Electrical

Safety Tips

Safe technical systems are BC Safety Authority’s top priority. Fortunately, many safety risks can be reduced or avoided through education and prevention.

With this in mind, we’ve put together the following safety tips sheets to help identify and reduce risks related to some common activities. We encourage you to download and share this important safety information to help reduce risk.

Safety Tip - Electrical sign permit requirements

Does a sign need a permit?

An Electrical Installation Permit is required prior to connecting a sign to electrical power, unless it is a plug-in sign. The permit may be for the sign itself or held under the electrical permit for the premises .

Licensed electrical contractors are responsible for obtaining a permit for the connection of any electrical sign, and owners should obtain a copy of the permit or the permit number for their records .

A sign may require several types of permits. The city or municipality will typically require a permit to erect any sign .

When must the permit be acquired?

An electrical installation permit must be obtained prior to connecting the sign .

If the sign is installed before the approval mark has been applied, it may not be connected to power until after it is approved by a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada .

Why do I need these permits?

In order to reduce or prevent the risk of electrical shocks and fire, the Safety Standards Act requires that electrical signs be built and installed to meet minimum safety standards. Approval labels and permits provide you with the best assurance that electrical signs installed on your premises meet these safety requirements .

How do I obtain the necessary permits?

An Electrical Contractor licensed by BCSA must obtain the permit and call for inspections .

Can the sign installer hook the sign up to the building’s power? The sign installer may connect the sign if: • they are a licensed Electrical Contractor; and • they obtain an Electrical Installation Permit before connecting the sign; and • they submit a declaration of compliance to the safety officer as outlined in the Electrical Safety Regulation .

Does the sign need an approval mark?

Under section 21(1) of the Electrical Safety Regulation, the sign must bear a mark or label of a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada .

The approval testing and marking is typically arranged by the sign manufacturer or supplier .

It is the responsibility of the sign installer to verify that the sign has been approved and marked by a testing agency before being connected to power .

Examples of common approval marks

Common Approval Marks
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A full list of approval marks is available on BCSA’s website at www.safetyauthority.ca

Additional information

Additional information about electrical safety and code requirements is available in the: • Safety Standards Act • Electrical Safety Regulation Find these documents on BCSA’s website at: www.safetyauthority.ca/regulations/electrical

Electrical inspection in other areas

The following municipalities are responsible for electrical inspection service within their jurisdictions. When working in the following areas, contact the following for permits and inspections:

  • District of North Vancouver - 604.990.2480
  • District of West Vancouver - 604.925.7040
  • North Vancouver - 604.983.7355
  • Vancouver - 604.873.7600
  • Burnaby - 604.294.7130
  • Maple Ridge - 604.467.7311
  • Surrey - 604.591.4240
  • Victoria - 250.361.0343

Electrical, Gas, Elevating Devices and Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Fees (2015-2017)

BC Safety Authority proposed an increase of a weighted average of 9% over the next three years to fees for the electrical, gas, elevating devices and boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies. Additional changes were also proposed for specific fees. The new fee schedules will be effective January 12, 2015.

Status: Completed

The final decision was posted on October 10, 2014, 2:30pm PDT.
This consultation was closed on September 15, 2014, 12:00pm PDT.

Review the consultation material

Read the discussion paper (including the proposed fee schedules)

Learn about the feedback received

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for the 2015-2017 fee consultation
Read the verbatim comments received

Provide feedback

This consultation is now closed. Thank you to those who took the time to provide their feedback on this issue.

Summary results of the consultation

Read the results of the fee consultation

Decision

BC Safety Authority has come to a decision on all proposed changes.

Taking into account stakeholder feedback, BC Safety Authority has revised proposals in its final decision. For more information on the decision announcement, modifications and rationale for each change, please review the decision document.

Decision Summary

Effective: January 12, 2015

1.  Electrical, gas, elevating devices and boiler, pressure and refrigeration fees will be increased by an average of 3% in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Refer to the appropriate fee schedules for specific changes.

Download the homeowners fee schedule effective January 12, 2015

In electrical

2.  Fee cap on electrical installation permits valued over $1 million will be removed.
3.  The removal of the fee cap on electrical operating permits for distributed sites will be phased in over a three year period. The fee cap for this type of operating permit account holder will be:

  • 2015: $2,120 (3% increase)
  • 2016: $4,000
  • 2017: $8,000
  • 2018: Account cap removed.

Download the electrical fee schedule effective January 12, 2015

In elevating devices

4.  To encourage better safety outcomes, a fee multiplier for re-assessments performed on elevating devices (new installations and major alterations) that have failed their final assessment will be implemented as follows:

  • 2015: fees for the second re-assessment, and each additional re-assessment thereafter, will be billed at 2x the initial assessment rate.
  • 2016: fees for the first re-assessment will be billed at 1.5x the existing billing rate. Fees for the second re-assessment, and each additional re-assessment thereafter, will continue to be billed at 2x the initial assessment rate.

Download the elevating devices fee schedule effective January 12, 2015

In gas

5.  Installation permit fee schedules for fully detached and multi-unit dwellings will be combined.

Download the gas fee schedule, effective January 12, 2015

In boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration

6.  Hourly rates for design registration fees for boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration will be replaced by standardized flat fees.

Download the boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration fee schedule, effective January 12, 2015

Questions?

Contact us at feecomments@safetyauthority.ca

Breakfast & Learn for New Electrical Contractors: New Westminster

24 June 2014 - 07:00 am - 08:30 am

Archimedes Room, 2nd Floor
BC Safety Authority
505 - 6th Street
New Westminster
V3L 0E1
BC
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Maximum capacity: 40
# of guests allowed per registration: 1

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Electrical Tech Talk - 60 More Things Every Electrician Should Know: Squamish

25 June 2014 - 02:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club
2458 Mamquam Road
Upstairs Meeting Room
Squamish
V8B 0H8
BC
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Maximum capacity: 55
# of guests allowed per registration: 5

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Electrical Tech Talk - 60 More Things Every Electrician Should Know: Whistler

16 June 2014 - 02:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Whistler Village Inn & Suites
4429 Sundial Place
Whistler
V0N 1B4
BC
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Maximum capacity: 45
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Test - Internal Use Only

21 May 2014 - 03:28 pm - 03:42 pm

Camosun College - Interurban Campus
4461 Interurban Road
Room CC124 A/B
Victoria
V9E 2C1
BC
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Electrical Tech Talk - 60 More Things Every Electrician Should Know: Qualicum Beach

12 June 2014 - 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Qualicum Beach Civic Center
747 Jones Street
Windsor Room
Qualicum Beach
V9K 1S4
BC
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Maximum capacity: 47
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Electrical Tech Talk - 60 More Things Every Electrician Should Know: Langley

29 May 2014 - 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Willoughby Community Hall
20809 83 Avenue
Langley
V2Y 2C4
BC
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Electrical Tech Talk - 60 More Things Every Electrician Should Know: Victoria

4 June 2014 - 03:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Camosun College - Interurban Campus
4461 Interurban Road
Room CC124 A/B
Victoria
V9E 2C1
BC
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Maximum capacity: 65
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