Electrical Permits

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Projects That Require Electrical Permits & Inspections

  • Install or relocate
  • Sump Pump
  • Smoke Detector (wired in)
  • Dishwasher - A plumbing permit is also required.
  • Electric range
  • Electric oven
  • Electric water heater - A plumbing permit is also required.
  • Garbage compactors
  • Electric air conditioning - A mechanical permit is also required.
  • Heat pump - A mechanical permit is also required.
  • Radiant heat
  • Well pump
  • Humidifier - A mechanical and plumbing permit are also required.
  • Boiler - A mechanical and plumbing permit are also required.
  • Electronic air cleaner - A mechanical permit is also required.
  • Attic fan
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electric furnace
  • Swimming pool (above-ground or in-ground) - A building permit for pool and a fence permit are also required.
  • Replace/repair electrical wiring
  • Replace light fixtures with different style fixture and / or more wattage
  • Relocate switches
  • Relocate lighting fixtures
  • Relocate sub panels
  • Relocate panel box or change service

Projects That Do Not Require an Electrical Permit

  • Replace switch / outlet plates
  • Replace junction box covers
  • Install smoke detectors (plug in)
  • Install smoke detectors (battery operated)
  • Replace outlets
  • Replace light fixtures with same style fixture and equivalent wattage
  • Replace circuit breakers (plug type only)
  • Replace fuses
  • Replace electric dishwasher
  • Replace electric range
  • Replace electric oven
  • Replace garbage compactors
  • Replace electric air conditioning (same for same)
  • Replace electric heat pump
  • Replace radiant heat
  • Replace well water pump
  • Replace humidifier
  • Replace electric furnace (same for same)

Five Types of Electrical Permits

Temporary Pole Permit

 A temporary pole is an electrical pole made to provide electrical power during a construction project. The pole will consist of a breaker box and receptacles to provide a power source for construction tools.

Please have the following information available prior to completing your permit:

  • Location of temporary pole - you must have a physical address of the property where the temporary pole will be located in order to apply for your permit online
  • A Work Request Number from Dominion Virginia Power is required
  • Service Size
  • Underground or overhead cable
  • Contract Value

Electrical New Service Permit

Please have the following information available prior to completing your permit.

  • Property address of the project
  • Building Permit Number
  • A Work Request Number from Dominion Virginia Power.
  • Service Size

Electrical Service Upgrade Only (Change of Service)

Please have the following information available prior to completing your permit.

  • Property address of the project
  • A Work Request Number from Dominion Virginia Power.
  • Existing size of service
  • Upgraded service size

Electrical Service with Additions & Repairs (Change of Service)

Please have the following information available prior to completing your permit.

  • Property address of the project
  • A Work Request Number from Dominion Virginia Power
  • Existing size of service
  • Upgraded service size
  • Wiring information (size of amperage and number of circuits for additional and repair work)
  • Addition and repair purposes information (example: add or repair electrical outlets, ceiling fan, etc.)

Electrical Additions & Repairs (Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Meter Base Replacement)

Please have the following information available prior to completing your permit.

  • Property address of project
  • A Work Request Number from Dominion Virginia Power may be required. Please call 757-382-6018 to verify if a work request number is required for your project. 
  • Wiring information (size of amperage and number of circuits for additional and repair work)
  • Addition and repair purposes information

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