Residential Electrical Permits
A residential electrical permit is required for the following work on a residential building or structure (single family or two-family dwelling or associated accessory structure such as a garage)
- 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 residential structures and work not requiring a permit for work that can be performed without a PLI permit.
Over the counter applications will require a Residential Electrical Application.
Electrical Work Scope:
The work types for residential electrical permits are the same for all work types.
- Branch Circuits and Wiring: applies to replacement and/or modification of branch circuits and associated wiring.
- Generator – Exterior: applies to the installation of a new or replacement of an existing generator that is located exterior to the building or structure.
- Generator – Interior: applies to the installation of a new or replacement of an existing generator 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 400A or Less: applies to installation of new or replacement of electrical service equipment that is rated 400 amps or less. This would apply to primary panelboards, disconnects and transformers associated with the service.
- Service Equipment Over 400A: applies to installation of new or replacement of electrical service equipment that is rated more than 400 amps. This would apply to primary panelboards, disconnects and transformers associated with the service.
- 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. Please note that approval of related construction activities or temporary uses is required prior to permit issuance.
- 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.
See these webpages for additional information regarding the permitting process:
- Application Submission
- Application Review
- Service Equipment Over 400A: requires submission of construction drawings to OneStopPGH.
- All other work scope does not require submission of construction drawings to OneStopPGH.
- Permit Issuance
- Permit Inspections
- Current temporary PLI procedures require the permit holder for newly issued electrical permits to engage a registered Third Party Agency to perform electrical inspections.
- Permit Completion
Please see Other Agency Coordination for processes related to other agencies that may relate to your permit scope. For residential electrical permits:
- Zoning Development Review application (ZDR) submission is required for the following:
- Generator – Exterior work scope.
- Solar PV Array work scope.
- Any work scope if the property is located in a regulated floodplain.