Electrical Board: News



Notice of Electrical Inspection Fee Decrease - August 1, 2022


Electrical, plumbing exams now available in Spanish - Translations part of ongoing efforts to remove regulatory barriers to licensure 

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Required Annual Reporting of Apprentice Classroom Hours and Practical Experience

Practical Experience Reporting
Beginning January 1, 2022, and every January 1st thereafter, pursuant to section 12-115-115(3), C.R.S., electrical contractors must submit apprentice hours and training information to the Electrical Board. 

This information is to be submitted utilizing the Electrical -  FORM Apprentice Practical Experience, Annual Reporting

Apprenticeship Programs - Classroom Hour Reporting
Beginning January 1, 2022, and every January 1st thereafter, pursuant to section 12-115-115(3), C.R.S., the following must submit apprentice hours and training information to the Electrical Board for apprentices that are subject to the State Electrical Board’s apprentice registration requirements:

  • An apprenticeship program registered with the United States Department of Labor's employment and training administration; and, 
  • A state apprenticeship council recognized by the United States department of labor that employs an apprentice in this state.

For apprentices that are not required to be registered with the Colorado State Electrical Board pursuant to sections 12-115-115-124, C.R.S., and the Exemptions section 12-115-116, C.R.S., no submission is required.

This information is to be submitted utilizing the Electrical - FORM Apprentice Classroom Hours, Annual Reporting

For questions regarding this requirement or submission, please contact our office at dora_electricalboard@state.co.us.

Note: This reporting is to meet the requirements of the aforementioned statutory requirements and is not an application or for licensing purposes.


National Electrical Code Rules Adopted

The State Electrical Board (Board) adopted rules that became effective today and can be accessed through the Board’s website. The rules adopt the 2020 National Electrical Code. For questions, please contact the State Electrical Board at dora_electricalboard@state.co.us.



PSI Testing Site Relocation

PSI is be relocating the Centennial, CO test center, currently located at 12150 E. Briarwood Ave, Suite 125, Centennial, CO 80112 (ATLAS ID 5109). The site will remain at the same address but will be relocating to a different suite on the 2nd floor, Suite 270. The final day of testing at Suite 125 is scheduled to be Saturday, October 26th. The location will then be closed on October 28-31 for relocation and set up. PSI plans to re-open for testing in Suite 270 on Friday, November 1, 2019.






Electrical / Solar Fee Adjustments

Effective May 15, 2019, the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will increase the fees charged for electrical permits by 35 percent. Current state law requires DORA to set permit fees at a level that aligns revenue from permits with program costs. The State Electrical Board, along with local governments and institutions of higher education, are the designated entities that may conduct electrical inspections. DORA will evaluate permit fees next year, at which time fees may be adjusted. DORA will provide notice to customers before initiating any fee increase.

Current state law also ties state electrical permit fees to local government and higher education electrical inspection fees. This means local governments and state institutions of higher education cannot charge more than 15 percent more than the state fee to perform an inspection of electrical work.

However, on April 10, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1035, concerning an increase in the flexibility to set fees for electrical inspections not conducted by the state. The new state law, which goes into effect August 2, 2019, separates the different fee structures, meaning local governments and higher education institutions will no longer be affected by the Department of Regulatory Agencies fee structures. The bill also lays out new requirements for local government and higher education inspections.

If you have questions, please send them to dora_electricalboard@state.co.us.



Consumer Advisory: Be in the Know Before Tackling Home Renovations, Builds

Building a new home? Doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel or renovating a basement? Hiring someone to lead and execute your plan?

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Greater Denver and Central Colorado and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) are teaming up during National Consumer Protection Week to provide helpful advice to reduce the chances of your dream project becoming a nightmare experience. Here are some tips to consider!



Approved CE Providers and Classes

Senate Bill 16-1073 Electrical Industry Safety and Training Act requires any licensed journeyman electrician, master electrician or residential wireman to complete 24 hours of continuing education course credits prior to renewing his or her license. This law replaces the previous continued competency program and begins with the 2020 license renewal period. All licensees must complete the required 24 hours prior to submitting an application for renewal. Only State Electrical Board approved providers and classes will be accepted for continuing education credits. The complete list is now available on the Electrical Board CE webpage, along with the applications for those interested in becoming an approved provider, teacher or class.



Take 5 to Get Wise - Quick Facts

Take five minutes now to review some important consumer information featured on our new flyers. Using the tips we provide could help save you time and headaches later!



Permits and Inspections for "Tiny Homes"

The growing popularity of the "Tiny Home" carries with it several non-resolvable issues for individuals purchasing one with the intent of residing in the state of Colorado. The homes contain electrical wiring, plumbing, and fuel gas piping which are all required to be inspected by one of three means listed in the summary below. Tiny Homes built in other states cannot be inspected as required by Colorado statute as the installations are already covered, therefore tiny homes are not eligible for connection to utility services such as electric, water, sewer, or fuel gas.


Tiny homes:

  • are units that are typically 400 square feet of space or less and mounted on a wheeled platform for mobility.
  • are constructed at an offsite manufacturing location (mostly out of state).
  • contain living areas for cooking and sleeping.
  • have electrical wiring and plumbing already installed.

The Colorado Revised Statutes for Electrical and for Plumbing require inspections for all electrical, plumbing, and gas piping installations. These inspections must be conducted by:

  1. State Electrical or Plumbing Board inspectors, or
  2. Local Jurisdictional Authority Inspectors, or
  3. Certification by the Division of Housing pursuant to 24-32-3311 Colorado Revised Statues regulating manufacture/mobile home construction (these units bear a HUD or FHA certification data plate).

Any structure that is built without inspections #1 or #2 above during construction and is not certified by #3 above is not eligible for electrical, plumbing or gas permits, or inspections by state or local jurisdictional permitting agencies by current state law.


All plumbing, fuel gas piping and electrical installations are to be inspected and passed prior to connection of any utility services. As these units are already finished on the inside, making inspection impossible, Tiny Homes are not eligible for connection to utility services.