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Voltage Talk Newsletter Published by the NLVCA - Volume 1 Issue 1
.Newsletter..About the NLVCA..Governmental Affairs..State Licensing..Educational Information..Contractor Search..Board of Directors..NLVCA Products.
Volume 1 - Issue 1NLVCA.orgJune 2010
In this issue:
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As the National Low Voltage Contractors Association enters into its 3rd year our membership continues to grow rapidly. We are excited about this growth which allows us to increase our programs and services. Just a few ideas submitted by our membership which were working to implement are; National State Licensing Exam - a national examination which meets the licensing guidelines in all 50 states - you'll only need to test once to work throughout North America; One Stop Permitting Service - developed per state, beginning with Georgia and Florida, allows online permitting for most state municipalities. Click Here to view our proposed member services.
Locksmiths Invade Electrical Scope
The Associated Locksmiths of America (www.aloa.org) is aggressively lobbing for locksmith licensing legislation throughout North America. At first glance this sounds like a very good thing. All you have to do is search the Internet and you'll see thousands of news articles, videos, consumer reports, and warnings on "locksmith scams". But not so fast, let's take a closer look at the pending locksmith legislation in the states of Georgia and Florida.
In Georgia there is house bill HB 107 and Florida house bill HB 301 and senate bill SB 658. These bills are moving through the legislation with weak congressional opposition and slotted to be enacted within the next year. These bills include this definition of a lock which reads: "Lock" means a mechanical, electromechanical, electronic, or electromagnetic device or system, including, but not limited to, any peripheral hardware such as, a closed circuit television system, wireless or infrared transmitter, card reader, keypad, or biometric scanner, that is designed to control access to and egress from a door, gate, safe, vault, safe-deposit box, motor vehicle, or other enclosure or that is designed to control the use of such an enclosure." If this definition of a lock is enacted into law this would allow an estimated 2,500 + locksmiths in the State of Georgia and over 3,000 + locksmiths in the State of Florida to install, service and maintain low voltage systems conflicting with the current scope of state licensed low voltage contractors.
The NLVCA is requesting our state legislators to redefine the above definition of a "lock". Most licensed electrical contractors would think this is a no brainer, however as the NLVCA has seen with several other states where the ALOA has paid lobbyists to push their agenda forward, elected officials seem to disregard the negative impact to electrical low voltage contractors. The NLVCA supports locksmith licensing in all states; however, defining a "lock" as CCTV or any other electronic security component impedes on the scope of electrical, alarm, and telecommunication low voltage contractors and is not properly serving the public. The NLVCA believes in these already tough economic times legislation which would allow locksmiths to install electronic security devices and systems has the potential of forcing many skilled legally licensed electrical contractors out of business. Unfortunately, these bills have majority vote in recent congressional sessions and are moving rapidly through committee and slotted to be enacted this year. The NLVCA is steadfast in its determination to protect its electrical licensed member's scope of work.
The NLVCA has commissioned a study in the State of Florida which looked at locksmith advertisement in the yellowpage telephone books and on locksmith websites and found 1/3 of Florida based locksmiths are advertising for access control systems, camera systems and/or some form of security system. Some locksmiths are now moving into Internet protocol network systems with Internet protocol camera systems. In this review the NLVCA found that over 150 locksmiths were currently advertising in violation of the Florida state statute requiring that electrical contracting be only performed by a licensed electrical contractor regulated under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). In the State of Georgia locksmiths are violating the state law as well. The NLVCA has begun to take a close look into locksmiths who perform low voltage electrical contracting illegally. This report will be completed July 2010.
A further study was commissioned by the State of Connecticut's General Assembly Office of Legislative Research which identified a total of eight states that currently regulate locksmiths. One state, Nevada, requires locksmiths to obtain a permit from the county sheriff, but does not establish permitting criteria. The other seven states require locksmiths to obtain a license from a state agency and establish licensing standards. In five of the seven licensing states, the state agency administering the locksmith law also administers the licensing law of related security trades, such as burglar alarm system installers. Five states require a locksmithing business, as distinguished from an individual, to obtain a state credential. Four of these require the business's principals, such as the partners of a partnership or the officers of a corporation, to undergo a criminal records check as a condition of licensure. All seven states require individuals performing locksmithing services to undergo a criminal records check. Six states also require locksmiths to prove competency, typically by passing an examination. Two states require applicants to pass both a written and a practical examination. Five states require licensees to carry state issued identification, usually with their photograph. Four states require locksmiths to check the identity of the person requesting services. Three require locksmiths to make a record of the identification obtained and to keep it for examination by police. Click Here to view the full OLR Research Study.
The NLVCA continues to remain proactive in addressing locksmith reform and licensing for current information for your specific state visit:
www.nlvca.org/legislative_updates/


