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Electrical Installation Requirements

Electrical installed in slab

As a contractor, you must get an electrical permit prior to starting an installation. Allow 48 hours for permit processing before requesting an inspection.

The permit fee will be doubled as a penalty if you require an inspection on work done without an electrical permit. All permit fees are based on the full contract price, including material and labour.

Street Lighting / Traffic Control System Installations

Electrical Contractor must submit all applicable drawings with each Contractor Electrical Permit Application.

  • Drawings shall be attached to the hard copy of the Contractor Electrical Permit Application if submitted at the Building Department front counter.
  • For online Permit Applications, drawings shall be submitted to the Electrical Section with a copy of the online receipt attached as a cover letter.

The Contractor/Installer must Submit their Electrical Permit Application with a complete set of drawings (hard copy) along with the paid permit application. The drawings must include the following pieces of information:

  • State if it is a new installation service base or an addition to existing installation.
  • Location of light fixtures
  • The approximate address of the service base.
  • Project numbers (Surrey Project or Land Development No.)
  • Number of and wattage of lights. (Marked new or added).

Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.

Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.

Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule.

Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Pump Stations

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule.
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Utility Cablevision, Cellular and Telephone Installations

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule.
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Bus Shelters

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule.
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application:

Annual Electrical Operating Permits

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  • A residential or complex building
  • An industrial or complex Building
  • An educational authorities school
  • A commercial or complex building
  • An institutional or complex building
  • Administrative buildings
  • Download a PDF copy of our 2013 Annual Operating Permit application and fee schedule.
  • Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Customer-Owned High Voltage Installations

All high voltage installations must be designed by a Professional Engineer. Sealed drawings are to be submitted  and field reviews performed as required.

High Voltage Permit Application Process

As per BCSA Directive No: D-E3 090313 1, the following information must be submitted with the Contractor Electrical Permit Application: 

  • A one-line diagram of the installation from the utility connections to the main low voltage distribution point, including connections to any alternate power sources;
  • Transformers ratings and rations;
  • Conductor types and sizes;
  • Switch, fuse and circuit breaker ratings;
  • Fault current levels available at the utility connection and at any low voltage distribution points as well as any fuse / circuit breaker co-ordination documents;
  • Relay and tripping settings;
  • Grounding system details including station ground;
  • Declaration from a Professional Engineer for the suitability of equipment as outlined in items 10 to 13 in BCSA Directive No:-D-E3 090313 1.

High Voltage Inspection Requirements

Refer to the regarding inspection requirements for Customer-Owned High Voltage Installations: