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Electrical Board

Mark Browne, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The State Electrical Board licenses, registers, and regulates electricians, apprentices, and electrical contractors. The board does not regulate communication systems, elevators or passenger conveyors, bridge or highway projects, or data processing systems. They conduct regular inspections of the installations that they regulate, and review special requests for exceptions to the code. The Board’s mission is to protect the health of the public by enforcing the state electrical statutes. The board is made up of nine professional and public members that are appointed by the governor.

News Items


Notice of Temporary 50% Reduction in Permit Fees

We are pleased to announce that the fees charged for permits will be reduced temporarily, effective September 8, 2014. Robust growth in construction across Colorado this year led to an increase in the number of electrical permits issued by the State Electrical Board at DORA, The Department of Regulatory Agencies. Because DORA only collects enough permit revenue to cover the cost of inspection services for customers, all fees charged for permits will be reduced by 50 percent for Electrical permits, across-the-board. This fee reduction is temporary. DORA will evaluate permit fees next year, at which time fees may have to be adjusted to generate sufficient revenue to cover costs. DORA will provide notice to customers before initiating any increase.

Electrical Permits Online

What services are available via the online permits system?
Contractors and homeowners may use the online system to:

  • Purchase new electrical permits using a credit or debit card
  • Purchase Trim permits
  • Request inspections
  • Pay re-inspection fees
  • Review permits and inspection reports (for the preceding 24 months)
  • Check permits to verify that the inspection is scheduled.
  • Pay additional charges (add fees) such as fees for increased job costs

What services are not available online?

  • Permit transfers
  • Permit Extensions
  • Informational changes to your permit (name, property address, spelling corrections, etc.)

Please contact the Denver office for information on the above services.

Enter Electrical Online Permits - to purchase a permit or request an inspection





Continuing Competency (CC) requirements apply to the renewal of a Residential Wireman (RW), Journeyman Wireman (JW) and Master Electrician (ME) license.  CC does not apply to Electrical Contractor registrations (EC).

Electrician licenses are set to expire on September 30, 2014. Before being able to renew a license in 2014, active RW, JW and ME must complete the following:  

1.    Submit a completed Learning Plan in the online CC Portal logging the completion of any PDUs you were assigned in 2011*. For more information, see the ‘Continuing Competency’ link on the left menu of this page; and

2.    Take the 2014 CC Assessment based upon the 2014 NEC. The 2014 Assessment will open on July 1, 2014. To schedule an assessment, contact Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com/co/electricians/ or 800-275-8244 option 6.  Call today to schedule your appointment!

Fees for the CC Assessment are:
    $30.00 July 1 - August 15, 2014
    $45.00 August 16 - October 15, 2014
    $60.00 October 16 - November 30, 2014

Schedule your appointment early for the best price, testing time and location.

We encourage you to submit your renewal information online. Manual processing can delay your renewal by three to four weeks.

*If you were assigned any Professional Development Units (PDU) as a result of the CC Assessment in 2011, you must complete those credits before renewing your license in 2014. Log your completion of those credits online using the CC Portal at https://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/cproweb/cpro.logon.  

Please note: Taking the CC Assessment does not renew your license. Your license is not renewed until you have completed the renewal process and paid the applicable fee.

IMPORTANT: Effective July 1, 2014, the 2014 NEC will be in effect for the state.


How to choose a Professional Development Activity or Continuing Education Course:

The Colorado Electrical Board does not pre-approve courses or programs for the Continuing Competency program. Vendors that advertise their courses as “DORA” or “Board Approved” are false. It is incumbent upon the licensee to ensure that a learning activity or course meet the criteria established by the Board.

The Board deems the following types of activities to be acceptable. Online participation in training programs or courses may be acceptable if in compliance with the below criteria and meeting the definition of a PDU which consists of 50 minutes of instruction, presentation or activity in a structured education effort.

  • Not-for credit academic course
  • For-credit academic course
  • Industry training program

When shopping for PDU credit, licensees should ensure the activity meets the following criteria:

  1. Include technical and practical applications which impact Core Competency areas identified by the Board;
  2. Improve, expand or enhance the quality of the licensee’s existing technical knowledge; or develop new and relevant professional skills and knowledge;
  3. Have clear purposes and objectives;
  4. Be well-organized and provide evidence of pre-planning;
  5. Be current and presented by qualified and technically competent instructors; and,
  6. Provide certificates of completion or other documentation for the licensee and maintain records of licensee attendance.


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My electrical wiring has been damaged by the flood and my power is off. What do I do?

The State of Colorado Electrical Board understands that you need to get your power back on as soon as possible. However safety is a concern. Damaged electrical systems can cause electrocution and fires.  For more information on damaged electrical systems please go to the following links:

After the Storm – A Guide for Flood Victims

Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment

Water Damaged Equipment

A customer's electrical wiring has been damaged by the flood or fire and the power is off. What do I do?

The State of Colorado Electrical Board understands that your customer needs to get the power restored as soon as possible. However safety is a concern. Damaged electrical systems can cause electrocution and fires. As a registered electrical contractor you should perform a damage assessment to determine what will need to be done to re-energize the power. The state electrical inspectors will be using guidelines from several nationally recognized agencies for inspecting repairs or restoring power.  For more information on damaged electrical systems please go to the following links:

Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment

Water Damaged Equipment

After the Storm – A Guide for Flood Victims


Local Jurisdiction Information

If you represent a local jurisdictional electrical inspection authority you may now give notice to the Electrical Board as to your intent to cease or commence providing permitting and inspection services at this link or click the “Jurisdictional Information Input” in the left menu.

The deadline as set by 12-23-116(8) C.R.S. is October 1st for local jurisdictions to inform the board of their intent to cease or commence providing permitting and inspection services starting July 1st of the following year. Cities, towns and counties not issuing permits and providing inspections fall under the jurisdictional authority of the State Electrical Board for the issuance of permits with the requirement of inspections.



Effective November 1, 2013, hard copy, mail-in apprentice registration applications are no longer available. Apprentices are now directed to register using our online system. Contractors can also add/remove apprentices to/from their registration using Online Services.




NOTE: Our new system requires that all contractors have a correct FEIN (Tax ID number) in our database. If an attempt to register results in a “No match found” error message, please DO NOT register a new account, contact us at DORA_DPO_OnlineLicenses@state.co.us or 303-894-2421 so that we may ensure information accuracy in our system.


New Examination Vendor

On Friday, January 25, 2013, the Board transitioned to a new testing agency, PSI. This office has transferred currently approved exam candidate files to PSI.

We do not foresee any transition difficulties or examination delays, however, if you are unable to schedule an examination with PSI, contact the Office of Licensing at 303-894-7800.

Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

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