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Division of Professional Regulation

1400 Board of Electrical Examiners

24 DE. Admin. Code 1400
Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 1406(a)(1) (24 Del.C. §1406(a)(1)



The Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners in accordance with 24 Del.C. §1406(a)(1) has proposed changes to its rules and regulations to clarify the requirement for lettering on a vehicle, the renewal responsibility of a licensee, and the conditions for receiving a homeowner’s permit.

A public hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 6, 2005 in the second floor conference room A of the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware where members of the public can offer comments. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the proposed rules and regulations may obtain a copy from the Delaware Board Electrical Examiners, 861 Silver Lake Blvd, Cannon Building, Suite 203, Dover DE 19904. Persons wishing to submit written comments may forward these to the Board at the above address. The final date to receive written comments will be at the public hearing.

The Board will consider promulgating the proposed regulations at its regularly scheduled meeting following the public hearing.

1400 Board of Electrical Examiners

1.0 License Required.

1.1 No person shall perform electrical services or represent themselves as qualified to perform electrical services without first having been duly licensed unless specifically excepted by statute. 24 Del.C. §§1407, 1419

1.2 To perform “electrical services” or “electrical work” means to plan, estimate, layout, perform, or supervise the installation, erection, or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device, or fixture for the purpose of lighting, heating, or power in or on any structure or for elevators, swimming pools, hot tubs, electric signs, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, oil burners, and overhead and underground primary distribution systems.

1.3 A license is not required for servicing equipment in the fields of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration or appliances.

1.4 A licensee under this chapter shall perform all electrical services or electrical work in accordance with the standards established in the National Electric Code (NEC) as adopted by the Delaware Fire Commission and in any applicable local building code. The version of the NEC applicable to a particular project is determined by the Delaware Fire Commission.

1.5 Every individual who receives a license shall prominently display the words “Licensed Electrician” and the license number on the exterior of all vehicles used for work in not less than three inch letters and numbers. This section is satisfied by any abbreviation readily understood to mean “Licensed Electrician” such as “Lic. Elec.” along with the license number.

7 DE Reg. 1167 (3/1/04)
7.0 Expiration and Renewal.

7.1 Beginning in 2002, all licenses expire June 30 and biennially every two years thereafter. The biennial licenses granted by the Board shall automatically terminate on June 30th of each even numbered year or on such other date as is specified by the Division of Professional Regulation. It is the responsibility of the licensee to file a renewal application with the Board. The failure of the Board to notify a licensee of his/her expiration date does not in any way relieve the licensee of the requirements of filing a renewal application with the Board.

7.2 As a condition of renewal, each applicant must show proof of continuing education as required in the Rules and Regulations. Extra continuing education hours do not carry over to the next licensing period. Renewal applications will be audited by the Board for compliance with the continuing education requirements.

7.3 A license is expired when a licensee has failed to either complete the requirements for renewal or obtain permission for inactive status. A licensee may activate an expired license within one year of the date the renewal application was due by meeting all requirements and paying an additional fee set by the Division of Professional Regulation.

7.4 A licensee with a valid license may request in writing to be placed on inactive status. An inactive status can be effective for up to two years and renewed biennially by application to the Division upon proof of 10 hours of continuing education. Said license may be reactivated by the Board upon written request, proof of insurance, and payment of a prorated fee to be computed by the Division of Professional Regulation.

7.5 A licensee is not authorized to work as a licensed electrician in this State during the period of inactive status.

7.6 An individual whose license has expired for more than one year must reapply as a new applicant. Any prior training and experience satisfies the requirements under 24 Del.C. §1408(a). However, the applicant must take the examination required by §1408(5) again and achieve a passing score.

4 DE Reg. 1788 (5/1/01)
14.0 Homeowners Permits

14.1 The Division of Professional Regulation is authorized to issue homeowners’ permits pursuant to an application process approved by the Board. Generally homeowner’s permits are not required for replacement in kind but are required for new construction, renovation, and any work that requires a building permit. Only owner-occupants who perform the work themselves qualify for homeowners’ permits.

14.2 Homeowners’ permits are required for new construction, renovation, and any work that requires a building permit. Generally, homeowners’ permits are not required for replacement in kind.

14.2 14.3 A homeowner shall not be permitted to install his or her own internal wiring, electrical work or equipment associated with a hot tub or a swimming pool.

14.4 A homeowner’s permit issued for a mobile home on a leased lot authorizes electrical services for the mobile home itself and does include hook-up to the pole.

14.5 A homeowner’s permit is not authorized until a dwelling is on the site or under construction.

14.6 For the purposes of this section, evidence of homeownership can be a:

14.6.1 deed to the property;

14.6.2 a long term lease, e.g. 99 years, if the site of the dwelling is part of a community where title to the land is not conveyed by deed to the homeowner.

14.6.3 the title to a mobile home;

14.6.4 a written contract of sale, signed by the parties, for a mobile home that includes the names of the buyer, seller, contract price, date of sale, and identification number of the mobile home.

14.7 If a homeowner’s permit is approved for a dwelling on a lot, other structures on the same lot, such as a non-commercial garage, are also covered unless otherwise prohibited under this section.

4 DE Reg. 1788 (5/1/01)

*Please Note: As the rest of the sections were not amended they are not being published. A complete set of the rules and regulations for the Board of Electrical Examiners is available at:

8 DE Reg. 1652 (6/1/05)