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) class 2 or class 3 remote control circuits that control circuits or systems other than
class 2 or class 3, except circuits that interconnect these systems exempted by section
, 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;
(4) physical security systems within detention facilities; and
(5) circuitry and equipment for indoor lighting systems as defined in article 411 of the
National Electrical Code.
(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. 1b. Licenses; bond.
All inspectors shall hold licenses as master or journeyman
electricians under this chapter. All inspectors under contract with the department to provide
electrical inspection services shall give bond in the amount of $1,000, conditioned upon the
faithful performance of their duties.
Subd. 2. Procedure.
(a) At or before commencement of any installation required to be
inspected by the commissioner, the contractor, installer, special electrician, or owner making the
installation shall submit to the commissioner a request for inspection, in a form prescribed by the
commissioner, 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 commissioner 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 commissioner in an amount
sufficient to pay the actual costs of the inspection and the commissioner'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 commissioner. 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 commissioner by rule may direct. An aggrieved party
may appeal any condemnation or disconnection order by filing with the commissioner 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 commissioner,
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 commissioner provides. The commissioner 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
commissioner 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 commissioner 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 commissioner 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 commissioner 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 commissioner 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 commissioner
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
commissioner or such other evidence of such license as may be provided by the commissioner.
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 electrical, 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 electrical utility;
(4) when used as outdoor area lights which are owned and operated by an electrical 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 and licensed by the department. 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 Electrical Code Article 620, and elevator communications and alarm systems within the
machine room, car, hoistway, or elevator lobby.
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 2007 c 140 art 13 s 3
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; 2007
c 140 art 5 s 22-27