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Electrical Tip of the Day – When do I need a permit?

October 28th, 2010 No comments
There is always a lot of confusion regarding build permits in the Greater Lafayette area.  I was recently told by one of our clients that it sure would be nice to know how all this “permit business” actually applies.  Ask and you shall receive!

From the City of Lafayette web site:  “Building permits must be issued before any permanent structure is built, modified, or remodeled within the city limits. Any proposed work within the street right-of-way requires a permit. Permits are also required for large sheds and both above and in-ground swimming pools. Site plans are reviewed for conformance to city standards for parking lots, utility connections, street access, and landscaping. The Engineering Department also reviews all subdivision plans and inspects all infrastructure”.

Now, making that more specific to the electrical world.  We are typically required to pull an electrical permit and have an inspection as follows:

1) Whenever the electric service must be disconnected to do the work

2) Whenever the electrical meter must be pulled to do the work

3) When making alterations to service entrance equipment, typically including repairs

4) When performing total building remodels

5) When making changes of structural nature or “re-purposing ” of any occupancy

6) When more that 100′ of new wall is constructed or the construction process is structural in nature

7) New construction projects / new buildings / new build-outs (which can also require a State permit as well as a local one)

If in doubt it is always best to ask the powers that be. In Grater Lafayette that could be the City of Lafayette Engineers Office, The City of West Lafayette Engineers Office, or the Tippecanoe Building Commission if your in the county.  In the surrounding Counties permits are handled in a variety of different ways (and in some locations not at all – how is that for crazy).  Again, if you are not sure the best thing to do is contact the City or County offices in your area and ask!

So WHO can pull a permit you ask?  It can work out a couple of ways… A homeowner or property owner can usually pull a permit for any project they own.  In the case of a contractor, the company doing the work must have current bonds in place and current licensing in file (if required) with the municipality or county issuing the permit in order to be able to make application.   As we have said before, do your home work and make sure the folks you are doing business are insured and bonded!

So go build something already!

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Electrical Tip of the Day – Fall outdoor light fixture maintenance

October 13th, 2010 No comments

Its that time of year again and (gasp) bad weather will be upon us soon.  This weeks tip is a simple one… it will save you a bundle to deal with outdoor light fixture repairs before the snow flies and things freeze… in some case, like in ground landscape lighting, if a problem occurs after it has hard frozen for the winter we have little choice but to put the repair work off until spring thaw

In other areas, like commercial parking lot lights, wall packs, those pesky motion detector sensor lights – getting fresh lamps in and checking out the systems before winter is money well spent.  Things break when it gets cold, and planning for bucket truck / large ladder use during those bad winter months will always cost more then doing the same work during favorable weather.

And of course – PLANNED maintenance is always more cost effective then emergency or unplanned repair work!

Video Testimonials – what our clients say about us!

October 4th, 2010 No comments

Artisan Electric is excited to announce the addition of VIDEO TESTIMONIALS to our main web site.  CLICK HERE to check out some real world comments from our clients (they make me blush).

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Special thanks out to all of those who continue to extend the hand of support and faith as we continue down the path to be the best company we can be.  We could not do this without you!

Best Regards,


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