Electrical Inspection

  • The City of Erie has adopted the International Electrical Code, and strives to provide safety and protection from potential hazards that may arise from the constant use of electricity.
  • In order to minimize the threat to public safety, inspections of all electrical work done in our community is necessary. By requiring inspections, the City of Erie ensures that qualified installers are doing the work in compliance with our codes and high standards.

  • All electrical work done in the City of Erie must be performed by an electrical contractor licensed by the City of Erie.
  • However, if you own and reside in a single family dwelling, you are permitted to perform electrical work provided that an electrical permit has been taken out and the work is inspected.

For questions and further information, feel free to contact Sam Santana, Electrical Inspector, at 814-870-1472 ssantana@erie.pa.us

Electrical Permits

An electrical permit application may be filed in the Code Enforcement Office, Room 407 of City Hall.
  • After review of the plans and fee payment, a permit shall be issued.
Permit must be displayed at job site!
  • An Electrical Real Estate Inspection for existing electric is available for $75. An Erie County Health Department Pool Inspection is available for $325.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the code official for all required inspections.

Application for Electrical Permit (PDF)
Application for Real Estate Permit (PDF)
A permit is NOT required for the following minor jobs:
  • Replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles
  • Replacement of a receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. This shall not include replacement of receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection is required.
  • Replacement of installed electrically-operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems and any motor operated device
  • Replacement of dishwashers, kitchen range hoods or battery-powered smoke detectors