Electrical Board: News


​Sunset Review Begins

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR) is conducting a sunset review of the Electrical Board. Analysis in a sunset review is performed to determine whether the regulatory program is necessary and should be continued, modified or eliminated. This review will produce a report with recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly and result in subsequent legislation based on the recommendations in the report.

Your input is an important component of a successful sunset review. If you would like to submit comments online, please submit the COPRRR online comment form


Stakeholder Meeting - Nov. 27

The State Electrical Board will hold a stakeholder meeting to collect input on draft revisions to Rules 7.2, 8.3.3, 11.2 and 11.3. These revisions are required by the Office of Legislative Legal Services.

Stakeholder input is crucial to achieving the Department’s missions of consumer protection and effective licensure and enforcement, without unnecessary impediment to the economic market. Please make yourselves heard by joining us at the upcoming stakeholder meeting.

Draft Rules

Meeting Information

  • Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MST)

Three Ways to Participate

  1. In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250C, Denver, CO 80202.
  2. By Webinar: Register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8381305945748238081.
  3. By Written Comment: Provide written comments in advance or after the meeting. The deadline for receiving comments is 5 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017. Please email comments to dora_electricalboard@state.co.us

Meeting Format

Attendees may provide comments, concerns, and proposals to the program in writing in advance, in person at the meeting, or following the meeting. Participants will be able to discuss topics brought forward during the meeting. Program staff will moderate the discussion to ensure stakeholders have an equitable opportunity to actively participate, and comments and suggested changes are collected for Board consideration and future rulemaking.

Note: This meeting is not a formal rulemaking hearing.


2017 National Electrical Code

Beginning July 1, 2017, the Colorado State Electrical Board will be enforcing the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) as written in all jurisdictions it has authority over. Permits pulled before July 1, 2017 will be inspected to the 2014 National Electrical Code.


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Permits and Inspections for "Tiny Homes"

The growing popularity of the “Tiny Home” carries with it several non-resolvable issues for individuals purchasing one with the intent of residing in the state of Colorado. The homes contain electrical wiring, plumbing, and fuel gas piping which are all required to be inspected by one of three means listed in the summary below. Tiny Homes built in other states cannot be inspected as required by Colorado statute as the installations are already covered, therefore tiny homes are not eligible for connection to utility services such as electric, water, sewer, or fuel gas.

Summary

Tiny homes:

  • are units that are typically 400 square feet of space or less and mounted on a wheeled platform for mobility.
  • are constructed at an offsite manufacturing location (mostly out of state).
  • contain living areas for cooking and sleeping.
  • have electrical wiring and plumbing already installed.

The Colorado Revised Statutes for Electrical (12-23-116 C.R.S.) and for Plumbing (12-58-114.5 C.R.S.) require inspections for all all electrical, plumbing, and gas piping installations. These inspections must be conducted by:

  1. State Electrical or Plumbing Board inspectors; or
  2. Local Jurisdictional Authority Inspectors; or
  3. Certification by the Division of Housing pursuant to 24-32-3311 Colorado Revised Statues regulating manufacture/mobile home construction (these units bear a HUD or FHA certification data plate).

Any structure that is built without inspections #1 or #2 above during construction and is not certified by #3 above is not eligible for electrical, plumbing or gas permits, or inspections by state or local jurisdictional permitting agencies by current state law.

Conclusion

All plumbing, fuel gas piping and electrical installations are to be inspected and passed prior to connection of any utility services. As these units are already finished on the inside, making inspection impossible, "Tiny Homes" are not eligible for connection to utility services.


New Continuing Education Requirements for Colorado Electricians

Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1073 into law on April 15, 2016. This law will replace the current continued competency program with a requirement of 24 hours of continuing education to be completed each renewal period. To renew your license in 2017, you must first complete any Professional Development Units (PDU) assigned to you after you completed the CC Assessment in 2014. However, you will not complete a new Continuing Competency Assessment. Instead, you will be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education before the following renewal period in September 2020.  

Important: You must have your PDU requirements completed before you can renew your electrician license in September 2017.

Please direct questions to Mark Browne, Program Director, at mark.browne@state.co.us or call 303-894-2309.


Professional Engineer Certification for Small Hydro Projects

House Bill 15-1364 has been signed into law. Professional Engineers (PEs) are now allowed to certify that induction-based hydroelectric facilities meet IEEE standards.

PE certifications must be submitted using the Professional Engineer's Certification of Induction-Based Hydroelectric Facility form. This form must be signed and stamped by a registered PE certifying compliance, and must be submitted to the State Electrical Inspector responsible for inspection.