Electrical Regulations by State - Kentucky

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

The Department of Public Safety and local fire departments have general authority to inspect for fire hazards and violations of public safety regulations; but there is no statewide inspection requirement for electrical installations. Interiors of occupied private dwellings may be inspected only when a specific hazard or violation is suspected. Cities and counties may inspect all new, altered, or repaired electrical installations. Permits are required before installations begin.

LICENSING

Licenses are required for electricians, master electricians, and electrical contractors.

Electrical Contractor

Achieve passing score in the electrical trade; complete a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; achieve a passing score on a board-approved examination.

Master Electrician

Verifiable six (6) years experience in the electrical trade; completes a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; achieve a passing score on a board-approved examination.

Electrician

Verifiable four (4) years experience in the electrical trade; completes a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; and achieves a passing score on a board-approved examination.

FeesApplicationLicense Renewal
Electrical Contractor $200.00* $200.00/yr
Master Electrician $100.00* $100.00/yr
Electrician 50.00* $50.00/yr

*Not to exceed.

Requires an electrical contractor who is not a licensed electrician to employ at least one (1) master electrician at all times; and Allows 30 days for an electrical contractor to replace a master electrician who leaves his or her employ before business must be shut down. Requires six (6) hours of Continuing Education for each category. Master Electrician and Electrician Continuing Education based on code. Electrical Contractor Continuing Education based on business/law related courses.

RECIPROCITY

Ohio

CONTACT
  • Electrical Licensing
  • Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
  • 101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
  • Frankfort, KY 40601-5405
  • (502) 573-2002
  • (502) 573-1057 fax
  • www.ohbc.ky.gov