ELECTRICAL TRADELICENSES

Electrical Trade License

An Electrical Contractor's License is required to perform electrical work within the City of Pittsburgh.

Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance. Also, license holders with expired licenses will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition to a renewal fee. License holders who let their licenses lapse will be required to submit all new documentation, including test results, upon renewing their licenses.

Please contact our group email at PLIapptech@pittsburghpa.gov if you have any questions.

How to Get a New Electrical Trade License

Download and print the application, fill it out completely, include required documents and mail it, or bring it in person, with check or money order payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh. We accept credit cards at the Counter. There will be a 2% + $0.25 convenience fee.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Required Documents for New Applications

  • Proof of passing an acceptable electricians test. Those seeking to take the exam can schedule through the International Code Council certification for the National Standard Master Electrician Exam. PLI will accept older versions of this exam, or a passing score letter from the Pittsburgh-proctored exam, to be evaluated by the License Officer.
  • Valid government identification. Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Doucementation of trade license experience totaling at least six years. Work experience must be accompanied with a resume and references of relevant job experience and contact information for references provided, and/or a statement from an employer or City licensed trade-person attesting to the applicant’s years of experience. Self-employed applicants must provide proof of experience in the form of a notarized statement attesting the number of years of experience. 
  • The applicable fee. Please consult the 2018 Fee Schedule

Note: Once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

How to Renew an Electrical Contractor's License

  1.  Download and print the application, fill it out completely, include required documents and mail it, or bring it in person, with a check or money order payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

Required Documents for Renewal Applications:

(If your licensed has lapsed all New Application requirements apply)

  • Renewing electrical trade License holders are required to obtain eight (8) continuing education units (CEUs) annually to be eligible for renewal. One CEU is equal to one hour. Please find more information about CEU requirement here. 
  • Valid government identification. Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • The applicable fee. Please consult the 2018 Fee Schedule

How to Schedule Your Exam

All ICC exams are proctored by Pearson Vue, and can be scheduled through their website. The approved reference materials for the National Standard Master Electrical - F16 exam are the NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) Handbook, 2014 Edition; and Ugly Electrical References (any edition). 

The National Standard Master Electrical - W16 exam references the NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®), 2011 Edition; and Ugly Electrical References (any edition).  View the exam bulletin for a detailed breakdown of test content.

PLI will accept older versions of this exam, or a passing score letter from the Pittsburgh-proctored exam, to be evaluated by the License Officer.

Click the link here, select "Non-authorized Candidates" and follow these instructions to schedule your exam.

  1. Type or paste one of the following codes in the form entry box beneath the "Available Exams" heading: F16 or W16 and hit Enter/Return. This will bring up a link for your chosen version of the National Standard Master Electrician Exam. 
  2. Clicking this link will bring up the test details. View the testing policies for this exam and click "Schedule this Exam".
  3. You will have to create an account with Pearson Vue prior to scheduling and paying for your exam. Once you create your non-authorized contractors account, return to the exam page.
  4. Schedule your exam at one of the two testing centers in the Pittsburgh region, and pay for your exam. Print out confirmations of your scheduled exam and payment. Make sure to arrive early for your exam on your test date.