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2020 NEC update

The Board of Electricity adopted the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) with an effective date of Nov. 17, 2020. Accordingly, the Department of Labor and Industry began enforcing the 2020 NEC on Nov.17, 2020. Electrical work authorized by permits issued on or after this date must comply with the 2020 NEC. Electrical license examinations are based on the requirements of the 2020 NEC beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

However, due to concerns regarding the availability of 2-pole GFCI circuit breakers, until further notice, the department is delaying enforcement of the requirements for 250-volt GFCI receptacles and outlet requirements found in NEC 210.8(A) and 210.8(F).

GFCI circuit breakers may be commercially available, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created major manufacturing and supply-chain challenges, thus limiting the availability of these devices and the ability to complete work and obtain inspections. Section 90.4, of the NEC allows the authority having jurisdiction to refer to the most recent previous edition of the NEC adopted by the jurisdiction when materials are not yet available at the time the Code is adopted.


Apply for an electrical permit online here. Users must create an account to obtain permits and to pay for additional fees (AFBs) for existing permits.

Create an account and pay additional fees

You must create an account to obtain permits online and to pay for additional fees (AFBs) on existing permits.

At the login screen, select "Register as a New User" and follow the prompts to create an account. You'll receive a verification email to complete the validation process. If you don't receive an email within 15 minutes, check your spam/junk folder. The verification link is valid until midnight the day of registration. If you do not validate your account by midnight, you will need to re-register your email address. View step-by-step instructions.

After creating your user account, login, and enter your permit number in the search bar, click on Add to Cart in the Charges tile. You can pay by credit or debit card, or by e-check. You will be routed to the U.S. Bank portal and can use your existing U.S. Bank payment account, create an account, or continue as guest to make a payment. You will receive confirmation of payment via email.

Additional fees

Once notified, you have 10 days to pay additional fees through your online account. After 10 days, an invoice will be mailed to you and payment must be made through U.S. Bank. You can use an existing U.S. Bank payment account, create a new account or continue as a guest to make payment. Visit the Payment Center.

Inspections

Find contact information for electrical inspectors in the electrical inspector directory. Before filing a permit or calling for an inspection, verify the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in the directory:

  • If the AHJ column lists "State," file the permit with us. Contact information for the inspector is included in the directory.

  • If the column shows "Local," contact the local city or township for more information.

Questions?