Everything you need to know about electrical Permit process

Who can apply for electrical permit?

If the scope of work limited only to electrical work, a licensed electrician or the homeowner can apply for the electrical permit.

If the work involving any framing work in addition to electrical work a General building contractor can apply for the permit as well. The homeowner can apply for the electrical permit and hire help as long as it is under his supervision.

Electrical permit application

If the electrical permit is required, the contactor or the homeowner shall file an application with the local jurisdictions (City or County). Some of the electrical work may require submittal of electrical plans or/and Title-24 (Energy compliance sheets). The applicants shall expect to have the following information to be able to fill out the permit application properly,

  • The scope of work for example (Service panel upgrade, House rewire, kitchen remodel, adding light fixtures, etc.)
  • The complete property address.
  • Type of building (residential or commercial) and occupancy type to find out the occupancy type of your building please check California building code Here.
  • The owner and contractor signatures. Contractor may have a letter from the owner allowing him to apply for the permit in his/her behalf.

When Electrical permit is required?

A permit is required for any movement, replacement and installation of any part of the electrical system inside and outside the property. Check with the local jurisdictions (cities, counties) for the exemption of the electrical work from the requirements of permit or/and inspections.

What are the required Electrical inspections?

It depends on the scope of the electrical work. However, the electrical code requires three main inspections and always check with the assigned inspector before covering any electrical parts. The following general inspections are required,

  • The underground inspection, pipes shall be installed and in place. The inspector shall be able to verify the trench depth, material type and the pipe size.
  • Rough-in inspection after running all wires and electrical boxes but before installing drywall or plaster. the inspector will verify t=wire strapping, wire protection, proper circuits count, and light and outlet boxes locations.
  • Final inspection shall be made upon completion of the installation.

Reference Codes – National Electrical Code – California Electrical Code