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Expired Electrical Permits

You, as the permit holder are responsible to ensure your electrical permit does not expire. You are also responsible to ensure the compliance and safety of the installation performed under the permit.

It is highly recommended that you sign up for online permitting privileges.  The Online Permit System provides the status and an indication of each permit's expiration date. For those contractors not using the Online system, you are responsible to manage your own permits. Permits that do expire will be subject to the requirements of Surrey's Electrical By-law permit expiration fees with no exceptions. If you do not have a copy of a "Final - Passed" inspection certificate, consider that permit active.

Permit Extension Requests

Extension requests before permit expiration date

Installation Permits: Submit your Contractor's Authorization / Declaration Form to Surrey's electrical team to request an extension to an existing regular permit before the 180-day expiration for regular installation permits to avoid the extension fee. If the permit is allowed to expire, the fee will apply with no exceptions.

Temporary Construction Permits: Temporary electrical permits expire after 120 days from issue. Permit extension fees will apply after each 120 period and will be subject to By-law and or other City department permissions before an extension will be granted.

Your Temporary Construction Power permit is NOT finalized when it is sent to Hydro for connection. You are responsible to maintain this service in safe working order during the entire life and you are expected to send in a second inspection request once the service has been removed and the area is returned to a safe condition. Expired temporary construction power may be terminated without notice if an extension has not been applied for.

Extension requests after the permit expiration date:

There will be an *extension fee that must be paid before any subsequent inspections requests will be performed or submitted after the permit expiration date. You must pay all outstanding fees in full before you request an electrical inspection.

If you don't submit your permit extension request and pay the associated fees in full within 60 days of the permit expiration date, your ability to receive a permit will be suspended until further notice. (*see permit extension fees on current permit application form)

Inspection of Electrical Work

The BC Electrical Safety Regulations state that

  • 19 (1) If a person holds an electrical installation permit, the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection at least once in every 180-day period.
  • (2) If no inspection request under subsection (1) has been submitted within a 180-day period, the holder of the permit must have the permit amended to allow for the extra time before performing any regulated work.
  • (3) On the completion of each phase of electrical work under an installation permit, the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection.

Contact the City of Surrey's Electrical Section by email at or by phone at 604-591-4240 for more information on permit extensions or expired permits.