Do I need an electrical permit for a stairlift?

Like many things, the answer is, “It depends.”

First it depends how you want to hook up your stairlift. Some stairlifts can be installed with a simple power cord that plugs right into a nearby electrical outlet. This is obviously the easiest way.

Other stairlifts need to be set up on a dedicated circuit and hard-wired into the electrical wires inside your walls.

Obviously this can add expense to your installation.

In some states, such as Washington, state law requires that all stairlifts be hard-wired on their own circuit.

If this is the case for you, you’ll need to get an appropriate electrical permit and have a qualified electrician come and do the work before your stairlift installers arrive.

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Stairlifts can be powered by electrical cords

And although the added cost won’t be welcome, there are advantages to direct-wired lifts. First off, you don’t have yet another electrical cord lying on the ground presenting a tripping hazard. Secondly, there’s no risk that the cord will come out of the wall and leave the chair in an uncharged state, which could be a safety and/or convenience hazard.

Check with a local stairlift installer about whether an electrical permit is required in your area.

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