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3 August Texas

State of Texas    

The 2017 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective on September 1, 2017.

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. 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 the examinations.

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


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