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OK - so here's the scoop on the licensing of electricians in the Hudson Valley.

In many counties such as Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan, any person or business engaged as an electrical contractor must be licensed.
Some counties such as Delaware and Ulster do not have county-wide licensing but individual cities have licensing, such as Kingston.
In Orange county, where a new electrician’s license law was passed in 2009, electricians must possess not only a county license, but also a city license if they work in Newburgh, Middletown, or Port Jervis.
In most cases, the law allows homeowners to do their own electrical work provided that: 1. they do it themselves – without using someone else and saying that they did it themselves; and, 2. they have their work inspected by an electrical inspection agency approved in their municipality.

While it seems strict, the law is there to protect you. Contrary to popular belief, reputable electricians welcome license laws. This ensures that workers are knowledgeable in the subject and can safely perform the job.


The majority of fires in the United States today are caused by faulty electrical wiring. Why endanger yourself, your family, and your property by hiring unlicensed electricians? It’s just not worth it.

What do I need to do to get my electric panel upgraded to a 200 amp service. I live in Orange County NY (Campbell Hall)

Campbell Hall usually requires a building permit be filed. Once that is done, your electrician would file a job application with the utility company (either Central Hudson G&E or Orange & Rockland, depending where you live) and then he/she would be cleared to perform the upgrade.

When it's done, an electrical inspector (hired by your electrician) would inspect the job, and then give approval to the utility to hook it up, which would be coordinated with your electrician. The electrical inspector would also file a copy of the certificate with the town's building department.

Wurtsboro Electric Service, Inc.

Licensed electricians serving Orange county, Sullivan county, and Ulster county in New York
(845) 888-8000 

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