ORS 479.940¹
Activities not subject to licensure under ORS 479.510 to 479.945
  • identification cards

(1) The licensure provisions of ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) do not apply to the following activity on Class II and III systems in one and two family dwellings regulated under the Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code:

(a) Prewiring of cable television and telephone systems owned by the owner of the residence;

(b) Garage door openers;

(c) Vacuum systems;

(d) Audio and stereo systems;

(e) HVAC;

(f) Landscape sprinkler controls;

(g) Landscape lighting; and

(h) Doorbells.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section apply only to residential contractors holding a current license and proper endorsement issued by the Construction Contractors Board.

(3)(a) The licensure provisions of ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) do not apply to a landscape contracting business licensed under ORS 671.510 (Short title) to 671.760 (Business income tax) when making installations of landscape irrigation control wiring and outdoor landscape lighting involving a Class II or Class III system that does not exceed 30 volts and 750 volt-amperes.

(b) A landscape contracting business exempt from licensing under this subsection shall issue an identification card to its landscape irrigation control wiring or outdoor landscape lighting installer. The form for the identification card shall be provided by the State Landscape Contractors Board. The identification card shall include the name of the installer, the name and State Landscape Contractors Board identification number of the landscape contracting business and the date of issue of the identification card. The card shall be carried by the installer at the job site when performing the allowed electric installations.

(4) The licensure provisions of ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) do not apply to limited energy electrical activity involving the installation, maintenance or repair of lottery equipment at retail locations by employees or vendors of the Oregon State Lottery Commission. The exemption provided by this subsection does not authorize work by unlicensed persons on systems of 115 volts or more.

(5) All nonlicensure requirements of ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license), including permits for and compliance with the electrical specialty code, apply to activities conducted under subsections (1) to (4) of this section. If any person or business repeatedly violates the permit or code compliance requirements, in addition to any other remedy, the Electrical and Elevator Board may suspend, condition or revoke a person’s or business’s right to use this provision. [1991 c.529 §7; 1999 c.402 §4; 2001 c.728 §7; 2003 c.14 §333; 2003 c.675 §46; 2007 c.385 §1; 2007 c.541 §5a; 2007 c.836 §46]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 479—Protection of Buildings From Fire; Electrical Safety Law, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors479.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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