Residential Electrical Service Upgrades
Learn how to apply for electrical service connections for your single-family dwelling.
Please see BC Hydro's guide on How To Apply For A Connection, which details BC Hydro requirements for all electrical service connections.
New Service Connection Process
- Homeowner contacts BC Hydro in order to request a new electrical service connection.
- Licensed Electrical Contractor obtains an electrical installation permit from the City of Surrey and completes work in accordance with BC Hydro and City of Surrey requirements
- Licensed Electrical Contractor requests a service connection inspection from the City of Surrey.
- If installation is found compliant the City of Surrey will submit a "connection approval" to BC Hydro.
- The Electrical Contractor is responsible to complete and submit BC Hydro Overhead / Underground declaration form to BC Hydro and notifies BC Hydro if an onsite meeting is required when service is being completed.
- Once all paper work has been received and processed BC Hydro will complete work within approx. 10 business days.
- Once new electrical service has been connected by BC Hydro the Electrical Contractor will request a final electrical inspection.
Service Upgrades / Repairs
Note to all homeowners and contractors, the City of Surrey enforces the requirements of TSBC Information Bulletin "Minimum Requirements For Upgrading Of Electrical Systems Single Family Dwellings" for all service upgrades and or repairs.
Same Day Disconnect / Reconnect
It is not an accepted practice for electrical contractors or others to disconnect and subsequently re-connect the consumer electrical service from utility conductors in the City of Surrey. Only authorized BC Hydro contractors may make of break connection to BC Hydro owned overhead and or underground utility conductors.
If it is discovered that a consumer electrical service has been connected to BC Hydro utility conductors without approval from both the City of Surrey and BC Hydro the attending Electrical Safety Officer shall report the incident to BC Hydro and request an immediate service disconnect.