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Calling for an Electrical Inspection.

Contractors Authorization Forms (CAF) are now required for all inspection requests.

Incomplete CAFs submitted with permit applications (eg, blank permit number) will not trigger an inspection and will be marked void. Contact the Inspection department for your permit number prior to submitting your CAF and calling for an inspection.

  1. Electrical contractors or others responsible for carrying out the work shall obtain a permit from the inspection department before commencing work with respect to installation, alteration, repair, or extension of any electrical equipment.

  2. The inspection department shall be notified in writing by submitting an "Contractors Authorization Form" (CAF) that the electrical contractor work is ready for inspection at such time(s) allowing inspection before any work or portion of work is concealed. Fax 604-591-4440

  3. The permit holder FSR will be required to inspect that all work per scope of permit is ready for inspection and complies with the BC Electrical Code and relevant Directives before submitting CAF.

  4. No reconnection, installation, alteration, or addition shall be connected to any service or other source of electric energy by a supply authority, electrical contractor, or other person, until a current-permit authorizing the supply of electric energy has been obtained from the inspection department.

  5. The inspection department reserves the right to reinspect any installation if and when it considers such action to be necessary.

  6. No electrical work shall be rendered inaccessible by lathing, boarding, or other building construction until it has been accepted by the inspection department.

  7. In any case where deviation or postponement of these Rules and regulations is necessary, special permission shall be obtained before proceeding with the work, but this special permission shall apply only to the particular installation for which it is given.

  8. (1) No person shall damage any electrical installation or component thereof.
    (2) No person shall interfere with any electrical installation or component thereof except that when, in the course of alterations or repairs to non-electrical equipment or structures, it may be necessary to disconnect or move components of an electrical installation, it shall be the responsibility of the person carrying out the alterations or repairs to ensure that the electrical installation is restored to a safe operating condition as soon as the progress of the alterations or repairs permits.

Electrical Installation Permit Terms and Conditions

Pursuant to section 27(3) of the Safety Standards Act, the following terms and conditions are attached to this Electrical Installation Permit by the Provincial Safety Manager who submits a “Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance” form, or an electronic equivalent of that form, under articles 8 or 9 above may be requested to provide an original signed copy of that form to a Safety Officer

19 (1) If a person holds an electrical installation permit, the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection at least once in every 180 day period.

(2) If no inspection request under subsection (1) has been submitted within a 180 day period, the holder of the permit must have the permit amended to allow for the extra time before performing any regulated work.

(3) On the completion of each phase of electrical work under an installation permit, the Electrical Contractor or Field Safety Representative (FSR) named on the permit must request an inspection. The Field Safety Representative named on the permit must physically examine the work described on this permit, including any amendments to this permit and, once satisfied that the work described has been performed and completed in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and regulations, complete a “Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance” form supplied by the BC Safety Authority in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Field Safety Representative must meet the requirements to complete the scope of work described on the permit. Click here to download a copy of the Contractors Authorization Form.

(4) A person must not do any of the following unless the regulated work has been inspected or the inspection has been waived:

  1. conceal any portion of the rough wiring;

  2. connect power to the electrical supply system;

  3. if the inspection is required for other than the last phase, work on the next phase of the electrical work.

(5) If an inspection is required for regulated work, other than the regulated work in the last phase, a person must not do regulated work on the next phase of electrical work.

(6) After receiving a request under subsection (1) or (3), the City of Surrey will require an inspection unless alternate arrangements have been made with the area Safety Officer.

NOTE: Failure to complete corrections listed on a Certificate of Inspection (C of I) or a false declaration while requesting a re-inspection will result in a inspection Re-Fee.

  • NOTE: The Multifamily / Commercial Service Approval Guideline will be required 2 days prior to requesting an inspection.

Inspection requests can be made by

  • Inspection request phone line: 604-591-4240

  • Contractors Authorization Fax Line: 604-591-4440

Inspection Schedule: Call to check inspection schedules for the selected area.

  • Area Inspection Schedule (Daily): 604-591-4650


Causes of inspection delays

Your permit applications or inspection request may be delayed if:

  • The permit value is deemed too low for the scope of work described. Additional documentation may be required as proof of job value.
  • Insufficient information or scope of work submitted with the permit application.
  • The contractor is not in good standing with the BC Safety Authority.
  • Any associated Building, Plumbing or other Permits are not ready.
  • There are By-law Violations or Stop Work Orders placed on property
  • The contractor is working outside of the scope allowed by their FSR classification.
    • A Unrestricted
    • B Up to 750Volts 3 Phase
    • C Systems derived from maximum 200 A 150V to ground, single phase (Not qualified to work on systems derived from greater than 200 amps 3 phase i.e. excluding commercial & industrial buildings)
  • Persons other than those registered with the Electrical Contractor or the designated FSR calls for the inspection.
  • The contractor does not supply a Contractor's Authorization form before calling for each phase of inspection.