Directive: BC Electrical Code Section 76 – Temporary Wiring



Reference number
D-EL 2016-03

This Directive is being issued by a provincial safety manager pursuant to section 30 of the Safety Standards Act.

This Directive supersedes Directive D-EL 2011-01.

76-00 Scope


  1. This Section of the Code covers temporary wiring installations for buildings or projects under construction or demolition and experimental or testing facilities of a temporary nature.
  2. The requirements of this Section supplement or amend the general requirements of this Code.


Section 76 only applies to wiring that is part of a temporary installation. Any wiring that is part of the permanent facility is not subject to the rules in this section even if that wiring is providing power for construction or demolition. Permanent wiring must be installed and protected to comply with the general requirements of the code for the environment that exists at the time of installation.

76-016 Receptacles


Receptacles having CSA configuration 5-15R or 5-20R installed to provide power for buildings or projects under construction or demolition shall be protected by ground fault circuit interrupters of the Class A type.


Consistent with Rule 76-000, Rule 76-016 applies only to receptacles that have been installed specifically to provide temporary power and applies only to receptacles having CSA configuration 5-15R or 5-20R. Receptacles that have been installed as part of the permanent installation, but which are utilized to provide temporary power, are not subject to Rule 76-016.



Ulrich Janisch

Provincial Safety Manager - Electrical




Bill 19 – 2003                Safety Standards Act

B.C. Reg. 100/2004       Electrical Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 105/2004       Safety Standards General Regulation

IB-EL 2016-03                Information Bulletin – temporary and permanent services for construction power

C-22.1-09                       Appendix I, Rule 76-016