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Electrical Permits - Residential

Under the Alberta Safety Codes Act and Permit Regulations an Electrical Permit is required to install, alter or add to an electrical system.


About the Service

Updated online electrical permit system

An updated Online Electrical Permitting system is now in effect. With this system, electrical contractors can apply and pay for a new electrical permit (both residential and commercial), as well as book inspections.

Electrical contractors can learn more about using the updated online permitting system by downloading the electrical online manual.
(Note: you must be a registered user to use the online system)

Become a Registered User

Electrical contractors can register using the permit application for electrical contractors.

Permit Requirements

All new electrical installations require a permit, such as:

  • New construction
  • Renovations/alterations
  • Basement developments
  • Hot tub installations
  • Garage wiring
  • Service upgrade
  • Any other additions to an electrical system, including adding new circuits/wiring for receptacles and/or lighting, repair/replacement of aluminum wiring and garden shed wiring.

General Permit Information

  • The electrical installation shall be completed in accordance with the Alberta Safety Codes Act & Regulations
  • Work shall commence within 90 days of the permit issue date
  • Permits expire after one year or if within the year, the work has been suspended or abandoned for a period of 120 days prior to completion.

Requirements for Contractors doing Residential Electrical Permits

1) Contractor must have or be one of the following:

  • Electrical Masters Certificate in good standing with the Alberta Electrical Masters Provincial Program
  • Restricted Electrical Masters certificate in good standing with the Alberta Electrical Masters Provincial Program and working within the scope of the restricted master electrician's certification

2) The Contractor must have a valid business license with the City of Edmonton

3) Plans and drawings must be submitted for all installations with a value of $50,000 or more.

4) Single line drawings with all pertinent information must be submitted for service upgrades of 400 amps and larger.

Requirements for Homeowners doing their own Electrical Permits

A Homeowner can apply for an Electrical Permit for their own home if they meet the following conditions:

1) the homeowner must live in a single family dwelling as defined in the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1. A single family dwelling is defined as being either a detached house or a unit of a row house, semi-detached house, duplex, triplex or quadruplex house.

2) In addition, each row house unit or semi-detached duplex, triplex, or quadruplex unit must also have the following conditions met before a electrical permit can be granted:

  • a fire separation between the dwelling units which meets the requirements of the Alberta Building Code
  • each unit must have a separate entrance with direct access to ground level
  • Row housing units also require a letter of consent to perform electrical work under a Homeowners Permit from their complex association

Apartment style condominiums or stacked semi-detached dwelling units do not qualify as a Single Dwelling Unit. Electrical Homeowner Permits will not be issued for these types of units.

3) Homeowners must live in the dwelling unit and provide proof of ownership to qualify for a permit. Permits will not be issued for rental properties.

4) The homeowner must be doing the work themselves

5) Permits will not be issued if wiring is concealed (walls boarded or drywalled)

How Do I Obtain the Service?

Anyone doing residential electrical installation should consult the EPCOR Power Connection Process guide, which has details on setting up power in a new location or changing an existing service.

For Homeowners

Homeowners must own and occupy the property and be completing the work themselves to obtain a permit. Faxed or mailed in applications will not be accepted.

  1. Homeowner must apply for permits in person (address listed below)
  2. Complete the Homeowner's Electrical Permit application form
  3. After the work has been completed you can book an inspection by contacting 311, or fax your request to 780-496-6054.
    (See additional general information about inspections under the "About the Service Section" above.)

A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work and booking inspections.

For Contractors

Contractors who have an online account may apply for their permits and book their inspections online.

Contractors must have one of:

  • Electrical Masters Certificate in good standing with the Alberta Electrical Masters Provincial Program
  • Restricted Electrical Masters certificate in good standing with the Alberta Electrical Masters Provincial Program and be working within the scope of the restricted master electrician's certification.

For contractors without an online account, the process is:

  1. Complete the Contractors electrical permit application form
  2. fax to 780-496-6054 or come to our offices (address listed below)
  3. After the work has been completed you can book an inspection by calling 311.

