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    Pennsylvania Jurisdiction Licensing

    What town's and city's make you take a test?

    I see Philadelphia does. Almost everything around it seems to just want a "FEE" if you have another license. But getting calls for assisting cell contractors. Everything always last minute and the bigger company wants permits.

    Thank God, Delaware and Jersey aren't like PA.

    #2
    Originally posted by sully1975 View Post
    Thank God, Delaware and Jersey aren't like PA.
    Yup, make fun of NJ with it's unified statewide licensing program all that you want but when you look to the surrounding states like PA and NY you'll see that their licensing programs are a joke.
    Rob

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    All responses based on the 2017 NEC unless otherwise noted

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      #3
      I live about 10 miles outside of Philadelphia. It really is horrible as far as licensing is concerned. I know many GC’s that do there own work. And get it inspected. This has been a pet peeve of mine for many years. In 1993 I had to take a test, and it took me 6 hours. Today......all you need to do is pay 50 bucks to get a license from the attorney generals office. It’s called an HIC license.

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        #4
        One note: in the city you do need the Philadelphia license. But not in the suburbs. At least where I work.


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          #5
          I would much rather have PA's system that statewide licensing, and I live in a state with a statewide license.

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            #6
            Originally posted by peter d View Post
            I would much rather have PA's system that statewide licensing, and I live in a state with a statewide license.
            As more time goes by, I get less and less confident that licensing accomplishes anything.
            Ethan Brush - East West Electric. NY, WA. MA

            "You can't generalize"

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              #7
              Specifically looking for a Scranton license. Hard to find anything online, it seems like a Wilkes Barre automatically works. Trying to find what jurisdictions will be a pain with stuff like this.

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                #8
                Originally posted by electrofelon View Post
                As more time goes by, I get less and less confident that licensing accomplishes anything.
                A license is nothing more than a permission slip that an electrician must pay for to make their living.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by sully1975 View Post
                  What town's and city's make you take a test?

                  I see Philadelphia does. Almost everything around it seems to just want a "FEE" if you have another license. But getting calls for assisting cell contractors. Everything always last minute and the bigger company wants permits.

                  Thank God, Delaware and Jersey aren't like PA.
                  As far as i know Allegheny County in the Pittsburgh area and Philadelphia,
                  the $50 is a registration fee for residential contracts it's not required for commercial work.

                  all residential repairs and residential alterations not structural and not effecting the egress of the dwelling do not require a permit

                  The registration requirement was an attempt to keep fly by nights from sneaking in and out
                  its primary effect was to require a written contract, liability, insurance and limit the amount a contractor could require as a down payment towards labor

                  Be careful in how the state defines a dwelling and be aware that a municipality had/has the right to submit to the department of labor and industry and adopt an ordinance requiring a permit for work that the state other wise has exempted from requiring a permit, after all the Law act 45 is referred to as the Uniform Construction Code

                  Few municipalities amended the Act but Philadelphia has, I also have been told Philadelphia independently from the state adopted the 2017 NEC and the 2018 ICC codes

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                    #10
                    My understanding is Due to PA being a commonwealth and not a state Philadelphia and other cities have more power over laws than cities in other states typically do. Most of South eastern PA counties/ townships/ boroughs accept either a Philadelphia license or a Reading license. Philadelphia used to have its own code and has a history of deviating from the state on many laws..
                    I believe Philadelphia more closely follows NJ than the western part of PA in terms of code.

                    https://www.readingpa.gov/content/tr...on-application

                    https://business.phila.gov/electrica...actor-license/

                    And watch out for all that two phase when working in philly
                    Comments based on 2017 NEC unless otherwise noted.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by electrofelon View Post
                      As more time goes by, I get less and less confident that licensing accomplishes anything.
                      It's enforcement that accomplishes things. Take unlicensed people to court and make them pay fines or jail time for repeat offenders.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by oldsparky52 View Post
                        It's enforcement that accomplishes things. Take unlicensed people to court and make them pay fines or jail time for repeat offenders.
                        But for what purpose? I have not seen any correlation between having a license and doing higher quality safer work.
                        Ethan Brush - East West Electric. NY, WA. MA

                        "You can't generalize"

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