COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL PERMIT

Commercial Electrical Permits

A commercial electrical permit is required for the following work on a commercial building or structure.

  • Renovate and repair existing electrical systems.
  • Extend or modify an existing electrical system.
  • Installation of a new electrical system.

Please see Permit Home for definition of commercial structures and work not requiring a permit for work that can be performed without a PLI permit.

New Construction & Addition / Alteration Work Types:

  • Branch Circuits and Wiring: applies to replacement and/or modification of branch circuits and associated wiring.
  • Communication Antenna System: applies to communication systems exterior to a building or structure or mounted on a tower or monopole.
  • Equipment – Exterior: applies to the installation of new or replacement of existing equipment that is located exterior to the building or structure.  This would include generators, transformers, etc.
  • Equipment – Interior: applies to the installation of new or replacement of existing equipment that is located exterior to the building or structure.
  • Lighting: applies to installation of new or replacement of existing lighting and associated controls and wiring.
  • Panelboards: applies to installation of new or replacement of existing panelboards, associated distribution equipment and wiring.
  • Power Devices: applies to installation of new or replacement of power devices (receptacles, associated equipment and wiring).
  • Service Equipment: applies to installation of new or replacement of electrical service equipment such as primary switchgear, panelboards, disconnects and transformers associated with the service.
  • Sign Electric Work: applies to electrical work associated with installation of commercial signs.
  • Solar PV Array: applies to installation of new or replacement of solar PV arrays.
  • Swimming Pool: applies to installation of new or modification of grounding and bonding related to swimming pools, hot tubs and spas and associated equipment.
  • Temporary Utility Service: applies to electrical services related to construction activities and temporary generators associated with temporary uses. 
  • Utility Service: applies to installation of new and replacement/reconnection of existing electrical utility service. 
    • This work scope is intended to be limited to the utility service conductors and utility metering equipment.Please select service equipment is this is also being installed and/or replaced.

Minor Alteration Work Types:

  • Low Voltage System (50V or less): applies to wiring and equipment that operates at 50V or less.
  • Meters and ancillary meter equipment: applies to utility metering equipment.
  • Reconfiguration of Existing Lighting System: applies to control wiring and/or power wiring on existing branch circuits serving lighting systems – as long as the overcurrent protection is not modified.
  • Service Reconnect In-kind: applies if the service location and characteristics (phase, voltage and amperage) have not been modified.
  • Sign Electric Work: applies to electrical work associated with installation of commercial signs.
  • Single Branch Circuit (max 30A) for power/lighting:
  • Temporary Utility Service: applies to electrical services related to construction activities and temporary generators associated with temporary uses.  Please note that approval of related construction activities or temporary uses is required prior to permit issuance.
  • Work on existing branch circuits: applies to wiring and power devices on existing branch circuits as long as the overcurrent protection is not modified.

 

Permit Process:

See these webpages for additional information regarding the permitting process:

Please see Other Agency Coordination for processes related to other agencies that may relate to your permit scope.  For commercial electrical permits:

  • Zoning Development Review application (ZDR) submission is required for the following:
    • Communication Antenna System work scope.
    • Equipment – Exterior work scope.
    • Solar PV Array work scope.
    • Any work scope if the property is located in a regulated floodplain.
  • PA Department of Health (DOH)
    • Required for a structure regulated by the PA Health Care Facilities Act.
  • Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (PBF)
    • Work that includes transponders used for emergency responder radio coverage
    • Solar PV Array work scope.