(By authority conferred on the public service commission by section 7 of 1909 PA  
106, sections 4 and 6 of 1939 PA 3, and section 5 of 1939 PA 419, MCL 460.557, 460.4,  
460.6, and 460.55)  
R 460.811 Definitions.  
Rule 1. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Commission" means the Michigan public service commission.  
(b) "Utility" means an electric or telecommunications company, whether private,  
corporate, or cooperative, that operates under the jurisdiction of the commission.  
History: 1988 AACS.  
R 460.812 Purpose.  
Rule 2. These rules are intended to promote safe and adequate service to the public  
and to provide standards for uniform and reasonable practices for a utility. These rules  
do not relieve a utility from any of its other duties under the laws of this state.  
History: 1988 AACS.  
R 460.813 Standards of good practice; adoption by reference.  
Rule 3. Parts 1, 2, and 3 and sections 1, 2, 3, and 9 of the national electrical safety  
code, 2017 edition (ANSI-C2-2017), are adopted by reference in these rules as standards  
of accepted good practice. Parts 1, 2, and 3 and sections 1, 2, 3, and 9 of the national  
electrical safety code, 2017 edition (ANSI-C2- 2017), are available from the Institute of  
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) via the internet at the following web site:  
at a cost of $190.00 for a pdf download, $210.00 for a print copy, or $285.00 for both  
as of the time of adoption of this rule, plus any applicable handling charge.  
Copies of the code may also be obtained from the Michigan Public Service  
Commission, 7109 W. Saginaw, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909 at the same cost  
charged by the IEEE as of the adoption of this rule, plus $20 for shipping and handling.  
History: 1988 AACS; 1991 AACS; 1997 AACS; 2013 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.814 Exemption from rules; application to commission; public  
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Rule 4. An exemption from these rules may be granted by the commission. A party  
seeking an exemption shall file an application with the commission specifying the  
location to be exempted. After the filing of an application, the commission shall  
investigate the circumstances and shall determine if granting an exemption is in the  
public interest. The commission may conduct a public hearing in order to determine  
whether the public interest would be adversely affected by granting an application for an  
exemption to these rules. The commission may exempt a specific location from these  
rules for any of the following reasons:  
(a) The cost of complying with the rules is not justified by the protection  
(b) Equivalent or safer construction is more readily provided in another manner.  
(c) The rules are impractical for any other reason.  
History: 1988 AACS.  
R 460.815 Rescission.  
Rule 5. R 460.521 to R 460.572 of the Michigan Administrative Code, noted  
on page 4706 of the 1979 Michigan Administrative Code, are rescinded.  
History: 1988 AACS.  
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