Prior to starting any stage of your project, you must obtain an electrical permit.
Online electrical permit applications will be available in September 2018. Please visit our ePermits page for more information and updates.
In many cases, a building permit would be required prior to obtaining your electrical permit.
In order to apply for an electrical permit, you must be a registered electrical contractor, or a homeowner meeting the requirements of the Safety Standards Act and the Electrical Safety Regulation (2004).
When do I Need an Electrical Permit?
An Electrical Permit is required for the installation, alteration, repair or maintenance of electrical equipment.
Permits are required prior to commencing work on:
- wiring new receptacles, switches or lighting fixtures
- removing part of an electrical system
- temporary entertainment or construction service
- any work that requires a utility (BC Hydro) to connect or reconnect a service
- and any electrical work on life safety systems
An electrical permit would not be required (when completed by a qualified person) for minor modifications such as:
- replacing existing receptacles in the same location
- installing dimmer switches or fan speed controllers
- installing snap switches cord attachment plugs
- and fuses up to a maximum 750 volts with equipment of a similar type of rating
- BC Electrical Code 2015
- Electrical Permit Application Requirements
- Safety Authority : Tech Talk Videos: 2012 Changes to the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1
- Safety Authority : Electrical Safety Homeowner Information Guide
- Fire Alarm Permitting and Application Procedure.pdf [PDF - 72 KB]
Forms & Applications
- Application For Electrical Permit [PDF - 65 KB]
- Electrical Contractors Authorization [PDF - 38 KB]
- Homeowner Electrical Permit Application Form [PDF - 24 KB]
- Homeowner Inspection Request [PDF - 101 KB]
Electrical Inspections Policies
- Bonding of Raceway Sleeves in Steel Stud Walls [PDF - 15 KB]
- Contractor Responsibility Following a Fire [PDF - 75 KB]
- Masts and Support Structures for Services Over 200 Amps [PDF - 101 KB]
- Multiple Occupancy Metering Requirements [PDF - 103 KB]
- Service and Panels in Secondary Suites [PDF - 15 KB]
- Use of Portable Heating Appliances [PDF - 14 KB]
- IC Pot Lights and Spray Foam Insulation [PDF - 14 KB]
- Retrofit of Fluorescent Luminaries [PDF - 14 KB]
- Shunt Trip Requirements for Services Fed From the BC Hydro Downtown Network [PDF - 111 KB]
- Requirements for Verification of Fire Alarm Systems 2.25.2014 [PDF - 66 KB]