If you’re thinking about making electrical upgrades to your home or business, learn about different projects that require an electrical permit.
Before you have any electrical work done, or hire an electrician, consider these points first. Protect your home by making sure all required electrical permits, inspections, and final approvals are complete. The State of Colorado Electrical Board requires certain upgrades are done by a licensed electrical contractor. Besides, hiring a licensed an insured company will give you peace of mind. They will make sure any necessary electrical permit is pulled. And, follow all requirements according to the National Electrical Code (NEC), and state compliance. Service Circuits is your preferred choice when hiring a contractor to take on your project. We go over your scope of work to determine whether or not a permit is required. Essentially, following through with all inspections to assure your home is safe.
Electrical Permit Necessity
In 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association, there was an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction. As a result, the fires resulted in $1.4 billion in property damages. This is why it is so important to hire a licensed electrician to care for your electrical needs. Not sure if your project requires a permit? Call our expert electricians at Service Circuits. We will come out and evaluate your scope of work, and if necessary, we will pull any electrical permits to obtain proper inspections for your job.
Electrical Permits Are Often Required
If an electrical permit is required, it must be purchased by the company or organization performing the work. The property owners themselves, or a licensed electrical contractor, are the only ones authorized to purchase electrical permits. If a property owner purchases their own homeowner’s permit, no licensed electricians are allowed to perform work at that location. In this case, all work must be done solely by the property owner. Sometimes a homeowner will think they can handle taking on the work needed. In reality, they may find themselves mid way through the project with a huge mess on their hands. By the same token, realizing they need an expert to fix what’s wrong.
When this happens, it causes more headache for the homeowner. And more expense due to additional permits required in order for a licensed contractor to perform any work. In any event, contractors must operate off of their own electrical permit. Primarily, for reasons of safety and liability. So take the headache out of your project and call “Your Montrose Neighborhood Electrician” to handle the process for you. This will save you time, money, and energy in the long run. By all means, take all the liability out of your hands and place it in ours, we are equipped to take it on!
Electrical Permit, Inspection, and Final Approval
An electrical permit guarantees the work done at your home or business conforms to current NEC standards. Specifically, an electrical permit is required for most new, remodel, and a handful of maintenance tasks. With this in mind, our expert electricians come out to your property to discuss the scope of your plans. Then, they will evaluate whether or not your scope of work requires an electrical permit or not. Prior to completion of the work, an inspection is requested per permit pulled. In the same fashion, a final inspection is scheduled once the project finished. Doing so provides you with record of the work that was performed. And, verifies the job was done safely and accurately. In turn, your permit/report gives you proof of additional investment made on your part for your home or business.
Most of all, the lack of a permit, inspection, and final approval could affect the safety of your home or business. It could also hinder your ability to obtain financing or prevent you from selling your property. Without a permit, the likelihood of obtaining homeowner’s insurance or collecting an insurance claim would be problematic. In some cases, not hiring a professional to pull a permit and provide a proper install, results in denial of any claims. Furthermore, a homeowner’s policy provider would prefer that you hire a licensed contractor to perform the electrical work. Allowing them to carry the liability for your project. Hence, requiring electricians to have a valid and current license.
What If I Don’t Get A Required Electrical Permit?
You could be subject to penalties and expensive fines if you don’t obtain the required electrical permit. Additionally, you could face additional fines for failing to obtain a permit before beginning any electrical work. On top of that, add-on fines for failing to correct violations found during an inspection. Another risk includes having your electrical power turned off. Consequently, not allowing your home to be re-energized by your power company. As can be seen, resulting in failure to make necessary inspection corrections, your home is deemed a safety hazard by your power company.
Work That Typically Won’t Require an Electrical Permit
- Replacement of lamps, single-family residential light fixtures, branch circuit breakers, contractors, relays, timers, starters, circuit boards, or similar control components
- Changing a single set of fuses or one 10 horsepower or smaller motor
- Trading out a maximum of five: snap switches, dimmers, receptacle outlets, thermostats, heating elements, or replacing a ballast in a flourescent light with the same ballast
- Heat cable repair
- Portable generator repair
- Telecommunications systems
- Permanent home stereo systems
Projects That Commonly Require an Electrical Permit
- All new and additional circuit wiring
- Adding on to your home or remodeling that requires new wiring to be ran
- Panel installation and replacement
- Meter base or mast installation or replacement
- Installing an air conditioning system requiring wiring
- Hot tub installation
- Installing or replacing a furnace system requiring wiring
Presently, both electricians and their apprentices are required to be licensed and registered with Colorado. If Apprentices are on your property working, they must be supervised by a licensed electrician at all times. Service Circuits’ electricians properly licensed, and registered with Colorado. Call us today to schedule your next service visit!