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Permits are NOT required for the following types of home improvements:

  • Portable motors or other portable appliances energized by means of a cord and plug that have an attached plug and are to be connected to an approved existing receptacle when that cord or cable is permitted by code. (Example: fish ponds, fountains)
  • Repair or replacement of fixed motors, transformers or fixed approved appliances of the same type and rating in the same location.
  • Temporary decorative lighting.
  • Repair or replacement of current carrying parts of any switch, contactor or control device.
  • Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles, but not the outlets (electrical boxes) therefore.
  • Repair or replacement of any over-current device (fuse or breaker) of the required capacity in the same location.

Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.



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