Subdivision 1. Required inspection.
Except where any political subdivision has by
ordinance provided for electrical inspection similar to that herein provided, every new electrical
installation in any construction, remodeling, replacement, or repair, except minor repair work as
the same is defined by the board by rule, shall be inspected by the board for compliance with
accepted standards of construction for safety to life and property.
Subd. 1a. Technology systems.
(a) The installation of the technology circuits or systems
described in paragraph (b), except:
(1) minor work performed by a contractor;
(2) work performed by a heating, ventilating, or air conditioning contractor as described in
(3) work performed by cable company employees when installing cable communications
systems or telephone company employees when installing telephone systems,
must be inspected as provided in this section for compliance with the applicable provisions of the
National Electrical Code and the applicable provisions of the National Electrical Safety Code, as
those codes were approved by the American National Standards Institute.
(b) The inspection requirements in paragraph (a) apply to:
(1) remote control circuits controlling class 2 or class 3 remote control circuits that
control circuits or systems other than class 2 or class 3 and indoor lighting, except circuits that
interconnect these systems exempted by section
326.242, subdivision 12
, paragraph (b), other
than fire alarm; class 2 or class 3 circuits in electrical cabinets, enclosures, or devices containing
physically unprotected circuits other than class 2 or class 3; or technology circuits and systems in
hazardous classified locations as covered by chapter 5 of the National Electrical Code;
(2) fire alarm systems, other than in one- or two-family dwellings, as defined in articles
100 and 760 of the National Electrical Code;
(3) technology circuits and systems contained within critical care areas of health care
facilities as defined by the safety standards identified in section
, including, but not
limited to, anesthesia and resuscitative alarm and alerting systems, medical monitoring, and
nurse call systems; and
(4) physical security systems within detention facilities.
(c) For the purposes of this subdivision "minor work" means the adjustment or repair and
replacement of worn or defective parts of a technology circuit or system. Minor work may be
inspected under this section at the request of the owner of the property or the person doing the
(d) Notwithstanding this subdivision, if an electrical inspector observes that a contractor,
employer, or owner has not complied with accepted standards when the work was performed, as
provided in the most recent editions of the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical
Safety Code as approved by the American National Standards Institute, the inspector may order
the contractor, employer, or owner who has performed the work to file a request for electrical
inspection, pay an inspection fee, and make any necessary repairs to comply with applicable
standards and require that the work be inspected.
Subd. 2. Procedure.
(a) At or before commencement of any installation required to be
inspected by the board, the contractor, installer, special electrician, or owner making the
installation shall submit to the board a request for inspection, in a form prescribed by the board,
together with the fees required for the installation.
(b) The fees required are a handling fee and an inspection fee. The handling fee shall be set
by the board in an amount sufficient to pay the cost of printing and handling the form requesting
an inspection. The inspection fee shall be set by the board in an amount sufficient to pay the actual
costs of the inspection and the board's costs in administering the inspection. All fees shall be set
pursuant to the procedure of sections
(c) If the inspector finds that the installation is not in compliance with accepted standards of
construction for safety to life and property as required by section
, the inspector shall by
written order condemn the installation or noncomplying portion thereof, or order service to the
installation disconnected, and shall send a copy of the order to the board. If the installation or the
noncomplying part will seriously and proximately endanger human life and property, the order of
the inspector, when approved by the inspector's superior, shall require immediate condemnation or
disconnection. In all other cases, the order of the inspector shall permit a reasonable opportunity
for the installation to be brought into compliance with accepted standards of construction for safety
to life and property prior to the effective time established for condemnation or disconnection.
(d) Copies of each condemnation or disconnection order shall be served personally or by
mail upon the property owner, and the contractor, installer, or special electrician making the
installation, and other persons as the board by rule may direct. An aggrieved party may appeal
any condemnation or disconnection order by filing with the board a notice of appeal within ten
days after (1) service upon the aggrieved party of the condemnation or disconnection order, if
this service is required, or (2) filing of the order with the board, whichever is later. The appeal
shall proceed and the order of the inspector shall have the effect the order, by its terms, and the
rules of the board provides. The board shall adopt rules providing procedures for the conduct of
appeals, including provisions for the stay of enforcement of the order of the inspector pending
such appeal when justified by the circumstances.
Subd. 3. Duty of electrical utility.
