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Electrical Permits- Residential

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Apply for electrical permits online. Get the electrical permit application or a service/reconnect permit. Find out how to get an electrical permit for a 1–2 family home and schedule an inspection. Review what you need to install new outlets or light fixtures, run new wiring or update a fuse box.
Inspector checking a fuse box

The form takes 15 minutes to complete. Permits are issued after payment.

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When you need a residential electrical permit 

Even if a building permit is not needed, the work will need an electrical permit. 

You need a residential electrical permit to:

  • Install, change or repair any hard-wired electrical system
  • Run more wiring
  • Put in a new electrical outlet or light fixture
  • Change your fuse box to circuit breakers
  • Install or change low voltage systems (security alarms, stereo, computer or phone systems)

You do not need an electrical permit to

  • Fix appliance cords
  • Replace a fuse
  • Replace an appliance already in place
    • For example, existing garbage disposal or dishwasher.

For new townhouse projects, each unit needs an electrical permit. 

Read more about trade permits and when an electrical permit is needed.

Who can do residential electrical work

Owner doing work 

The homeowner or member of their immediate family can do electrical work if they own and occupy the home. If planning on selling or renting within six months, they cannot do the work. The homeowner cannot do the work:

  • On their rental property
  • On their property for rent, sell, lease or exchange
  • On an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

This rule is based on Oregon Law, under Oregon Revised Statutes, ORS 479.540 Electrical Safety Law. Not sure? Call Residential Inspections to ask an electrical inspector. 

Hiring a contractor

Contractors must have a license to work in Oregon. The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) issues licenses to contractors. The permit application and their company materials must list the license number.

Need help finding a contractor? The CCB website has good tips on how to search for one. 

To do most electrical work, contractors must also have their Building Codes Division (BCD) electrical license and a BCD supervising electrical license.

Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) 

ORS 479.540

Apply for a residential electrical permit

Ways to applyHow to apply
OnlineGet most residential electrical permits through Development Hub PDX
EmailSend in your application to tradepermits@portlandoregon.gov
In-personSet up an appointment to drop off a paper application

If you purchased the electrical permit online through Development Hub PDX, you can add fixtures to your permit online.

If you are hiring a contractor, they should already be set up in our system to get the permit for you.

Call the General Inquiries information phone number if you have questions about getting a permit.

Residential electrical permit fees

Electrical permit fees are listed on the Electrical Permit Application.

Are you changing the basic service or changing a fuse box to circuit breakers? If yes, you will need to know the panel’s amperage.

If you are replacing general wiring, list the square footage of the area and it will include the service.

Wiring packages start at 1,000 square feet and you can purchase additional 500-square foot packages.

Service reconnect permit- when the power has been shut off for six months or more

Complete the electrical permit application and check "service reconnect only" on the application. Read more about service reconnect permits

Apply for a trade permit extension or a trade permit reactivation

Apply for a trade permit extension or a reactivation: 

Schedule residential electrical inspections

Schedule online

If you got your permit online through Development Hub PDX, you can schedule your inspection online, too.

Schedule by phone

You can also schedule electrical inspections by calling the automated Requests for Inspection phone number.

You will need your IVR or permit number and the three-digit code for the inspection.

Get ready for a residential electrical inspection

Residential electrical permits need three inspections:

  1. Rough-in
  2. Service
  3. Final

Rough-in inspection

Call for rough-in inspection when you have wired the new circuits, including:

  • installed boxes
  • run wires
  • connected or made up grounding conductor 
  • installed nail plates as needed

Do not cover your work until the inspector has approved it.  No insulation, receptacles or wall switches. 

Service inspection

Call for a service inspection when you have installed:

  • service electrical mast
  • meter base
  • service panels
  • grounding electrode conductors, 
  • branch circuits (if possible)

If the project involves a service change, panel change or added sub panel, a service inspection (#120/145) should be requested. You can also request a #111 inspection on a residence that has had the power turned off for more than six months. This will ensure there is a record of requested inspections and approvals for all aspects of the electrical installation.

Final inspection

Call for a final inspection when you have completed the electrical work. Make sure to:

  • cover the panel boxes 
  • label the circuits in the right spaces on the box 
  • install all cover plates 

The equipment and appliances must be installed, grounded and energized by the time the final inspection occurs. Read more about residential permit inspections.

Get inspection results

Get the results of your inspection online on Portland Maps on the following day.

If you need to make corrections 

Not approved - there are some reasons why the electrical work did not get approved:

  • no access - the inspector may not have been able to inspect the work
  • incomplete work
  • code violations

The inspector will list the corrections needed on the inspection report. 

Schedule an electrical re-inspection

  • Remote Video Re-Inspections (RVR): If you have had an inspection and a re-inspection is needed, it is recommended that you use our Remote Video Re-inspection program. The program provides 24/7 appointment scheduling, time-certain appointments, and quick results to prevent project delays.
  • Onsite Re-Inspections: Call for a reinspection after making the corrections by calling the automated Requests for Inspection phone number. Use the same three-digit inspection code.
  • If you make the corrections the same day wait until 5 pm to request a reinspection. The inspector needs to enter their results before you can schedule the reinspection.
  • There is a re-inspection fee charged for more than one re-inspection for a single issue.

Contact electrical inspectors

If you have questions before your inspection, you can talk to an inspector. The 1 & 2 family inspector area map list the inspector's name, area, and phone number.   

Because of vacation or illness, your inspector may be different than the one listed on the map. If you have questions after your inspection, find out which inspector to call. Their contact information will be on the inspection results and on Portland maps.

1 & 2 family inspector area map

Contact

General Inquiries

Development Services
phone number503-823-7300Our front desk team will be available to answer Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please leave a message if you call outside of those hours.
Oregon Relay Service711Oregon Relay Service

Requests for Inspection

Development Services
phone number503-823-7000Automated Line - Requires an IVR or permit number
Oregon Relay Service711Oregon Relay Service

Residential Inspections

Development Services
phone number503-823-7388Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Oregon Relay Service711Oregon Relay Service
fax number503-823-7693