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Licence Applications Due

The Electrical Board of Examiners (EBE) reminds all active electrical contractors to submit an electrical contractor's application to the Building Control Unit (BCU) by Thursday, 30 April 2009.

This is in accordance with The Electricity Law (Revision 2005) and the Electricity Regulations (Revision 2005) section 60(1). This states "No person shall trade, contract or carry on business as an electrical contractor of any nature or employ staff for any such work unless he is licensed in that behalf by the Board (Electrical Board of Examiners) and also holds a licence as an electrician or contractor under the Trade and Business Licensing Law (2003 Revision)."

The requirement is now being enforced as part of the EBE's phasing-in of the regulations and as of Tuesday, 19 May 2009, the Building Control Unit (BCU) will not conduct inspections for electricians who do not meet the requirements detailed in the regulations, section 60(2), as they would be operating illegally.

"Most applications received to date have been approved. Therefore, we expect that most contractors will be in compliance," said EBE's Chairman Robert Duty.

Regulation 60 (2) states that the qualification for an electrical contractor's licence shall be that the applicant is the holder of, or whose business is managed and supervised by the holder of, a valid licence under regulation 61(1) (a), (b) or (c) for a period exceeding two years immediately preceding the date of the application, and who satisfies the board (referring to the EBE) that the applicant is a suitable candidate for such licence.

The electrical contractor's application is available on the Planning Department website, and at BCU, in Regatta Office Park. There is no application charge at this time.

The EBE will consider applications during its regular meetings, which normally are held the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information, visit www.planning.gov.ky, or call Chairman Robert Duty on 916-4891 or EBE Secretary Emerson Piercy on 526-1521.