Electrical Regulations by State - Oregon

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CODE

Based on the 2005National Electric Code, the State of Oregon has the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, implemented on April 1, 2008. The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code has includes state amendments to the 2007 NEC. Some of the amendments are:

  1. Section 210.12 has been modified to require arc fault protection, combination type, only for bedroom circuits in dwellings. This is consistent with the requirements in the 2005 Ed. of the NEC that took effect on Jan. 1st, 2008
  2. Section 406.11 requiring tamper resistant receptacles was adopted as written, but with a delayed implementation date of October 2008.
  3. The requirements for selective coordination of over-current protection in several articles were modified to clarify that it will only be required for new installations and the new or modified portions of existing installations. There was also wording that severely restricts the local jurisdictions from effectively enforcing the requirement. Compliance is left to the engineer or supervising electrician designing the installation.
ENFORCEMENT

All new or modified electrical installations are subject to inspections employed by the Building Codes Agency or municipalities. In order to receive an inspection, it is advisable that a fax or follow-up letter be sent to the inspection authority which the permit was obtained. Final inspection is required by the permit-issuing authority – state, county, city, or contract inspector. Industrial plants may obtain an industrial electrical inspection permit under which annual or semi-annual inspections are made in lieu of inspection of each individual installation.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed and bonded by the Building Codes Agency and the Construction Contractors Board. For contractors working in the State of Oregon, one minor label permit will cover limited work. Types of licenses issued and qualifications are each are:

Electrical Contractor

State of Oregon business licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. All electrical work must be under actual supervision of a licensed supervising electrician.

General Journeyman Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of at least four years apprenticeship as a general electrician, or equivalent experience, and must pass a written examination. Continuing education of 24 hours each three years is required for journeyman electricians, and it must include a code update class of eight hours.

Limited Journeyman Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of at least four years apprenticeship “in a recognized branch of the electrical trade,” or equivalent experience, and must pass a written examination.

General Supervising Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of at least four years experience as a journeyman general electrician, and must pass a written examination.

Limited Supervising Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of at least four years experience as a journeyman “in a recognized branch of the electrical trade,” and must pass a written examination.

Limited Maintenance Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of experience in repair and maintenance of electrical wiring and equipment of the type used in industrial plants, an must pass a written examination on repair and maintenance of electrical motors, control system and switches, and lighting systems, and the use of electrical testing systems. Limited maintenance electricians may work only on industrial premises and no plant may employ more than one maintenance electrician per shift.

Limited Residential Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of at least two years of apprenticeship or its equivalent, and must pass a written examination.

Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of four years experience in stage lighting, and must pass a written examination.

Limited Journeyman Elevator Electrician

Applicants must present evidence of four years experience installing elevators, and must pass a written examination.

Limited Journeyman Energy Electrician

Applicant must present evidence of four years experience in installing communications systems and burglar and fire systems of 100 amps or less, and must pass a written examination.

Electrical Apprentice

Applicants must present evidence of compliance with Oregon’s apprenticeship law. Apprentices seeking a limited journeyman’s license must be employed by a licensed electrician who conducts an approved training program “in recognized branch of the electrical trade.” No license fee is required.

FeesApplicationLicenseExaminationLicense Renewal
Electrical Contractor N/A N/A N/A $260.00/2yr or$520.00/4yr
General Journeyman Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Journeyman Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
General Supervising Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Supervising Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Maintenance Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Residential Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Journeyman Elevator Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
Limited Journeyman Energy Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100/3yr

*Application fee and License fee appears as one fee on Application form ($100.00)

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