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South Dakota Electrical Commission

Homeowner Wiring

South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 20:44:14:01(12) defines an "owner's exemption" as an exemption from licensure requirements for an individual owner who is personally installing electrical wiring and fixtures in a residence or farmstead which is owned and resided in or on by the person installing the electrical wiring or fixtures.

Homeowners are not required to be licensed to wire their own residence or farmstead which meet the requirements of SDCL 20:44:14:01; however, a wiring permit is required when a $10 or more fee is generated (see below). You may purchase a wiring permit from the South Dakota Electrical Commission. (Note: Homeowners are not allowed to conduct an installation on commercial or rental property with a Homeowner's permit. Homeowners of a mobile home or modular home are not allowed to conduct an installation on these structures unless the units are located on an owner occupied lot at the time the installation is conducted. These properties must be wired by a licensed South Dakota electrical contractor.)

A fee is generated per the Fees for Inspections schedule. For instance, an individual may change up to nine openings in a home before a permit is generated as the first 40 openings are $1 per opening. Opening could be fixtures, receptacles, switches, etc. Therefore you would not be required to pull a permit to change a light or two or nine. But if you change out 10 or more openings of any combination, a fee of $10 or more would be generated requiring a permit. An installer may also run one circuit that is 30 amps or less without a permit being required as the fee would be $5. Once a second circuit or a circuit above 30 amps is run a minimum of a $10 fee is generated requiring a permit. Please note, an installer may request an inspection for any installation whether it generates a $10 fee or not.

To obtain a Homeowner's Wiring Permit, mail a check for $60 [$10 permit fee with $50 minimum inspection fee] (made payable to the South Dakota Electrical Commission) and submit with the Homeowner Permit Application (Adobe PDF format).

South Dakota Electrical Commission
308 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501

The Commission will mail you a homeowner’s packet when we receive your payment which includes:

  • A permit
  • Homeowner’s Wiring Booklet (also available to download/print here in Adobe PDF format)- includes a list of Inspectors per district.

Please contact your State Electrical Inspector for inspections two times during your project:

  • Rough-in - This is when you have all of the boxes mounted, all wires installed to all of the boxes and properly stapled, supported and exposed for inspection (with no insulation, drywall or other material covering the wiring).
  • Final Inspection - Everything should be complete at this time. All light fixtures, receptacles, switches, cover plates and other equipment such as water heaters, furnaces and other fixed in place equipment should be installed and energized.

When nearing the rough-in and final inspection, call your inspector to set up a time for your inspection. It is also very important to finalize the permit process, so PLEASE make sure you have a final inspection. There is no law requiring a "Green (final) Sticker," yet many home inspectors are noting the lack of "Green (final) Stickers" during home sale transactions.

For more information, call 800.233.7765 or 605.773.3573.