Lafayette Approves Electrical License Requirement

Feb 7, 2012

Electricians must have a license if they hope to work in Lafayette.

The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance implementing the requirement.

Members passed the bill after making six amendments to the original measure that was approved after a first reading last month.

District Three Representative Perry Brown doesn’t think the ordinance goes far enough.

There are a few exceptions, including not needing certification for projects that are less than 50 volts.

But, electrical inspector Tim Stacey says the measure will help improve quality and safety.

Electricians who are caught working without proper licenses could be fined.

The council finalized the measure after first introducing it about four years ago.

 

Those against the ordinance say it adds unnecessary fees and call it an overreach of government.

There is no state law requiring electricians have a license.