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Electrical permits and inspections for commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings. 

For electrical work inside a home see Electrical Permit.

Who Should I Contact?

Service  City of Edmonton EPCOR
Emergency inspections Call 311 -
Pad transformers Permits only  Inspections only 
New services Permits only  Inspections only 
Service changes or upgrades Permits and inspections Resolves questions about whether a project requires  a service change/upgrade or new service
Service repair/upgrade Permits and inspections -
Site Identification Number - Provides site identification numbers 
Electrical work for new construction and renovations  Permits and inspections -
Any type of service in annexed areas  Contact the electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674 -

 

Important Information

Inspections
  • Pending request volumes, inspections may not occur on the date requested. 
  • Due to the “spot check” and “point in time” nature of inspections, Safety Codes Officers will not review all work in all areas. 
  • A limited number of inspections are included in the value of a permit. See Which Inspections Do I Need? for more information.
Permits
  • When projects have a general contractor, the electrical permit is issued in conjunction with the building permit. Contact your general contractor to be added to the electrical permit application. 
  • An electrical permit includes inspections for one main service and one electrical “house” meter. Inspections of additional meters require additional electrical permits. 
  • Installation of or alterations to fire signaling systems require a building permit in addition to an electrical permit.  
  • A stand-alone minimum-fee permit is required for pad-mounted transformers. Permits are issued by the City of Edmonton, however inspections are coordinated through EPCOR.

See Which Permits Do I Need? for more information about permit requirements.

Service Overview

Fees

Base inspection costs are included in permit fees. See Additional Fees for more information on costs for additional inspections. 

Stand-Alone Electrical Permits
 

Electrical Installation Cost 1 Base Fee Multiplier per dollar of Construction Value Safety Codes Fee
$0 - $3,000 $149 N/A 4% of the permit cost with a minimum of $4.50 and a maximum of $560.
$3001 - $10,000 $69 0.0271
$10,001 - $50,000 $276 0.0061
$50,001 - $250,000 $364 0.0046
$250,001 or greater $989 0.00207


1 Electrical installation cost is the total amount of materials and labour.

For stand-alone fee estimates see the Electrical Permit Fee Estimator

Electrical Permits Obtained In Connection with Building Permit
 

Construction Value 1  Base Fee Multiplier per dollar of Construction Value Safety Codes Fee
$0 - $24,000 $149 N/A 4% of the permit cost with a minimum of $4.50 and a maximum of $560.00.
 
$24,001 - $80,000 $69 0.00340
$80,001 - $400,000 $276 0.00076
$400,001 - $2,000,000 $364 0.00056
$2,000,001 or greater $989 0.00025


1 Construction value is defined as the total cost of materials and services. Construction value does not include: landscaping, parking lots, sidewalks, furnishings, appliances, interior window coverings, temporary service connections, insurance or bonding, interim financing, permit fees, professional consulting fees, GST.

Annual Permits

Permit Fee

Base Fee  Multiplier
$317 $1.06 per $100 of electrical installation cost 1


1 Electrical installation cost is the total amount of materials and labour.

Inspection Fee

Inspection Fee Safety Code Fee 1 Total

$149 per hour (minimum 1 hour fee)

$5.96 $154.96 per hour


Note: The Safety code fee is 4% of the permit cost with a minimum of $4.50 and a maximum of $560.

For more information see 2020 Building Permit and Safety Code Fees.

Additional Fees

Permit Cancellation

Requests to cancel a permit once a permit has been issued are charged a $110.00 fee. Refunds must be greater than $10 to be processed.

Additional Inspection Fee

Fee Safety Codes Fees1 Total
$264 $10.56 $274.56


The additional inspection fee is applied in each scenario:

(1) Deficiencies 

  • Address not located on site, building, or suite as per City bylaws. For more information see Commercial Construction Address Sign Standards.
  • Immediate building access not provided  
  • Site is not safe to access
  • Project not ready for inspection
  • Incorrect type of inspection requested
  • A previously identified deficiency has not been corrected 

(2) Repeated Inspections Due to Failures

  • The value of a permit includes two attempts to pass for a single type of inspection. The additional fee is charged for third inspection, and every subsequent inspection. 

(3) Additional Inspections

  • The value of a permit includes a limited number of inspections. Additional inspections requested by contractors are charged the additional fee.  

(4) Failure to Cancel an Inspection Prior to Deadline

  • Requests to cancel an inspection must be provided before noon on the business day prior to the inspection date.
  • If a request for cancellation is not provided prior to the deadline, the additional fee will be charged. 

For more information see 2020 Building Permit and Safety Codes Fees

Timelines
Permit Review Timelines 

Electrical permit applications submitted in connection to a building permit are typically reviewed within 2-3 business days after the building permit is issued. 

