Lafayette looks at licensing electricians

Jan 5, 2012

Electricians in Lafayette could soon need a license to operate.

An ordinance with that requirement for all electrical workers is scheduled to appear before council members next week.

City Engineer Jenny Miller says the move would increase safety for Lafayette residents. She thinks it won’t be hard for established electricians to get licensed, if they have the necessary experience.

Miller says substandard work her office has come across is the reason for requiring a license .

Lafayette officials will first consider the proposal at the city council meeting Monday night at seven. The issue was first raised last year, but the ordinance was tabled to allow for more input.

There are four types of licenses:  Commercial/Industrial Electrical Contractor’s License, Commercial/Industrial Electrician’s License, Residential Electrical Contractor’s License, and Residential Electrician’s License.

Fees range from $200 to $50 for a license and $100 to $15 for renewal. There also is a temporary permit for $25 and a late renewal fee of $25.