Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–2712. Electrical fees.

(a) The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall amend from time to time the schedule of fees to be charged by the District of Columbia for the inspection of electrical equipment and for the issuance of permits to perform electrical services. The Mayor shall amend the schedule by rule to provide for fees in amounts as in his judgment will defray the approximate costs of performing inspections and issuing permits.

(b) Until the schedule of fees is amended by the Mayor in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the schedule of fees to be charged by the District of Columbia for the inspection of electrical equipment and for the issuance of permits to perform electrical services is as follows:

GROUP 1. WIRING ONLY
Fee
Outlets - each 10 $ 7.00
Outlet means and includes receptacle, switch and fixture outlet
GROUP 2. FIXTURES AND LAMPHOLDERS
Each 10 3.00
GROUP 3. ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE SIGNS
1st 500 va 12.00
Each additional 500 va 7.00
GROUP 4. HEATING EQUIPMENT
Baseboard or spaceheaters
1st 10 KW - per each KW 3.00
Each additional KW 2.00
Unit heaters, furnaces - Motors not included 15.00
Each additional 7.00
Controls only - Each 9.00
For units with motors - Add appropriate motor from Group 6
GROUP 5. COMMERCIAL HEATING AND COOKING
Appliances other than Group 4
1st 1-8 KW 12.00
Each additional 7.00
1st-over 8 KW 15.00
Each additional 7.00
GROUP 6. MOTORS AND GENERATORS
Less than 1/4 H.P. Apply Group 2
1/4 H.P. to 1 H.P. 12.00
Each additional 7.00
Over 1 H.P. to 5 H.P. 19.00
Each additional 7.00
Over 5 H.P. to 10 H.P. 30.00
Each additional 12.00
Over 10 H.P. to 20 H.P. 36.00
Each additional 15.00
Over 20 H.P. to 30 H.P. 47.00
Each additional 22.00
Over 30 H.P. to 50 H.P. 57.00
Each additional 24.00
Over 50 H.P. to 75 H.P. 69.00
Each additional 30.00
Over 75 H.P. 78.00
Each additional 36.00
For installation of more than 1 motor, the initial fee shall be the largest motor fee plus the additional fee for the smaller.
GROUP 7. SERVICE
Piped house connection 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Pole line on private property 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Conductors, including pole 9.00
Each additional 3.00
Service conductors - Each 7.00
GROUP 8. SERVICE AND METER EQUIPMENT
0 to 200 amperes 15.00
Each additional 7.00
201 to 400 amperes 22.00
Each additional 12.00
401 to 800 amperes 42.00
Each additional 22.00
Over 800 amperes 63.00
Each additional 30.00
Relocation, replacement or original installation, including meter connection facilities. For installation of more than 1 service equipment, the initial fee shall be for the largest service equipment plus the additional fee for the smaller.
GROUP 9. TRANSFORMERS
1 to 10 KVA 12.00
Each additional 7.00
11 to 75 KVA 19.00
Each additional 9.00
76 to 200 KVA 24.00
Each additional 12.00
Vault 63.00
Each additional 30.00
GROUP 10. THEATRES OR OTHER PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY: SPOTLIGHTS
Arc 12.00
Each additional 7.00
Incandescent 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Portable or temporary arc 9.00
Each additional 7.00
Portable or temporary incandescent 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Motion picture machine
Permanent 30.00
Each additional 15.00
Portable 19.00
Each additional 9.00
Slide projector 15.00
Each additional 9.00
Amplifier 12.00
Each additional 7.00
Dimmers (over 1 KW) 9.00
Each additional 7.00
Portable switchboard 12.00
Each additional 7.00
Portable T.V. installation
1st portable T.V. receiver 11.00
Each additional receiver 5.00
Portable or temporary incandescent lamps (other than spotlights)
1 to 25 lights 9.00
26 to 50 lights 13.00
51 to 100 lights 19.00
Each additional 100 lights 5.00
GROUP 11. TEMPORARY INSTALLATIONS
Decorations, lawn fetes, etc.
1 to 25 lights - 1st 90 days 12.00
Each additional 90 days 7.00
26 to 50 lights - 1st 90 days 19.00
Each additional 90 days 9.00
51 to 100 lights - 1st 90 days 24.00
Each additional 90 days 12.00
Each additional 100 lights - 1st 90 days 7.00
Each additional 90 days 3.00
Use of current on wiring, apparatus and fixtures for use pending completion of
installation - 1st 90 days 24.00
Each additional 90 days 12.00
Circuses and Carnivals
1st 50 KW 63.00
Each additional 100 KW 63.00
Exhibitions, etc.
1st 3,000 sq. ft. 27.00
Each additional 1,000 sq. ft. 15.00
GROUP 12. RADIO AND TELEVISION EQUIPMENT
Transmitting station - 1st 36.00
Each additional 19.00
Receiving station
Antenna and ground connection device for receivers - 1st 7.00
Each additional 10 7.00
Centralized speaker station - 1st 10 7.00
Each additional 10 7.00
Centralized receiver amplifier 12.00
Each additional 12.00
Closed circuit television camera - 1st camera 9.00
Each additional camera 7.00
GROUP 13. MISCELLANEOUS
Arc vapor lamps - 1st 9.00
Each additional 7.00
Battery charges 13.00
Each additional 7.00
Electric ranges (residential) 7.00
Each additional 2.00
Clothes dryer (residential) 7.00
Each additional 2.00
Garbage disposal (residential) 7.00
Each additional 3.00
X-Ray machine 12.00
Each additional 7.00
Dishwasher (residential) 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Hot water heater (residential) 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Fire alarm station and bell Apply Group 1
Electric signs - Incandescent Apply Group 2
Festoon lighting Apply Group 2
Air conditioner - Central system
Not over 5 tons (residential) 1st 30.00
2nd to 25th, each 10.00
Above 25, each 7.00
Rectifier 15.00
Each additional 7.00
Welders 15.00
Each additional 7.00
Minimum fee 7.00
Portable equipment on circuits 20 amperes or less No Fee
Electric furnaces (residential)
1st 15.00
2nd 12.00
Over 25, each 7.00
Electric cranes for construction work 67.00
Replacement of feeder conductors:
Per feeder (old work) 1st 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Panel board replacement
1st panel board (old work) 7.00
Each additional 3.00
Installation of empty conduits:
Per floor 7.00
Duplicates - Preliminary and final certificates of performance or correction of records 7.00
Quarterly permits - The fee for quarterly permits to install circuits, fixtures and receptacles shall be in accordance with the work
done, in no case less than $27 payable at the time the permit is issued 27.00
Defect reinspection fee 13.00
When the applicant receives a written notice of defects found during the original inspection and the applicant or his agent reports the defects have been corrected, and upon inspection of the defect, noted originally, it is revealed that the defects have not been fully corrected, a charge of $13 will be made for each inspection thereafter 13.00

