Electrical inspection

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If you needed a building permit, a development permit, or a development-building permit to do electrical work, you will need at least one inspection. Several inspections are needed for most construction or renovation projects.

Timelines

  1. If an inspection request is received before 2:00pm on a business day, the inspection will be booked for the following business day.
  2. If an inspection request is received any time during the weekend or on a holiday, the inspection will be booked for two business days later.
  3. If you are requesting a specific time for an inspection, call the district inspector during office hours to make arrangements.
  4. The length of the inspection itself will vary, depending on how much work must be inspected, and what the inspector finds once on site.
  5. The inspector will issue a certificate of inspection while on the site, whether it is a pass or fail.

Booking an inspection

To book an inspection for permitted work, call one of the following:

  • 3-1-1 (outside Vancouver 604-873-7000)
  • the 24-hour Electrical Inspection line at 604-873-7059

When you request an inspection, have the following information on hand:

  • Permit Number
  • Address of inspection site
  • Type of inspection required

All requests made before 2:00pm will be booked  for the following business day. 

How to consult with an inspector

On-duty inspectors are available to answer questions and other inquiries. Visit the Development and Building Services Centre.

If you need to speak with a specific district inspector, book a 10-minute meeting. Call 3-1-1 (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000) by 2:00pm to arrange your appointment for the next business day.

Meetings are scheduled between 8:30am and 9:30am or between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, depending on the inspector.

Other ways you can speak with inspectors:

Cancelling an inspection

To cancel an inspection

  1. Call 3-1-1. If you cancel before the cancellation deadline, you will receive a case number.
  2. Make sure that someone on site knows the case number so that they can give it to the inspector if the inspector shows up at the original time. This will help you avoid being charged a re-inspection fee.

If you do not cancel before the cancellation deadline, you may have to pay a re-inspection fee when you re-book.

Inspection day Cancellation deadline
Monday Before 2:00pm on Friday. If Friday was a holiday, before Thursday 2:00pm.
Tuesday Before 2:00pm on Monday. If Monday was a holiday, before Friday 2:00pm.
Wednesday Before 2:00pm on Tuesday.
Thursday Before 2:00pm on Wednesday.
Friday Before 2:00pm on Thursday.

Permit and inspection fees

View the schedule of fees and permits (400 KB)

Inspection fees are included in the permit.

However, you will have to pay a re-inspection fee of $163.00 plus GST if:

  • You miss one or more meetings as a result of access
  • The inspector finds incomplete work that had been identified on a previous inspection
  • The inspector finds too many non-compliances

Electrical inspection related documents and information

New code effective February 29, 2016

The C22.1-15 Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations (23rd edition) has been adopted for use in BC as the BC Electrical Code Regulation 2015.

All applications submitted on or after February 29, 2016 must comply with the new code.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

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

Hours
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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