11/9/2012 - "DO I NEED AN ELECTRICIAN AND/OR AN ELECTRICAL PERMIT TO RESTORE MY POWER?"

Many Summit residences sustained damaged electrical service to their homes, over and above whatever storm damage affected the utility distribution grid. In cases where a home’s electrical service has been damaged, JCP&L will not re-energize the dwelling’s electrical service until it has been properly repaired by a licensed electrical contractor and inspected by the City. The first step is to retain a NJ-licensed electrical contractor to make all necessary repairs to your service entrance and associated wiring. This repair can start as ‘emergency work’ prior to obtaining a permit, but an electrical permit is still required.

The City’s Construction Office is issuing these permits ‘on the spot’ if complete (including the electrical contractor’s license seal press) and is waiving all construction permit fees associated with storm repair. JCP&L will not re-energize the service until they receive a ‘cut-in card’ from the City indicating that we have inspected the repairs and they have been approved. The week of November 5th we will schedule those inspections immediately. These procedures have been streamlined to facilitate service restoration, but the primary objective is to ensure the home’s electrical system is safe prior to start-up. Residents with questions can call the Construction Office at (908) 273-6408. The office is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.