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Step 1:
Applications are available online, or by visiting the office:

City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department
Electrical Inspection Division
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave. Fourth Floor, Room 408
Detroit, MI 48226

Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

THE ELECTRICAL SIGN SPECIALTY COMPANY MUST BE LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF DETROIT.

The applicant must either hold a current and valid Sign Specialist's License, or hire a current and valid Sign Specialist that will be employed full time by the applicant. The Sign Specialist shall be actively in charge of and responsible for Code compliance of all installations, maintenance, connection and repair of electric signs, and related wiring performed by the sign speciality contracting company.

Applicant must complete the Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor's License application as per below:

Both a Registration form and a Licensing Application form must be filled out in its entirety, except where noted. If the applicant is a Sign Specialist: Please complete Parts A & C only.
Please make sure the signature is notarized.

If hiring a Sign Specialist: Complete Parts A & B only. The Sign Specialist fills out Part C only. Please make sure ALL signatures are notarized.

Documentation Required:

Both Application forms
Current and valid Driver's License or State ID of the Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor of Record. Passports are NOT accepted.
If applicant is a Licensed Sign Specialist, a copy of the applicant's Sign Specialist's License is required.
If Sign Specialist is hired, a copy of the hired qualifying Sign Specialist's License is required.

Step 2:
Submit applications with documentation to the Electrical Division in Room 408 for approval from the Board of Electrical Examiners. A written approval or denial will be mailed to the applicant via postal mail.

Step 3:
If Denied: Applicant must provide requested documentation as written from the Board of Electrical Examiners, and re-submit for Board approval.

If Approved: Applicant will need to come down to the Electrical Division to pay for the Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor's License Exam ($55.00). Once exam is paid the applicant may schedule an exam date. The examination is taken in Room 408.

Step 4:
Take the exam on scheduled date and time (9:30 a.m.). Applicants will receive their test results in writing. TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE.

Step 5:
If applicant fails exam: Applicant must re-pay the exam fee and re-schedule for the next available exam date.

If applicant passes exam: The applicant must come to Room 408 for a Licensing Invoice to pay for the Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor's License ($55.00).

Step 6:
Applicant must take invoice to the Licenses & Permits Division cashier and pay the appropriate fees.

Step 7:
Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor's License is issued to the applicant by the cashier.

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