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Electrical assessments at Technical Safety BC

Technical Safety BC performs routine remote and physical inspections on electrical work and electrical equipment in commercial, industrial, or residential premises.

Field Safety Representatives are primarily responsible for performing inspections on work completed by licensed contractors. If a safety officer has identified an aspect of your work that doesn’t comply with regulations, you must fix it and notify the safety officer with a declaration for assessment.

To request an assessment, complete our Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration Form. Once we receive your form, our safety officers will review the information and determine the appropriate next step, which can be one of the following options:

  • Waive the inspection: we accept the permit holder’s declaration of compliance and do not perform a remote or physical inspection. This means no inspection will be performed and no certificate of inspection will be issued.
  • Schedule a physical inspection: if a high hazard has been identified or is suspected, a safety officer will arrange to physically attend the site to perform the inspection. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the physical inspection.
  • Schedule a remote inspection:  a safety officer performs the inspection without physically attending the site. To carry out a remote inspection, they will request evidence of one or more of the information types listed below. Alternatively, you can contact your local safety officer to arrange a time to walk through the installation via live video conferencing tools. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the remote inspection.

To support the remote inspection process, you will be asked to provide specific evidence that clearly demonstrates the scope of the regulated work or product.

Types of evidence that may be requested include, but are not limited to:

  • Photo or videos logs (time-stamped when necessary)
  • Documentation (PDFs, Word, etc.)
  • Live video conferencing

Since every permit and assessment has its own unique considerations, we cannot advise exactly what evidence will be required prior to receiving a request for inspection (declaration form). However, there are certain things you might be able to expect. Refer to Remote Assessments - Electrical Guideline for more information on what to expect. 

Remember to record your installations through photo and/or video logs and to retain copies of relevant documentation stored on site, so that these are available if requested by your local safety officer.

Any questions? Email us with the subject line “Remote assessments”.

Homeowners doing electrical work under the homeowner’s permit must request an inspection before any wiring is concealed or connected to a supply. The completed electrical work must also pass the final inspection by a safety officer. To request an inspection, complete and submit the Electrical Homeowner Inspection Request Form.
 

2020 Inspection Fees

Safety Services Hourly Rates (excludes GST):

  • Weekdays (8am to 4:30pm) - $168/hr
    • Physical inspections, minimum 1 hour
    • Remote inspections, minimum 30 mins; charged at 30 minute increments
  • Overtime - $253/hr
  • Weekends & Holidays - $339/hr
     

When you should submit a declaration for assessment

Many projects are complex, and may experience safety hazards at different stages of work. Technical Safety BC works with permit holders every step of the way to help ensure the work being done is safe and compliant with regulations. You should declare each stage of work mentioned below, if applicable to you.

You must not do any of the following unless the regulated work has been inspected or the inspection has been waived:

  • Conceal any portion of the rough wiring
  • Connect power to the electrical supply system
  • Work on the next phase of the electrical work if an inspection is required before proceeding
     

Rough wiring declaration
 

Partial rough wire: when partial rough wiring is complete. Partial rough wire is when a portion of a limited area of the work for a specific phase under the scope of work is finished (e.g., single floor of a multi-floor building, a unit of row housing or the outside walls of a dwelling). 

Complete rough wire: when no further wiring is to be installed and all areas are ready for cover-up. A complete rough wire declaration is required in addition to a previously submitted partial rough wire declaration. Submit the declaration to Technical Safety BC and post a copy at the job site. The date shown for concealing must be no sooner than the start of the second business day after the online entry is made. A business day is defined as 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday except statutory holidays.
 

Service connection declaration
 

New Service: when new electrical service(s) are installed for new construction.

Service Upgrade or Relocation: when the existing electrical service is upgraded, modified, or when the main service panel is relocated to meet current code requirements.

Temporary Construction Service: when a temporary operating permit is required for service installations that are temporary in nature and will be disconnected once the construction or demolition phase of work is complete. The temporary operating permit is valid for 12 months from the date it is obtained. This permit is not renewable.

Contractor other: when a service requires repair due to external damage (e.g., storm damage).
 

Work in progress declaration
 

When work is ongoing, but no specific work is ready for concealment, connection,  and is not final. Notify your local safety officer with a work status update (e.g., local utility work-with), then use the “Work in Progress” category on the declaration to request an inspection. The inspection will be for the purposes of submitting the declaration to the utility, prior to the work being completed. Once the work is completed, the FSR or owner can submit another declaration for a connection request.
 

180 Days Safety Check declaration 
 

The owner or FSR is required to physically examine the installation at least once every 180 day period, and submit an inspection request as well as a declaration. This declaration is where no additional work has been completed.

If no inspection request has been submitted within a 180 day period, the holder of the permit must have the permit amended to allow for the extra time before performing any regulated work.
 

Final declaration
 

Submit your final declaration when all work under the scope of the permit is complete.

 

Frequently asked questions due to COVID-19

If you install, own, operate, or maintain regulated equipment, you are obligated to continue to meet all regulatory requirements for public safety. This includes capacity for enough personnel to maintain compliance to the Act, Regulation, code, and any equipment manufacturers’ operations and maintenance requirements.

If you are unable to meet the regulatory requirements or if product availability becomes an issue, you may request a variation to a code, standard, regulation, and act by completing the variance form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email contact@technicalsafetybc.ca, with the subject line: "COVID-19: Regulatory responsibilities".

We are also sharing some online tools that can be used to help develop and refine a business continuity plan:

If you have already established business continuity protocols or identified different levels of service to provide, we invite you to share your plan with us. In the interest of industry and safety, we welcome the opportunity to provide feedback, please reach out to us.

Some buildings have a “no visitor policy” or are temporarily closed to comply with COVID-19 prevention protocol mandated by provincial health authorities. It’s understandable that licensed contractors won’t be able to perform any periodic maintenance and may only respond to emergencies.

If the job is non-essential consider postponing it. If you must complete the job, we recommend that you evaluate these sites and contact the building owners to determine how the job can be completed safely, reducing risk to both contractor and those living in the building. If you are unable to leave a job in a safe condition, please reach out to us.