Electrical Regulations by State - California

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CODE

Effective January 1, 2008, all jurisdictions in the State of California, are required to adopt and enforce the following new codes:

  • 2007 California Building Code
    (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2006 International Building Code with California amendments. Published by the International Code Council, ICC) 2007 California Electrical Code (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2005 National Electrical Code with California amendments. Published by the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA)
  • 2007 California Fire Code
    (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2006 International Fire Code with California amendments. Published by ICC)

Installations in hotels, motels, apartment houses, and dwellings (including factory-built housing) must conform to regulations of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Housing and Building Standards (DHBS). DHBS enforces the most recent edition of the National Electrical Code.

Counties and cities may adopt equal or more stringent requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

All electrical installations in places of employment under jurisdiction of the Department of Industrial Relations are subject to inspection by DIS. In practice, enforcement of building regulations is done primarily by local inspectors, with DIS providing all statewide safety inspection and consultation on safety matters in places of employment.

LICENSING

Contractors, electricians and journeymen must be licensed by the Electrical Contractors’ State Licensing Board.

Electrical Contractor

Licenses may be issued to either firms or individuals, firms must designate an owner, partner, officer or responsible managing employee who has the required qualifications to take the written examination. Applicants must present evidence of technical knowledge, experience, integrity, and financial responsibility, and pass a written examination.

Exemption – Firms constructing or improving their own structures not intended for sale are exempt from licensing requirements. However, sale of a structure within one (1) year after construction or improvement is considered “presumptive evidence” of construction or improvement for purpose of sale.

Electricians

Certification is now required of all electricians (except electrical contractors working under their license (C-10) effective January 2005. Electricians must successfully complete an apprenticeship program approved by the California Apprenticeship Council, the BAT or a state Apprenticeship Council authorized by the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training. Certification required every three (3) years.

General Electrician

8000 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code.

Residential Electrician

4800 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code.

Voice Data Video Technician

4000 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining any system that falls within the scope of the National Electrical Code, Articles 725, (non-composite cables only), 800 (non-hybrid cables only) 810 and 820.

Fire/Life Technician

4000 hours of work for an electrical contractor involving the installation, construction or maintenance of systems as covered in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code.

Nonresidential Lighting Technician

2000 hours (4 years journeyman experience) of work installing, repairing and maintaining nonresidential lighting while employed by a contractor engaged in the business of nonresidential lighting maintenance and retrofit installations.

FeesElectrical ContractorsElectricians
License $400.00 N/A
Application $50.00, additional Classifications $75.00
License Renewal $225.00/yr $100.00/ 2yr
Examination N/A $100.00

RECIPROCITY

Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

CONTACT
  • Division of Apprentice Standards
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • 2424 Arden Way, Suite 160
  • Sacramento, CA 95825
  • (916) 263-2877
  • (916) 263-0981 fax
  • E-mailarojas@dir.hq.ca.gov