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Electrical Permits

View the tabs below to find application forms, guiding documents, and learn about the application process.

Important updates
  • In response to COVID-19, we are not accepting paper applications and paper documents at this time. We are still open for business and here to accept new applications and documents for existing applications electronically. 
  • Effective March 1, 2020, the District of West Vancouver will require an Electrical Contractor Authorization & Declaration of Compliance form for each electrical inspection request.  If this document is not submitted, the inspection may not be completed.
Application Process

STEP 1 – Ensure the application is taken out by a provincially-qualified and licensed contractor

Applicants must satisfy the below requirements:

  1. All electrical permits must be taken out on your behalf by a provincially-qualified contractor unless you can satisfy the electrical inspector that you have the knowledge and skills appropriate to do the work
  2. Contractors must have a valid West Vancouver business license.  Businesses located in North Vancouver must have a valid inter-municipal license obtained through their municipality. For further information please call our Bylaws Deptartment at 604-925-7152 or visit the Business Licences webpage.

STEP 2 – Complete your Application Form

Electrical Permit Application

Annual Electrical Permit Application Form

STEP 3 – Apply for your permit

As of April 15, 2021, applications must be submitted using one of the below methods. Emailed submissions will no longer be accepted.

Option 1 – MyDistrict

Our e-apply application and payment system (MyDistrict) is still available for trade permit applications. Using this system you will be able to apply, pay for, issue, and manage your permit all instantly from your MyDistrict account. To use this service you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have a MyDistrict Account
  • There must be an active and issued building permit for the project
  • The property is a single family dwelling

Ready to submit? Click on the link below.

MyDistrict

Option 2 – Document Upload Centre

We now offer submissions through our easy Document Upload Centre. This portal will allow you to apply for and upload your application to the Building Department where it will be processed by our clerks. Processing times are approximately one to two business days with payment online. To use this service you must meet the following criteria

  • You must have a valid email address
  • Your application form and any supporting documents must be in PDF format

Ready to submit? Click on the link below.

Document Upload Centre

Fees & Charges

Visit the link below for details about fees for building permits and inspections.

Fees & Charges

Required Electrical Inspections

Every inspection request must be accompanied by a completed declaration form:

Electrical Declaration Form

Electrical Inspections Completed by an Electrical Safety Officer

As per the Electrical Safety Regulations the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection at least once in every 180 day period.

Temporary Service Connection

A temporary electrical service for construction purpose must be inspected before B.C. Hydro will connect. Refer to Technical Safety BC Information Bulletin.

Permanent Service Connection

A permanent electrical service must be inspected before B.C. Hydro will connect. Ensure overhead lines meet minimum clearances and do not cross property boundaries (aerial trespasses). An Electrical Safety Officer may require a Load Calculation for the service before connection will be authorized.

Underground Conduits/Cable

Installation of underground conduits and cables require the approval of an Electrical Safety Officer prior to backfilling. Ensure adequate depth, sand bedding if required, and the appropriate caution tape (Caution Electrical Line Buried Below) is installed or on hand.

Slab Conduits/Cables

Installation of conduits and cables in forms or slabs require the approval of an Electrical Safety Officer prior to covering with concrete.

Rough Wire

A rough wiring inspection is required before covering and energization of any new circuits installed. No insulation, drywall or other covering material may be installed until the wiring has been approved by an Electrical Safety Officer.

Pool Grounding/Conduits

The pool bonding conductor and bonds for all metal objects within the perimeter of the pool must be inspected by an Electrical Safety Officer.

Contact

We are still open for business and here to accept new applications and documents for existing applications electronically. 

Permits & Inspections Department

Staff are here to assist you by phone, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

604-925-7040

For general inquiries:

[email protected]

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