Key Words on current Georgia and Florida Locksmith Legislation
Georgia House Bill HB 107:

(2) Locksmiths must be trained in regulations and laws applicable to their profession such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, building codes, and fire and life safety codes, as well as be trained in the proper installation and maintenance of security device and in the ever-evolving knowledge of motor vehicle locks, keys, and built-in security systems; Note: the word “security device” is undefined and can be construed to mean all security devices; the word “built-in security” is undefined and can be construed to be a complete residential or commercial security system.

(15) 'Lock' means any mechanical, electromechanical, electronic, or electromagnetic device or similar devices, including any peripheral hardware such as, but not limited to, closed circuit television systems, wireless or infrared transmitters, card readers, keypads, or biometric scanners that are designed to control access to and egress from something or are designed to control the use of something.  Note: the word “something” above can mean “a building”.  “but not limited to” = encompassing all forms of security.

(17) 'Locksmith' means a natural person, at least 18 years of age, who performs locksmith services for the public for compensation while in the employ of a locksmith contractor and whose background and experience have been verified by the board. Locksmith does not mean a person whose activities are limited to making duplicate keys.

(19) 'Locksmithing' or 'locksmith services' means:
(A) Selling, installing, servicing, repairing, repinning, recombinating, and adjusting locks, safes, vaults, or safe-deposit boxes;   Note: the word “lock” is defined above in article (15)and it is all encompassing to include CCTV systems and other electronic security related devices and systems.

(a) There is created the State Board of Locksmiths for the purpose of administering licensing and registration of persons performing locksmith services in this state.

Click HB 107 to view the entire bill.

Florida House Bill HB 301 and Florida Senate Bill SB 658:

Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

(8) "Lock" means a mechanical, electromechanical, electronic, or electromagnetic device or system, including, but not limited to, any peripheral hardware such as, a closed circuit television system, wireless or infrared transmitter, card reader, keypad, or biometric scanner, that is designed to control access to and egress from a door, gate, safe, vault, safe-deposit box, motor vehicle, or other enclosure or that is designed to control the use of such an enclosure. Note: the word “something” above can mean “a building”.

(11) "Locksmith services" means:
(a) Selling, installing, servicing, repairing, repinning, 133 recombinating, and adjusting locks, safes, vaults, or safe deposit boxes. Note: the word “lock” is defined above in article (8)and it is all encompassing to include CCTV systems, wireless transmitter, card readers designed to control access to or egress from a door. This can be construed to mean access control systems and security systems.

559.944 Application of part; exemptions.— This part does not apply to:
(4) An electrical or alarm system contractor registered or certified under chapter 489 who is acting within the scope of his or her practice. Note: Where is the limited energy (ES) and alarm1 contractor? Shouldn't there be someone appointed to this body who understands fire safety and egress systems? I thought public safety was a concern, which is why regulations are being put into place.

559.962 Florida Locksmith Services Advisory Council.—The Florida Locksmith Services Advisory Council is created within the department to advise and assist the department in carrying out this part.

(1) The council shall be composed of nine members appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, as follows:

(a) Six industry members must be owners or employees of locksmith services businesses licensed under this part, as follows:

1. Five members must be locksmiths who are owners or employees of separate, licensed locksmith services businesses who do not perform automotive-only locksmith services.

 2. One member must be an automotive-only locksmith who is an owner or employee of a licensed locksmith services business.

(b) One member must be an electrical contractor certified under part II of chapter 489.

(c) One member must have private investigative, private security, motor vehicle recovery, or law enforcement experience or expertise.

(d) One member must be a consumer who is not affiliated with any locksmith services business.

Note: The members are appointed not by the governor as they are at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation but by the Commissioner of Agriculture.

