View the tabs below to find application forms, guiding documents, and learn about the application process.
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.
STEP 1 – Ensure the application is taken out by a provincially-qualified and licensed contractor
Applicants must satisfy the below requirements:
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
Contractors must have a valid West Vancouver business licence. Businesses located in North Vancouver must have a valid inter-municipal licence obtained through their municipality. For further information please call our Bylaws Department at 604-925-7152 or visit the Business Licences webpage.
As of April 15, 2021, applications must be submitted using one of the below methods. Emailed submissions will no longer be accepted.
Option 1 – E-Apply
Our E-Apply application and payment system is still available for trade permit applications (only). Using this system you will be able to apply, pay for, issue, and manage your permit. 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
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
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.
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.
Installation of conduits and cables in forms or slabs require the approval of an Electrical Safety Officer prior to covering with concrete.
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.
The pool bonding conductor and bonds for all metal objects within the perimeter of the pool must be inspected by an Electrical Safety Officer.