Electrical Installation Permits

Who needs a permit?

Licensed contractors and building owners need a permit before installing electrical products.

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.

How to get a permit from Technical Safety BC

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 to request an installation permit.  We will review the details and call you to process payment.

Please be prepared to pay the appropriate fees.

Next steps after the permit is processed:

  1. A permit number will be issued
  2. Field Safety Representative (FSR) submits a declaration for assessment by Technical Safety BC
    1. Your FSR must inspect your installations when each phase is complete, and at least once every 180 days after all work under the permit has been completed, or after the final inspection has been completed.
    2. Please ensure your FSR has submitted the Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance Electrical Inspection Request Form 206.
    3. Technical Safety BC will determine whether further inspection is required.

Need help? Contact us for assistance.

Temporary entertainment electrical permits

If you have an online services account, you may obtain and pay for a temporary entertainment electrical operating permit online.

For all other clients, download and complete Temporary Entertainment Operating Permit Form 1010. Technical Safety BC will review the details and call you to process payment.

Permit Fees

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. 

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