Electrical Board: News


PSI Testing Site Relocation

PSI is be relocating the Centennial, CO test center, currently located at 12150 E. Briarwood Ave, Suite 125, Centennial, CO 80112 (ATLAS ID 5109).  The site will remain at the same address but will be relocating to a different suite on the 2nd floor, Suite 270. The final day of testing at Suite 125 is scheduled to be Saturday, October 26th.  The location will then be closed October 28-31 for relocation and set up.  PSI plans to re-open for testing in Suite 270 on Friday, November 1, 2019.    


Stakeholder Meeting 9/16/2019

The Division of Professions and Occupations and the State Electrical and Plumbing Boards are seeking input regarding the development of standard procedures for conducting contemporaneous reviews. Contemporaneous reviews specifically address requirements for inspectors to verify active licensure, apprentice registration, and licensee-to-apprentice ratios on job sites to ensure compliance with state regulations. The Boards are establishing public posting protocols and invite your thoughts and recommendations prior to implementation.

Meeting Information

  • Monday, September 16, 2019. 1:30 p.m.

Four Ways to Participate

  • In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Room 100B, Denver. CO 80202
  • By Webinar: You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here.
  • By Phone: Dial 1-415-655-0060. Use access code 966-047-238.
  • Submit Comments: You may email your written comments to DORA_EandP_Permits@state.co.us. To ensure consideration of your comments at the stakeholder meeting, we must receive your comments by 5 p.m. on September 16, 2019.

Meeting Information

Please refer to the Electrical and Plumbing fact sheets, which contains an overview, requirements for inspecting entities, posting guidelines, and compliance audit information. The Division of Professions and Occupations’ internal standard operating procedures for Electrical and Plumbing are also posted for stakeholder review. Overall, your opinions and recommendations may help shape the contemporaneous review process and affiliated standard procedures.  If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input for these rules, please contact Joyce Young, Program Director, at 303-894-7781 or joyce.young@state.co.us.


New 2019 Legislation

On May 29, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-156 Sunset Electrical Board. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2019, and continues the activities of the State Electrical Board (Board) and the regulation of electricians and electrical contractors through September 1, 2032. The new law makes various technical changes and also:

  • Defines the difference between supervision and direct supervision as it applies to apprentices.
  • Clarifies the definition of electric light, heat, and power to include electricity sourced from direct-current light systems or electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Directs the Governor to consider appointing an electrician who primarily works in the residential sector to at least one seat on the Board.
  • Repeals the requirement that the Board notify an applicant that he or she is qualified to take the licensing exam.
  • Clarifies that communications systems, data systems, and security systems are subject to regulation if they are part of a building's electrical system.
  • Clarifies that traffic signals, and certain other remote-control, signaling, and power-limited circuits. are not subject to regulation.
  • Specifies requirements for the procedures that must be developed by each inspecting entity and how the Board shall ensure compliance with such requirements.
  • Clarifies that alterations of existing facilities are not exempt from regulation.

On April 4, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed  HB19-1035 Remove Fee Cap Electrical Inspection Local Government Higher Education. This new state law removes the cap on the fees local governments and institutions of higher education can charge for electrical inspections, and goes into effect on August 2, 2019. Under current law, local governments and institutions of higher education may only assess up to 15 percent more than the state's fees for electrical inspections. Beginning January 1, 2021, local governments and state institutions of higher education can establish annual fees for electrical inspections up to and including $120, based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index.

In addition, certain local governments and state institutions of higher education may adjust the fee by imposing an additional tiered charge based on size or valuation of the improvement and a multiplier of eight percent of the fee.

On May 30, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-003 Community Solar Gardens. This new law is effective August 2, 2019, and modifies the definition of "community solar garden" (CSG) to mean a solar electric generation facility with a nameplate rating of five megawatts or less. Current law requires a two megawatts nameplate rating. However, the Commission may approve through rulemaking the formation of a CSG with a nameplate reading up to 10 megawatts on or after July 1, 2023. The law also modifies the definition of "subscriber" so that customers no longer need to be in the same or adjacent county as the CSG, but only the service territory of the qualifying retail utility. It also lays out standards for construction and operations. Finally, on or after January 1, 2020, any CSG of at least 300 kilowatts must have an electrician's on-site supervision for any photovoltaic electrical work and an initial installation is subject to final electrical inspection.


 Electrical / Solar Fee Adjustments

Effective May 15, 2019, the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will increase the fees charged for electrical permits by 35 percent. Current state law requires DORA to set permit fees at a level that aligns revenue from permits with program costs. The State Electrical Board, along with local governments and institutions of higher education, are the designated entities that may conduct electrical inspections. DORA will evaluate permit fees next year, at which time fees may be adjusted. DORA will provide notice to customers before initiating any fee increase.

Current state law also ties state electrical permit fees to local government and higher education electrical inspection fees. This means local governments and state institutions of higher education cannot charge more than 15 percent more than the state fee to perform an inspection of electrical work.

However, on April 10, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill19-1035, concerning an increase in the flexibility to set fees for electrical inspections not conducted by the state. The new state law, which goes into effect August 2, 2019, separates the different fee structures, meaning local governments and higher education institutions will no longer be affected by the Department of Regulatory Agencies fee structures. The bill also lays out new requirements for local government and higher education inspections.

If you have questions, please send them to dora_electricalboard@state.co.us.


Consumer Advisory: Be in the Know Before Tackling Home Renovations, Builds

Building a new home? Doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel or renovating a basement? Hiring someone to lead and execute your plan?

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Greater Denver and Central Colorado and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) are teaming up during National Consumer Protection Week to provide helpful advice to reduce the chances of your dream project becoming a nightmare experience. Here are some tips to consider!


Approved CE Providers and Classes

Senate Bill 16-1073 Electrical Industry Safety and Training Act requires any licensed journeyman electrician, master electrician or residential wireman to complete 24 hours of continuing education course credits prior to renewing his or her license. This law replaces the previous continued competency program and begins with the 2020 license renewal period. All licensees must complete the required 24 hours prior to submitting an application for renewal.  Only State Electrical Board approved providers and classes will be accepted for continuing education credits.  The complete list is now available on the Electrical Board CE webpage, along with the applications for those interested in becoming an approved provider, teacher or class.


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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 and for Plumbing require inspections for 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.