Introduced by Representatives McCullough of Williston, Deen of Westminster and Jerman of Essex
Subject: Safety; electrical installations; residences; licensed electrician required
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to reduce the incidents of death and injury that result from inappropriate design and installation of electrical systems in single‑family residences by requiring that any electrical installation in any residence, including single‑family owner-occupied residences, be performed by a licensed electrician.
AN ACT RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. RULEMAKING; PUBLIC SAFETY
The commissioner of public safety shall adopt rules regarding electrical work performed during the construction or renovation of single‑family dwellings. The rules shall require that all electrical work performed in any residence, including single‑family owner-occupied residences, be performed by or under the control and supervision of a licensed electrician. The rule shall also require the owner or contractor of any renovation or new construction of a single‑family residence to file a notice of construction or renovation with the department that includes any information required by the commissioner, including at least a description of the work to be performed, the expected duration of the construction, the name of the owner, and the location of the residence. The rule shall not include the following circumstances:
(1) Repair or replacement of parts or fixtures (not including runs of wire) with parts or fixtures of equal or smaller capacity, provided the manufacturers installation instructions are followed.
(2) Installation, repair, or replacement of all low voltage wire, parts, and fixtures.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
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