REFUNDSA refund of permit fees shall be made as follows:

(1) When no work has been done under authority of a permit, the fee in excess of the costs of inspection to verify no work having been done, based on $13 per inspector hour, the cost of any engineering examination time previously devoted to approval of plans based on $20 per hour, plus $19 administrative costs of “issuance and refund”, shall be refunded 19.00

(2) When work authorized by permit has been only partially done and when the District is satisfied that no more work will be done under the permit, the fee in excess of the cost of any engineering plans examination based on $20 per hour, cost of inspections made, based on $13 per hour, plus $19 administrative costs of “issuance and refund”, shall be refunded 19.00

(3) Provided, that the request for refund shall be made within six months from the date of issuance and the permit and receipt are returned to the Permit Branch.

PENALTYThe penalty for a permit to abate notice of doing work without a permit shall be 50 percent of the fee.

WAIVER OF PERMIT FEESNo permit fee shall be charged when supported by evidence indicating that the applicant is under contract or subcontract to perform the following:

(1) Work done exclusively for the District of Columbia.

(2) Work done under contract for the District of Columbia.

(3) Work done exclusively for agencies of the United States government.


(Sept. 14, 1976, D.C. Law 1-82, title III, § 301, 23 DCR 2461; June 22, 1983, D.C. Law 5-14, § 202(a), 30 DCR 2632; enacted, Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-254, § 2, 44 DCR 1575.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2712.

1973 Ed., § 47-2212.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-301.74.

Cross References

Mayor, Council and other officers, licensing and registration fees, Mayor’s power to fix, see § 1-301.74.

Mayor, Council and other officers, Mayor’s power to increase or decrease fees authorized in § 1-301.74, see § 1-301.75.

Editor's Notes

Mayor authorized to issue rules: Section 1102 of D.C. Law 5-14 provided that the Mayor shall issue rules necessary to carry out the provisions of the act.