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Electrical Installation Requirements

As a contractor, you must get an electrical permit prior to starting an installation. Allow five days for permit processing before requesting an inspection.

The permit fee will be doubled as a penalty if you require an inspection on work done without an electrical permit. All permit fees are based on the full contract price, including material and labour.

Review requirements for residential single-family homes.

Review requirements for residential multi-family complexes.

Street Lighting & Traffic Control System Installations

A new email has been created specifically for Traffic Control and Streetlighting submissions. Contractors can now submit electronically, saving a trip to City Hall or having to courier drawings to the Electrical Section.

The New Process

Upon a completed Online permit application for street lighting or traffic signals:

Please include the following for each permit application and email to SLPA@surrey.ca:

1. Attach pdf. copy of the drawing.

2. Attach pdf. of the receipt confirming payment and Internal ID number.

If this information has not been provided your application will be placed on hold.

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule, or
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Pump Stations

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule, or
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Utility Cablevision, Cellular and Telephone Installations

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule, or
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Bus Shelters

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection.
  3. Download a PDF copy of our Permit Application and fee schedule, or
  4. Access our Online Electrical Permit Application.

Annual Electrical Operating Permits

  1. Only the Electrical Contractor or project FSR may call for an inspection.
  2. A Contractor's Authorization or Declaration form must be submitted to city hall for each final inspection for:

Customer-Owned High Voltage Installations

All high-voltage installations must be designed by a Professional Engineer. Sealed drawings are to be submitted  and field reviews performed as required.

High Voltage Permit Application Process

The following information must be submitted with the Contractor Electrical Permit Application:

  • A one-line diagram of the installation from the utility connections to the main low voltage distribution point, including connections to any alternate power sources;
  • Transformers ratings and rations;
  • Conductor types and sizes;
  • Switch, fuse and circuit breaker ratings;
  • Fault current levels available at the utility connection and at any low voltage distribution points as well as any fuse / circuit breaker co-ordination documents;
  • Relay and tripping settings;
  • Grounding system details including station ground;
  • Declaration from a Professional Engineer for the suitability of equipment as outlined in items 10 to 13 in BCSA Directive No:-D-E3 090313 1.

High Voltage Inspection Requirements

Refer to the regarding inspection requirements for Customer-Owned High Voltage Installations: