Forms and fees referenced on this page:
- Electrical Homeowner Installation Permit Package Form 1259
- Electrical Temporary Construction Operating Permit Homeowner Form 1445
- Electrical Homeowner Inspection Request Form 1011
- Electrical Homeowner Fee Schedule
All homeowners doing regulated electrical work are required to obtain a permit before they begin. For more information on performing electrical work, getting your permit, municipalities who issue their own electrical permits and working with contractors, please visit the Thinkpermit section of our website.
Homeowners Electrical Safety Guide
A great starting point in understanding how to obtain your permit and what to expect once you have one is the Homeowner Safety Guide - Electrical.
Applying for your homeowner electrical permit
To apply for a homeowner electrical permit you must complete and submit the following to BCSA:
Homeowner Temporary Construction Permit
Note: Homeowners will have the ability to pull a homeowner's electrical installation permit soon (check back to find out the date) on the MyConnection service. For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions on this new online capability. In the meantime, you can connect with our call centre at 1-866-566-7233 for support.
For details on permit fees, see the Homeowner permit fee schedule.
Inspecting your work
You must request that a Safety Officer inspect your electrical work before any wiring is concealed or connected to a supply source. This also applies to any wiring for underground installations or installations that will become encased in concrete. Every 180 days from the date when the homeowner permit for electrical was issued, a Safety Officer is required to conduct an inspection. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to request the inspections, even if no work was completed between the inspections. The completed electrical work must also pass the final inspection by a Safety Officer.
Request these inspections by completing the Electrical Homeowner Inspection Request Form 1011 and submitting it to a BCSA office.
Owners of other types of buildings
Owners of a strata, non-strata duplex or home with legal suites, and those operating a business from their home, cannot obtain homeowner permits and must hire a licensed contractor to perform legal, permitted work. For more information, please read the Homeowner Scope of Work Directive.