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.
Apply for a Permit
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.