Electrical permit

You need an electrical permit to install or alter electrical equipment, including:

  • service panels, outlets
  • temporary power poles
  • signs, street lighting
  • baseboard heaters, radiant heat
  • alarms, vacuum systems, generators
  • conduits, cable tie, fibre optics, bonding

Who can apply

The person doing the electrical work — either the registered homeowner or licensed contractor — can apply for the permit, with some exceptions.

Are you the registered homeowner?

If you are the registered homeowner, you are not allowed to do the work yourself if:

  • there is a secondary suite in the home
  • you do not intend to live in the home
  • part or all of your building is used for rental income
  • part or all of your building is used for commercial purposes
  • you are installing radiant ceiling heat panels

In these instances, only a licensed contractor can apply for a permit.

How to apply

You can apply for most electrical permits in person at the District Hall building department counter.

Are you the registered homeowner?

When you apply, you must submit:

  • a completed application form
  • schematic drawings (if you are installing an electrical heating system)

The schematic drawing and application form will be reviewed by an inspector before your permit is issued.

Are you the contractor?

You must:

If you are not sure if you require drawings, contact our electrical inspector to discuss your project.

Fees

Fees for electrical permits are based on the value of the job, including material and labour. If you are the homeowner doing the work yourself, you must calculate the cost of your own labour when calculating the total cost.

If your application is for temporary construction, the fee is a flat base rate, and your permit is good for 120 days.

A 'temp to perm' fee will be added to an electrical permit for new construction. 

Get complete details in the fees and charges bylaw 

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