Electrical Permits - Commercial
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
Since January 1st, 2011, the City of Edmonton has issued electrical permits.
The requirement for an Electrical Permit when you install, alter or add to an electrical system applies to all residential, commercial, industrial and institutional installations.
All new electrical installations require a permit, such as:
- New construction
- Electrical service upgrades
- Fire alarm systems
- Lighting retrofits
- Any addition to an electrical system, adding new circuits/wiring for receptacles and/or lighting, repair/replacement of aluminium wiring, solar voltaic systems and electric signs to name a few.
Plans and drawings must be submitted for all installations with a value of $50,000 or more.
Single line drawings with all pertinent information must be submitted for service upgrades of 400 amps and larger.
Plans and drawings may be requested for any installation depending on the scope and nature.
How Do I Obtain the Service?
Requirements for Obtaining Electrical Permits:
- 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
- Sign Installation Technician working within the scope as permitted by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act
- The Contractor must have a valid business license with the City of Edmonton
- Plans and drawings must be submitted for all installations with a value of $50,000 or more.
- Single line drawings with all pertinent information must be submitted for service upgrades of 400 amps and larger.
- The Contractor must either:
- fill out the Application form including payment information and fax or come into our office (contact information below) or,
- if the Contractor has an on line account, they can apply and pay for the permit on line.
When should inspections be booked?
Book a rough in inspection prior to cover up when the installation is complete. If the installation is covered prior to the rough in inspection the inspector may ask for the area to be re-opened
- Book the final inspections when the installation and project is completed
- Some installations may require only one inspection while others may require more than two. Please contact the electrical inspection section (see contact information below) to confirm
A Permit must be obtained prior to booking an inspection. An adult (18 years+) must be present for inspections in occupied dwellings.
After the work has been completed you can:
- book an inspection by calling 311 or if outside of Edmonton 780-442-5311 or,
- if you are a contractor with an on line account, you can book your inspection using the on line services
A fee of $240 (2013) shall be assessed for every re-inspection required as a result of any of the following:
- No address on site, building or suite as applicable;
- 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 inspection has been made;
- Previously identified deficiency has not been corrected when a reasonable time period has elapsed (typically 30 days) and a request for inspection has been initiated by the inspector or POSSE system;
- Approved plans have not been submitted, if required, after a request for inspection has been made
Planning & Development Department
- Contractors Note: If the Electrical Permit work has been paid for as part of the Commercial Building permit, see page 7 of the 2013 Safety Codes Permit Fees to view the calculation formula. Electrical contractors must apply to have this electrical permit assigned to them.
- If the Electrical Permit has not been paid as part of the commercial building permit - see Contractors Electrical Permit Fees Estimator (2013).
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