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Electrical Permits

permits for electrical work

An electrical permit is written permission from the City of Surrey authorizing regulated work (electrical) to be performed within the City's jurisdiction.

When a Permit is Required

A permit is required for all regulated work performed within the City, unless exempted under the Electrical Safety Regulation of BC. In addition, a permit must be issued before regulated work is performed.

Permit Processing Time

Allow 2 business days to process your permit application. Incomplete and/or inaccurate permit applications cannot be processed and will result in the application being placed on hold.

Changes to Permit Application Information

Permits may be placed on hold if incomplete or inaccurate information has been submitted.

Amendments to permits now require submission of an Electrical Permit Amendment Request Form. You must also complete this form if inaccurate or incomplete information has been submitted during the permit application process. This form must be submitted and accepted by the Electrical Safety Officer for any amendments to take effect. Amendment of permit for additional or other work at site SSG 14 - On payment of any required fee, a safety officer may amend a permit to allow additional regulated work to be performed under the permit.

Common Reasons Permits Applications Are Placed On Hold

General Permits

  • Permit value is deemed low for declared scope of work. Applicant may be requested to provide additional documentation to support declared value.
  • Scope of work is not clearly identified.
  • Electrical contractor license is not in good standing with the BC Safety Authority.
  • Electrical contractor does not have a valid business license.
  • Electrical contractor's permit issuance privileges are suspended due to outstanding fee's owing to the City.
  • Associated building permit is not issued.
  • Active violations are posted for property. These may include building, by-law,etc.
  • Proposed scope of work is deemed not compliant with existing zoning/by-law requirements.
  • Declared scope of work is not permitted under the electrical contractor's current license class.
    • A Unrestricted
    • B Up to 750Volts 3 Phase
    • C Systems derived from maximum 200 A 150V to ground, single phase (Not qualified to work on systems derived from greater than 200 amps 3 phase i.e. excluding commercial and industrial buildings)

Town House Permits

Electrical Permit application for Townhouse sites require the following:

  1. When there are Electrical Rooms that feed two or more buildings:
    1.  Separate permit for the Electrical Room only.  The permit application must have:
      • The building and units ranges that the Electrical Room feeds
      • The building the Electrical Room is attached to
      • The service size and details
    2. Separate permits for each townhouse building that the Electrical Room feeds.  The permit application must have:
      • The building number and unit range.
      • What Electrical Room number is feeding it (No service size and details required).
      • The Low Voltage details of the townhouse building.
      • The Extra Low Voltage details of the townhouse building, including the installation type (prewire or prewire/finishing).
  2. When the Electrical Room is only feeding one building:
    1. A permit must reflect:
      • The building number and unit range.
      • What Electrical Room number is included.
      • The service size and details.
      • The Low Voltage details of the townhouse building.
      • The Extra Low Voltage details of the townhouse building, including the installation type (prewire or prewire/finishing).

Electrical Permit Applications

Electrical Contractor Installation Permit

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Apply for an Electrical Permit from the City of Surrey.

Electrical Entertainment Operating Permits

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Find out if you need an Electrical Permit for your Surrey event or production, and access the application form to apply for the permit.

Electrical Homeowner Installation Permits

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Find your Surrey homeowner electrical permits, temporary construction power permits, and review the guidelines.

Electrical Operating Permit

Find out when an Annual Electrical Operating Permit is required, and apply for your Surrey permit.

Expired Electrical Permits

Learn what to do if your electrical permit expires, and how to extend your electrical permit to avoid fees.

Permit Exemptions

Permit Exemptions, Exemption, Permit Not required,