When Do You Need An Electrical Permit?Many homeowners like to tackle DIY projects and remodeling jobs around the home. However, when it comes to projects involving electrical work you will need to ensure that you have any necessary permits – or determine if you need to hire a licensed electrician – before starting any electrical work.
For homeowners, a permit may not be required to replace electrical devices or to perform maintenance on an existing electrical installation. However, a permit is usually required to perform any of the following electrical work:
• Install or alter any permanent wiring or electrical device
• Run new wiring
• Installing a new electrical outlet or light fixture
• Installation of a receptacle for a garage-door opener
• Converting a fuse box to a circuit breaker
• Installing or altering low-voltage systems such as security alarms
If you are not sure if you need a permit for an electrical project, call your local building department. Some municipalities allow homeowners to pull their own permit, while other require a licensed electrician obtain the permit.
If allowed to obtain a permit in your area, you will need to be both the owner and the occupant of the home to obtain a permit to do the electrical work yourself. You cannot perform any electrical installations or modifications on a residence intended for sale, lease, rent, or exchange. If you do not own or do not intend to live in the unit, a licensed electrician must perform the work.
If you do obtain a permit, the work must be inspected by a certified electrical inspector. A minimum of 24-hours' notice is usually required for inspections. When you call, you will be asked for the permit number, the homeowner's name, project address, type of inspection needed, and date on which the inspection is desired. Be prepared to furnish detailed directions to the job site and a detailed description of the electrical work performed.