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 Electrical Inspector

Richard Green


(401) 845-5460








For electrical permits, its easier to explain when they are not required. In general, if you need to make changes to your wiring or piping to accomplish the task, then a permit is required.

The knowledge and experience needed to meet the state code for this type of work often requires hiring a licensed contractor. Licensing, not registration, is required for all electrical contractors. They carry picture identification with their license number. They too must get permits and will have a receipt copy from the Inspection Division.

Electrical permits are NOT required when

  • Replacing a switch or receptacle in the same spot. To move one requires a permit.
  • Replacing an existing lighting fixture or ceiling fan in the same spot. To move one requires a permit.
  • Using portable mechanical or electrical appliances like space heaters, air conditioner window units, dehumidifiers and humidifiers.