Electrical Regulations by State - Iowa



Iowa adopted the 2003 edition of the International Building Code and the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code by reference.


There are no state requirements for inspection of electrical installations; but the State Fire Marshal has general authority to inspect for fire hazards. The Iowa Bureau of Labor enforces NEC Chapter 5 for installations in hazardous locations.


The Department of Public Safety is now licensing all electricians and electrical contractors.
*No statewide licensing of journeymen.*

The Electrical Examining Board has created the following four endorsements for the Special Electrician License:

  • Wiring Irrigation Systems
  • Disconnecting and Reconnecting Existing Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
  • Sign Installer
  • Residential Electrician

The Electrical Examining Board tentatively approves a schedule of fees for licenses to be issued by the Board. These fees will be adopted as part of the administrative rules on which the Board is currently working:

Electrical Contractor 3 years $375.00
Master Electrician - Class A 3 years $375.00
Master Electrician - Class B 3 years $375.00
Journeyman Electrician - Class A 3 years $75.00
Journeyman Electrician - Class B 3 years $75.00
Special Electrician 3 years $75.00
Apprentice Electrician 1 years $20.00