Approval Of Manufactured Homes And Factory-Built Structures

9 May 2017

Reference #:  IB-EL 2015-02 Rev. 1

The following bulletin provides guidance on approval marks from accredited certification agencies and silver labels from provincial safety managers on manufactured homes. 

This information bulletin supersedes Directive D-E3 080606 1, issued June 6, 2008.

General

A silver label will only be applied where no other approval process is available. A silver label will only be applied under a permit.

Electrical Safety Regulation (ESR) 21 requires all new factory-built structures or manufactured homes to display an approval mark from an accredited certification agency prior to sale. When a label is not present, ESR 21(d) allows for used manufactured homes and used factory-built structures to display an approval mark label provided by the appropriate provincial safety manager (Silver Label). 

The authority having jurisdiction may set requirements for equipment that it deems “approved”, as noted in part (b) of the BC Electrical Code definition below. Where alterations have been carried out, these structures become a blend of CSA Part I and Part II Standards and are deemed acceptable with supporting evidence. Supporting evidence normally includes the existing label and a copy of the permit for additional work.

Scope

This bulletin only applies to factory-built structures and manufactured homes that are designed to be connected to an external electrical supply. This bulletin does not apply to recreational vehicles. Please see Electrical Directive: Recreational Vehicles D-EL 2015-01 for related information.

Definitions

Approved – (as applied to electrical equipment)

  1. equipment certified by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada in accordance with the requirements of
    1. CSA standards, or
    2. other recognized documents, where such CSA standards do not exist or are not applicable, or
  2. equipment that conforms to the requirements of the regulatory authority (see Appendix B).

Approval label – (as used in this bulletin) includes a certification mark or label applied by an accredited certification body, or a silver label.

Commercially produced – a structure produced with the emphasis on salability or profit.

Factory-Built Relocatable and Non-Relocatable Structures – see BC Electrical code, rule 70-000 Scope.

Manufactured home – a transportable, single, or multiple-section, one-story dwelling ready for occupancy on completion of set-up in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes mobile homes.

Relocatable Structure – a structure that is towable on its own chassis, for use without permanent foundations and having provisions for connecting to utilities

Silver label – (as used in this bulletin) is an approval label provided by BC Safety Authority, under a silver label permit and in accordance with Section 21(1)(d) of the Electrical Safety Regulation. 

Note:

  • Any certification mark or approval label provided for mobile homes or factory-built structures only applies to the unit itself and does not cover any consumer plug-in equipment, additions, out-buildings, or any permits required to provide power to the unit at an installation site.
  • Used structures that have had the electrical installation removed or rendered permanently inoperable, are not required to bear an approval label prior to sale.

New Manufactured Homes

  1. New manufactured homes must conform to certification standards and are required to bear a label (mark) as evidence of approval.
  2. When a new manufactured home is missing the approval mark, the owner or vendor of that unit must apply to the certification agency for special inspection and labelling.  Applications for BC Safety Authority approval of new commercially produced manufactured homes will not be accepted.

 Used Manufactured Homes

  1. Used manufactured homes (whether de-registered with the Province of BC Manufactured Home Registry or not) may only be offered for sale in the Province of BC when they bear an approval label. 
  2. A new approval label is required where wiring of a used manufactured home has been completely removed and new wiring has been installed under a permit.
  3. Alterations, including additional wiring, to an approved unit must be done under a permit and a new approval label is not required.
  4. When an approved manufactured home has had additions or out buildings installed and wired without an electrical installation permit, an electrical contractor must obtain an installation permit, survey the work and submit a declaration confirming that the electrical installation is adequate for the purpose and in good order in accordance with Rule 2-300(1).
  5. Alternate documentation, such as a letter from the manufacturer indicating that the unit was originally approved, cannot be accepted in place of an approval label.  However, if original documentation exists (for example, a specification sheet with CSA number) and there have been no unpermitted alterations to the unit, a silver label may be applied by a safety officer upon notification of an inspection request under a silver label permit and confirmation that the installation is in good order in accordance with rule 2-300(1).  A Used Mobile Home Inspection Report is not required under these circumstances.
  6. For BCSA silver label approval, a licensed electrical contractor must:
    1. Obtain a silver label permit
    2. Survey the electrical installation and bring into compliance with the Used Mobile Home Inspection Report Form, no. 1143 (see p.5) indicating survey results and identifying all work performed to achieve compliance.  The survey must include all additions and out buildings installed without a verified permit; and
    3. Submit a FRM-0206 Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration Form confirming that the installation is adequate for the purpose and in good order in accordance with rule 2-300(1).  Upon acceptance, a BC Safety Authority silver label will be applied to the electrical panel cover.

New Factory Built Structures

1. New commercially built structures are required to bear an acceptable approval label.   

2. When a new commercially built structure does not bear an approval label, the owner or vendor of that unit must apply to a certification agency for special inspection and labelling. 

  1. Used Factory Built StructuresUsed factory built structures (including; mobile concession stands, kiosks, construction trailers, and similar structures) may only be offered for sale in the Province of BC provided that they bear an approval mark and that the wiring has not been altered.
  2. For BCSA approval, where no evidence of current or previous approval is provided, a licensed electrical contractor must;
    1. Obtain a permit;
    2. Survey the electrical installation confirming that it is adequate for the purpose and in good order in accordance with rule 2-300(1).
    3. Submit a FRM-0206 Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration Form confirming that the installation is in compliance, listing the work completed to gain compliance. Upon acceptance, a BC Safety Authority silver label will be applied.
  3. Factory-built structures installed in accordance with rule 70-110 (2) of the BC Electrical Code do not require service equipment.
  1. ExceptionsNotwithstanding items number 1-13 above, an electrical contractor may apply for a silver label permit if they can demonstrate the following;
    1. No approval is possible through an accredited certification or inspection body,
    2. The safety officer is satisfied that units are not commercially produced, and
    3. A permit is obtained and the normal inspection procedure will be followed.

Upon acceptance, a BC Safety Authority silver label will be applied to the electrical panel cover. 

References:
Directive No. D-EL 2015-02
Bill 19 – 2003 Safety Standards Act
B.C. Reg. 100/2004 Electrical Safety Regulation
B.C. Electrical Code Part 1
CAN/CSA-Z240 MH Series-92

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