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Electrical Minor Label Program Information

Who may buy electrical minor labels?

An electrical contractor employing a properly licensed supervising electrician; company must also have a valid Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license.

 
When may an electrical minor label be used?

An electrical minor label may be used on a job site with existing permits if the work is within the scope of work permitted by the minor label rules and is done by a contractor who does not have an existing electrical permit for that job site.

A contractor may use only one minor label per project at a job site . Job site is defined as the address of the home, apartment or commercial building

Contractors are allowed to perform a number of installations, but contractors may not use a minor label to perform any installations that are outside the scope of their licenses.

 
Electrical Minor Label Matrix

The chart below outlines the different installations contractors are allowed to make within the scope of their licenses.

Type of Work

Electrical Contractor with Supervisor (C)

Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (LMS)

Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor HVAC/R (LHR)
Restricted Energy Contractor (CRE)

Limited Energy Contractor (CLE)

Registered Telecom-munications Service Provider
Limited Renewable Energy Contractor (CLR)

Limited Pump Installation Specialty Contractor (CPI)

Extension of not more than two existing branch electrical circuits limited to 30 amps each and, if relevant, connection of appliance. 918-309-0220 (1)(a)
Yes
No
No
No
No
 

Installation of one new electrical circuit limited to 30 amps and, if relevant, connection of a related appliance. 918-309-0220 (1)(b)

Yes
No
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of damaged components of existing electrical equipment including services not to exceed 20 amps, provided a reconnect is not required by the serving utility. For reconnects, see OAR 918-309-040(10) for services. [Grounding electrode system not permitted – no ground rods or panel changes]
918-309-0220 (1)(c)
Yes
No
No
No
No

The single installation of the appliances, repair or replacement activities listed below.
Replacement of multiple switches, circuit breakers, receptacles, light fixtures, smoke detectors, or GFCI or AFCI circuit breakers and receptacles of 15-20 amp, 125-volt in a dwelling unit. 918-309-0220 (1)(e)
Yes
No
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of a furnace, oil or gas not to exceed 20 amperes at 120/240 volts. 918-309-0220 (2)(a)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of a fan that is part of an HVAC system, not to exceed 20 amperes at 120/240 volts. 918-309-0220 (2)(b)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of a dishwasher or garbage disposal not to exceed 20 amperes at 120/240 volts. 918-309-0220 (2)(c)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of a water heater with an electrical circuit not to exceed 30 amperes at 120/240 volts. 918-309-0220 (2)(d)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Repair or replacement of an electrical furnace, air conditioning unit or refrigeration unit not to exceed 120/240 volts. 918-309-0220 (2)(e)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
A defective ballast, or up to five ballasts under one label. (For more than five ballasts, inspections shall be performed as a branch circuit permit or hourly rate authorized under OAR 918-309-0070(8). 918-309-0220(2)(f)
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Repair and maintenance of renewable electrical energy systems as set forth in ORS 479.630(17)(a).
918-309-0220(5)
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
 
Repair, replacement and maintenance of installed pump or irrigation systems for the same horsepower and voltage. 918-309-0220(6)
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 

Installation, repair and replacement in new or existing construction of one-and two family dwellings, of HVAC, telephone, garage door, vacuum systems, door bells, burglar, fire alarm and security systems, and audio/stereo systems not exceeding 100 volt-amperes, in Class 2 or 3 installations. 918-309-0220(3)(a)

Yes
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
No
No
 
Installation, repair and replacement of installations not exceeding 100 volt-amperes in Class 2 or 3 installations in one and two family dwellings. 918-309-0220
Yes
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
No
No
 
Installation, repair and replacement of up to 5 devices under one label for the following installations not exceeding 100 volt-amperes in Class 2 or 3 installations in other existing buildings, provided:
The equipment is not located in an area classified as hazardous, as described in Chapter 5 of the National Electrical Code, as adopted in OAR 918-305-0100;
(B) The system does not penetrate any fire protection system(s) or air-handling space(s), as defined in the currently adopted Oregon Electrical Specialty Code; and
The installation is limited to the following:
  • Thermostats;
  • Data communication devices;
  • Intercom, music and paging devices;
  • Door or gate control, monitor or access devices;
  • Cable television and closed circuit television devices;
(vi) Burglar, security and fire alarm devices, including "Power Limited Fire Alarm Circuits" as defined in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code, as adopted in OAR 918-305-0100; or (vii) Notwithstanding the 5 devices in subsection (3)(b) of this rule, central vacuum clean control devices, one label per system.918-309-0220(3)(b)(A) - (C)
Yes
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
Yes
(within the scope of the license)
No
No
 
Electrical Minor Label Q and A

Q: What is the scope of work a contractor is allowed to perform with an electrical minor label?

