Electrical Permit

Permits & Licensing
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Application for an electrical permit.  This permit application is for electrical installations or alterations for commercial and residential uses.

Fees

The fee for an electrical permit is based on the cost of labor and material for the electrical installation or alteration.  The current fee is calculated as follows:

Commercial new or existing: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $7 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at the time of application is the permit fee plus the state levy (permit fee times .02).  A permit fee calculator is available at http://henrico.us/bldg/fees/fee-calculator-commercial/.

Existing one- and two- family dwellings: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $6 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at the time of application is the permit fee plus the state levy (permit fee times .02).  A permit fee calculator is available at http://henrico.us/bldg/fees/fee-calculator-residential/.

New one- and two- family dwellings (flat fee): $100 + 2.00 (2% state levy) = $102.00

How to Receive this Service

Please mail or hand deliver the following documents along with the permit fee to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections:

Permit Application – Commercial
1 copy of Electrical Permit Application (please fill in Master Tradesman Card No., Master Tradesman Signature, Master Tradesman Printed Name and Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
2 copies of electrical plans (if not approved under the building permit)

Permit Application – Residential
1 copy of Electrical Permit Application (please fill in Master Tradesman Card No., Master Tradesman Signature, Master Tradesman Printed Name and Virginia Contractor’s License No.)
1 copy of Owner’s Affidavit if owner is acting as contractor

Permit Amendment
1 copy of Electrical Permit Application with AMEND in the description of work
Additional permit fee is required if there is additional estimated cost

Permit Cancelation
1 copy of Request for Permit Cancelation
Note: You must enter a reason for the cancelation. If a refund is requested, you must add the request to the reason for cancelation. The refund rate is 100% if the permit has not been issued or 75% of the permit fee only if the permit has been issued.

 

When is an electrical permit needed?

  1. Installation of wiring and equipment that operates at 50 or more volts
  2. Network powered broadband communications systems
  3. Installation located in a plenum
  4. Installation that penetrates fire rated or smoke protected construction
  5. Installation that is a component of any of the following (Please note that a mechanical permit is needed for any fire protection system or elevator installation/alteration.  An electrical permit may be needed in addition to the mechanical permit.)
    1. fire alarm system
    2. fire detection system
    3. fire suppression system
    4. smoke control system
    5. fire protection supervisory system
    6. elevator fire safety control system
    7. access or egress control system or delayed egress locking or latching system
    8. fire damper
    9. door control system

When is an electrical permit not needed?

Replacement of the following in Groups R-2 where serving a single dwelling unit and in Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5:

  1. General use snap switches, dimmer and control switches
  2. 125 volt – 15 or 20 ampere receptacles
  3. Luminaires (lighting fixtures)
  4. Ceiling (paddle) fans

This is not a comprehensive list.  Please call the Department of Building Construction and Inspections at (804) 501-4360 with any questions.

Contact Us

Devona Ford
(804) 501-4364
Devona.Ford@henrico.us


Henrico County Government Department

Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

USA

Phone
(804) 501-4360
Automated Permit System
(804) 501-7770

Fax
(804) 501-4984

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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