Electrical Permits

Permit Requirements


Electrical work performed in the City is approved electrical inspection agency and an approval certificate must be issued to the owner and the City. An electrical permit is required for the installation of any other wiring and/or electrical devices not mentioned above and will require an application for inspection with a City approved electrical inspection agency.

An electrical permit is not required for:
  • Electrical work that contains less than 25 volts for its operation, for example: doorbell circuits.
  • Replacement of defective devices with directly interchangeable types, for example: fuses, lamps, switches (when closing boxes are not disturbed), ballasts, relays, timers, and similar devices that do not disturb the fixed wiring system.

Who Can Do Electrical Work


The owner-occupant of a single-family dwelling may perform electrical work within his/her own dwelling without having a licensed electrician, but he or she must still obtain an electrical permit at the City Cohoes Building Department and make application for inspection with a City approved electrical inspection agency in order that the work performed is inspected and approved.

In all instances, electrical work within the City must be inspected by a licensed electrician. You may check to see if an electrical inspector is licensed by asking the prospective electrical inspector to show his wallet card. Your electrician must file for an electrical permit and an application for inspection with a City approved electrical agency before work starts.