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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, AL 36633-1827

Physical Address:
Downtown Office
205 Government St.
South Tower, 3rd Floor
Mobile, AL 36644
Phone: (251) 208-7198
Fax: (251) 208-7896


Urban Development

Electrical Inspection Unit

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City of Mobile Electrical Code 2008 (pdf)
Commercial Permitting Process (pdf)
Contacts
Contractor and Homeowner Requirements
Deputy Director Information
Electrical Examination Results_(pdf)
Electrical Examination (JANUARY 2008) Application_(pdf) - NEW
Electrical Plan Review Quick List (pdf)
Forms and Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Inspection Matrix_(pdf)
Check on Status of Permit and License Requests
Tips for using the Check on Status of Permits and License Requests Interface
(pdf)
Check on a Parcel of Land
Inspector Information
Location and Driving Directions and Map
Office Business Hours
Other Recommended Web Links
Permit Fees
Permitting Procedures for New and Existing Structures Within the City of Mobile (pdf)
Statistics
Supervisor Information

General Information

Electrical Inspection is a unit of the Code Administration Section of the Urban Development Department. The electrical unit is responsible for enforcing the National Electrical Code and the City of Mobile Electrical ordinance. The safety of our citizens and visitors is our primary goal. We achieve this through the review of construction plans, site inspections, and the enforcement of adopted codes. We regulate the electrical contractor’s test and certifications to maintain the highest possible standards for the electrical professionals and our citizens. It is our goal to ensure that the citizens of Mobile have the safest electrical systems and the high quality construction and service they should expect.
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Supervisor Information

James M. Black
James M. Black
Chief Electrical Inspector
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Inspector hours for telephone contact purposes: 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
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Inspector Information

Harold Thorpe
Wendy Mead
Harold Thorpe
Electrical Inspector II
Wendy Mead
Electrical Inspector

George Hewes

William Barrow
George Hewes
Electrical Inspector
William Barrow
Electrical Inspector
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Location
Regency Square Shopping Center
324 South University Boulevard
Mobile, Al. 36609
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Driving Directions and Map
Take I-65 to west on Airport Boulevard.
Travel west 2.8 miles to University Boulevard.
Turn south on to University Boulevard.
Turn right at 1st traffic light into Regency Shopping Center
The office is located near the south end of the shopping complex
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Contacts

Contact Information

Inspectors

Phone Number
E-mail
General Number
(251) 208-6230
Brian Boykin
Electrical Inspector
(251) 208-6229
George Hewes
Electrical Inspector
(251) 208-6225

Wendy Mead
Electrical Inspector
(251) 208-6226

George Hewes
Electrical Inspector
(251) 343-6713

Conrad Hall
Electrical Inspector
(251) 208-6228

Fax Numbers
Code Administration Permit by Fax
(251) 208-7023
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Please report any possible violations to the City Action Center at (251) 208-7999.
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Office Business Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Staff hours for telephone contact purposes: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday


Inspector hours for telephone contact purposes
7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Building and Electrical Code?
What is an Electrical Permit?
When do I need a permit?
Why are inspections needed?
Who can obtain an Electrical Permit?
Where do I apply for an Electrical Permit?
What is a six-month electrical investigation?
Who can purchase a six-month investigation?
Most common problems that cause a six-month investigation inspection to fail?


What is a Building and Electrical Code?
Building and Electrical codes are rules, regulations, and specifications that the City of Mobile uses to help ensure quality construction and a safe finished structure.
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What is an Electrical Permit?
An Electrical Permit grants legal permission to install, alter, repair, or demolish electrical systems within the City of Mobile jurisdiction.
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When do I need a permit?
Electrical permits and inspections are required for all new electrical work and all repairs. Electrical work is very dangerous to persons performing the work and those persons who may come into contact with that work in the future Thorough knowledge of electrical systems and safety are essential.

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Why are inspections needed?
The City Electrical Code requires a permit be issued when work is to be performed on a structure. The inspections that follow the issuance of the permit may reveal unsatisfactory work, faulty materials or violations of the electrical code that could result in unsafe and hazardous conditions for you, your family, your employees, or the general public.

