Electrical Permits

An electrical permit is required for the following projects:

  • Installing air conditioning
  • Installing new electrical outlets in a home
  • Installing solar panels on a roof
  • Building a house, row rouse, semi-detached house or showhome

All electrical installations must have an electrical permit and pass inspection. The person signing the permit assumes responsibility for completing the wiring according to applicable safety regulations.


A homeowner or a contractor may apply for a residential electrical permit.

Incorrect wiring creates serious hazards. Persons who are not familiar with electrical installations often complete work that requires extensive corrections after inspection. If you have no knowledge or experience with electrical wiring, you should hire an electrical contractor who is eligible to receive permits.

Conversion from aluminum to copper wiring

Prior to the electrical inspection, the site should be prepared in advance by pulling out and exposing all devices.


A master electrician must apply for commercial electrical permits. Contractors applying for electrical permits must have a valid business licence in the City of Spruce Grove.


During an underground electrical inspection, if the wiring is covered up, pictures must be submitted for the electrical inspector to review and decide whether:

  • a Verification of Compliance (VOC) is acceptable or,
  • digging up to expose the underground wiring is required.

Service energization

For customers wanting a service energized, they are required to obtain an Electrical - Service Connection permit. Once the permit has been issued and the work has been completed, please contact the City of Spruce Grove for an inspection.

An electrical service inspection prior to energization is required. The service inspection will be failed, if the underground inspection has not passed prior to the service inspection.

A Safety Codes Officer will inspect the meter socket and main panel board for compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

  • In the case of residential services, either a green (acceptable) label or a red (failed) label will be put on the meter socket.
  • In the case of commercial services, either a green (acceptable) label or a red (failed) label will be put on the main service disconnect.

If the service has passed inspection, the customer may then contact the utility to arrange for energization.

Inspection Timelines

Permit Type Criteria Required Inspections Expiry
Service Connection N/A Service connection inspection 1 year
Underground N/A Underground 1 year
Wiring RES(4 units or less), value more than $2,500 Rough, Final 2 years
Wiring RES(4 units or less), value $2,500 or less Final 1 year
Wiring COM, IND, INS, RES Building Types
(more than 4 units), value more than $10,000
Rough, Final 2 years
Wiring COM, IND, INS, RES Building Types
(more than 4 units), value $10,000 or less
Rough, Final 1 year
Wiring Manufactured, ready-to-move, or mobile home not on foundation, connection only Final  180 days
Wiring Skid Units, relocatable industrial accommodation, oilfield pump-jacks, temporary services Rough or Final 180 days
  • Building types:
  • COM - Commercial
  • IND - Industrial
  • INS - Institutional
  • RES - Residential

How to apply for an electrical permit

Apply online for an electrical permit using the CityView Portal

Need help with your application? View step-by-step instructions.

Electrical Permits FAQs

  • Sign into CityView.
  • Select My Items from the menu.
  • Click on the Construction and Lot Grading section to expand it.
  • Look for permits that have an Issued status.
  • Click the Request Inspection button next to the issued permits.
  • Select the inspections you wish to book.
  • Select a day for your inspection for building and trades permits.
  • You will be contacted by email to confirm the inspection time (building and trades).

Timing of inspection depends on the type of project. Please view page 28 of the City's Quality Management Plan.

Electrical permits typically take 1-3 days to process.


If you have any questions about electrical permits, please contact Planning and Development.