenticeship program or trade schools may be considered for credit toward 8,000 hours requirement.
3.    List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice electrician.
4.    Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.

    Journeyman (Type C-6)  
    1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    Prove 6,000 hours active employment as an apprentice electrician. Time in an appropriate electrical apprenticeship program or trade schools may be considered for credit toward 6,000 hours requirement.
3.    List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice electrician.
4.    Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.   

    Contractor or Master (Type A)
1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    Prove 4,000 hours active employment as journeyman electrician C-8, 6,000 hours as journeyman electrician C-6 or be registered with the State of Missouri as a professional engineer or architect and be actively engaged in the business of electrical contracting.
3.    List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice or journeyman electrician.
4.    Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.

Burglar-Fire Alarm (Type F)
1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice or journeyman electrician.
3.    Provide proof of industry certification as a Burlar-Fire Alarm wireman.

Communication and Sound (Type G)
1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice or journeyman electrician.
3.    Provide proof of industry certification as a Communication and Sound wireman.

    (Type B, D, and H)
1.    Submit application to director of public works stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.    List name, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked in a capacity similar to that covered by the requested certificate.
3.    Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.

303.4.  The board of electrical examiners shall approve or disapprove the issuance of a certificate upon (1) the filing of the proper application, (2) completion of examination when required, (3) payment of the required fee.  This section shall not apply to apprentice electricians.

303.4.1  The type of examination required will be determined by the board of electrical examiners and will be selected from the standard examination list as prepared and published by Experior Assessments, LLC.

303.4.2  Reciprocity:  The board of electrical examiners will honor licenses issued from other jurisdictional areas provided the applicant meets the minimum experience requirements of the City of Columbia, Missouri, and provides certification of having satisfactorily completed the Experior Assessments, LLC. examination applicable for the type of license requested.

303.5.  The board of electrical examiners may grant reciprocal certificates to a duly licensed electrician of another city of the State of Missouri on the same terms and under the same conditions as such other city will grant reciprocal licenses to a duly certified electrician of the City of Columbia; provided the applicant has been licensed by the city having adopted an electrical code and electrician examination equivalent to the electrical code and electrician examination of the City of Columbia.

303.6.  The scope of work authorized by each type of certificate shall be as follows:

1.    The Electrical Contractor or Masters Certificate (Type A) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the installation, repair, altering, and making additions to electrical wiring, heating devices, lights, motors, fixtures, conduits, generators, appliances and appurtenances and to supervise construction or installation of same.

2.    An Electrical Sign Contractor Certificate (Type B) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the fabrication, installation, repair, alteration or making additions to electrical signs, and to make the electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the work authorized to be installed.  Any electrical sign contractor personally performing electrical sign work shall be a certificated sign wireman.

3.    An Electrical Journeyman Certificate (Type C-8 & C-6 General) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work under persons or firms holding contractor license (Type A) or to perform electric work as a regular employee for, and on the premises of, a specified firm or corporation.

4.    A Sign Wireman Certificate (Type D) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work on any electrical sign and to make connections to or disconnections from the power source within five (5) feet of an electrical sign.

5.    Burglar-Fire Alarm Certificate (Type F) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting and to install, repair and make alterations on burglar and fire alarm equipment and to make electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the equipment authorized to be installed.

6.    Communication and Sound Certificate (Type G) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting and to install, repair and make alterations on communication and sound equipment and to make electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the equipment authorized to be installed.

7.    A Maintenance Electrician Certificate (Type H) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical routine maintenance only, on equipment applicable to his trade and for a specified employer.

8.    An Apprentice Electrical Certificate (Type E) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work only when under the immediate supervision of an electrician holding a Type C, D, G or H Certificate.  The ratio shall not exceed three apprentice to one master or journeyman electrician.

303.7.  It shall be unlawful for any person holding a Type A, B, F or G Certificate to engage in work authorized by such certificate in the corporate limits of the city without first having filed with the city business license administrator a certificate of comprehensive liability insurance with a minimum of $100,000 per claim bodily injury, $100,000 per claim property damage with $300,000 aggregate per occurrence.  Such insurance shall insure the proper construction, erection, and maintenance of the electrical work in accordance with the provisions of this code and shall insure the city from any and all claims or demands for damages by reason of any negligence of the electrical contractor or his agents, or by reason of defects in the construction, or damages resulting from any part thereof.  The city requires a 30-day cancellation notice from the insurance company.

