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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

June 3, 2020: While the doors of Services Centre are closed, we are still open for business. We have limited staff onsite to help people with scheduled appointments or to take payment – all other enquires are available online or via email. Our staff continue to process and review applications to help ensure buildings and development can continue to operate, generate employment, and meet urgent housing needs. Inspections continue daily with enhanced safety precautions.  

Questions or applications may be submitted online during this time - please contact us at permitquestions@vancouver.ca , and we will help you get started on your project. You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project.

You will need an electrical permit to perform all electrical work unless you are:

  • Replacing defective fuses, receptacles, switches, or bulbs with units of similar type and rating
  • Making minor alterations, repairs, or additions to an installation covered by an existing annual electrical permit

Not sure if you need a permit?

Please contact the Development and Building Services Centre.

Need an annual (operating) permit? 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. Review our annual electrical permit brochure (125 KB)

Permit for filming? All filming work in Vancouver requires an electrical permit, whether filming is done in studio or on location. 

Steps to getting an electrical permit

Review the latest permit processing times

Permit processing times as of
July 1, 2020

Permit processing times will depend on the completeness of your application, how long it takes you to respond to our questions, and volume of instream applications to be processed.

Type of permit

Target

We aim to issue 95% of permit applications in:

Current

In the last three months, we achieved our target for the following percentage of applications:

Simple electrical permits 5 business days 67%
Other electrical permits requiring plan review 25 business days 86%

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

permitquestions@vancouver.ca

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

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses

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

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Resources and quick links

Online permit and licences portal
Register for an account, submit applications, view the status of applications, and book an inspection.

Steps to getting an inspection
Review the steps required to getting an electrical inspection.

Bulletins and advisories
Read our bulletins and advisories that interpret building and electrical bylaws and explain building technical and administrative regulations and processes.

Electrical By-law (116 KB)
Read the current electrical by-law.

Safety Standards Appeal Board 
The Safety Standards Appeal Board is an adjudicative tribunal created under section 43 of the Safety Standards Act. 

Have you submitted an application online?

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