Electrical Board: News


State Plumbing, Electrical Boards hosting Town Hall Forum in Larimer Co.

The State Plumbing and Electrical Boards are pleased to host an open town hall forum in Larimer County on July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Front Range Community College (4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526).

The purpose of the meeting is to engage and partner with community stakeholders on the issues impacting local business in Larimer County. This open town hall forum is an opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Boards, and identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership with local community leaders.

  • What: State Electrical and Plumbing Board Open Town Hall Forum
  • When: July 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: Front Range Community College (4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526)
  • Who: State Electrical and Plumbing Board Program Director and Board staff

Please RSVP by Friday, July 20, via email to dora_electricalboard@state.co.us or by calling 303-894-2300.


Stakeholder Meeting - July 17

The State Electrical Board will hold a stakeholder meeting to receive input regarding changes to Rule 8.3.3.1 as required by the Office of Legislative Services. These changes are required to resolve conflicting language where the Rule is inconsistent with statute.

Stakeholder input is crucial to achieving the Department’s mission of consumer protection. We need your help to identify the effects of revisions to the Electrical Rules, positive or negative, on outcomes for the consumer. We will use this feedback to ensure we communicate effectively about this required change. Please make yourselves heard by joining us at the upcoming stakeholder meeting.

Draft Rules

Meeting Information

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m. (MDT)

Three Ways to Participate

  1. In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250A, Denver, CO 80202.
  2. By Webinar: Register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6825835647331553281.
  3. By Written Comment: Provide written comments in advance or after the meeting via email to mark.browne@state.co.us. The deadline for receiving comments is 5 p.m., July 17, 2018. 

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 there is an equitable opportunity for all stakeholders to actively participate, and comments and suggested changes are collected for Board consideration and future rulemaking. This meeting is NOT a formal rulemaking hearing.


Approved CE Providers and Classes

Senate Bill 16-1073 Electrical Industry Safety and Training Act created a new state law that 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. The new 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.

As we continue to implement this new law, we are pleased to provide a list of pre-approved continuing education providers and classes. 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.


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


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. 


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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.