Electrical Homeowner Permits

All homeowners doing regulated electrical work are required to obtain a permit before they begin. Please note that some municipalities issue their own electrical permits. Review jurisdiction information before you begin.

When is an electrical permit needed?

  • Installing electrical wiring for a renovation or new home
  • Connecting permanently-installed equipment such as a hot tub or dishwasher
  • Moving light switches or electrical  outlets

Changing existing devices such as receptacles and switches does NOT require a permit.

 

Applying for your homeowner electrical permit

To apply for a homeowner electrical permit you must complete and submit the following to Technical Safety BC:

In addition you must also request that a safety officer inspect your electrical work before any wiring is concealed or connected to a supply source. This also applies to any wiring for underground installations or installations that will become encased in concrete.

The inspection request process will also include an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Hazard Identification checklist. The checklist will identify potential Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) conditions such as respiratory hazards that may exist in your home.

Homeowner Temporary Construction Permit

To apply for a homeowner temporary construction permit you must complete and submit the following:

Note: Homeowners will have the ability to pull a homeowner's electrical installation permit soon on online services. In the meantime, you can connect with us at 1 866 566 7233 for support.

Inspecting your work

You must request that a safety officer inspect your electrical work before any wiring is concealed or connected to a supply source. This also applies to any wiring for underground installations or installations that will become encased in concrete. Every 180 days from the date when the homeowner permit for electrical was issued, a safety officer is required to conduct an inspection. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to request the inspections, even if no work was completed between the inspections. The completed electrical work must also pass the final inspection by a safety officer.

Request these inspections by completing the Electrical Homeowner Inspection Request Form 1011 and submitting it to a Technical Safety BC office.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Hazard Identification Checklist

Included in the Electrical Homeowner Inspection Request Form 1011 are questions that are designed to identify potential Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) conditions such as respiratory hazards that may exist in your home. Examples of potential OHS hazards include: asbestos, mold, lead, Hanta virus (mouse droppings), silica, or chemical or gas leaks.

The checklist will help you identify OHS risks that you may be unaware of and provide additional information regarding specific hazards e.g. asbestos. By taking the time to review these questions, you can be better informed about potential hazards in your home or if necessary seek the advice of a qualified professional to perform a hazard assessment to ensure that your home is free of hazards. The checklist will also allow our safety officers to safely conduct an inspection of your site.

Owners of other types of buildings

Owners of a strata, non-strata duplex or home with legal suites, and those operating a business from their home, cannot obtain homeowner permits and must hire a licensed contractor to perform legal, permitted work.

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