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Electrical Inspections

Ed Riesner, Chief
County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room G21
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3960
Fax: 410-853-1892
Email: eriesner@baltimorecountymd.gov

Contact

For information or questions regarding electrical permit fees, inspections, or code regulations, please call 410-887-3960.

Please direct questions regarding licensing, license renewal, and reciprocal letters to the Electrical Administrative Board at 410-887-3960.

Primary Functions

  • Ensure electrical safety throughout Baltimore County
  • Enforce all laws related to electrical installations in Baltimore County
  • Inspect work performed by licensed contractors to ensure conformity with all current electrical codes
  • Investigate electrical complaints
  • Interact with contractors, engineers and property owners and answer code compliance questions

Important Notices

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Effective September 1, 2014, Baltimore County will follow the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Inspections

All electrical installations should be inspected.

To schedule, reschedule, cancel, or inquire about an inspection, go to Inspection Connection and follow the prompts.

  • You will need your permit number
  • You will need a three-digit inspection code number (provided on the website or by calling the above number).

Inspection requests can also be scheduled with the secretary between 8 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. by calling 410-887-3960.

All appointments must be scheduled directly with the district inspector. Inspectors are in the office Monday through Friday between 7:30 to 8 a.m. and between 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Electrical Inspection Fee Schedule (PDF)

Electrical Inspectors' District Map (PDF)

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Electrical Permits

  • All types of electrical installations, including low voltage wiring, are required to be installed by a contractor licensed in Baltimore County. 
  • Permits are not required for ordinary maintenance of existing electrical systems
  • Proper permits must be obtained prior to the commencement of any work.
  • Electrical permits are required for all new installations.

Electrical permit applications (PDF) may be downloaded, filled in, and printed for processing in person or by mail, or obtained and processed by visiting:

Permit Processing
County Office Building, Room 100
111 W. Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3900

Electrical Permit Fee Schedule (PDF)

To give another person authorization to pick up your permit, please fill out the following form: Permission to Pick Up Permits (PDF)

Additional information required for permit application:

Building permit number for residential or commercial building's Use and Occupancy. Check with your builder for the correct building permit number.

BGE Meter Releases: Review this important information to expedite meter releases.

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Electrical Licensing

Electrical Board

Advises the Director of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections regarding the administration of the National Electrical Code, and licenses and regulations electricians who work in Baltimore County.

Maryland Licensed Electricians

Electrical License Application (PDF)

Licenses will expire on June 30, 2014. (every two years)

Active License holders reciprocating to another county from Baltimore County will need:

  • $60 fee each, effective December 6, 2010
  • Reciprocal letter
  • License number
  • License holder name
  • Name of the county you are reciprocating to

Exam Information

  • Examination Application (PDF)
  • Examinations are based on the 2014 National Electric Code
  • Fee: $35
  • Test Location
    County Office Building
    111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room G21
    Towson, Maryland 21204

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Master General License

Authorizes the holder thereof to install, repair, maintain or erect any kind of electrical wiring, conduits, machinery, appliances, motors, fixtures, signs, electrically operated heating equipment, elevators, or any other electrical apparatus of device in or about any premises in Baltimore County.

Examination

  • March and September
  • Four hours long
  • Open Book  

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Master Limited License

Authorizes the holder thereof to install, maintain and repair or erect any kind of electrical wiring, conduits, machinery, appliances, motors, fixtures, signs, electrically operated heating equipment, elevators, or any other electrical apparatus or device but only on the premises of his employer in Baltimore County (no work for the public at all). 

Examination

  • March and September
  • Two hours long

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Restricted License

Authorizes the holder thereof to install, maintain, and repair low voltages equipment and wiring operating at 50 volts or less.

Examination

  • Monthly
  • Open book
  • Three hours long

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Current and Local Codes

All permits issued after September 1, 2014 will follow the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) regardless of when the permit is mailed or applied for. Review (PDF) some important changes.

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Revised November 17, 2014

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