Recent lockdown restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus, has sent the Aussie population into a frenzy of new hobbies, with home improvements and DIY projects being on the top of everyone’s list. There is no better feeling than tackling a project you’ve had in mind for years, creating a more homely atmosphere which expresses who you are.
When it comes to DIY electrical projects, you might be wondering whether you need an electrical permit. Here’s what you need to know.
Minor electrical projects
There are a number of minor electrical projects which will not require you to obtain an electrical permit. This may include small projects such as plug and switch replacements, light installations or general electrical troubleshooting.
Major electrical projects
If you are making major home improvements or completing renovations, you will probably be required to ensure that all building and repairs is up to code and in a safe manner. This process is relatively easy, and anyone can apply for a building permit. However, if your project includes activities such as panel installation, home remodels and additions, you may also be required to apply for an electrical permit.
The importance of safety and the law
While you may feel confident in completing a major electrical project by yourself, it is essential that you follow the law-binding safety protocols surrounding building and construction. While safety is the most important consideration, the law is too. Federal law states that an electrical contractor must be hired to complete any electrical work. Any individual who breaks this essential law may see their project result in a serious injury and up to $100,00 in fines.
Many homes in Australia are quite old, and as such, may not have safe electrical systems such as safety switches and power circuit. This makes it even more important to hire a trusted professional to complete the work.
Contact HunterCON today!
When it comes to mist electrical projects, you will always benefit from working with a trusted professional. At HunterCON, we ensure that all work is completed to the most stringent safety standards, as well as guaranteeing high quality and completing projects at a timely, cost-effective way for our customers. If you have any other questions surrounding electrical permits, if you would like some more tips about electrical safety or would like to know more about installation or maintenance of electrical items, please do not hesitate to give us a call. With over nine years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.
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