No electrical installation subject to inspection by the
board shall be newly connected or reconnected for use until there is filed with the electrical
utility supplying power a certificate of the property owner or licensed electrician, directing the
work that inspection has been requested and that the conditions of the installation are safe for
energization, provided further, that in all cases where an order of condemnation or disconnection
has been issued against the installation or any part thereof, prior to connection or reconnection
there shall also first be filed with the electrical utility supplying the power a copy of an order of
the inspector or the board dismissing such prior order of condemnation or disconnection or
approving the installation as being in compliance with accepted standards of construction for
safety to life and property. With respect to transient projects, the aforesaid certificate shall also
contain a certification that the request for inspection has been or will be filed with the board so as
to be received by it at least five days prior to the date and time energization of the installation by
the utility is to occur, and that the request for inspection states such date and time, and it shall be
the responsibility of the board to have inspection of such transient project occur prior to the date
and time at which the request states energization is to occur.
Subd. 4. Powers of political subdivisions.
Any political subdivision or the University of
Minnesota may make provision for inspection of electrical installations within its jurisdiction,
in which case it shall keep on file with the board copies of its current inspection ordinances and
codes. No political subdivision or the University of Minnesota shall require any individual,
partnership, corporation or other business association holding a license from the board under
to pay any license or registration fee, provided however, that any
such political subdivision or the University of Minnesota may provide by ordinance a requirement
that each individual, partnership, corporation or other business association doing electrical work
within the jurisdiction of such political subdivision or the University of Minnesota have on file
with said political subdivision a copy of the current license issued by the board or such other
evidence of such license as may be provided by the board.
Each electrical inspector of any political subdivision or the University of Minnesota shall
be a licensed master or journeyman electrician under section
326.242, subdivision 1
(1), or 2, paragraph (b), and shall not otherwise engage or be employed in the sale, installing,
altering, or repairing of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for light, heat, power, and other
purposes and shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in any such business.
Subd. 5. Exemptions from inspections.
Installations, materials, or equipment shall not be
subject to inspection under sections
(1) when owned or leased, operated and maintained by any employer whose maintenance
electricians are exempt from licensing under sections
, while performing
electrical maintenance work only as defined by board rule;
(2) when owned or leased, and operated and maintained by any electric, communications,
or railway utility, cable communications company as defined in section
, or telephone
company as defined under section
, in the exercise of its utility, antenna, or telephone
(i) are used exclusively for the generations, transformation, distribution, transmission, or
metering of electric current, or the operation of railway signals, or the transmission of intelligence,
and do not have as a principal function the consumption or use of electric current by or for
the benefit of any person other than such utility, cable communications company, or telephone
(ii) are generally accessible only to employees of such utility, cable communications
company, or telephone company or persons acting under its control or direction; and
(iii) are not on the load side of the service point or point of entrance for communication
(3) when used in the street lighting operations of an electric utility;
(4) when used as outdoor area lights which are owned and operated by an electric utility and
which are connected directly to its distribution system and located upon the utility's distribution
poles, and which are generally accessible only to employees of such utility or persons acting
under its control or direction;
(5) when the installation, material, and equipment are in facilities subject to the jurisdiction
of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act; or
(6) when the installation, material, and equipment is part of an elevator installation for which
the elevator contractor, licensed under section
, is required to obtain a permit from the
authority having jurisdiction as provided by section
, and the inspection has been or
will be performed by an elevator inspector certified by the Department of Administration and
licensed by the Board of Electricity. This exemption shall apply only to installations, material,
and equipment permitted or required to be connected on the load side of the disconnecting
means required for elevator equipment under National Electric Code Article 620, and elevator
communications and alarm systems within the machine room, car, hoistway, or elevator lobby.
Subd. 6. Site inspections.
The board may, without advance notice, inspect any site at
which electrical work is being performed or has been performed or where records concerning
the performance of electrical work are kept for purposes of ensuring compliance with sections
or any rule or order adopted or issued under these sections. With respect to
electrical work performed at or records kept in an occupied private dwelling, all inspections
permitted by this subdivision shall occur during normal business hours and shall be preceded
by advance notice, which need not be in writing. The board shall have the authority to examine
and copy all records concerning the performance of electrical work and to question in private all
persons employed by a contractor or on the site. No person shall retaliate in any manner against
any employee or person who is questioned by, cooperates with, or provides information to the
board, its complaint committee, or the attorney general.
History: 1967 c 602 s 4; 1981 c 357 s 81; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1985 c 73 s 11-13; 1985 c 248 s
70; 1Sp1985 c 6 s 7-9; 1986 c 373 s 8,9; 1987 c 358 s 117; 1987 c 384 art 2 s 1; 1990 c 422 s 10;
1991 c 289 s 30-32; 1995 c 166 s 16,17; 2002 c 328 s 25-28; 2003 c 58 s 6,7