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State Electrical Regulations

Introduction

This publication summarizes the major provisions of electrical code, enforcement, and contractor/electrician licensing requirements for each state in the U.S. It is based upon information supplied by NECA Chapters. For more current or detailed information about electrical requirements in a particular state, contact the agency listed under Contact.

Listing: States are listed alphabetically.

CONTRACTOR/ELECTRICIAN LICENSING

States with statewide licensing requirements generally have an electrical or licensing Board with the power to give examinations and issue licenses, and to suspend and revoke licenses for cause. Some states have no statewide licensing requirements, leaving this matter entirely to local jurisdictions. Some states have reciprocity arrangements for contractor/electrician licensing with others that have the same or similar requirements. These are generally neighboring states.

CODES AND ENFORCEMENT

This publication covers state safety requirements for electrical construction. Most states adopt by reference the National Electrical Code (ANSI/NFPA standard 70), sometimes with local changes. Some also adopt by reference the National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI/IEEE standard C2). Many states with statewide electrical codes allow local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent requirements. Some states have no electrical codes or enforcement authority, leaving these matters entirely to local jurisdictions.

EXCEPTIONS

Some states exempt certain types of work or classes of installations from electrical code, inspection, and/or licensing requirements. View exceptions >
  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • District of Columbia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

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