City of Ottawa, Illinois

The City of Ottawa requires that electricians performing electrical work in Ottawa must be licensed by the City of Ottawa by having taken the City’s written electrical exam or prove they are licensed by another Illinois community that offers a written examination and be in good standing in that community. Most communities honor an Ottawa license. However, some require that a person take their own City exam to work in their community.

Ottawa has an Electrical Commission that oversees the examination policy and process. The Commission is comprised of the following: City of Ottawa Electrical Inspector, a representative of City of Ottawa Fire Dept., a registered electrical contractor, a licensed electrician employed by a firm other than that of the contractor member, a representative of the electrical power company that serves the City and a licensed professional engineer. 

The City offers three classes of Electrical Licenses: 1. Residential only, 2, Commercial only, 3. Comprehensive: Residential, Commercial & Industrial. The City provides the tabbed 2014 NEC code books for these open-book exams. The test is monitored. Those taking the test are not allowed to leave the building, confer with each other or use cell phones during the testing process. The tests have 100 questions and are based on the NEC 2014 Code Book and City of Ottawa Ordinance. A score of 80% or higher must be attained to pass an exam. Those taking an exam must be 21 or older and need only to bring a photo ID with them to the exam. 2014 tabbed Code Books will be provided by the City for reference during the exam. No notes or reference books are allowed to be used. Calculators are not necessary. Snacks or sack lunches can be brought into the exam room.

Once an exam is passed, an Electrician’s License from the City can be obtained for a $100 fee along with a copy of a photo ID and proof of General Liability Insurance, when applicable. Licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 and can be renewed annually for $100. Renewals received after March 1st will be charged an additional $25 late fee. Those not renewing their license and skipping a year will be required to pay for the year skipped as well as the current year. Those skipping more than 2 years must retest or send a written appeal to the Electrical Commission requesting their license be reinstated. 

Due to limited seating, you must register for the exam in advance by calling Nancy at (815) 433-0161, ext. 224. The $50 fee to take the exam must be paid when the reservation is made and it is not refundable.  

Seating for the April Electrical Exam has been filled.
The date for the next available exam will be announced on this page
on Wednesday – April 19, 2017