State of Texas
The 2017 National Electrical
Code Becomes Effective on September 1, 2017.
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. The 2017 NEC will be the
"minimum standard" for all electrical work (covered under state law)
when adopted September 1, 2017. Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides
municipalities the specific authority to make local amendments to the 2017 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."
Also beginning September
1, 2017, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on
the 2017 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who contracts with
TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing
examinations. License candidates can review the Candidate
Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding
Please also note the 2015
International Codes and the 2014 NEC have been adopted as the new mandatory
building codes for the Texas
Industrialized Housing and Buildings program effective August 1, 2017.
This includes adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
(IECC) for all industrialized housing and buildings. Bulletin 10-001 has
been revised to reflect the changes mandated by the 2015 IECC for
industrialized housing. Technical
Bulletin IHB TB 17-01 provides guidance for the installation of housing and
buildings constructed prior to August 1, 2017 and constructed to the 2009
International Codes and the 2011 NEC.
Contact: Bryan Holland, Bryan.Holland@nema.org