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Electrical Permits

Electrical Permits

Electrical permits are important to everyone, to the extent that they fall under the public Freedom of Information Act. This means that anyone, from insurance providers, realtors and potential home buyers to your next door neighbor, can search your property’s permit history by contacting your area regulating authority and providing your street address.

The following are reasons why electrical permits are important.

Accountability

An electrical permit means an inspector may scrutinize the specified work. The electrical inspection department is an independent third party that provides a higher level of accountability for the electrical contractor named on the permit. An electrical inspector will fail an inspection if an installation does not meet the most recent Code standards.

Assurance

The permit gives property owners the assurance that specific electrical work has met the current Code standard. Because the majority of the electrical system is hidden behind walls, realtors and potential home buyers want proof that all past alterations were made by a qualified electrician. An electrical permit provides proof that an electrical contractor was in charge of the electrical work.

Safety

The Canadian Electrical Code sets the standard for the maintenance and installation of electrical equipment in Canada. This Code is revised and published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) every 3 years. Existing Code rules are reviewed or updated before each revision. New safety rules are added to address new technology or circumstances. The Code is then passed into Canadian law and adopted by each individual province. An electrical permit requires that all work named on the permit meets the minimum standard for safety as outlined in the most recent Canadian Electrical Code. For this reason, every job requires a knowledgeable electrician to follow the Code rules on every installation.

Responsibility

The permit assigns all responsibility of the electrical work described on the permit to the electrical contractor named on the permit.

Obligation

By law, ALL regulated electrical work requires an electrical permit. This includes renovations, additions, upgrades and many repairs. Property owners should always be provided with the electrical permit number for reference, although a copy of the electrical permit is even better. An electrician who is unable to produce an electrical permit, may not be legally qualified to complete the requested electrical work.

Homeowners need to understand that electrical permits are important. The risks in avoiding the electrical permit to save a few dollars is just not worth it.

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Do you need an Electrical Inspection Assessment for your home? Homeowners sometimes perceive any type of inspection with trepidation. In this case the information is for their benefit and safety.

An Electrical Inspection Assessment, completed by a certified electrician, is important to every homeowner.

General Home Inspection vs Electrical Inspection Assessment

There is a significant difference between a general Home Inspection and an Electrical Inspection Assessment completed by a certified electrician.

Training to become a licensed home inspector consists of approximately 6 weeks of academic and on-site training. This training will provide the home inspector with basic knowledge of most components of your home such as heating, cooling and ventilation, roofing, the exterior and interior of the structure, plumbing and electrical.  Because of limited knowledge, a home inspector is unable to inspect most of the electrical in the home. A home inspection report provides a very basic overview of all the various systems of the home.

A certified electrician receives a minimum of 40 weeks of academic training in addition to 6000 hours of jobsite training. This education takes approximately 4 years to complete. An Electrical Safety Assessment is a thorough and detailed inspection of the entire electrical system specifically. A certified electrician will check the health of the entire electrical system from the incoming BC Hydro connection point, to the main service, grounding, wiring and throughout all levels of the home’s interior and exterior. A standardized Risk Rating is the most important part of the reporting process as it informs the homeowner of the potential for accidental fire caused by the electrical system.

*Most insurance providers will not accept an electrical inspection report without a corresponding Risk Rating.

Value of an Electrical Safety Assessment

The following are reasons for when an electrical safety assessment is important:

  • Provides a thorough understanding of the condition of the entire electrical system in an existing home or a potential home purchase.
  • Identifies potential concerns before they become major repairs.
  • Provides valuable information needed when planning future changes, major renovations or adding electrical load demand like an air conditioner or a hot tub to the electrical system.
  • Satisfies the requirements of an insurance provider for renewal or a new policy.
  • Provides peace of mind in determining that the electrical system in an older home is operating safely. This is especially important if no electrical maintenance has been done in several years.

Like any piece of equipment, your electrical system requires periodic inspection and maintenance. As electrical components deteriorate from wear, or Code changes identify improved safety in methods or products, an electrical inspection will keep homeowners informed of available safety options. (Our technicians still come across homes that do not have grounded circuits or GFCI protection). We recommend that a thorough electrical assessment be done approximately every 10 years. For real peace of mind regarding your home’s electrical system, call Blue Crest Electric to schedule your Electrical Power Safety Check Assessment with Risk Rating.

The Purpose of an Electrical Permit

The purpose of an electrical permit is sometimes lostElectrical Permits 1
to some property owners. So in case you have also wondered why an electrical permit is so important, allow us to provide some incite.

SAFETY – The Canadian Electrical Code sets the standard for the maintenance and installation of electrical equipment in Canada. This Code is published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and is revised every 3 years. Existing Code rules are reviewed and sometimes updated before each revision. New safety rules are added to address new technology or circumstances. The Code is then passed into Canadian law and adopted by each individual province. An electrical permit requires that all work named on the permit will, at the very least, meet the minimum standard for safety as outlined in the most recent Canadian Electrical Code.  For this reason, every job requires a knowledgeable electrician to follow the Code rules on every installation.

ACCOUNTABILITY – An electrical permit means the electrical work may be scrutinized by an electrical inspector. The electrical inspection department is an independent third party that provides a higher level of accountability for the installing electrician and the electrical contractor named on the permit. An electrical inspector will fail an inspection if an installation does not meet the most recent Code standards.

RESPONSIBILITY – The permit assigns all responsibility of the electrical work described on the permit to the electrical contractor named on the permit.

ASSURANCE – The permit gives property owners the assurance that their electrical work must meet, or exceed the current Code standard before the permit can pass an inspection and be completed by the local electrical inspection department.

PEACE OF MIND – Because the majority of the electrical system is hidden behind the walls, home buyers are asking for proof that all past renovations and alterations were made by a qualified electrician. An electrical permit provides proof that an electrical contractor was in charge of the electrical work.

OBLIGATION – By law, an electrical permit is required for ALL regulated electrical work. This includes renovations, additions, upgrades and many repairs. At the very least, property owners should always be provided with the electrical permit number for reference, although a copy of the electrical permit for a personal file is even better. An electrician who is unable to produce an electrical permit, may not be legally qualified to complete the requested electrical work.

If you have any questions about electrical permits, please call the licensed electricians at Blue Crest Electric. We serve clients all throughout Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Harrison, Mission and Maple Ridge. Contact us today.