A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work and booking inspections.

Inspection Information

A Homeowners Permit with an installation value (material only) of $1500 or less entitles the owner to one rough-in inspection. An installation value (material only) of more than $1500 will entitle the owner to two inspections; a rough-in and final.

Please note that some installations, regardless of cost, require only one inspection. Please contact the Electrical Inspection section to confirm.

Rough-in Wiring Inspection

Call 311 for this inspection prior to cover up (insulated/boarded/drywalled). If the installation is covered prior to the rough-in inspection the inspector may ask for the area to be re-opened.

Call for a rough-in inspection when the following has been completed:

  • All electrical outlet boxes are to be mounted and secured in place
  • All wiring has been installed, secured and brought into outlet boxes
  • All ground conductors have been terminated to the outlet box and necessary splices completed
  • All recessed lighting fixtures are installed and secured (except retrofit type fixtures) and wiring terminated in fixture junction box
  • You may install wiring in the main or sub panel (Caution: turn off main breaker before taking off panel cover and while installing wiring) Do not connect wiring to branch circuit breakers at this time.
  • Ensure all new wiring is isolated from all points that may become energized and re-install panel cover prior to turning on main breaker
  • Do not install any devices (receptacles, light fixtures) except those that may be needed for construction purposes

Final Inspection

Call for a final inspection when the project is complete:

  • All devices have been installed and connected
  • All branch circuit wiring has been installed in the panel, terminated to the circuit breaker and energized.

Underground Cable Inspection

  • Complete trenching and install approved direct buried cable or PVC conduit along with wiring approved for a wet location
  • Direct buried cable shall be installed at a minimum depth of 600mm and PVC conduit at a minimum depth of 450mm
  • Call for inspection prior to backfilling
  • There must be a minimum of 150mm of sand below and above the cable or conduit
  • A marking tape shall be installed at the halfway point above the underground cable or conduit and final grade

Booking Inspections

A permit must be obtained prior to booking an inspection. An adult (18 years+) must be present to provide access for inspections in occupied dwellings.

If an inspection is required for the next day, you must contact our office by phone at 311 before noon of the previous day. You cannot book an appointed time but you can book a morning or afternoon inspection along with contact information.

Note: If you require a 30 minute advance call before the inspector's arrival, please indicate this on your inspection request.

After the work has been completed and you are ready for a rough-in or final inspection, you can book your inspection.

To prepare for the required inspections in occupied homes, please ensure:

  • an individual 18 years of age or older who is responsible for the property is present during the inspection
  • clear and unobstructed access to all areas of inspection is provided
  • all pets are securely contained

Please note: inspectors are required to wear shoes while performing their duties in your home.

Extra Inspections

A fee of $245 shall be assessed for every re-inspection required as a result of any of the following:

  • No address on site, building or unit as required
  • Inspector unable to access the building after having been requested to inspect
  • Project not ready for inspection after a request for inspection has been made
  • Previously identified deficiency has not been corrected after a request for a re-inspection has been made
  • Previously identified deficiency has not been corrected when the inspector has indicated that a re-inspection is required and a reasonable time period has elapsed (typically 30 days) and a request for inspection has been initiated by the inspector or City of Edmonton POSSE system
  • Approved plans have not been submitted, if required, after a request for inspection has been made


2016 Fees

  • If you are a homeowner doing your own electrical work - the fee for new service, service changes or upgrades is $189 plus a safety codes fee of $7.56. The minor alterations fee is $138 plus a safety codes fee of $5.52.
  • If you are a contractor, check the 2016 Safety Codes Permit Fees.

Contact the City About This Service

For More Information

Permits and Licensing Service Centre

Sustainable Development
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-6054

Related Information

Contact Epcor Meters for information on service disconnects and reconnects when performing electrical service changes – 780-412-3810.

See Electrical Service installation requirements at epcor.ca, link to Customer Connection Guide