City inspections and permits may stand in the way of getting new electricity turned on for your business.
It’s pretty common. The business owner shows up on the day they expected to have lights. And there’s no electricity. And it’s all due to a required inspection that no one told them about. Here’s more about city inspections and permits, and their role in getting your lights turned on.
City inspection and permit: Do I need one to get my business electricity turned on?
The short answer is maybe. In many cases you do need an inspection and permit before you can get electricity for your Texas business. In some areas, before the local delivery company will turn on your power, they need a Certificate of Occupancy on file.
But, it depends on the circumstance, and where in Texas you live.
If you are moving in to a vacant building or new construction, it may trigger an inspection. This is also the case when you are doing a move-in to change the electricity over to your name. And it can be required even if the electricity is already on and you’re just switching service to your name.
Unfortunately, most business owners don’t know that they need an inspection to get the lights turned on. And most retail electricity providers don’t have the tools to know if you need a permit or not.
So you show up at your business on the day you had scheduled your electricity move-in, only to find no lights? That probably means you needed an electricity inspection. The delivery company rejected the turn-on order. And your retailer never called to let you know.
The good news is, most city inspections and permits can be scheduled quickly.
For an electrical permit and inspection, you will need to contact the city or county your service address is located in. If you live in a city contact the city first.
Your utility company won’t work your business electricity move-in order until they receive this permit.
Simplifying New Electricity Service for Your Business
ElectricityPlans.com and our staff work with business move-ins daily. We’re experts in commercial move-ins.
We can help you identify the best business electricity rates, walk you through the credit approval process, and identify what permits are required to turn on your business electricity.
Call us at 844-214-5559. We are your first stop to get new electricity service for your business.
Electricity Move-In Rejected: Permit Required
Here are some of the situations where you will need a city inspection and permit to start electricity service at a new business location.
New Construction – Meter Set. If you are starting electric service and there’s no meter installed, your builder will contact the local utility company. Your utility will assign an Electricity Service Identifier (ESID). You’ll select a retail electricity provider, who will request a meter set. Then you’ll need an inspection before you can get power turned on.
New Construction – Existing Meter. If there’s an existing meter, you will still need to contact the utility company to ensure there doesn’t need to be a new meter added. An inspection may be required.
Moving in Business – Lights in Landlord’s Name. Even though there is already power at the facility a change in name/account for a new tenant may still require a Certificate of Occupancy or permit from the local municipality. It will depend on the city or town you are located in.
Moving in Business – Lights in Current Tenant’s Name. We never advise leaving an account in a previous tenant’s name and simply paying the bills. There are all sorts of negative implications . Our team can help you wade through your options and the process.
It’s complicated. And the address and circumstance determines whether or not you need an inspection.
My business is in Houston. Do I need a city inspection?
Houston is one of the few cities in Texas that doesn’t require an inspection, as long as, there has been power at that service point before. But that’s only for the city limits.
Here’s where it gets tricky. You may have a Houston address, but not be in the City of Houston. If so, you may need a permit. Confusing? Yes.
That’s where ElectricityPlans.com and our team of experts can help. We’ll help you navigate how to set up new electricity for your business. We know what permits and inspections Centerpoint Energy requires to turn on your electricity.
Most importantly, call us at 844-214-5559 to discuss your new business electricity service and move-in, rather than going at it alone! We’re here to help!