In the interest of public safety, all electrical installations must be covered by an electrical permit and are subject to appropriate inspection.
An electrical permit is needed when you are installing or changing your electrical wiring. Either a home owner or a contractor may apply for a residential electrical permit
If you have had no previous knowledge or experience with electrical wiring you should engage an electrical contractor who is eligible to receive permits. Experience has shown that persons not familiar with electrical installations and the applicable requirements, often complete work which requires many extensive corrections upon inspection. As a result, such wiring creates very serious hazards. In addition, it must be emphasized that the person signing the permit application assumes the responsibility for ensuring that the wiring concerned is completed in a safe manner in accordance with applicable safety regulations.
- A homeowner applying must own the premises to be wired (including the land) and reside therein.
- Do not apply for an owner permit if the installation requires other than standard wiring materials or is over 100 amperes in capacity three phase over 150 volts to ground.
Commercial electrical permits must be applied for by a master electrician. All contractors applying for electrical permits must have a valid business licence for the City of Spruce Grove.
Electrical Permit Application Process
On February 1st, 2019, the 2018 24th Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code came into effect. One of the changes that came with the introduction of the new code is the requirement for the grounded conductor (the identified neutral conductor) of a solidly grounded ac system supplied by the supply authority be connected to a grounding conductor at one point only at the consumer’s service, Rule 10-210. In order to ensure the service installation is in compliance with this rule, an electrical inspection of the service prior to energization will now be required. The City of Spruce Grove, in collaboration with The Inspections Group Inc., has implemented a simple process that is defined below to provide their customers with compliance monitoring of the service in an efficient and timely manner.
For those Customers looking to have a service energized, they will first be required to obtain a separate service’s permit from the City of Spruce Grove. Once the permit has been issued, and the work has been completed, the next step would be for the Customer to contact the City of Spruce Grove and arrange for a service inspection. In the case of residential services, the Electrical Safety Codes Officer will inspect the meter socket and main panelboard for compliance, and depending on the outcome, will either apply a green acceptable label or a red failed label on the meter socket. In the case of commercial services, the label indicating a pass or fail will be applied to the main service disconnect. If a green sticker is left indicating the service has been passed, it will be the Customer’s responsibility to contact the Utility and arrange for energization. Please keep in mind these labels are not to be removed or tampered with as they will indicate to the Utility the status of the installation.
This process is intended to ensure a seamless system and a Code compliant installation for all customers going forward. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the City of Spruce Grove, or the Safety Codes Officer in charge.
There is a three business day turnaround from when you apply until receiving your permit.
How to apply for an electrical permit
To apply for an electrical permits, we require the following:
- Completed electrical permit application form
- Fee as per Development Fees and Fines
- Double fees will apply to work being done prior to an approved permits being issued.
- The Safety Codes Council Levy fee is non-refundable
- Alberta Safety Codes Council fees as per Safety Codes Council Permit Fee Schedule
Submit permit applications
To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the City’s Planning and Development, and Engineering offices are temporarily closed to walk-ins; however staff are accessible by phone or email to assist residents, business owners and builders.
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City of Spruce Grove
414 King Street
Spruce Grove, Alberta
City of Spruce Grove
Call 780-962-7582 or send email if you have any questions.