Electrical Permits

Alterations to an existing structure and/or change of current use of space within a structure may require a building permit or an over-the-counter permit.

  • Building Permit Required: Structural alterations with new openings in bearing walls, moving of interior structural members, changing the layout of interior spaces, changing the use of interior spaces.
    • Building Permit Needed – Review the Alteration Page under Home Improvements for building permit requirements.
  • Electrical Permit Required: When the scope of the proposed project does not include any structural changes or change in use, but does include electrical work, then an Electrical Permit (PDF) is required to be obtained.
  • Electrical work includes, but is not limited to the installation or replacement of:
    • Electrical service replacement (Meter base, disconnect(s) and/or electrical panels/sub-panels) 
      • A PPL Work Order Number is needed for all electrical service replacements. Contact PPL directly to obtain the work order number for the project
    • New circuit(s) or extensions of existing circuits with the addition of new receptacle locations and/or lighting fixtures
    • Re-wiring including, but not limited to, new home run circuit wiring to existing room receptacles and/or lighting fixtures
    • New circuit(s) for sump pumps, radon fans, garbage disposals or other motor loads
    • New circuit(s) and wiring associated with new or replacement of 110-volt smoke alarms
    • New circuit(s) and/or wiring to exterior lighting, low voltage transformers, exterior receptacles, pond receptacle(s) and other 110-volt landscape lighting
    • An electrical permit is not needed for the installation of low voltage landscape lighting
  • The permit fee, due at time of application, is based on the dollar value of the project. Review page 2 of the Building Permit Fee Schedule (PDF) for electrical permit fee information.
  • Either the property owner or agent of the owner (i.e. contractor) can make application for an Electrical Permit.
  • An Electrical Permit is valid for six months from date of issuance.
  • All new work is subject to field inspection and approval prior to concealment and when work is completed.
  • If you are unsure what, if any, type of permit your project will require, please contact the Code Compliance Department prior to the commencement of any work.