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Cabling rules and DIY

Cabling rules and DIY

Cabling rules and DIY


I am involved in a long running discussion on an Australian web site regarding DIY cabling. In Australia we have cabling rules which do not allow users to run comms/LAN cabling in their own homes, you have to be a registered cabler to legally do this!

I was looking for examples of what applies in other countries regarding this type of thing so where better to ask than here? Over to you guys!

RE: Cabling rules and DIY

In my area of the U.S., you do not need a license to do any work to your own residence. You do (should) however apply for the proper permits and have the work inspected. In a commercial job, you could not even apply for a permit without the proper licensing but as a homeowner, you can apply/pull a permit for any work in your own home.


RE: Cabling rules and DIY

Great info! In Australia there isn't any way to do work on your own house (there is a restricted license but you couldn't justify the cost to get one).

Are there any penalties for failure to. Follow the rules?

RE: Cabling rules and DIY

In our area you do not need a license for low voltage wiring, phone, data, coax, catv ect. But high voltage needs to be inspected by a licensed inspector. For commercial jobs you must be licensed for high voltage but not low voltage. However wiring runs must meet code for the area, city codes for proper placement. And OSHA classes are required for commercial work but not for your own residence.


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RE: Cabling rules and DIY

If things are done to code, there is little to worry about. The only thing I could think of is if you burned your house down due to poor wiring that you failed to have inspected/permitted. I wonder if your insurance company may attempt to deny a claim. I'm not a lawyer but would think gross negligence would have to proven and not just the fact that you failed to have an inspection done.


RE: Cabling rules and DIY

Believe it or not even fiber comes under our rules! And in some instances even wireless connected equipment!

RE: Cabling rules and DIY

In my part of the world, Ontario Canada, there are no permits or licensing required to run low voltage cable. There are, however, building codes regarding it's installation.

Marv ccna
Sales, Installation & Service for Norstar, BCM & Allworx
Serving Ottawa and Eastern Ontario since 1990

RE: Cabling rules and DIY

In quebec canada, we need no certifications at all.

For home, buisness, industries for data,phone,coax,fiber etc..

Goverment ask the results from a cable certifier (tdr)

RE: Cabling rules and DIY

In Nova Scotia Canada anyone can install a few network cables, you need to be certified and pay for a permit for 6 or more wires. The following are exempt; residential installs, service providers, security and fire alarm installation (although I think fire has it's own inspection). Electricians were grandfathered in, everyone else needed to go thru a fairly costly and time consuming process to obtain their certificate.
A LOT of people do not get a permit and are not certified, especially for renovations. The fire marshal can and does refuse to give permission to have power hooked up without a permit.

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