Approval Of Manufactured Homes And Factory-Built Structures

30 March 2015

Reference #:  IB-EL 2015-02

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

General

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). 

This Bulletin does not apply to Recreational Vehicles. Please see Electrical Directive: Recreational Vehicles D-EL 2015-01 for related information.

The authority having jurisdiction may set requirements for equipment that it deems “Approved” as noted in the BC Electrical Code definition part (b) below.  Where alterations have been carried out, these structures become a blend of CSA Part 1 and Part II Standards and are deemed acceptable with supporting evidence; supporting evidence will normally include the existing label and a copy of the permit for additional work.

Approved (as applied to electrical equipment)

  1. equipment that has been 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.

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 Mobile Homes

  1. New mobile homes must conform to certification standards and are required to bear a label (mark) as evidence of conforming to the applicable standard.
  2. When a new mobile 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 mobile homes will not be accepted.
  3. Applications for a BC silver label permit may be accepted, where the Safety Officer is satisfied that units are not commercially produced, and provided that an installation permit is obtained and the normal inspection procedure is followed.

 Used Mobile Homes

  1. Used mobile homes (whether de-registered or not) may only be offered for sale in the Province of British Columbia when they bear an approval label and the wiring has not been altered. 
  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 mobile home has had additions or out buildings installed and wired without a verified 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, where no evidence of current or previous approval is provided, 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, the 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. 
  3. For non-commercially built structures (such as mobile concession stands, kiosks, construction trailers, and similar structures that are custom built) or if certification of commercially built structures is not available from an accredited certification agency, an application for approval may be made to the BC Safety Authority subject to the following;
    1. A licensed electrical contractor obtains an installation permit and a silver label permit prior to construction;
    2. The installation conforms to applicable rules of the BC Electrical Code; and
    3. Declarations are submitted as required.

Used Factory Built Structures

  1. Used factory built structures (including; mobile concession stands, kiosks, construction trailers, and similar structures) may only be offered for sale in the Province of British Columbia 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 silver label 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, the BC Safety Authority silver label will be applied.
  3. Factory built structures do not require service equipment where installed in accordance with Rule 70-110 (2) of the BC Electrical Code.

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

Used Mobile Home Inspection Report