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
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
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.