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Homeowner Permit



General Information

  • Homeowner permits are required for new construction projects, renovations, and any work that requires a building permit.   Generally, homeowners’ permits are not required for replacement in kind.  Permits are valid for only one year and are not renewable.
  • Only owner-occupants who perform the work themselves qualify for homeowner permits.
  • A single-family dwelling must be on the site or under construction before a homeowner’s permit is issued.
  • Homeowner permits will not be issued for:
    • homes that are for sale or rent
    • condominiums, townhomes, duplexes or commercial buildings (such as apartment complex).
  • A homeowner is not permitted to install his or her own internal wiring, electrical work or
    equipment associated with a hot tub or a swimming pool.
  • A homeowner’s permit issued for a mobile home on a leased lot authorizes feeder installation for the mobile home itself but does not include installation or repair of service equipment.
  • If a homeowner permit is approved for a dwelling on a lot, other structures on the same lot, such as a non-commercial garage, are also covered unless prohibited under Section 14.0 of the
    Board’s Rules and Regulations.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • Proof of home ownership in the form of any of the following:
    • Copy of all pages of the official, signed Deed with Recorder of Deeds stamp which has been
      recorded at the County Recorder of Deeds Office. If you need a copy, contact the county office where the home is located: New Castle County (302) 395-7700, Kent County (302) 744-2314, Sussex County (302) 855-7785, OR
    • Copy of the long-term lease, e.g. 99 years, if the site of the dwelling is part of a community where title to the land is not conveyed by deed to the homeowner, OR
    • Copy of the title to a mobile home, OR
    • Written contract of sale for a mobile home, signed by the parties, that includes the names of the buyer and seller, contract price, date of sale, and identification number of the mobile home.
  • A copy of the homeowner’s driver’s license or other photo identification.


Inspection Requirements

Inspections are required in these situations:

1. Within five days of starting the work, contact one of the Delaware-licensed inspection agencies below to have the electrical work inspected.

2. Before installing dry wall, contact one of the Delaware-licensed inspection agency below for a “rough in” inspection.
If you have any questions about the electrical code, contact a licensed inspection agency listed below:

Inspection Agency Name Address and Contact – Address 1 Address and Contact – Address 2
American Inspection Agency 1111 Polly Drummond Office Park

Newark, DE 19711

877-242-1300

302-292-2000

30305 Vines Creek Rd, Suite #1

Dagsboro, DE 19939

877-242-1300

302-732-6900

Building Inspection Underwriters Suite 1-C Liberty Plaza

Newark, DE 19711

302-266-9057

800-732-2551

215-322-2626

800-352-3457

Code Inspections, Inc. 1896 Beechwood Drive

Wilmington, DE 19810

800-288-2633

Eagle Inspection Agency, LLC. 57 Matthews Rd

Newark, DE 19713

302-368-1312

302-379-3635

First State Inspection Agency 1001 Mattlind Way

Milford, DE 19963

302-422-3859 (phone)

302-422-4270 (fax)

800-468-7338

fsia@verizon.net

811 N. Broad St.

Bldg.5, Suite 201

Middletown, DE 19709

302-449-5383

Middle Department Inspection Agency 2024 Duncan Rd

Wilmington, DE 19808

302-999-0243

800-222-6342

United Inspection Agency 3 Crestfield Rd

Wilmington, DE 19810

267-718-8735


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