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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

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge” . This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

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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