About Electrical Permits
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.
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 Town of Hinton.
You need an electrical permit for:
- wiring installations in or on any land or building
- alteration, extension and repair of wiring
- temporary power
- photovoltaic solar panel systems (PV systems)
Applying for an electrical permit
Electrical permit applications are available online or in person at the Town of Hinton Government Centre.
Fees vary depending on the value, square footage and type of project. Note: If the Safety Codes Officer is unable to perform your inspection due to deficiencies, access issues, incomplete work or the inability to locate the site, a re-inspection fee will apply.
Who can apply?
- electrical contractors with the appropriate credentials
- homeowners, if they own and live in, or intend to live in, the home and are completing the work themselves or with qualified help
Note: If a contractor is doing the work, you (as the homeowner/business owner) should ask the contractor to pull the permit rather than you pulling the permit on the contractor’s behalf.
To book an inspection, call The Inspections Group at 866-554-5048 and allow 2-5 working days notice.
- If the contractor is applying for the permit, the owner should ask for a copy of the permit to confirm that all work adheres to the Safety Codes Act and the Canadian Electrical Code
- The permit generally expires after one year without an extension request
- Work must begin within 90 days from the issue date
- Work must not be suspended or abandoned for a period of more than 120 days
- All commercial, industrial and institutional electrical permits must be pulled by a certified contractor
Note: It is an offence under the Provincial Safety Codes Act to start any work without a valid permit. Permit fees will be doubled if work is started without a permit.
More information on technical requirements
Alberta Municipal Affairs offers a Codes and Permits Safety Tips website with brochures on subjects like private sewage treatment systems, secondary suites, building a wood deck, and many more.