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Electrical Inspections

Note: Baltimore County will begin enforcing the 2017 Edition of the National Electric Code (NEC) with electrical permits issued after August 31, 2017.

Ed Riesner, Chief Electrical Inspector
County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room G21
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3960
Fax: 410-853-1892

Primary Functions

The Electrical Inspection Division inspects electrical installations performed pursuant to a duly authorized electrical permit for both new and altered electrical systems to ensure the installation or permitted work meets the minimum electrical safety requirements, manages the issuance of electrical licenses for the Electrical Administrative Board, investigates complaints of unsafe electrical conditions and undertakes code enforcement measures to assure correction of such conditions. The primary standard for minimum electrical safety requirements is the National Electric Code, NFPA 70, published by the National Fire Protection Association, latest edition.

Other primary functions include:

  • 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

  • Third-party inspection of solar systems authorized. Applicants for electrical permits may elect to utilize private sector inspectors to certify code compliance in accordance with new County policy. Review the Solar Photovoltaic Inspection Program Policy (PDF), Requirements (PDF) and Acknowledgement and Indemnification Agreement (PDF).
  • Section 21-7-303 of the Baltimore County Code, 2015 states that all electrical installations shall conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70. The code is effective on September 1 following the date of publication.
  • Currently, all electrical installations shall conform to the 2014 edition of NFPA 70, National Electric Code. As of September 1, 2017, all electrical installations shall conform to the 2017 edition of NFPA 70.


For information or questions regarding issues related to permit status, call 410-887-3960, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

You may contact the department via fax to send a message or transmit documents, including pictures, anytime regarding permit or licensing issues. If the fax is to an inspector, please indicate which inspector at the top of the first page.

To schedule, reschedule, cancel or inquire about an inspection, call 410-887-4638 or go to Inspection Connection and follow the prompts. Please have you permit number and three-digit inspection code ready. Inspections may be scheduled until 8 p.m. for the next day. Please reference the Electrical Inspectors' Assigned District Map (PDF) for the inspector assigned to your area.

Email an Inspector

Contact inspectors by the email addresses provided below:

Ty Basham at
Edgar Bull at
Andrew Fribush at
Brian Hall at
John Jennings at
Lee Jolley at
Wayne Miller at
Peter Roros at

For general information regarding electrical inspections, email or for licensing issues, email Lauren Shorty at

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 West 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.

Electrical Licensing

Electrical Administrative Board

The Electrical Administrative Board advises the Director of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections regarding the administration of the National Electrical Code, and licenses and regulates electricians who work in Baltimore County.

Maryland Licensed Electricians

Electrical License Application (PDF)

Current Licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. (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

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.


  • March and September
  • Four hours long
  • Open Book

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).


  • March and September
  • Two hours long

Restricted License

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


  • Monthly
  • Open book
  • Three hours long

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.

Additional Information

Revised September 1, 2017         


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