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Certifications and Special Inspections

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Building and Safety Division provides processes for establishing Registered Maintenance Electricians, Journeyman Plumbers, Journeyman Electricians, and Special Inspectors. If you are interested in obtaining certification in one of these areas, please contact our office at (626)458-3188 for an application packet. If your project or business requires the services of one of these individuals, a list of current inspectors is provided in the links below. To apply to be a special inspector or to obtain formal information for renewal, click here. Read items in Special Inspector Information.

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Each of the buttons above will provide you with information on each discipline. Please click on the discipline you would like more information about.

Journeyman Plumber

A Journeyman Plumber is “A person who installs, alters or repairs plumbing as an employee, who does not furnish any materials or supplies, and who is the legal possessor of a Journeyman Plumbers Certificate”. The definition is contained in section 105.2.5 of the 2002 Los Angeles County Plumbing Code. A “Certificate of Registration” is issued by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division under section 105.2.2 of the Plumbing code.

  • What are the requirements to become a Journeyman Plumber?

    Applicants must complete an application, pay an application fee, have at least 4 years of experience, and pass an examination administered by the Board of Examiners.

  • How do you apply to be come a Journeyman Plumber for LA County?

    An application package can be obtained by clicking on the following web page or by contacting the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division Research Section at 626-458-3189 Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Is there a cost?

    The cost to apply is $69.30. Failure to appear at, or cancellation, of or postponement of, your scheduled oral examination without 48 hours notice may result in forfeiture of this fee.

  • How long is the license good and how do you renew?

    All licenses expire on June 30 biennially. The fee to renew is $69.30.

  • Where do I call with questions?

    Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division Research Section at 626-458-3189 Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

If you want to be a Journeyman Plumber an application package can be printed by clicking on this link Journeyman Plumber Forms.

Journeyman Gas Fitter

A Journeyman Gas Fitter is “A person who installs, alters or repairs gas piping, gas water heaters, gas vents or any part or parts thereof as an employee, who does not furnish any materials or supplies, and who is the legal possessor of a Journeyman Gas Fitters Certificate of Registration”. The definition is contained in section 105.2.4 of the 2002 Los Angeles County Plumbing Code. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division issues a “Certificate of Registration,” under section 105.2.2 of the Plumbing code.

  • What are the requirements to become a Journeyman Gas Fitter?

    Applicants must complete an application, pay an application fee, have at least 4 years of experience, and pass an examination administered by the Board of Examiners.

  • How do you apply to be come a Journeyman Gas Fitter for LA County?

    An application package can be obtained by clicking on the following web page or by contacting the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division Research Section at 626-458-3189 Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Is there a cost?

    The cost to apply is $86.80. Failure to appear at, or cancellation of or postponement of, your scheduled oral examination without 48 hours notice may result in forfeiture of this fee.

  • How long is the license good and how do you renew?

    All licenses expire on June 30 biennially. The fee to renew is $86.80 .

  • Where do I call with questions?

    Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building and Safety Division Research Section at 626-458-3189 Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

If you want to be a Journeyman Gas Fitter an application package can be printed by clicking on this link Journeyman Gas Fitter Forms

Maintenance Electrician

Los Angeles County Code Title 27 Section 82-4(b) provides for the registration of Maintenance Electricians. A Certificate of Registration as a Maintenance Electrician may be issued to a permanently employed electrician(s) of a firm for the purpose of installation, alteration, or maintenance of electrical wiring or equipment on the premises of the firm. Each applicant shall be a qualified electrician and shall have a minimum of two years experience in that capacity with that firm.

The application for a Certificate of Registration as a Maintenance Electrician shall be made in writing by a responsible officer of the firm and shall designate one or more persons as registrant(s). The request shall include the following information:

  1. The name(s) of the person(s) being registered
  2. The name and address of the company where the person(s) being registered will be working
  3. Certification by the company that this person has worked as an electrician for the company for a minimum of two years
  4. The resume(s) of the person(s) being certified

A fee of $217.30 shall be paid for each Certificate of Registration. Each registration shall expire on June 30, biennially, in even-numbered years. Registration may be renewed on or before that date, by submitting a new application and fee. Fees will be prorated for certificates issued that expire in less than two years. The County of Los Angeles will notify the applicant prior to the expiration of the certificate(s).

A Registered Maintenance Electrician shall comply with all requirements of the Los Angeles County Electrical Code for the issuance of permits, the payment of permit fees, and the installation and inspection of work performed. All such work shall be accurately recorded and such records are to be made available to the Chief Electrical Inspector.