Electrical Code Update

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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

April 12, 2018

Attention Electricians, Building Officials and Contractors!

The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) - Division of Industry Services wishes to update you on the status of the SPS 316 Electrical Code Package (CR 16-093). The proposed code package has been adopted and is awaiting publication at the end of June 2018.

Here is a timeline of effective dates related to several parts of the code update:

  • August 1, 2018: 2017 NEC adopted for commercial structures 
  • August 1, 2018: DSPS may begin accepting applications for registration as an electrical inspection agency.  More information will be posted here in July 2018. 
  • March 1, 2019: Only registered inspection agencies may provide plan review, permit issuance, or inspections 
  • January 1, 2020: 2017 NEC adopted for one- and two-family dwellings 
  • January 1, 2020: statewide requirements for permits and inspections go into effect

The rules may be accessed on our website or on the Legislative Reference Bureau’s (LRB) website here.

Questions regarding the code update can be sent to DSPSSBElectrictech@wi.gov