§ 50.070  RATE CLASSIFICATION AND APPLICATION.
   (A)   Residential classification.
      (1)   This classification applies to all uses usually considered in the public utility industry as being strictly residential, domestic, home or incidental farm use in character and where not more than one single-family dwelling unit is served through one meter except as set forth in division (B) of this section.  The residential classification is only applicable for 120/240 volt single-phase service.
      (2)   All non-residential use or three-phase electric service shall be classified as general service or power service and shall be billed as specified below.
   (B)   Multiple dwelling units.
      (1)   At option of the utility, where service is furnished to no more than three dwelling units, apartments, mobile homes or trailers, such service shall be billed on the residential rate with the rate blocks, service and minimum charge to be multiplied by the number of dwelling units, apartments, mobile homes or trailers connected to the service drop.
      (2)   Where four or more dwelling units, apartments or trailers are served through one meter, the general service rate shall apply as specified in division (I) of this section.
      (3)   In the event that service to a multiple dwelling unit is disconnected or a change in ownership or billing name is made, the utility reserves the right to require, at that time, that each dwelling unit be separately metered and billed before service is re-established.
      (4)   The owner of an apartment house, or a single-family house which is converted or constructed so as to contain separate and individual living quarters or dwelling units for more than one family, shall upon request of the utility install at his or her expense separate wiring so that each dwelling unit can be metered and billed separately.  Where such separate wiring has been installed in accordance with the utility's specifications, the dwelling unit shall be billed under the residential schedule.  The utility reserves the right to require all future multiple dwelling units to be separately metered and billed.
   (C)   Combined residential and non-residential service.  Where the premises are used and occupied by a consumer as a non-residential or business establishment and also as a residence, all service supplied will be billed under the applicable non-residential or general service schedule, or at the consumer's option, the wiring may be separated (subject to the utility's approval) and each class of service separately metered and billed accordingly.
   (D)   Rooming houses.
      (1)   Where the primary purpose of the electric service, as determined by the utility, is principally for domestic use by a single-family with boarders being taken in for incidental income, the service shall be classed as residential.
      (2)   Where the domestic electric service use of such family is incidental and the principal activity or electric service use is for a rooming, tourist or boarding house, all service shall be classed and billed as non-residential or general service.  Where a majority of rooms on the premises are rented or are intended to be rented, it shall be deemed that the principal use is for a rooming, tourist or boarding house and therefore the service shall be classified as non-residential or general service as specified in division (I) of this section.
   (E)   Religious and similar dwelling units.  Individual buildings that are primarily used for residences of individuals located in orphanages, children's homes, parsonages and the like will be served under the residential schedule providing the service is 120/240 volts, single-phase and the demand at the individual meter does not exceed the limitation set forth in the residential schedule.
   (F)   Trailers and mobile homes.  Such service shall be considered as temporary service unless elements of permanency exist, including permanent foundation, approved sanitary facilities and the like.  For further details, see § 50.003(F).
   (G)   Three-phase service.
      (1)   This service is not available under the residential rate classification.  Where three-phase service is furnished, all service (both single-phase and three-phase) will be billed under the applicable general service or power rate schedule unless the single-phase and three-phase services are separately metered and billed in conformance to the applicable rate schedule.
      (2)   Where three-phase service is furnished, the applicable service and minimum charge shall be effective on a 12-month year-round basis and seasonal or other interim disconnects will not avoid the service and minimum charge except as may be specified in the applicable rate schedule.
   (H)   Combined single-phase and three-phase service.  Non-residential or general service power service will be billed as a single bill for each service location; provided, however, that all of the consumer's wiring is terminated at a single service and meter location (to be determined by the utility) and only a single three- or four-wire service drop is used to supply service.  If service is supplied to more than one service or meter location or if more than a single three- or four-wire service is installed, separate billing will apply for each service or meter.
   (I)   General service classification.
      (1)   This classification and applicable rate shall apply to service furnished for any use that is not strictly residential, home or incidental farm use in character.  It also applies to residential service where the demand exceeds the limitations set forth in the residential schedule.
      (2)   Such non-residential or general service use includes service furnished to more than three dwelling units served through a single meter, churches, trailer camps, restaurants, hotels, rooming houses, apartment houses, tourist courts, schools, orphanages, stores, professional and other offices, clubs, theaters, businesses, and the like, plus all other establishments or activities that are non-residential or non-home use in character.
      (3)   Any establishment carrying a business, professional or commercial telephone directory listing will be considered as non-residential and the general service or power service rates shall apply.  However, the absence of such telephone listing shall not be considered as establishing as to whether or not the service is residential or non-residential.
      (4)   The non-residential classification shall also apply where either an external or internal business advertising sign or similar evidence is visible from the outside of the building or structure; also where other external visible evidence makes it obvious that non-residential activities are being carried out on the premises involved.
   (J)   Rural general service classification.
      (1)   Service in rural areas shall be considered as non-residential or general service in character where such service is not incidental to general farming operations as defined by the limitations set forth in the utility's residential schedule or where such service is used for the preparation of processing of food or other products to the extent that same are substantially in a form that can be used or can be readily adopted for use by or for sale to the ultimate consumer.
      (2)   In addition, in order to avoid discrimination, all service supplied in rural areas for activities that are sometimes carried on in municipalities and classified and billed as non-residential service shall likewise be classified as general service in rural areas.
   (K)   Power service rate classification.
      (1)   This schedule is applicable to any consumer whose requirements comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the applicable power service rate schedule and who contracts in writing for such service.
      (2)   The power rate is only available on a 12-month year round basis and seasonal disconnects will not avoid the applicable contract monthly minimum charge specified in the rate schedule.  The utility reserves the right to require the consumer to install the necessary complete substation, in which event, the specified substation ownership discount shall apply.
(Ord. 10-85, passed 10-7-85)