303.8.  No person who has obtained an Electrical Contractor's Certificate (Type A) shall allow his name to be used by another person for the purpose of obtaining permits, or for doing business or work under his license.  Every person licensed shall notify the board of the address of his place of business, if any, and the name under which such business is carried on, and shall give immediate notice to the board of any change in either.
303.9.  Re-examination.  Any person who fails to pass the examination, as prescribed by the board, may apply for re-examination.

303.10.  License Fees.  Electrical contractors with Type A, B, F or G Certificate shall pay annual business license fees to the city in an amount to be determined under the provisions of chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances.

303.11.  Certificate Renewal.  All certificated electricians holding Type A, B, C, D, F, G and H certificates shall renew their certificate every three years and pay a renewal fee of $10.00.  The first renewal date shall be January 1, 1998, and thereafter on January 1 at three year intervals. Failure to renew by the January 1 date of the renewal year will result in the certificate expiring. Individuals holding expired certificates will be required to make application for a certificate as a new applicant in accordance with this code.

401.4  No permit to install or perform any work authorized by Type A, B, F, or G license shall be granted to any person other than a contractor, except as follows:

Exception No. 1.  Electricians holding a Type C certificate who are regular employees of the firm or corporation for which the work is to be performed, may obtain a permit to do electrical work on the premises of the firm or corporation provided the work is not associated with work requiring a building permit.

Exception No. 2.  A permit may be issued to any person to do work in a single family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such building, provided that the person is a bona fide owner of the dwelling, will occupy the dwelling for a period of not less than one year, will personally purchase all materials and perform all labor authorized by the permit, and that the applicant shall file an affidavit certifying that these conditions will be met before the issuance of the permit.

Work performed under any permit shall be subject to all applicable regulatory provisions of this code.

404.2   The director of public works shall issue a permit for proposed work set forth in the application if  in compliance with this and all other ordinances and regulations of the City of Columbia, Missouri, and upon payment of fees set forth hereinafter.

    For each service entrance panel 250 amperes or less    $ 8.10
    For each service entrance panel over 250 amperes    .0324/Amp
    For each circuit (whether 2-wire, 3-wire or 3-phase)
    For first ten    1.35 each
    For all over ten    1.08 each
    For each connection of hot air or hot water heating plant    3.24 each
    For each electric heating circuit (base board, etc.)    3.24 each
    For installation of or addition to sound, audio-visual or
        communication equipment    16.20
    
In no case shall the fees for permits be less than the following:

    Commercial swimming pool    21.60
    Residential swimming pool    10.80
    For alterations of or extensions to existing wiring    8.10
    For any other electrical permit    8.10

Reinspection fees will be charged in accordance with the International Building Code as adopted by the City of Columbia, Missouri.

In addition to persons authorized hereunder, an application for permit may be submitted by a general contractor or the owner of a new one- or two-family dwelling.  Fees may be paid at the date of application or through billing by the finance department.  Failure to pay any billed fee within thirty (30) days of billing shall nullify any permit for which billing was made and work shall cease until fees are actually received by the city.  Permit revocation and work stoppage are remedial steps which may be taken in addition to any other remedy for collection authorized by law.

1003.1  Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.  Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

1101.  Building Construction Codes Commission.

1101.1  Application for Appeal.  The applicant for an electrical permit, the holder of an electrical permit, or the owner or agent of a building or structure wherein electrical work is to be installed may appeal from a decision of the code official refusing to grant modification of the provisions of the Electrical Code covering the manner of installation, or materials to be used in the installation, to the building construction codes commission.  Application for appeal shall be filed in accordance with the procedures set out in Section 112.0 of the International Building Code of 2000 as amended by Section 6-17.

1102. Membership: Delete entire section

1103 Procedures: Delete entire section

1201.1.2 Amendments to NFPA 70 as follows:

210-12 (b)  Delete

300-5(k).   Warning tape shall be installed a minimum of six (6) inches below grade and not less than six (6) inches above the electrical cables or conduit in all underground installations of 50 volts or more.

440-14.  Location.  Disconnecting means shall be located within sight from and readily accessible from the air-conditioning or refrigerating equipment.

Exception:  Cord- and plug-connected appliances.

(FPN):  See parts G and I of Article 430 for additional requirements.

(Ord. No. 14116 § 1, 7-5-94; Ord. No. 14248 § 1, 10-10-94; Ord. No. 15394, § 1, 10-20-97; Ord. No. 17505, § 1, 11-4-02; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03)