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Temporary Entertainment

Temporary Entertainment Permits

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

  1. Surrey's Assured Grounding Policy
  2. Click here to download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule.
  3. Click here to access our Online Electrical Permit Application:

    Requirements Download

    Temporary Entertainment Electrical Installation Permits are required for temporary events [approximately 14 days or less in duration] where:

     

    1. There is a setup of a carnival; trade show; traveling show; festival; television /motion picture shoot or similar events within the City of Surrey that requires an electrical power supply.
      • movie sets,
      • carnivals,
      • midways,
      • concessions,
      • sound and/or lighting systems for stages,
      • trade shows,
      • travelling shows
      • Christmas festivals with lighting
      • any similar activities

     

    1. Any event that requires the “set up” of distribution cabling, electrical panels, transformers and or a generator rated 5 KW or greater.

    Small events that do not require significant power distribution [i.e. stage with PA system only, inflatable amusements (bouncy castles), open sided tents with two or three lights & cash register, concession stand with gas appliances and minimal power requirements etc.] do not require a temporary entertainment installation permit if the power is supplied by a cord that is plugged into existing outlets at the site.

    Basic set-up requirements Download check list.

    Whether a Temporary Entertainment Electrical Installation Permit is required or not there are minimum safety requirements that must be met for the set-up of the event as follows

     

    1.         All cords and cables must be in good condition, free from any cracks or breaks in the outer jacket and the cord end caps must be in good condition and properly secured to the outer jacket

     

    2          All extension cords (flexible cord) used must be of the extra hard usage type, as indicated in table 11 of the B.C. Electrical Code, incorporate a ground (bond) conductor and be connected to grounded cord ends (three prong style)..

     

    3.         All cords and cables must be run in such a manner as to not create a tripping hazard and where possible be run in areas away from public access.

     

    4.         Cords should not be run across streets or other areas subject to vehicle traffic.

     

    5.         All receptacle having CSA configuration 5-15R and 5-20R must be provided with ground fault protection

     

    6.         For further information please review City Of Surrey “Checklist For Electrical Entertainment Permits”.

     

    1. Grounding must be installed according to section 10 of the current BC Electrical Code.

      1. A ground plate buried to 600mm

      2. 2 ground rods driven to full depth

      3. Tie into a building system ground

      4. Other means acceptable to the AHJ in writing.

    2. Wiring must also comply with the requirements of section 66 and or 76 of the BC Electrical Code where applicable.

    How to obtain a Temporary Entertainment Electrical Installation Permit

    To obtain a Temporary Entertainment Electrical Installation Permit the event organizer must obtain the services of a Licensed Electrical Contractor. The Electrical Contractor is responsible to take out the Permit with the City Electrical Section. The organizer must arrange for the Electrical Contractor as early as possible and the Temporary Entertainment Electrical Installation Permit should be in place two weeks ahead of the event. The Electrical Contractor is responsible for the safety and code compliance of the event set-up and is to coordinate inspections with the Electrical Section. If changes or rearrangements are required during the event the Electrical Contractor is responsible for the safety and code compliance of the rearrangement.

    If further information is required, please contract the Electrical Section at 604-591-4155.

    Click here to download a PDF copy of our Permit Application