A: Contractors are allowed to perform a number of installations, but contractors may not use a minor label to perform any installations that are outside the scope of their licenses.

Q: What if a minor label has already been used on a job site?

A: The rules allow one electrical minor label per project per job site, so if minor labels have been posted for previous projects or a current plumbing minor label is posted for the same remodel you are working on, you may use an electrical minor label for your installation.

Q: When do I post the label, before or after beginning work?

A: You must post the label on the electrical service panel before the work begins. If a panel is not yet available, you may post the label on the installation.

Q: Are all minor label installations inspected?

A: No. Only one out of 10 installations is inspected. The Division randomly selects one of the installations and submits a request to the corresponding jurisdiction to conduct the inspection.

Q: What happens if an inspection fails?

A: Failing a minor label is very expensive! If an inspection fails, the Division allows the contractor 10 calendar days to dispute the inspection report by notifying the Division. The contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at its hourly inspection rate for reinspection. The Division then selects another label from the same lot of 10 to be inspected and the contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at a rate of $75. If three inspections from the same lot of labels fail, the contractor must take out full permits for all the remaining installations in that lot.

Q: Under "repair of service" can a minor label be used to replace a panel, meter base, stack or service feeder wire?

A: No, OAR 918-309-0220 (1)(c). The rule is specific "Repair or replace damaged components of existing electrical equipment including services not to exceed 200 amps. A component of a piece of electrical equipment would be one element i.e., meter jaw, meter base hub, damaged conductor needing to be re-terminated, replace main breaker, replace buss and etc.
(See OAR 918-309-0040 (10) for reconnect)

Q: When replacing an electric furnace or air conditioning unit under a minor label, does the minor label cover any size circuit, or just 30 amps and below?

A: Any size, not to exceed 240V - single phase. OAR 918-309-0220 (2)(e).

Q: Does one need a full permit to replace a line voltage thermostat?

A: Yes, because line voltage thermostats are not 100 VA or less. OAR 918-261-0220 (3)(b)(c) allows up to 5 thermostats, 100 VA or less on a minor label.

Q: Who can buy minor labels?

A: An electrical contractor, a limited maintenance specialty contractor, a limited pump installation specialty contractor, a limited maintenance specialty contractor HVAC/R, limited energy contractor, registered telecommunications service provider, limited renewable energy contractor, or a restricted energy contractor. OAR 918-309-0210.

Q: Can more that one minor label used on a job site? Example: Changing out two furnaces in a large home, or extending the electrical services to accommodate furnaces.

A: No, only one minor label may be used on a job site with existing structural or electrical permits provided the work is covered by the minor label rules and only one minor label transaction may be performed by a contractor at a job site as part of a single or same electrical transaction. For example, the minor label rules allow the repair or replacement of only one appliance per label. OAR 918-100-0020 (6). If a contractor wants to install multiple appliances, a full permit is necessary.

Q: What kind of new construction installations may be performed using an electrical minor label?

A: 100va or less, class 2 or 3 systems in one and two family dwellings.

Q: Can I use a minor label to replace a defective ballast?

A: Yes, up to 5 under one label, limited to 120-240V. See 918-309-0220 (2)(f)

Q: Does a single installation for garage door openers require a permit?

A: Yes. One can take out a limited energy permit, restricted energy permit or use a minor label. Commercial door openers are required to be permitted as they are more complicated and some use line voltage controls.

Q: What is the definition of "device" under the minor label rules?

A: There are many devices named specifically in the rules (see OAR 918-309-0220 (D) including but not limited to: alarm contacts, smoke detectors, heat detectors, and central vacuum clean control devices.

Q: I understand that you can extend up to two circuits under one minor label. Is there a limit to the number of receptacles or switches I can add to the circuit?

A: The limitation of the number of receptacles on a circuit is based on the load characteristics and whether they are residential or commercial, not the type of permit used.

 
Electrical Minor Label OARs

918-309-0210
Electrical Rules