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Get an electrical permit

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. 

New electronic applications

Our new electronic applications allows you to submit permit applications electronically and perform other functions digitally. Currently, some permits can be submitted online and may include the payment of fees. We’re working on adding more permits online over time. Please refer to your specific permit's steps for more information.

Learn more about submitting your permit application electronically

Steps to getting an electrical permit

Review the latest permit processing times

Permit processing times as of May 1, 2022

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 91%
Other electrical permits requiring plan review 25 business days 91%

Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries

Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form or by phone 1-844-881-9790.

General permit enquiries

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre online or by phone at 604-873-7611.

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. 

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