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Who can obtain an Electrical Permit?
Electrical contractors must be licensed and bonded to obtain a permit. Homeowners do not need a license to obtain a permit. However, they must sign an affidavit stating they own and live in the house to which the work will be performed and must pass an electrical homeowner’s test.
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Where do I apply for an Electrical Permit?
Applications for permits can be made at the Government Plaza, Urban Development Department, Code Administration, 205 Government Street, South Tower. 3rd Floor. Mobile, Al. 36633-1827 or at the West Mobile Satellite Office located at 324 South University Boulevard in the Regency Square shopping center.
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What is a six-month electrical investigation?
A six-month investigation is one of the most frequently requested electrical inspections. There is a standard timeframe within most communities that if the electrical service has been disconnected for a period exceeding six-months, it is required that an inspection by the electrical unit be conducted before the service can be reconnected. This allows the inspector to detect any problems, violations, or changes that may have occurred within that period. The electrical inspector will perform a visual inspection on the exterior and interior electrical systems, looking for damage, alterations, and violations; if there are no problems he/she will authorize the utility company to reconnect the electrical systems. If a problem is found he/she shall require that an electrical contractor make the proper repairs.
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Who can purchase a six-month investigation?
There are no restrictions on who may purchase a six-month investigation; the landlord, tenant, or their representative may purchase the permit. We do require the proper address, a phone number of the responsible person(s) to contact, and that the structure or building be unlocked. If you wish to have the power reconnected you may purchase for $21.00 a permit at the City of Mobile Urban Development, Code Administration’s two locations: 205 Government Street, 3rd Floor South Tower or the Satellite Office at 324 South University Boulevard.
For more information please call: (251) 343-6713.
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Most common problems that cause a six-month investigation inspection to fail?

  1. Damaged outside electrical service and meter.
  2. Grounding wire damaged or missing.
  3. Alterations that cause a possible hazard.
  4. A/C units not properly connected.
  5. Switch covers, receptacle covers, smoke detectors or light fixtures missing.
  6. Oversized breakers or fuses.

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Electrical Plan Review Quick List

3 sets of original plans are required for plan review.
The plans shall be signed and sealed by the appropriate engineer or design professional.
The electrical service riser diagram shall be included.
The electrical service location shall be shown.
The electrical service disconnecting means shall comply with The City of Mobile Electrical Ordinance SECTION NINETEEN 115 i.
The electrical panel schedules shall show all loads, voltages, phases, and bus sizes in amperes.
The electrical panels shall be properly balanced.
All electrical panels, appliances, equipment, luminaries and outlets shall be shown.
All locations, sizes, and ratings for equipment disconnecting means shall be shown.
All branch circuit conductors and all conduit sizes shall be shown.
Working space and clearances shall be shown for all electrical equipment.
All required outlets for HVAC equipment shall be shown.
No electrical equipment or raceways shall be allowed in HVAC return air unless specifically designed and listed for this location.
Electrical plan sheets should be labeled “E”.

The following items will be of specific interest to the Electrical plan reviewer:

Scope of work, general notes, and the electrical plans shall be of sufficient clarity and detail to determine the full scope of the electrical installations.
All electrical equipment and materials shall be properly listed and labeled by a recognized electrical testing laboratory.
General notes, scope of work shall be accurate

Printable Version (pdf)


Other Recommended Web Links:
Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure
Homebuilders Licensure Board
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Fire Protection Association


Statistics

The Electrical unit is responsible for the safe and proper installation of electrical work
The Electrical unit conducts over 1190 inspections, consultations, and investigations a month
The Electrical unit inspects and approves an average of 280 releases to Alabama Power Company per month
The Electrical unit monitors over 700 active or inactive journeymen electricians and 250 active or inactive master electricians
The Electrical unit monitors the issuance and renewal of electrical certifications, bonds, and permits
The Electrical unit tests and collects fees every 6 months for electrical certifications within the City of Mobile
The Electrical unit consults with architects, electrical engineers, contractors and citizens concerning electrical construction issues
The Electrical Unit enforces the currently adopted International Residential code, National Electrical code, and the City of Mobile Electrical ordinance
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Electrical inspections include but are not limited to:

  • Temporary services for construction
  • Underground trench and pipe inspections on commercial and residential projects
  • Rough wiring electrical inspections on commercial and residential
  • Final wiring electrical inspections on commercial and residential
  • Swimming pool electrical inspection
  • New and upgraded electrical service inspections
  • Emergency electrical service repair inspections
  • Six month investigations on vacant structures
  • Alarm inspections on commercial and residential

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