Electrical Permits

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Electrical Permits, Forms & Fees


    Permit Search offers four different ways to find a permit use the links below to perform the search type you want to use.

    Electrical Permit RequiredBreaker Box
    Any owner or authorized agent who intends to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical system the installation of which is regulated by the Kentucky Building and Electrical Codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

    Examples that would require an electrical permit:
    • Adding a new circuit and/or wiring for appliances such as an air conditioner or sump pump.
    • Installing and/or adding receptacles or light fixtures where one did not exist before.
    • Installing and/or adding a new electrical panel and breakers.
    • Restoring power after it has been interrupted because of a hazardous condition.

    Examples that would not require an electrical permit:

    • Replacing a receptacle where one already existed.
    • Replacing a faulty circuit breaker of the same size and type.
    • Replacing or changing a light fixture.
    • Installing phones or coax cable (cable TV).

    Inspections Required
    Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved.

    For Electrical Permits the most common inspections are Rough-in and Final. Some types of work only require a Final inspection. All appropriate inspections are required to be completed prior to issuance of Final Approval.

    Things to remember about Electrical Permits

    • A homeowner may obtain a permit if he/she is performing the work on their own home. Else a licensed electrician is required for obtaining electrical permits.
    • It is the permit holders responsibility to insure the site is accessible for inspection. If the inspector cannot gain entry the applicant may be charged and additional inspection fee.
    • The penalty for starting electrical work prior to obtaining a permit is $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for any subsequent offences.

    New Electrical News

    Procedures for Restoration of Electrical Power (PDF)

    New Electrical Inspector Areas

    Download PDF map of the new areas click here.

    NOTE: The white area of the map (Jeffersontown) does not have a Metro inspector assigned. This area is inspected by the City of Jeffersontown.