Electrical Regulations by State - Michigan

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2005 Michigan Electrical Code with possible amendments. The MEC is a combination of the 2005 National Electrical Code, the Michigan Residential Code, and the Electrical Code Rule part 8.

ENFORCEMENT

All inspections are performed by State Licensed Electrical Inspectors. Some local communities have responsibility for inspection services.

LICENSING

Anyone performing electrician work in the State of Michigan must be a resident of the State of Michigan and licensed unless exempted.

Electrical Contractor

Licenses may be issued to either Master Electricians or to companies having a Master Electrician in their full time employ. Contractors must pass an examination. The Mater Electrician must be a resident of the State of Michigan. Electrical Contractors are allowed to perform all types of electrical work required.

Exemptions – A, B, E, I, K.

Fire Alarm Contractor

Licenses are issued to either a Fire Alarm Specialty Technician or a company that employs a full time Fire Alarm Specialty Technician or Master Electrician residing in the State of Michigan. Fire Alarm Specialty Technicians are not allowed to do any electrical work other than the installation or testing of a Fire Alarm System.

Sign Specialty Contractor

must be a Sign Specialist or a company with a Sign Specialist that is a resident of the State of Michigan in their full time employ. Sign Specialty Contractors must pass an examination. Sign Specialty Contractors are allowed to install and repair signs in the State of Michigan; they are not allowed to do electrical work other than install or repair electric signs.

Electricians must obtain a license either from the State of Michigan or their local community (whichever has licensing jurisdiction) or be registered as an apprentice with the State of Michigan or their local community. Inspectors can enforce certain ratios of apprentices to licensed employees on a job-site. All local community licenses and State of Michigan licenses are reciprocal within the State.

Master Electrician

Must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass a written examination. Journeymen are allowed to install all types of electrical wiring, equipment, appliances, etc.

Journeyman Electrician

must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass a written examination. Journeymen are allowed to install all types of electrical wiring, equipment, appliances, etc.

Apprentice Electrician

Must be registered with either the State of Michigan or with their local community (depending on licensing jurisdiction) and carry an apprentice card with them on the job. Apprentice Electricians are allowed on all types of electrical work.

Fire Alarm Specialty Apprentice Technician

must be a resident of the State of Michigan. Apprentice Technicians must be registered with either the State of Michigan or their local community (depending on licensing jurisdiction). Apprentice Technicians may only be used on Fire Alarm work.

Sign Specialist

must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass an examination. Sign Specialists are not allowed to do any electrical work other than the installation or repair of electrical signs.

FeesApplicationExaminationLicense Renewal
Electrical Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
Fire Alarm Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
Sign Specialty Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
Master Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
Journeyman Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
Apprentice Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
Fire Alarm Specialty Apprentice Technician $5.00 $25.00 $10.00/yr
Sign Specialist $5.00 $25.00 $10.00/yr

***3-$200.00, 2-$134.00, 1-$67.00

RECIPROCITY

None

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