Electrical Installation Permits
Who needs a permit?
Licensed contractors and building owners need a permit before installing electrical products. If you are a homeowner planning to do regulated work yourself, you also require a permit, but the process is different. Learn more here.
If you have an installation permit and the scope of the work has changed, please amend the permit by filling out Electrical Installation Permit Amendment Form 1423 or calling 1 866 566 7233.
Who issues a permit?
The Province of British Columbia has delegated partial responsibility of the Safety Standards Act to a number of local governments. Our Jurisdiction Information page shows responsibilities for permits and inspections for specific areas not in the jurisdiction of Technical Safety BC.
Getting a permit from Technical Safety BC
- Request a permit. If you have an online services account, you may obtain and pay for an installation permit online. For all other clients, please fill out the Electrical Installation Form. We will review the details and call you to process payment. Please be prepared to pay the appropriate fees.
- Technical Safety BC will issue a permit number.
- Your Field Safety Representative (FSR) must submit an Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance Electrical Inspection Request Form 206 to Technical Safety BC. This must be done after each phase is complete and at least once within 180 days of the permit being issued.
- Technical Safety BC will process the inspection request and determine if a further physical assessment is needed.
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Refer to our Electrical Fee Schedule.
Note: Permit fees categorized as “Contractor Installation Permits – Other” are based on the total value of the project including all labour and materials, excluding utilization equipment. Utilization equipment is equipment that uses electrical energy for mechanical, chemical, heating, lighting, or similar purposes. Examples of these items can include: lighting fixtures, heaters, motors, fans, furnaces, heat pumps, security cameras, hand dryers and other appliances.
Fees associated with permits allow Technical Safety BC to work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement and research.
Amending the permit value or scope of work
If the scope or value of work changes over the course of the project, a permit amendment must be submitted in a timely manner. A permit for the final value and scope of work must be in place prior to a request for final inspection. Undervalued work is considered to be work without a permit and may be subject to enforcement action. For more information and to find out how to amend a permit, refer to Information bulletin IB-AT-2019-01.