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If you would like to do an electrical project in the City of Grand Forks, below are some things you need to know.

  1. The City of Grand Forks Inspections Department is responsible for reviewing, inspecting and approving all electrical projects in the City limits. (See our GIS Map for this boundary). If you are looking for a property outside of the City limits, please visit the Grand Forks County website. .
  2. If you are an electrical contractor and wish to do work in the City's jurisdiction, please make sure you are licensed to do work in the City and obtaining the proper permits before starting work. See Contractor Licenses for more details.

  3. If this is your own home and wish to do work there, you may do so. This must be the home you presently preside in and no part of it is a rental. Please call the Inspections Department and we can walk you through the process.



Property owners who are self-wiring or doing their own electrical work must comply with the following before any electrical work commences:

  1. Individual must own and occupy the residential property where the electrical work will be done.
  2. Review plans or drawings depicting wiring to be done with the local electrical inspector.
  3. Self-Wire Permits expire 90 days from issue.



  1. Smoke Detectors are now required with each sleeping room and each level of a dwelling unit.
  2. Detectors in sleeping rooms are in addition to those required in other locations.

  3. Placing detectors within the rooms will provide the early warning the occupants of those rooms need when the fire begins within the sleeping room.

  4. Dwelling units and guest rooms must exit directly to a public way, exit court or yard to eliminate alarm system requirements.

  5. Code previously also permitted exiting to exterior stair or exit balcony.


Electrical wiring and equipment exposed to flood waters or excessive water can be extremely dangerous if re-energized without replacement or reconditioning. Initially it may not be apparent but the integrity of the electrical system and its components have been severely impaired, jeopardizing the safe electrical wiring system due to contaminations and sediment lodged in the equipment along with the corrosive action that will develop. This will also be true in a high humidity area that exists when flood waters are in a building. 

The following policy has been adopted by the North Dakota State Electrical Board on:

  • All breaker panelboards, breakers, fuses, disconnect switches, controllers, receptacles, switches, light fixtures, electric heaters that have been submerged must be replaced.
  • All electrical equipment, switchgear, motor control centers, boilers and boiler controls, electric motors, transformers and other similar equipment such as appliances, water heaters, dishwashers, ovens, ranges that have been submerged need to be reconditioned by the original manufacturer or by its approved representative or replaced.

  • Electrical wiring may require replacement depending on the type of wire or cable and what application it was listed for.

  • Splices and termination must be checked to make sure they comply with Article 110-14.

  • The electrical system needs to be certified by a licensed North Dakota electrical contractor to assure that the electrical system will be safe to energize.

  • Other recommendations can be found in Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the link below.

External Web Links
North Dakota Laws, Rules & Wiring Standards
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - National Electrical Code
OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) FAQ's


Electrical Inspector Boundary Map ( PDF)

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