Stand-alone electrical  permit applications are reviewed to determine if a development permit and/or building permit is/are required. Electrical permit applications are typically reviewed within 2-3 business days.

Inspection Timelines

Inspections are usually conducted on the business day following the date requested. 

Pending request volumes, inspections may not occur on the date requested. 

Permits

Do I Need A Permit?

An electrical permit is required when installing or altering electrical systems. 

An electrical permit is not required for routine maintenance. 

Electrical permits are not required for demolitions.  

All new electrical installations require a permit, including new construction, renovations/alterations, electrical service upgrades, fire alarm systems, lighting retrofits.

Any addition to an electrical system requires a permit. Examples include:

  • Adding new circuits/wiring for receptacles and/or lighting
  • Repair/replacement of aluminium wiring
  • Solar voltaic systems and electric signs
Which Permits Do I Need?

An electrical permit includes inspections for one main service and one electrical “house” meter. Each additional meter requires an additional permit.

Stand-Alone Electrical Permits

A stand-alone electrical permit is issued when the scope of the project does not require a building permit. 

Stand-alone permits are required for: 

  • Pad-mounted transformers
  • Service changes or upgrades
  • If you are unsure whether your project involves a service change or upgrade contact EPCOR at 780-412-3288. 
Building Permits 
  • Installation or alterations to fire signaling systems require a building permit in addition to an electrical permit.  

Who Can Apply for Permits?

Permit applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid business licence with the City of Edmonton
  • Be a master electrician registered with the City of Edmonton
  • Be registered and in good standing with the Safety Codes Council  

Building owners or administrators can apply for an annual permit.

Greater Edmonton Area Registration:

To register in person visit the Edmonton Service Centre. Ensure to bring: 

  • Master Electrician Certificate
  • Government-issued photo identification (driver's license, passport, etc.) 

Note: Both the company owner and the master electrician must be present for registration.

Out of Town Registration: 

To register a master electrician with the City of Edmonton via contact the electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674.

Refunds and Contractor Changes
Cancellations/Refunds

To cancel your permit contact electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674 to obtain instructions for submitting the Cancellation/Refund Request form

All requests to cancel a permit application are charged a fee. See Additional Fees for more information. 

Contractor Changes

Contractor changes can be completed online by the building permit applicant or assigned general contractor. 

To change via paper process contact electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674 to obtain instructions for submitting the Contractor Change Request Form

Note: If inspections have occurred under a listed contractor a new permit is required to change contractors.

Apply for Your Permit

Application Requirements

Plans must be submitted for applications that have:

  • Electrical costs exceeding $50,000
  • Complex installations
  • Solar system installations

Apply Online
To apply in person visit the Edmonton Service Centre. Ensure to bring:

After You Apply

  • Work cannot be started until permits are issued. Starting construction without a permit can result in stop work orders, fines and/or administrative penalties. 
  • Any major changes design changes must be submitted for review. 

Inspections

Many inspections fail due to preventable causes such as: 

  • Incorrect address or address not clearly displayed
  • Site not available for access 
  • Site is not safe to enter 

Use the checklist below to ensure your inspections have the best chance of success. 

Addressing, Access, Safety Checklists

Address is Correct And Clearly Displayed

  • Contact the building permit holder to confirm the correct site address
  • Ensure construction address signs conform to City standards:

Site Is Accessible 

  • Site access instructions include lockbox numbers, site details, and directions, 

or,

  • A site contact is available at the entrance to provide immediate access during business hours (8am - 4pm). Safety Codes Officers will not call ahead to provide notice of an inspection.

Site is Safe to Access

  • Common areas (hallways, stairwells, parkades) are clean and free of debris
  • Hard surface is available from the building to the sidewalk
  • Handrails/guardrails are installed on walking surfaces over 3 feet in height
  • Barriers are installed around open pits
  • Uncontrolled hazards are not present (example: crane or man-lift is not located above work site)
  • Exterior windows/doors and glazing are installed 
  • Site roadways are accessible by fire trucks
Inspection Checklists

Rough-In Inspections

  • Electrical permit is issued 
  • Wiring is in the box, grounding and bonding is complete
  • Conduits are installed to meet code
  • Walls are not covered, enabling visual inspection

Final Inspections

  • Power is turned on 
  • All devices are installed and operational

Note: All equipment must be CSA-approved or approved by another agency for use in Canada.

Which Inspections Do I Need?
Wiring Installation or Changes

Most projects involving new wiring or alterations to wiring undergo two inspections: 

  1. Rough-in inspection
  2. Final inspection 

Additional inspections requested by contractors may be charged additional fees. See Additional Fees for more information. 

