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Electrical Homeowner Installation Permits

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If you're a homeowner interested in performing electrical work at your residence, you must be aware of several important facts before proceeding. 

Review the City of Surrey's Homeowner Electrical Installation Permit Bulletin. This bulletin provides valuable information regarding the following topics:

  • Do I Qualify For a Homeowner Electrical Permit?
  • What Are My Responsibilities?
  • Application Process
  • Performing Electrical Work
  • Inspection Process
  • FAQ

An alternative to obtaining a homeowner electrical installation permit is to hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor to perform the electrical work in your home. It is very common and highly recommended for a homeowner to hire the services of an electrical contractor to install the more complex main electrical service under a separate electrical permit while the owner performs the remainder of the work under their own homeowners permit.

Forms and guidelines

You must indicate that you've read and understood the BC Safety Authority's Homeowner's Guide when applying for electrical permits as part of the permit application process.

All forms and guidelines are in PDF format and open in new windows.

You also must prepare arrangements for an alternate power source if the Electrical Safety Officer doesn't authorize a service connection, or if BC Hydro can't make a residential connection immediately.

Temporary construction power

If temporary power is required during construction, you must have a separate Temporary Power  permit during the construction cycle of the project, until BC Hydro switches over to permanent house power.

We recommend you contract a Licensed Electrical Contractor for the Temporary Power Permit requirement.  

Homeowner Installation Permit Fee Schedule

Effective January 1, 2015

Note: proof of material costs may be requested if deemed low. (See electrical By-law #15596)
Total Cost of Material (at current market value) x 3=__________>
$ 0    to $ 300 .......................................................................................... $ 43.00
301   to 700 ................................................................................................ 71.00
701   to 1,000 ........................................................................................... 100.00
1001 to 2,000 ........................................................................................... 131.00
2001 to 3,000 ........................................................................................... 162.00
3,001 to 4,000 .......................................................................................... 193.00
4,001 to 5,000 .......................................................................................... 224.00
5,001 to 6,000 .......................................................................................... 255.00
6,001 to 7,000 .......................................................................................... 286.00
7,001 to 8,000 .......................................................................................... 317.00
8,001 to 9,000 .......................................................................................... 348.00
9,001 to 10,000 ........................................................................................ 379.00

For higher calculated values, $379.00 plus $15.50 per $1,000.00 or portion thereof.
Permit Extension Fee (required if greater than 180 days since last inspection) $60.00