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Electrical Code Changes

Effective January 1, 2020, the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, 24th Edition, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations, Canadian Standards Association Standard C22.1-18 is adopted as the B.C. Electrical Code. All electrical work that is subject to the B.C. Electrical Code must be in compliance with the updated edition effective January 1, 2020.

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See below for important Electrical service changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Electrical Service Changes 

Electrical inspections are still being scheduled; Until further notice, Electrical inspections of occupied homes, properties and spaces will in some cases be carried out with alternative review methods that do not require on-site attendance.

In-person Site Reviews of occupied homes may be required and will necessitate the implementation of additional safety measures and increased levels of service and effort. Final Building Site Reviews will continue to require in-person attendance from Building Officials. For more information and to review these measures and associated checklist, please refer to the In-Person Site Reviews of Occupied Spaces Bulletin

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to keep you informed of any other temporary service implementations and changes. We appreciate your patience and flexibility at this time. Please visit this site regularly to get the latest information.


Electrical Inspection Areas

Surrey is divided into three inspection areas: North, Central and South. Each area has designated Electrical Safety Officers. To speak to the area Electrical Safety Officer, or to review the daily inspection schedule line, please call 604-591-4650.

Surrey's Safety Officers are available for consultation at City Hall weekday mornings from 8:30am to 9:15am. Due to the high volume of inspections, the Electrical Safety Officers will no longer be returning to the office at the end of each work day.

Please note as of September 2019, new inspection areas have been put in place. Refer to the Inspection Area Map.

Electrical Inspection Requests

Inspection requests must be emailed to before 3pm during normal business days for inspections to be scheduled.

Remember to call the daily inspection schedule line at 604-591-4650 on the morning of your inspection to confirm your request has been scheduled or deferred.

Requests for copies of electrical permits or for the results of an electrical inspection older than two months will be subject to a research fee. See the Online Building Record Search for more details.

For more information, see below or contact Surrey's Electrical division at or 604-591-4240.

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Online Electrical Permit Applications

Apply and pay for select electrical permits online.

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Electrical Permits

Apply for your electrical permit online, and find out the requirements for getting electrical permits in Surrey.

Electrical Inspection

Electrical Inspections

Request an electrical inspection and find out about possible delays.

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Electrical Installation Requirements

Review the electrical installation requirements in Surrey.