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
  • lamps
  • and fuses up to a maximum 750 volts with equipment of a similar type of rating

Further Information

Forms & Applications

Electrical Inspections Policies