Prior to starting any stage of your project, you must obtain an electrical permit.

Online electrical permit applications are available through MyCity.

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