The State has two (2) separate codes for buildings. The Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS) are used for new buildings, while buildings that are one year and older are governed by the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code (MBRC) or "Smart Codes.” Both of these codes are in line the 2005 National Electrical Code.
There is no statewide electrical inspection. The cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville, and the counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Hartford, Howard and Montgomery perform their own electrical inspections. Other counties require inspection by the Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA) or other private inspection agencies.
A statewide master electrician may be obtained by examination only. Municipalities are also authorized to license electrical contractors and electricians. Licenses are reciprocal between in-state municipalities. Fees vary based on municipalities and type of license.
The Master Electrician license is needed for persons who provide electrical service or engage with a business to provide electrical services. The only person in a business that needs to be licensed for electrical work is the master electrician. Other people may perform electrical work without individual State licenses as long as at least one (1) person is a licensed Master Electrician. Electrical companies are not licensed, but they are required to employ a licensed Master Electrician who is insured to contract.
Each Maryland County issues its own electrical license to operate in that particular county. An electrician must hold a license for each county where the electrician performs electrical services. The State’s Master Electrician license is a non-performing license; it may only be used by the person to obtain the necessary local electrician licenses. A licensed Maser Electrician may only assign the license to one (1) company. A Master Electrician may not operate as an individual and then also assign the license to a company. If a Master Electrician assigns the license to a company, the Master Electrician is responsible for obtaining the permits for that company and is totally responsible for the electrical work the company performs.
To obtain a Master Electrician License, a person must have been employed regularly in providing electrical services for at least seven (7) years, while under the supervision of a Master Electrician or a similarly qualified person of a government unit. The work must be documented in writing and the applicant must pass a comprehensive written examination.
A licensee must provide evidence of insurance coverage for liability and property damage prior to being licensed as a Master Electrician insured to contract.
to perform electrical work in most local jurisdictions throughout the State, the electrician must also obtain a local license and meet specific local requirements. Contact the county government for more information. A person providing electrical services must obtain a local permit to perform each specific job. The work performed is then inspected by a local electrical inspector to determine if the work was completed correctly according to applicable electrical codes.
- the applicant obtains a qualification information handbook and application package through the privatized testing service, PSI Examination Services, at (800) 733-9267.
- The applicant completes the application and returns it to PSI Examination Services with the application fee and supporting documents.
- Upon review and approval of the application, the applicant is notified that he or she may schedule an examination which is given at least twice weekly at four (4) different locations throughout Maryland.
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