Minor labels

What are minor labels?

Minor labels are inexpensive permits for minor electrical, plumbing, and elevator installations. (For example, putting in a light switch or installing a residential water heater both qualify as minor work so a minor label could be used). Only licensed contractors can buy minor labels.

Oregon law prohibits using more than 10 minor labels without reporting installations to the division first. Labels must be reported within 30 days of being used. The contractor responsible for all labels issued to the company, until they are reported online or the unused expired labels are returned to Building Codes Division.

  • One out of 10 labels are inspected; the inspection fee is included in the total cost. 
  • Minor labels may be used for installations anywhere in the state. 
  • Labels are valid for one year from the date of purchase; expiration dates are printed on the labels.
  • A set of 10 labels cost $140, including surcharges​​.
  • General requirements and definitions for the minor label program OAR 918-100​

​Once a label(s) has expired, if it has not been used, mail it back to the minor label program and this will fulfill the reporting requirement and remove your responsibility. Expiration date is printed on the label. Labels cannot be used after the expiration date; no exceptions.
​Mailing address:
Minor Label Program
PO Box 14470
​Salem, OR 97309
  • Contractors buy the labels online, make the installations, and document how the labels were used on their online account.
  • The minor label program randomly selects one installation from every 10 labels a contractor uses for inspection.
  • Minor label program requests an inspection from the local building department responsible for the installation address.

​You will need (active and current)

  • Building Codes Division (BCD) contractors license
  • Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license
Electrical scope
Plumbing scope
Elevator scope​

The Minor Label Program is a Web-based program. 

What you will need to set up an online account:

  • BCD contractors license
  • Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license
  • Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • You will create a user ID

When you have completed the activation of your account, you can order your minor labels.​

Minor labels are generally processed and printed within two working days and mailed to you from the Building Codes Division's Salem office. The labels are preprinted with important information. There is also a space for you to fill in the installation date and job description. When you arrive at a jobsite where you are using a minor label, fill in the specified information and attach the larger portion to the electrical panel before work is started.

  • Attach the smaller portion of the label, with the label identification number printed on it, to the work order. Some contractors prefer using the minor label log​ for their records.
  • Record the installation information in your online account.
  • Need help? Use the online user guide​.​

Example: Changing out two furnaces in a large home, or extending the electrical services to accommodate furnaces. No, only one minor label may be used on a jobsite with existing structural or electrical permits provided the work is covered by the minor label rules and only one minor label transaction may be performed by a contractor at a jobsite as part of a single or same transaction. For example, the minor label rules allow the repair or replacement of only one appliance per label [OAR 918-100​-0020 (6)]. If a contractor wants to install multiple appliances, a full permit is necessary. Use the​​​ local building department lookup to find the local jurisdiction.

When 10 minor label installations have been entered into your online account, one of the installations will be randomly chosen for inspection by the online system. The local building department responsible for the property address will be notified by the online system to send an inspector out to look at the job.

You can check your online account to view your inspection results. Everything is kept track of by the online system and is easy for you to access.

Using the online system you can also view a record of all installations, purchasing history, and update your company information.​

Failing a minor label is expensive. If an inspection fails​, the division allows the contractor 10 calendar days to dispute the inspection report by notifying the division. The contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at its hourly inspection rate for reinspection. The division then selects another label from the same lot of 10 to be inspected and the contractor pays the jurisdiction directly at a rate of $75. If three inspections from the same lot of labels fail, the contractor must take out full permits for all the remaining installations in that lot.​​​​​

There are many devices named specifically in the rules [see OAR 918-309​-0220 (D)], including but not limited to: alarm contacts, smoke detectors, heat detectors, and central vacuum clean control devices.​​​ See also OAR 918-100​-0010​ for more definitions.

You must post the label on the electrical service panel before the work begins. If a panel is not yet available, you may post the label on the installation.​​​​

The rules allow one minor label per project per jobsite, so if a minor label has been posted for previous projects, you may use a minor label for your installation.​

As soon as possible; report the lost/destroyed label number to the ML administrator minlabhelp.imd@oregon.gov. You are still responsible for the label but we will not expect installation information to be reported.​
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