Electrical Permit

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The Bureau of Construction Codes, Electrical Division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issues


Electrical Permit




Michigan Electrical Code, Part 8 Rules


 1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit)

The Electrical Code

The purpose of the electrical code is to provide practical safeguards to persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. The code contains provisions considered necessary for safety.

What is the electrical code?

The electrical code covers installations of electric conductors and equipment within or on public and private buildings and structures, installations of conductors that connect to the supply of electricity, and installations of other outside conductors on the premises. Presently, the State Electrical Code consists of the 2011 National Electrical Code with Part 8 technical amendments. Provisions for one- and two-family dwellings are included in the 2009 Michigan Residential Code.

Are electrical permits required?

A person shall not equip a building with electrical conductors or equipment or make an alteration of, change in, or addition to, electrical conductors or equipment without receiving a permit to do the work described. (The code refers to 1956 PA 217 for certain exemptions for unregulated electrical work)

 2.  Pre-Application Requirements

Electrical code enforcement may be conducted by a local unit of government. Prior to making application for an electrical permit it is suggested you contact your local building inspector for direction in contacting the jurisdiction having authority. The Bureau of Construction Codes has a Statewide Jurisdiction List available that shows if a unit of government has State, County, or Local code enforcement.

 3.  Application Submission Requirements

To obtain electrical permits, an applicant shall be an electrical contractor or specialty contractor licensed by a municipality or by the State Electrical Administrative Board


A homeowner performing electrical work in a single family home and accompanying outbuildings owned and occupied, or to be occupied, by the person performing the installation.

 4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval

Permits are issued within 5 working days of receipt of completed application and fees by the Bureau of Construction Codes.

 5.  Operational Requirements

Electrical work shall not be started until the application for permit has been filed with the Bureau of Construction Codes. All installations shall be in conformance with the Michigan Electrical Code. No work shall be concealed until it has been inspected. The telephone number for the inspector will be provided on the permit form. When ready for an inspection, call the inspector providing as much advance notice as possible. The inspector will need the job location and permit number.

A permit remains valid as long as work is progressing and inspections are requested and conducted. A permit shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within six months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencing the work. A PERMIT WILL BE CLOSED WHEN NO INSPECTIONS ARE REQUESTED AND CONDUCTED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE OR THE DATE OF A PREVIOUS INSPECTION. CLOSED PERMITS CANNOT BE REFUNDED OR REINSTATED.

 6.  Fees

See Permit Application (Found on the Michigan Business One Stop)

 7.  Appeal Process

Construction Code - Part 3 - Appeal Boards and Hearings

 8.  Public Input Opportunities

Comments and Complaints: bccpermits@michigan.gov

Bureau of Construction Codes Web-site: www.michigan.gov/bcc  

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Revised: 6/2017