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Electrical Inspections

Electrical Inspection

An electrical contractor, or person responsible for carrying out the work, must get an Electrical Permit before starting work on the installation, reconnection, addition, alteration, repair, or extension of any electrical equipment (see exemptions).

As part of the Electrical Installation Permit, you must also request an electrical inspection at least once in every 180-day period. Learn more about your inspection requirements as part of your Electrical Contractor Installation Permit.

All electrical permits that are part of a Single Family Dwelling (SFD) building permit must indicate rough wiring approval before a frame inspection is scheduled.

Electrical work is not to be inaccessible by lathing, boarding, or other building construction until it has been accepted by the inspection department.  Work covered without inspections will be required to be exposed.

Surrey's Safety Officers are available for consultation at City Hall by phone weekday mornings from 8:30am to 9:15am.

Due to the high volume of inspections, the Electrical Safety Officers don't return to the office at the end of each work day.

Scheduling an Electrical Inspection

You must submit your fully complete Electrical Contractor Authorization & Declaration of Compliance Inspection Request Form (CAF) in order to be able to request an electrical inspection.

There are 4 ways to schedule an inspection:

  1. Submit your CAF by email:
  2. Submit your CAF by fax: 604-591-4440
  3. Submit your CAF in person at the 2nd floor Customer Service Counter at Surrey City Hall.
  4. Call 604-591-4240. CAF must be left on site at the electrical service. If you choose not to plan ahead and leave a CAF on-site and it is found to be incomplete or inaccurate, a site re-attendance fee will be assessed and the inspection will not be performed.

Only the Electrical Permit holder's Field Safety Representative (FSR) can book an inspection. (See filling out contractor authorization declaration of compliance forms below).

Inspection requests received prior to 3pm will generally be scheduled for the next business day. Due to too many circumstances Electrical Safety Officers are not always able to attend a requested site the next business day.

Although every effort is made to provide inspection services the next business day, they cannot be guaranteed.  Please provide sufficient advanced warnings for critical inspections and contact your area Electrical Safety Officer for confirmation and arrangements.

Daily inspection schedule

Call 604-591-4650 after 9:30am on the day of your inspection to get your inspection time. You'll require the area number (located on the top right-hand corner of your permit) and the address when you call the schedule line.

Filling out Contractor Authorization Declaration of Compliance Forms

You must correctly complete and submit your CAF for an inspection to be booked. You, as the FSR, also must inspect that all work per scope of permit is ready for inspection and complies with the BC Electrical Code and relevant Directives before you submit your submitting CAF.

When you fill out the form, make sure the form is legible and that you include all of the following in your form. If any of these items are missing or difficult for us to read, we will not book an inspection.

  • Permit number (contact the inspection department for your permit number before you submit your CAF and call for an inspection)
  • Contractor and or FSR license number
  • Complete address
  • Complete inspection request details
  • FSR signature

The City only accepts current editions of the City of Surrey Electrical Contractor Authorization & Declaration of Compliance Inspection Request Form for all inspection requests. Electrical Section staff will attempt to notify the permit holder that the inspection inquest has been rejected. However, we recommend the permit holder call the inspection schedule line at 604-591-4650 the day of the inspection to confirm the request has been accepted.

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.
  • There are outstanding fees owing, such as re-inspection fee or permit extension fee
  • The contractor is not in good standing with the BC Safety Authority.
  • Any associated Building, Plumbing or other permits are not ready.
  • There are Bylaw Violations or Stop Work Orders placed on property
  • The contractor is working outside of the scope allowed by their FSR classification.
    • Unrestricted
    • Up to 750Volts 3 Phase
    • 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)
  • A person other than a registered 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.

Site Access & Special Coordination

The FSR is required to make any special arrangements with the area Electrical Safety Officer (ESO) the morning of the requested inspection, between 8:30 am and 9:15 am while the ESO is in the office. FSR communications and discussions are expected between these times. This is one of the purposes the ESO’s are in the office every morning.

The requesting FSR is required to contact and discuss access arrangements with the ESO. Do not have your customer, general contractor or administration staff attempt to make these arrangments. The ESO may have technical or inspection relevant questions for the signing FSR that will dictate how the request is handled.

  • If applicable or required a one hour window can be arranged so customers or staff do not need to wait on a site all day. This arrangement is the requesting FSR’s responsibility.
  • Special arrangements are to be performed the day of the request by the signing FSR with the assigned ESO. Do not make requests on your CAF such as "call Jon Smithe for access”.


A City of Surrey Electrical Safety Officer may re-inspect any installation when necessary. Non-compliance re-attendance will normally have a re-attendance fee attached to the site re-visit.

Tips for Calling for Electrical Inspections

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. 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.

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. 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. This includes that the FSR has confirmed the site address is clearly posted.

  • 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.
  • The inspection department reserves the right to re-inspect any installation if and when it considers such action to be necessary.
  • No electrical work shall be rendered inaccessible by lathing, boarding, or other building construction until it has been accepted by the inspection department.
  • 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.
  • No person shall damage any electrical installation or component thereof. 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.

The permitted FSR is required to review the permit conditions and ensure the scope of work is accurate. Previous to requesting a final inspection, this step is often overlooked by FSR’s.
If the scope is found to be inaccurate and missing installation specific scope, a re-attendance fee may be assessed by the attending ESO if applicable.

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.  See the Expired Electrical Permits Bulletin.

(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.

(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 an 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.