licenced contractor ?


Is a licensed contractor required by law to get permits and city approval for electrical work? Thank you, Seamus J. Wilson
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He should not begin work without permits. TB
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You need to find out who issues the license and ask them

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There might be some super small jobs like changing out devices or fixtures that do not require permits or inspections in some localities.
But in most cases and places YES.
Only your local inspection office can tell you for sure.
Colbyt
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It depends on where you are. Here in Horry County, SC permits are required in the cities for most repair work and all new work. In the county, repair work often does not, but new work over $500.00 does.
Some cities and counties in South Carolina have no building dept or inspectors at all!
It depends on wher you live. We often think that everywhere else is just like where we are, but that is not always the case.
If you have a building dept, ask them. You may not get correct answers here for that question unless you state where you are.
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The answer is a definite YES, NO, MAYBE, AND IT DEPENDS.
For small jobs that are a real no brainer to a licensed electrician, permits are optional. For new construction or remodeling, they protect you when you sell. If they are going to R&R a ceiling fan, then they wouldn't get a permit.
Check with your building department, because it is you who will be called on the carpet later if anything is not right.
Steve
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sligo wrote:

In most places he is required to assure the permits have been issued before beginning the work.
If the homeowner is doing their own work, most places allow them to get the permits, and may be able to get the permits for the contractor.
However the only place you can find the final answer for your question is at your local building authority as they make the rules.
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sligo writes:

In some places, the permitting chiefly serves to penalize and inhibit do- it-yourselfers and unlicensed contractors, while permits are unenforced against licensed "insiders", for smallish jobs.
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Depends on where you are at.
Ask your local authority on this, as here in our little area, only the licence holder, NOT the homeowner, tech, or sub for the contractor can pull the permits, OR ask for the inspection.
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In any modern normal city in the USA, the answer is "yes".
In a rural community check with whoever runs the city.

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Panos Popadopalous wrote:

Do you mean 'is a licensed contractor required to get permits' or 'does a licensed contractor need permits'
In New Castle County, Delaware you can take a county sponsered 4 hour course that allows you to do electrical work in your OWN home.
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