Electrical

BC Electrical Code Section 76-Temporary Wiring

Electrical Homeowner Permit Jurisdiction

Municipalities not covered by the BC Safety Authority for electrical permits

Please note, BC Safety Authority issues electrical installation permits for the Province of British Columbia with the exception of these jurisdictions:

BURNABY, City of
4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2

Building Department
Tel: 604-294-7130
Burnaby Electrical Permits

MAPLE RIDGE, District of
11995 Haney Place
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9

License and Permits
Tel: 604-467-7311
Maple Ridge Electrical Permits

VICTORIA, City of
#1 Centennial Sq.
Victoria, BC V8W 1P6

Permits and Inspections
Tel: 250-361-0343
Victoria Electrical Permits

VANCOUVER, City of
453 West 12th
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Development Services
Tel: 604-873-7600
Vancouver Electrical Permits

NORTH VANCOUVER, City of
141 West 14th
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9

Building and Development
Tel: 604-983-7355
North Vancouver's Electrical Permits

NORTH VANCOUVER, District of
355 West Queens Rd.
North Vancouver, V7N 4N5

Building and Development
Tel: 604-990-2480
North Vancouver District Electrical Permits

WEST VANCOUVER, Municipality of
750 17th Street
West Vancouver, BC V7V 3T3

Community Planning
Tel: 604-925-7040
West Vancouver Electrical Permits

SURREY, City of
14245 56th Avenue
Surrey, BC V3X 3A2

Inspection Request Line
Tel: 604-591-4240
Surrey Electrical Permits

Electrical Contractor Guide

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The Electrical Contractors Guide provides guidance to both electrical contractors and persons who wish to become licensed electrical contractors within the province of British Columbia.

The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is responsible for the Electrical Safety Program throughout British Columbia. The Electrical Safety Program protects the people of British Columbia by promoting the safe installation and maintenance of electrical wiring and equipment.

Electrical Operating Permits

The Spring 2014 issue of Electrical Safety News is now available!

Owners of high voltage equipment, any system with a supply over 250 kVA or a building with this type of equipment or supply, often need an operating permit.

To apply for your permit

  1. Complete the Electrical Operating Permit Application Form 410,
  2. Name a Field Safety Representative (FSR) in your application. The FSR may be an employee of the equipment owner or an electrical contractor,
  3. Submit the form in person at your nearest BCSA office.

We will mail an invoice once the application has been processed. For information on these fees, please see the Electrical Fee Schedule.

If you have an operating permit, and your Field Safety Representative has changed, you must submit a Notice of FSR Change immediately.

Renewing your operating permit

Renew your existing operating permit by completing the Operating Permit Renewal and Declaration Form 1218. Submit in person at your nearest BCSA office.

Operating permits may take several weeks to issue from the date you submit an application.

Electrical Contractors Guide

For more information regarding becoming an electrical contractor in British Columbia, please refer to the Electrical Contractor's Guide.

Contact us

For more information on how to obtain an operating permit or for any questions, please contact us at:

Toll free: 1-866-566-7233
Email: electricaloperatingpermits@safetyauthority.ca

Electrical Installation Permits

The Spring 2014 issue of Electrical Safety News is now available!

Licensed contractors need a permit before they begin to install electrical products. If you have an installation permit and the scope of the work has changed, please amend the permit at your nearest BCSA office.

Please note: BC Safety Authority issues electrical installation permits for the Province of British Columbia with the exception of these jurisdictions.

Electrical Contractors Guide

A reference for all those electrical contractors and/or persons who wish to become licensed electrical contractors within the province of British Columbia, please review the Electrical Contractors Guide.

Electrical Installation Permits

If you have a MyConnection account, you can log on to obtain an installation permit. Alternatively, you can call our contact centre at 1-866-566-7233 for your permit needs OR you can follow these steps:

  1. Create an account on our website at: https://safetyauthority.ca/user/register
  2. FORM: go to http://safetyauthority.ca/form/electrical-installation-form-406-contractor
  3. Login with your username & password
    TIP: If you cannot recall your username &/or password, you can submit a request by entering your email here: http://www.safetyauthority.ca/user/password.
    TIP #2: Your email will be entered automatically into the form.
  4. Complete the form
    TIP: All mandatory items have a red *
  5. Click the submit button
  6. You will get an email copy of the form in your inbox. Check your inbox
    TIP: Need support? You can call our Call Centre at 1-866-566-7233
  7. You will receive a phone call from BC Safety Authority to confirm fees for your installation permit

Please be prepared to pay the appropriate Electrical Contractor Installation Fees.

Your Field Safety Representative (FSR) must inspect your installations when each phase is complete, and at least once every 180 days after all work under the permit has been completed and/or after the final inspection has been completed.

After the inspection, please ensure your FSR has submitted the Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance Electrical Inspection Request Form 206 using the same steps described above.

Permit Fees Based on Job Value

Permit fees in the category “Contractor Installation Permits – Other” are based on the total price paid by the client for the project including all labour and materials, from any source, but excluding utilization equipment.

For further clarification, utilization equipment is classified as the following:

  • Equipment that utilizes electrical energy for mechanical, chemical, heating, lighting, or similar useful purposes.

Examples of utilization equipment can include (but is not limited to) such items as:

  • lighting fixtures
  • heaters
  • motors
  • fans
  • furnaces
  • heat pumps
  • security cameras
  • hand dryers
  • appliances

 

HID Safety Alert for Electrical Contractors