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Electrical permit (annual or operating)

If your building has a service rated more than 500 KVA, you will need an annual (operating) permit.

An annual permit authorizes the building's owner to maintain all existing operating electrical equipment. It also permits the building's owner to carry out minor electrical work.

Process & timeline

Register for an online account and submit your application.

You may also bring your application to the Development and Building Services Centre (see contact on this page).


The fee for an annual permit for any one building or site will be as follows:

Item Fee
Total service rating up to and including the first 500 kVA $380
For each 10kVA or part thereof exceeding the first 500 kVA $8
Maximum fee $4,810

You pay for the permit when you apply for it. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit, or credit card.

Electrical Bylaw 11573 to amend the Electrical Bylaw 5563 was enacted by Council on July 26, 2016. These amendments also include new fees as described above.


Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

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