"Flying under the Radar" - Unlicensed Activity under Attack
Throughout the country licensed contractors have experienced a significant drop in business resulting from the downturn in the economy. Yet, many believe that the biggest threat to contractors isn't the economy. Rather, it's unlicensed contractors operating within the industry. When bidding for jobs, licensed contractors factor in such things as insurance, worker's compensation policies, taxes, and permits. Typically, unlicensed contractors don't have these costs. This gives them a significant bidding advantage over licensed competition. The effects have been enormous throughout the industry. According to the Department of Consumer Affairs in California, unlicensed activity contributes $160 billion in what is called, "the underground economy".
Although, most states have had contractor licensing requirements on the books for years, unlicensed activity has remained prevalent, and until recently, largely unchecked. However, current legal victories, intensive investigations and sting operations, and a widespread marketing efforts by State Contractor Licensing Boards' through a nationwide crackdown on unlicensed activity have caused many "flying under the radar" to consider obtaining a license.
Aware of the significant impact, state contractor boards' have teamed with police and other investigative units to step up efforts in local communities with the intention of shutting down illegal activity. Using sting operations and undercover investigations, unlicensed contractors are enticed into bidding opportunities, and then arrested. In California, 161 people were arrested in a statewide sting where officials posed as possible "business opportunities" for unsuspecting contractors'.In Florida, 30 people were arrested, fined, and issued Cease & Desists orders after the Jacksonville Police Department set up a decoy house and obtained estimates for roofing, electrical, and plumbing work.
Additionally,state courts are getting involved to back up licensed contractors. In New Mexico, a huge legal victory was won when the State Supreme Court ruled that contractors are no longer allowed to hire unlicensed subcontractors as "employees" working under their license. The court also ruled that unlicensed contractors are not legally entitled to payment of compensation by homeowners, regardless of work quality, if not properly licensed. Similarly, California courts ruled that even licensed sub-contractors are not entitled to compensation when hired by an unlicensed sub-contractor.
The impact of unlicensed activity on legitimate businesses has been far reaching. As a result, numerous efforts within the industry have been made to promote education and prevention. Most state contracting boards now have websites, toll free numbers, and educational programs aimed at preventing and reporting unlicensed contractors. Marketing efforts such as public service announcements, educational brochures, and Google ad word campaigns have increased nationwide.
At onset, seeking state certification may appear solely as a means to stay on the right side of the law. Yet, upon deeper inspection, state licensing requirements and regulations extend beyond bureaucratic red tape. Primarily, a state regulated profession serves as a protection, both to the consumer as well as the contractor. Insurance and worker's compensation polices protect against lawsuits while safeguarding personal and business assets. In addition, state licensing requirements are essential to maintaining integrity within the industry. Lack of proper regulation, code enforcement, and permitting can lead to safety issues resulting in serious injury or death. Regardless of experience or qualifications, any individual, including someone that has only recently allowed their license to lapse, demonstrates a moral and ethical disregard for human life and the electrical profession.
For many, the decision to attain state certification boils down to a few key issues: the overwhelming nature of the licensing process, time required, concerns regarding credit or criminal issues, and financial matters. Fortunately, alternative methods are accessible for individuals'
facing these difficult situations. License processing companies are now available in almost every state. These companies specialize in state contractor licensing and usually provide a free consultation to determine any possible qualification issues. Relatively affordable, considering the work involved, many licensing experts handle the entire process as a "one-stop shopping experience" and little more than a phone interview is required from the applicant. These companies effectively stream line the licensing process by providing knowledge of state licensing laws and experience dealing with state applications and licensing procedures.
2010 NFPA 72: A Bigger, Broader Playing Field
First of all, the new name tells you right off the bat that there has been a major redesign of the code. What had been known as the National Fire Alarm Code since 1993 is now the National Fire and Signaling Code in this latest cycle due to the incorporation of design, installation and testing requirements for Mass Notification /Emergency Communication Systems into the body of this new code. It is a noticeably larger code book now consisting of 29 chapters (many of them reserved) where the 2007 code had only 11.
The big new addition, of course, is the addition of the new chapter on Emergency Communication Systems (ECS). Systems designers need to be aware of several very important new requirements introduced here, such as the requirement for a Risk Analysis survey to be performed prior to beginning any Mass Notification System (MNS) design and the requirement for a Performance-Based design. In other words, plan on attending a lot of meetings with other concerned parties before beginning any design.