Service Changes, Upgrades, Repairs

Work related to service changes, upgrades or repairs typically undergo one service inspection.

Cancelling Your Inspection

You can request a cancellation online, by calling 311, or if outside Edmonton, calling 780-442-5311.

Requests to cancel an inspection must be provided before noon on the business day prior to the inspection date.

If a request for cancellation is not provided prior to the deadline, the additional fee will be charged. See Additional Fees for more information.

Request Your Inspection

The following information is required to request an inspection: 

  • One of the three following identifiers:
    • electrical permit number (example:  E2019-000000)
    • 12-digit permit number (example: 123456789-001
    • correct site address including suite number or 
  • Site contact name and phone number
    • Note: Safety Codes Officers will not call ahead to provide notice of an inspection
  • Instructions for entry (lockbox code, directions to correct building, etc.) 
  • Type of inspection requested 
  • Specifics of the area to be inspected, 
    • For example: name of the restaurant or “car wash behind the gas station.” 

Note: Pending request volumes, inspections may not occur on the date requested. 

Request Online
To request by telephone, call 311 or 780-442-5311 if calling outside Edmonton. 

Technical Information

Emergency Inspections

Emergency inspections are inspections conducted outside of normal business hours. 

To request an emergency inspection call 311 (780-442-5311 if calling outside Edmonton) to be routed to a City of Edmonton Safety Codes Officer.

New Services or Service Changes

For applications, information and questions related to new services or service changes, contact EPCOR.

Pad Transformers

Permits for pad transformers are issued by the City of Edmonton, and inspections are coordinator through EPCOR. 

A separate, minimum-fee permit is required for each transformer pad. 

To correctly apply for a minimum fee permit: 

  • Apply for your permit online.
  • Ensure the electrical construction value entered in your application does not exceed $3,000.00
Annual Permits

Building owners or administrators can apply for an annual permit.

To obtain an annual electrical permits call the electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674 for instructions on submitting the Annual Electrical Permit Form. 

Alternative Solutions / Variances

Variances or alternative solutions are installations, processes, equipment, or actions that are not consistent with the Alberta Safety Codes Act but provide an equal or greater level of safety.  

Alternative solutions must be authorized by a Safety Codes Officer. 

To obtain approval for an alternative solution submit the Variance/Alternative Solutions Request Form with your permit application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified when an inspection will occur?

Safety Codes Officers will not call ahead or provide advance notice of an inspection. 

When requesting an inspection the site supervisors must ensure sites are available and access is immediate. 

See Addressing, Access, Safety Checklists for more information.

Note: Safety Codes Officers will not use the contact information provided in the inspection request to obtain access. When sites are not immediately accessible, the Safety Codes Officer will declare the inspection deficient and a re-inspection fee will be applied. 

Why was my inspection not conducted today?

Pending request volumes, inspections may not occur on the date requested.

Why was a deficiency not noticed by a previous inspector?

The purpose of a safety codes inspection is to provide a visual audit for compliance to applicable codes and standards.  

Safety Codes Officers review select work site areas to conduct assessments. 

Due to the “spot check” and “point in time” nature of inspections, Safety Codes Officers will not review all work in all areas.

Why did my inspection fail?

A deficiency report outlining the reasons for a failed inspection is sent 1-2 business days following the inspection date. 

For questions about the failed inspection report, call the electrical technical advisor at 780-496-6674 with the following information:

  • A copy of the deficiency inspection
  • Permit number associated with the inspection

Note: Deficiencies will not be detailed when more than 4 infractions are found. 

Who should I contact for advice on fixing deficiencies?

The purpose of a safety codes inspection is to provide a visual audit for compliance to applicable codes and standards.

It is the responsibility of licensed professionals employed by contractors to ensure thorough knowledge and application of safety codes standards. 

Safety Codes Officers: 

  • Will confirm whether proposed (complete) solutions meet code standards 
  • Will not provide advice related to technical questions
When will my permit be issued?

Trade Permit Connected to Building Permit 

When a trade permit is submitted in conjunction with a building permit, the following must be completed before the trade permit is issued:

  • permit application review is complete, and 
  • all fees are paid.

Consult with your building permit holder to determine the status of the building permit application.

Stand-Alone Trade Permit 

When a permit is submitted for stand-alone work, the following must be completed before the trade permit is issued: 

  • Application for a development permit and confirmation that a development is not required.
  • Application for a building permit and confirmation that a building permit is not required.

Note: Stand-alone trade permits submitted in error will be refunded less a fee. See Additional Fees for more information.

When does my permit expire?

Permits expire:

  • 90 days from the date of permit issuance if construction has not started, or 
  • 24 months from the date of permit issuance

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

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

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email electricaltechnicaladvisors@edmonton.ca

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