An electrical permit, and follow-up electrical inspections, are required for any electrical work associated with new construction, remodeling, replacement or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment.
”Electrical work” means the installation, altering, repairing, planning or laying out of electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment for light, heat, power or other purposes.
An electrical permit application and permit fees must be submitted to and approved by the city before any electrical work may begin.
A licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor, and its employees, may apply for an electrical permit.
In specific cases where electrical work may be performed by a homeowner, the homeowner may apply for the electrical permit. In signing and submitting a permit application, a homeowner acknowledges that they own and occupy the home where work will be conducted, and they will personally and physically will perform all of the electrical work, including the lay out of that work.
Generally, the State of Minnesota requires that all electrical work must be performed by licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractors and their employees.
In specific cases, and within strict limitations, electrical work may be performed by a homeowner on the property they have homesteaded. An owner may not do electrical work in a mobile home, recreational vehicle or portion of a building that is rented, leased or occupied by others.
Electrical work may require a variety of inspections:
- A “rough-In” inspection must be conducted before insulation, sheet-rock, paneling or other material covers any wiring. Except for final connection to switches, receptacles and lighting fixtures, all ground wires and other wires in boxes must be spliced and pigtailed prior to the rough-in inspection. Underground wiring must be inspected before a trench is backfilled. If wiring is concealed in any manner prior to the rough-in inspection, the person responsible for concealing the wiring is also responsible for any cost associated with uncovering the wiring and for any cost associated with replacing the covering materials.
- A “final” inspection is required when electrical work is completed and prior to use or the space becoming occupied.
- It is the responsibility of the electrical permit applicant to schedule all required inspections with the building inspections division.
- It is the responsibility of the electrical permit applicant to provide accessibility to the structure being inspected.