You’ll need an Electrical Permit if you plan to change the location of lights, outlets, add new electrical service or move any electric built-in. In most states, permits can only be issued to licensed electricians unless you are the homeowner (which makes you the General Contractor) and sign a document that you are not intending to sell the home and that you’ll have a licensed electrician do the work.
Remember, as the homeowner, you are on the hook if someone on your property gets hurt caused by shoddy electrical work. And it’s perhaps the most dangerous of all the remodel projects in the home. Every year hundreds of people are electrocuted trying to do the work themselves. This doesn’t include the ones who are injured or killed as a result of amateur workmanship.
As a result, the building department is stricter here than other places. Safety is always the primary concern in relation to codes and these permits are taken very seriously by the inspectors. If you’ve ever been hit by a jolt of household current you know why!
All electrical installations must have an electrical inspection to make sure the installation meets the minimum electrical safety requirements. Both new and altered electrical systems in all types of installations require permits. This means:
A Rough-In Inspection: To be made after all electrical boxes and rough wiring is installed.
A Final Inspection: To be made after all electrical work has been completed and all electrical trim is installed.
Electrical inspectors examine the installation of electrical systems and equipment to ensure that they function properly and comply with electricalcodes and standards.
Certified licensed, bonded and insured electricians are the only ones allowed to do these things, but sometimes they will allow the homeowner to help. If so, you can save some money here and learn more about the functioning of your home than you could get in college!.
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