Skilled trades updates

A new skilled trades certification has been announced by the Province. Learn more about how it affects our gas and electrical clients.  

Skilled trades updates

A new skilled trades certification has been announced by the Province. Learn more about how it affects our gas and electrical clients.  

Electrical

Homeowner Permits

Overview

An electrical homeowner permit is required for many kinds of home alterations. Some instances include

  • replacing light fixtures or ceiling fans;
  • installing or moving light switches or electrical outlets;
  • installing electrical wiring for renovations, including solar installations; and
  • connecting permanently-installed electrical equipment such as a dishwasher, over-range microwave or hood, security camera, or heat pump.

Replacing existing switches, receptacles, or electrical outlets do not require a permit if performed by a licensed contractor.

Homeowners can apply for a permit, however, if you are hiring a licensed contractor, your contractor will apply on your behalf. Check to ensure there is one in place before work begins.

Owners of a strata, non-strata duplex, and those operating a business from their home cannot obtain homeowner permits and must hire a licensed contractor.

If the work is performed under a homeowner permit, the homeowner must submit a declaration form after each phase of work is completed, or every 180 days, whichever comes first. Complete the Electrical Homeowners Inspection Request form within 180 days of the date the permit was issued.

Apply online or download and print the Electrical Homeowner Permit form.

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Find a licensed contractor

Find a licensed contractor to complete your renovations.

Homeowner gas permits

Find out what kind of work does and does not require a gas homeowner permit.

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Jurisdiction

Depending on where your property is located, either we or your municipality will issue the permit. Check your jurisdiction.

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