Decision notice: Fee consultation for electrical installation permits for electricity production and storage systems

From July 4 through August 17, 2018, Technical Safety BC consulted with industry clients and stakeholders on proposed fee changes for electricity production and storage systems such as renewable energy systems, generators, and batteries, to be implemented January 1, 2019. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide their insight into this consultation.

After reviewing the feedback received through consultation on the proposed change, Technical Safety BC has been granted approval to move forward with fee changes as outlined below:

Initial proposal

Replace existing electrical installation permit fees for electricity production and storage systems with standardized fees:

  • Electricity production/storage systems with no other regulated work, residential: $172
  • Electricity production/storage systems with other regulated work, residential: $110
  • Electricity production/storage systems with no other regulated work, commercial: $283
  • Electricity production/storage systems with other regulated work, commercial: $221

Accepted recommendation

Proceed with initial proposal, effective January 1, 2019, applicable to the same equipment as proposed.

65% of respondents expressed support for the proposal, and fewer than 20% of respondents expressed opposition to the proposed fee categories. A number of the negative comments showed that the previous communications on the proposed fees did not clearly state that these fees would replace the existing fees for installing electricity-producing equipment and systems, and would not be charged in addition to the existing installation permit fees already paid by the installing contractor.

More information about these fees

View the consultation materials and feedback received.

Read more about how these fees are applied.