Information Bulletin: Minimum Requirements for Upgrading of Electrical Systems Single Family Dwelling

Persona

Reference number
B-E3 091214 2
Revision Number
Rev 02

Note: Installations that were previously accepted as code compliant when originally installed is acceptable if it has not modified or upgraded, and remains safe.

PART A: Service, main panel or feeder repair

  1. Electrical work must be done under a valid electrical permit by a licensed contractor or a homeowner where allowed under section 17 of the Electrical Safety Regulation.
  2. Where a panel, main breaker or switch is repaired or replaced with one of the same amperage rating, the existing panel and conduit locations will normally be acceptable.
  3. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that all the circuits to be reconnected comply with rules 2-200 and 2-300 of the BC Electrical Code.
  4. FSRs must comply with the Safety Standards General Regulation, section 26 (2) and notify Technical Safety BC before, or at the time of, final inspection:
    1. If unacceptable conditions for which they are not responsible remain; or
    2. If they have been asked to perform work which may leave a portion of an installation in an unacceptable condition.

If either of the conditions in “a” or “b” exist, the safety officer will advise the owner and issue an order for corrections that must be completed within a reasonable time.

PART B: Service, main panel or feeder upgrade

  1. Electrical work must be done under a valid electrical permit by a licensed contractor or a homeowner where permitted under section 17 of the Electrical Safety Regulation.
  2. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that all the circuits to be reconnected comply with rules 2-200 and 2-300 of the BC Electrical Code.
  3. FSRs must comply with the Safety Standards General Regulation, section 26 (2) and notify Technical Safety BC before, or at the time of, final inspection:
    1. If unacceptable conditions for which they are not responsible remain; or
    2. If they have been asked to perform work which may leave a portion of an installation in an unacceptable condition.
  4. If either of the conditions in “a” or “b” exist, the safety officer will advise the owner and issue an order for corrections that must be completed within a reasonable time.When the occupancy classification of a building is changed, the electrical installation must meet the requirements for the new occupancy classification.
  5. When a building or installation is completely rewired or upgraded, all wiring must comply with the requirements of the current Regulations and BC Electrical Code.
  6. When a building is partly rewired, upgraded or modified, the following shall apply:
    1. Additions to existing branch circuits must comply with the requirements of the BC Electrical Code.
    2. Existing branch circuits that are adequate for the purpose may be reconnected without alteration subject to rules 2-200 & 2-300 of the BC Electrical Code.
  7. Overhead line clearance must be in compliance with rule 6-112 of the BC Electrical Code.
  8. Plug fuses, if used, are of a type that are non-interchangeable with fuses of a higher rating in accordance with rule 14-204;
  9. Outlet boxes and receptacles are bonded to ground in accordance with section 10, or protected with GFCI in accordance with rule 26-702 2);
  10. Receptacles rated at 15 amperes are on circuits having overcurrent protection set at not more than 15 amperes in accordance with rule 14-600;
  11. Existing exterior receptacles are GFCI protected in accordance with rules 26-722 and 70-122 4);
  12. Existing bathroom and washroom receptacles must be GFCI protected in accordance with rule 26-704.
  13. Circuits added in a dwellings shall be AFCI protected as required 26-656. Existing circuits that have additional receptacles added shall be AFCI protected as per 26-656 3.
  14. Switches in bathrooms are located in accordance with rule 30-320;
  15. Installation at each location of manual or automatic control devices for the control of permanently installed luminaires requiring an identified conductor may only be installed in device boxes or outlet boxes containing an identified conductor (neutral);
  16. New electrical heating equipment in bathrooms must conform to section 62;
  17. Dryer circuits are supplied with an approved receptacle in accordance with rule 26-744 3);
  18. Range circuits are supplied with an approved receptacle in accordance with rule 26-744;
  19. It is recommended that owners consult with the local building authority regarding requirements for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

PART C: Reconnection of existing buildings or installations

  1. A building or installation which has been disconnected may be reconnected without modification providing that:
    1. The occupancy has not changed; and
    2. The existing circuitry is in accordance with rules 2-200 and 2-300; and is adequate for the intended purpose.
    3. Service grounding and bonding is in good repair, per rule 2-300.
    4. Overhead line clearances are in compliance with rule 6-112 of the BC Electrical Code.

Provincial Safety Manager

References:
Safety Standards Act
Electrical Safety Regulation
Safety Standards General Regulation
B.C. Electrical Code