UGH!!! We all hate that word “Permits” You mean I have to get permission to do my own work what !!!!!!!!!
A very important thing to remember is that this work still requires a licensed Electrician to do this work that is properly trained.
- There are some misnomers about working on your own home as to what we understand you can work on your own home with the understanding that it can not be a multi family dwelling such as a condo twin home rental like it says if its a multi family then NO the law requires you to hire a licensed and insured Electrician ( No a handyman is not licensed to do this work ) to prove the point a Handyman doesn’t have the license to pull a permit.
Its just another way for someone to get more of your money, right? Some electrical work you need permits and some you don’t (ALWAYS check your local and state laws and ALWAYS hire a licensed insured knowledgable Electrician). Lets talk about the different times you are required to or not to get a permit for Electrical work.
Some of these might still require a permit depending on the city you live in.
Remember these are examples of certain possibilities not all situations or city’s are the same there are areas that require permits for most anything please always check with your local jurisdiction, City, State, County etc. on any project you are planning on doing before. It is always a good thing to plan out a project before proceeding with it.
Change a light bulb No
Change a light fixture No
Change out an outlet No
Change a few outlets No
Basement remodel yes
Basement finish Yes
Finish a bathroom yes
Replace your panel Yes
Change out a Breaker No
Change out your Meter Yes
New Construction Yes
Run Electrical to Shop/Unattached Garage/Outbuilding Yes
Put outlets in Eves No
Run undercounted lighting No
Hang a huge and heavy Chandelier No
Install a residential generator yes
Install a commercial generator yes
Installing solar Yes – ALWAYS research the company you choose, we have seen so many messed up jobs that aren’t hooked up correctly or at all and therefore saving any money.
Installing yard lighting No
Installing a light pole in your yard yes
Disclaimer: These are just some examples, this was meant as a fun easy to read blog, but remember hiring a licensed, current on continuing ed, insured, qualified electrician and they will know the laws for your area and the codes, Handyman aren’t watched by the state so they don’t have to obey all the laws and codes and regulations. Knowing, researching and learning the local codes and laws will help you also.