GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2019-78
SENATE BILL 88
AN ACT to clarify the statutes regulating electrical contractors to enable licensed electrical contractors employed by schools, hospitals, and nonprofits to make repairs and conduct maintenance at all facilities at all times when done at the direction of the school, hospital, or nonprofit.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 87‑43.1 reads as rewritten:
"§ 87‑43.1. Exceptions.
The provisions of this Article shall not apply:
(1) To the installation,
construction or maintenance of facilities for providing electric service to the
public ahead of the point of delivery of electric service to the
(2) To the installation,
construction, maintenance, or repair of telephone, telegraph, or signal
systems, by public utilities, or their corporate affiliates, when said work
pertains to the services furnished by said public
(3) To any person in the
course of his work as a bona fide employee of a licensee of this
(4) To the installation,
construction or maintenance of electrical equipment and wiring for temporary
use by contractors in connection with the work of
(5) To the installation,
construction, maintenance or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances
or equipment by persons, firms or corporations, upon their own property when
such property is not intended at the time for rent, lease, sale or gift, who
regularly employ one or more electricians or mechanics for the purpose of
installing, maintaining, altering or repairing of electrical wiring, devices or
equipment used for the conducting of the business of said persons, firms or
(5a) To any person
that person is himself and for himself installing, maintaining,
altering or repairing electric work, wiring, devices, appliances or equipment
upon his that person's own property and for that person's own
benefit when such property is not intended at the time for rent, lease, or sale;sale.
This subdivision shall not be construed to limit the ability of local boards of
education, hospitals as defined in G.S. 131E‑76, or nonprofit
organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)), to employ personnel who are licensed under
this Article to perform maintenance and repairs on property owned or in the
possession of that local board of education, hospital, or nonprofit organization.
(6) To the installation,
construction, maintenance or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances
or equipment by State institutions and private educational institutions which
maintain a private electrical
(7) To the replacement of lamps and fuses and to the installation and servicing of cord‑connected appliances and equipment connected by means of attachment plug‑in devices to suitable receptacles which have been permanently installed or to the servicing of appliances connected to a permanently installed junction box. This exception does not apply to permanently installed receptacles or to the installation of the junction box.
(8) To the bonding of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) gas piping systems as required under Section 310.1.1 of the 2012 N.C. Fuel Gas Code.
(9) To the installation, maintenance, or replacement of any load control device or equipment by an electric power supplier, as defined in G.S. 62‑133.8, or an electrical contractor contracted by the electric power supplier, so long as the work is subject to supervision by an electrical contractor licensed under this Article. The electric power supplier shall provide such installation, maintenance, or replacement in accordance with (i) an activity or program ordered, authorized, or approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission pursuant to G.S. 62‑133.8 or G.S. 62‑133.9 or (ii) a similar program undertaken by a municipal electric service provider, whether the installation, modification, or replacement is made before or after the point of delivery of electric service to the customer. The exemption under this subdivision applies to all existing installations.
(10) To the installation, construction, maintenance, or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment by a person certified as a well contractor under Article 7A of this Chapter when running electrical wires from the well pump to the pressure switch."
SECTION 2. G.S. 87‑43.2 reads as rewritten:
"§ 87‑43.2. Issuance of license.
(a) A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed as an electrical contractor and to have such license renewed, subject to the provisions of this Article, provided:
(1) At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
(2) An application is filed with the Board which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
(3) The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
(4) The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina, verifying the applicant's ability to furnish performance bonds for electrical contracting projects having a value in excess of the project value limit for a limited license established pursuant to G.S. 87‑43.3 for the intermediate license classification and in excess of the project value limit for an intermediate license established pursuant to G.S. 87‑43.3 for the unlimited license classification. In lieu of furnishing the bonding ability statement, the applicant may submit for evaluation and specific approval of the Board other information certifying the adequacy of the applicant's financial ability to engage in projects of the license classification applied for. The bonding ability statement or other financial information must be submitted in the same name as the license to be issued. If the firm for which a license application is filed is owned by a sole proprietor, the bonding ability statement or other financial information may be furnished in either the firm name or the name of the proprietor. However, if the application is submitted in the name of a sole proprietor, the applicant shall submit information verifying that the person in whose name the application is made is in fact the sole proprietor of the firm.
(5) Repealed by Session Laws 1989, c. 709, s. 5.
(b) A license shall indicate the names and classifications of all listed qualified individuals employed by the applicant. A license shall be cancelled if at any time no listed qualified individual is regularly employed by the applicant; provided, that work begun prior to such cancellation may be completed under such conditions as the Board shall direct; and provided further that no work for which a license is required under this Article may be bid for, contracted for or initiated subsequent to such cancellation until said license is reinstated by the Board.
(c) Nothing in this Article shall be deemed to limit the ability of a licensee under this Article who is regularly employed by a local board of education, a hospital as defined in G.S. 131E‑76, or a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)) to maintain an individual license or to contract or perform work at the direction of the local board of education, hospital, or nonprofit organization for any building or facility owned or in possession of that local board of education, hospital, or nonprofit organization, regardless of whether all or a portion of that building or facility is being leased or otherwise provided for another entity or event."
SECTION 3. G.S. 115C‑524 reads as rewritten:
"§ 115C‑524. Repair of school property; use of buildings for other than school purposes.
(a) Repair of school buildings is subject to the provisions of G.S. 115C‑521(c) and (d).
(a1) Local boards of education may employ personnel who are licensed to perform maintenance and repairs on school property for plumbing, heating, and fire sprinklers pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes, or personnel who are licensed as electrical contractors pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes.
(b) It shall be the duty of local boards of education and tax‑levying authorities, in order to safeguard the investment made in public schools, to keep all school buildings in good repair to the end that all public school property shall be taken care of and be at all times in proper condition for use. It shall be the duty of all principals, teachers, and janitors to report to their respective boards of education immediately any unsanitary condition, damage to school property, or needed repair. All principals, teachers, and janitors shall be held responsible for the safekeeping of the buildings during the school session and all breakage and damage shall be repaired by those responsible for same, and where any principal or teacher shall permit damage to the public school buildings by lack of proper discipline of pupils, such principal or teacher shall be held responsible for such damage: Provided, principals and teachers shall not be held responsible for damage that they could not have prevented by reasonable supervision in the performance of their duties.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 115C‑263 and 115C‑264, local boards of education may adopt rules and regulations under which they may enter into agreements permitting non‑school groups to use school real and personal property, except for school buses, for other than school purposes so long as such use is consistent with the proper preservation and care of the public school property. No liability shall attach to any board of education or to any individual board member for personal injury suffered by reason of the use of such school property pursuant to such agreements.
(d) Local boards of education may make outdoor school property available to the public for recreational purposes, subject to any terms and conditions each board deems appropriate, (i) when not otherwise being used for school purposes and (ii) so long as such use is consistent with the proper preservation and care of the outdoor school property. No liability shall attach to any board of education or to any individual board member for personal injury suffered by reason of the use of such school property."
SECTION 4. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 27th day of June, 2019.
s/ Bill Rabon
Presiding Officer of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 10:05 p.m. this 4th day of July, 2019