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07 July Texas


​​​​​State of Texas

 
2014 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective September 1, 2014
 
The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians Administrative Rules and established the 2014 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act.
 
Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2014 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates that "the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety."
 
Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building or structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.
 
Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who has contracted with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing examinations. It is important for license candidates to review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.
 
Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202.
 

Contact:  Bryan Holland, bryan.holland@nema.org