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Commission Adopts Rules
August 28, 2023
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 73, §73.100, regarding the Electricians program. The adopted rule is necessary to adopt the 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC) as required by statute. Texas Occupations Code §1305.101(a) requires the Commission to adopt, every three years, the revised NEC as the electrical code for the state.
The adoption justification was published in the August 25, 2023, issue of the Texas Register (48 TexReg 4654) and is available online. The updated rule chapter will be available on the Secretary of State website upon its effective date of September 1, 2023.
On The Level - July 2023 Edition
July 7, 2023
Articles in the July 2023 edition of TDLR On The Level include:
- Legislative Update
- Texas Accessibility Academy Update
- 2023 NEC Is Almost Here
- Legislation Creates Mold Advisory Board
Read The Newest TDLR Arc Flash
May 1, 2023
Our newsletter is intended to keep city officials, electricians, and consumers throughout Texas informed of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act and TDLR’s efforts to enforce the associated requirements.
2023 National Electrical Code is Almost Here!
November 30, 2022
The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. In 2023, TDLR will adopt the 2023 NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas and establish it as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. The proposed effective date will be September 1, 2023.
Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2023 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates "the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety."
Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2023, must be installed in accordance with the 2023 NEC.To clarify: the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality,electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.
Schneider Electric Issues Product Recall Safety Notice for QO™ Plug-On-Neutral Load Center
July 15, 2022
Schneider Electric has issued a product recall safety notice for their QO™ Plug-On-Neutral Load Centerbecause the wire binding screw within the lug body could potentially not be torqued properly to the Plug-on-Neutral bar. Over time, this unsecured electrical joint could result in losing the neutral connection and potentially lead to overheating at the load. Schneider has issued instructionsfor inspecting the affected devices, which were installed in 2020 and after.
May Is Electrical Safety Month
May 2, 2022
Download these coloring pagesfor the youngsters in your life – it’s never too early to instill respect for electricity and encourage safe behaviors around electricity.
Continuing Education Requirements
October 25, 2021
HB 1560, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, repealed Occupations Code §1305.168 from the Electricians statute, and transferred authority regarding the continuing education requirements to TDLR’s enabling statute, Chapter 51 of the Texas Occupations Code.
Please note that no changes were made, and Electrician program licensees are still required to obtain continuing education (CE) credits as specified in the program rules.
Conducting Residential Electrical Inspections
August 13, 2019
Learn more about conducting electrical inspections in this white paper issued by the National Fire Protection Association. Read More (PDF)
Residential Appliance Installers Authorized Scope of Work and Service – Pool-Related Electrical Devices
January 8, 2019
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) hereby provides additional scope of work and service guidance to political subdivisions, residential appliance installer license (RAIL) holders, and related stakeholders regarding pool and spa work settings. Holders of a RAIL license may:
- Install, uninstall, or replace pool-related electrical devices including underwater lights, ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), pumps, motors, heaters, automation systems, and related equipment on the “load-side” of the control-center while maintaining National Electrical Code compliance. However, if the system requires a new or upgraded “line-circuit,” only a licensed electrical contractor with a designated master electrician may offer to perform that work.
- Install or add pool-related electrical devices to an existing pool that do not require an increase in amperage or access to a main breaker panel. For example, a RAIL holder may install salt systems, a time clock or similar automation equipment, a variable speed motor, or ultraviolet or ozone equipment.
- Install, uninstall, or replace pool-related electrical devices that use direct or alternating current.
In addition, a residential appliance dealer or manufacturer, or a person authorized by a dealer or manufacturer, may perform maintenance and repair of a pool-related electrical device. However, maintenance and repair may be performed using only components of the same type and ampacity as the original components.
The above services and work scope, if performed by a RAIL holder as outlined, would be in accordance with TDLR requirements and may be deemed eligible for applicable governmental, vendor, or manufacturer rebates sought by consumers.
Advisory Board Meetings
October 18, 2023
The next Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference and the public will be able to view the meeting on TDLR’s YouTube channel. Sharing of pre-recorded audio or video is not allowed during the public comment period. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.
June 26, 2023
The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board met June 26, 2023 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online.