In this chapter, ECS systems are divided into two classifications of systems - one-way and two-way. One-way systems are further sub-divided into In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications Systems (basically your standard Fire Alarm Voice Evac System), In-Building Mass Notification Systems, Wide-Area Mass Notification Systems and Distributed Recipient Mass Notification Systems. Two-way systems are sub-divided into Two-Way In-Building ECS, Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems, Area of Refuge/Area of Rescue Assistance ECS and Elevator ECS.
The section on One-Way In-Building MNS is particularly noteworthy since it introduces several new important acronyms such as ACU (Autonomous Control Unit - the ECS "control panel") and LOC (Local Operating Console - roughly analogous to a remote annunciator/remote microphone panel) and because it deals with the integration of ECS and Fire Alarm systems. Noteworthy items here consist of the requirement for separate visual signals (strobes) for Fire (labeled "FIRE") and for MNS (labeled "ALERT") and, most importantly, the requirement for quantitative measurement of intelligibility. This is very important since it will require the use of sophisticated sound modeling software for the design and testing of these systems. Don't be surprised if these systems require speaker spacing no greater than the height of the room from floor to ceiling.
There are a few other noteworthy items. Circuits and pathways will no longer be classified by Style. There is a new, 2-part designation system. Performance and redundancy will now be determined by the circuit's Class (A, B, C, D, E or X) while it's survivability is designated by Level (0, 1, 2 or 3). Also, a 20% battery de-rate factor is now required on all standby battery calculations. Finally, location and spacing requirements for spot-type detectors has changed to the point that it probably deserves its own article.
These are just a few of the new or altered requirements in the 2010 NFPA 72 and there are many others not mentioned in this article. Since the Department of Defense is already requiring MNS with their fire alarm projects, systems designers should obtain their own copies as soon as possible to avoid potential costly mistakes on this greatly expanded playing field.
A Business Opportunity That Is Brighter Than Ever! Outdoor Lighting
Despite the economy, the opportunity to profit from the outdoor lighting business has never been easier or better than it is today! The technological advances in low-voltage and the outdoor lighting products are moving forward at lightning speed. This is not the same industry as it was a year ago and, the fact is, in another two years it will have been re-invented completely once again.
The outdoor lighting industry is growing rapidly; sales are at a whopping $3.2 billion plus annually. This growth is being fueled by the huge demand for more economically efficient systems, and the push for a "greener" carbon footprint. So what does this mean to the Low-Voltage contractor no matter what your current product and service offerings may be.
Three important things:
1. If you are a licensed low voltage contractor and do not already provide outdoor lighting services, there is no better time to enter the market than today. If you are selling alarms systems, audio video equipment, or providing any other products or services for which you are required to be licensed; and you are not providing lighting services, you are leaving wads of money on the table each and every time you visit your clients. Whether it's using lighting as an up-sell on new job opportunities, or going back to your previous and current clients, there is a load of profit just waiting at your fingertips.
2. If your client base consists of homeowners, home builders, architects, landscapers, commercial property managers, it doesn't matter. They all need and want outdoor lighting. Due to the recent and ever-changing advances within this industry, design, installation and the efficiency of the latest and greatest products make lighting installation far more profitable than it was just a short time ago.
3. Installation methods and products that were 'state-of-the-art' two years ago are basically dead. If you are a low voltage or outdoor lighting contractor and are not using the most up to date techniques and products, not only are you leaving money on the table, but you are doing far more work than necessary. You should get educated, get ahead of the competition, and avoid being left in the dust.
By now you're probably saying to yourself, "This all makes sense, but Chuck, how would I go about getting started in low voltage lighting, or taking my existing lighting business to the next level?" And that's a fair question. One that many contractors struggle with...
Here are a few suggestions for you and some important points to take into consideration:
First off, let me tell you that with the rapid changes that have taken place recently (and the changes to come which will happen even quicker), you need ongoing training and a regular flow of concise and up to date information. And if you're like most contractors, you probably don't have time to take on the additional job of "keeping an eye on the industry on a weekly basis" and still do your job of making money as a low voltage contractor.
As one option, you could always purchase a franchise. Most franchises do a pretty good job of staying informed of the changes within the industry. However, even though franchises do have some benefits, there are the drawbacks. Franchises are expensive, and you are required to pay royalties on each dollar you bring in. In addition, even though there might be better products on the market, you are often forced to use the products available through your franchise company. That's a big limitation. One of the most popular comments I hear when asking franchisees about the benefits they receive is quite simply the opportunity to network with other contractors, and have someone to call for technical help when needed. Those comments are often followed by comments such as, "but we only have one meeting or convention per year."
