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 came into operation January 3, 2012. 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 On Line 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.
All new electrical installations require a permit, such as:
- New construction
- Basement developments
- Hot tub installations
- Garage wiring
- Service upgrade
- Any additions to an electrical system, adding new circuits/wiring for receptacles and/or lighting, repair/replacement of aluminum wiring and garden shed wiring to name a few.
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 and
- each unit must have a separate entrance with direct access to ground level and
- Row housing units will 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)
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 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. Caution, turn off main breaker before removing panel cover and while working in the panel. Re-install panel cover prior to turning on main breaker.
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
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 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 (see How do I obtain the Service Section for additional information).
A fee of $240 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
How Do I Obtain the Service?
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 calling 311 or if calling from outside of Edmonton, 780-442-5311 or fax your request to 780-496-6034.
(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.
1) Contractors must have either an:
- Electrical Masters Certificate in good standing with the Alberta Electrical Masters Provincial Program or a
- 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.
2) Complete the Contractors Electrical Permit Application Form
3) fax to 780-496-6034 or come to our offices (address listed below)
4) After the work has been completed you can book an inspection by calling 311.
Contractors who have an online account may apply for their permits and book their inspections online.
A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work and booking inspections.
- If you are a homeowner doing your own electrical work - the fee for new service, service changes or upgrades is $185. The 2014 minor alterations fee is $135.
- If you are a contractor doing electrical work as part of the Building permit for a new residential unit such as a single family home, semi detached home etc, consult the 2014 Safety Codes Permit Fees.
- If you are a contractor doing electrical work on a residential project - please check the 2014
Safety Codes Permit Fees.
Contact the City About This Service
For more information:
Current Planning Service Centre
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
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