Electrical Permits

You need an electrical permit when you are installing or changing electrical wiring. 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.

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.


Contact Planning and Development.