Many contractors choose to 'stay up to date' by attending free seminars or workshops, which usually take place at a local lighting distributor's location. These can be very valuable (especially since they are free), and there is typically some worthwhile information shared, and these events also provide the previously mentioned opportunity for "networking" with like minded contractors. However, there are some drawbacks to relying on this type of training and ongoing education as well. For one, the events more frequently than not are sponsored by a particular product manufacturer. This being said, the education is geared toward selling that manufacturers products and is not a true representation of what the other companies are doing. I've even witnessed these events turn into nothing more than a "sales pitch fest" for the products. Another drawback is that when attending an event at a local distributor, you are most likely attending with your competition since these workshops usually draw "the locals." As you can imagine, the networking that takes place locally is usually much quieter than those events where you may be attending with other like minded contractors from around the country, but who are not your actual competitors.
Finally, what I believe to be the most viable option is to rely on an unbiased source who's primary focus is to keep up with industry on a daily basis, and gather the pertinent industry updates and changes, and then put it to a concise and easily absorbable format which is distributed on an ongoing basis. There are numerous consultants in the industry as well as several national group memberships available. These models are not free for the obvious reasons, but usually cost only a fraction of the typical cost of a franchise. In some cases, these programs include monthly tele-seminars and newsletters, multiple live events each year for coaching groups, and most recently even live demonstrations and trainings via webinars. More importantly, these types of programs will typically offer the latest and greatest information from throughout the industry, not just what a single manufacturer has to say.
My hope is that you find this information helpful. More importantly: that you will take a look at how you are doing business as a low voltage contractor. And don't forget: Despite the economy, the opportunity to profit from the outdoor lighting business has never been easier or better than it is today!
Security Cameras, Providing Jobs And Opportunity
There was a day that in order to protect your home you had to lock your doors or get a big dog. Today, we now have the ability to utilize alarm systems and all different types of locks, such as biometrics and keyless remote for our front doors. What really stands out, however, is the ability to remotely monitor your property from anywhere in the world via an Internet connection. Both public and government companies are now utilizing these types of surveillance systems to monitor their product development, employee's performance, and prevention of internal and external theft just to mention a few.
Video Surveillance Systems are bringing peace of mind to homes and businesses. Now when a complaint is made against a retailer, a simple review of video can dissolve many incidents that otherwise may have resulted in the retailer having to settle out of court. Law enforcement has begun to utilize traffic surveillance to issue tickets for the running of red lights or speeding; in addition, cameras in the patrol cars monitor every traffic stop and can be used to ensure the safety of both the officers and public, and also utilized for many training situations. A simple sign posted on the front of homes and businesses stating, "This property is monitored and recorded" is another excellent deterrent. The demand for video surveillance protection from property loss and bodily harm has just begun. There is an increasing demand for small security camera retailers to sell, install and service surveillance systems. More and more companies are emerging with increasing profits overnight. Computer stores, electricians and alarm companies are starting to learn the CCTV industry and can't stock the video surveillance systems on their shelves fast enough.
Computer technicians are using their networking skills to setup and configure their customers to remotely monitor their video surveillance systems while on vacation or at work, on their laptops and now even on their smart phones. The demand for networking classes is on the rise as the demand for remote surveillance of CCTV systems has increased. Client Management Software, also referred to as CMS, has now emerged allowing the technicians to provide the ability to the customer to monitor multiple locations with surveillance systems from one central location. This creates a huge opportunity for the technician to offer this feature as a closing technique to their customers.
On the commercial front, there has been an increase in retailers having Point of Sale (POS) systems installed to work with their existing or new surveillance system to watch their employees handling cash transactions. The POS system allows employers and managers to look at their surveillance monitor and view a live feed of any transaction as the register transaction displays over the video feed. This way they can monitor exactly what the employee is charging (and not charging) the customer.
The day when having a low voltage license only allowed you to work on alarm systems and small appliances has now expanded into new technologies and opportunities. The market for new technicians to maintain and install security cameras is in high demand and is opening doors creating new jobs and opportunities.
How to Take Advantage of Free Internet Advertising
You may have heard that we are in a recession and for many businesses sales are down. Advertising can be expensive, but is your business taking advantage of the free advertising the Internet has to offer? You don't need an expensive, exotic, e-commerce website to successfully attract new customers from the Internet. Just a simple website with the right information can make a big difference. But even without a website, you can use the Internet to reach out to new customers.
