Electrical Regulations by State - South Dakota

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CODES

Installations must conform to approved methods such as the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

Electrical installations must be inspected by an inspector certified or employed by the State Electrical Commission, or appointed by a municipality. Inspectors must be licensed as a master or journeyman electrician.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrical Commission. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor

This is the equivalent of a master electrician. Applicants must have six years experience, two of them as a journeyman electrician. An understanding deposit pledge in the amount of $10,000 shall be required plus a $50 yearly undertaking fee. Biennial license fee $100.

Journeyman Electrician

Applicants must have at least four years experience. Up to 1-½ years experience may be obtained in a recognized trade school. Application fee $40; examination fee $40; biennial license renewal fee $40.

Class “B” Electrician

Applicants must have at least eighteen months experience. Class “B” is limited to farmstead and residential wiring. An undertaking deposit pledge in the amount of $10,000 shall be required plus a $50 yearly undertaking fee. Application fee $40; examination fee $40; biennial license renewal fee $40.

Apprentice Electrician

An apprentice shall register with the State Electrical Commission. Registration fee $20; biennial registration fee $20. Apprentices must work under the personal supervision of a registered electrician.

FeesApplication/LicenseExaminationRenewal
Electrical Contractor $0.00 $40.00 $100.00/2yr
Journeyman Electrician $40.00 $40.00 $40.00/2yr
Class “B” Electrician $40.00 $40.00 $40.00/2yr
Apprentice Electrician $20.00 $0.00 $20.00/2yr

Exemptions

Employees of electric and communication utilities need not be licensed to work on property owned or operated by such utilities.

RECIPROCITY
Electrical Contractor

Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming

Journeyman

Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

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