Re: repairs becoming renovation -permits?
Repairs would be something like finding a break in a junction , faulty switch or recpetacle , or faulty breaker that usually doesn't require a permit and inspection.
Generally ---- replacing cabling and additions of devices to circuits or adding circuits now becomes needing permits and inspections even though licensed electricians are doing the work.
You will be required to bring the electrical up to current code requirements.
However, some authorities will let it slide if a licensed electrician needs to run a new cable to perform a repair ---- say you drove a nail or screw through a cable between a switch and light for example.
To be honest the electricians know this and really should be able to tell you this.
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