If you've decided to have a website then a simple home page that describes the services your business offers and the area you service is all you need to get started. Add a photo gallery page to show off the high quality work your company provides including testimonials from satisfied customers. Remember that professional pictures of yourself, of your staff and your work along with customer testimonials will go farther than all the fancy flash and bells-and-whistles that you can cram on a website. Lastly, make sure the business contact information is easy to find and includes a phone number, fax, e-mail address, and physical address. With just a few simple pages, you're able to give anyone visiting your website all the information they need.
Typically when someone is looking for something on the Internet the first place they go is to Google, Yahoo or some other search engine. So it is important when describing your services on your website that you are descriptive, keeping in mind to use the words and phrases people might type when searching for the services you offer. Always label your pictures and use descriptive titles on your pages. I'll explain Keyword Optimization in greater detail in a future article or you can research it for more information. It is also important to make sure all of the links on your website work properly. Broken links are not only a nuisance to visitors, but they also hinder search engines from indexing the website completely.
Now that your company has a presence on the Internet, there are easy ways to help get it exposed to people searching for what you are offering. It doesn't do any good to have a website that cannot be found by Internet users because it hasn't been indexed by the search engines. You have to let Google, Yahoo and the other search engines know that your website even exists so it can be displayed in the search results. One of the easiest ways is to join a forum. Make a couple quality posts with a link to your website in your signature along with your company's contact information. Search engines will find and pick up on this to quickly index your website. Another method to get indexed quickly is to make comments with a link to your website on social networking sites like Twitter. The information on forums, message boards, blogs, and social networking websites changes very often so the search engines visit these types of websites more regularly looking to index the new information, including your website via the link you provided with your comments.
Using the above techniques I've been able to get a new website listed on the first page of the Google search results in just a few days. The technique of placing a link to your website on forums and social networking sites is to let the search engines find your website and to index it; but ultimately, it is your content and how it's presented that will determine the search results list ranking.
Let me summarize these techniques and benefits by giving a real life example. Even without a website you can still have a presence on the internet to gain new customers by showcasing your knowledge on technical forums. For instance, let's imagine someone needs help with their security panel. They go to Google and type "I need help with a MOOSE Z1100". The top listing in the Google search results is to a link from VoltageTalk.com discussing the MOOSE Z1100 panel. Click on this link and you can see that several people have provided detailed information about the MOOSE Z1100 panel and have their company's contact information displayed. Now that they've established themselves as an expert to the reader, they might just get a phone call or email with a job opportunity. Knowledge forums can be a powerful advertisement of your expertise and services if utilized correctly.
Another easy way to gain internet exposure for your company is to keep your business contact information up to date on the NLVCA contractor search site (www.nlvca.org/contractor_search.php). Your business logo and other pertinent information about your services can be displayed here. By keeping your business contact information current it allows individuals searching for an electrical contractor in your area to quickly locate your services. The expanded contractor search capability is available to NLVCA members.
These are just a few basic ways of gaining an internet presence. In my next article I'll review how you can attract visitors to your website and gain even more business by optimizing the keywords on your website.
Electrical Permitting Requirements
An electrical permit may be required by either a county or a city municipality depending on which has jurisdiction. Some cities default to the county for their permitting process due to budget constraints or not having the infrastructure developed to implement the process. The local building department is usually responsible for the processing and issuing of electrical permits to do work which involves the installing of line voltage (alternating current circuits), alarm systems, access control systems, telecommunications and network systems, landscape lighting, video surveillance, point of sale systems, data cabling, solar as well as other electrical systems. Across North America there has been a widening implementation by municipalities to require permits to be pulled before beginning to do work on not only line voltage electrical contracting, but also low voltage electrical contracting. As municipalities mature and technology advances the requirements for low voltage permitting will continue to expand.
In next month's newsletter, I'll be addressing specific permitting requirements, short cuts to expedite the process and how to avoid common problems. If you should have any specific questions regarding permitting make your comments here.
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