30 June 2005
Do it yourself, we need the money
Starting Aug. 1, when the 2004 California Electrical Codes automatically take effect, residents will have to apply for city building permits to replace or add wall, porch and ceiling lamps, light switches, electric receptacles, and other common do-it-yourself chores.
So changing that noisy electrical switch with a quieter mercury switch will cost a lot more. Besides the costs of the new switch, there’ll be the $81 basic permit fee plus an additional surcharge of $2.15 for each receptacle, outlet or switch and—if you want to add more $21.50 for altering or changing wiring.
Under the current city code, such small changes can be made without permits and inspections; starting Aug. 1, not so.
I am disinclined to spend $117 for a copy of the California codes, so I can't tell you whether this sort of mopery is mandated statewide or is merely an effort by Berkeley to extort more coin of the realm from its subjects, but eighty-three bucks and change to swap out a light switch? I expect this will be followed just as religiously as "No Signs" laws pertaining to garage sales.Posted at 7:34 PM to Dyssynergy