Electrical Permits

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An Electrical Permit is required to install, alter or add to an electrical system.  Electrical permits ensure that electrical systems are installed correctly and comply with the Safety Codes Act and Canadian Electrical Code. A qualified electrician licensed by the City of Medicine Hat must submit the electrical permit application, unless the work is done under a Homeowner's Permit.

An Electrical Permit is not required for the replacement of electrical equipment with units of a similar type if the replacement is made for the purpose of maintaining the system and does not modify the ratings or characteristics of the electrical installation.

Licensed Contractors:

Homeowner's Permit:
  • As a homeowner, you are entitled to apply for a homeowner's permit if:
    • You own and reside at the premise to be wired, or in the case of a home under construction, you will reside in the premise, and 
    • You will personally be installing the wiring, and 
    • You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the applicable safety regulations.
  • You may not apply for a Homeowner's Electrical Permit if:
    • You do not own and reside at the premises to be wired, or 
    • You are not personally installing the wiring, or 
    • The installation requires other than standard wiring materials, or 
    • The system is over 100 amperes in capacity, or 
    • A three phase system, or 
    • Over 150 volts to ground, or 
    • The work involves a hot tub and/or swimming pool, or
    • The work involves a Secondary Suite or Rental Property. 
  • Complete the Electrical Permit Application and Homeowners Acceptance Form and submit in person at the Planning, Building and Development department on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

    Note: If you have no previous knowledge or experience with electrical wiring, it would be in your best interest to hire an electrical contractor who is eligible to receive permits. Work completed by inexperienced individuals often requires extensive corrections to bring the installation up to code, and may create a serious hazard.

    Permit Cancellation:
    A Safety Codes Officer may, by written notice sent or delivered to the applicant at the address or fax number on the application, cancel or suspend a permit if he is aware that:
    1. in the case of an addition or alteration, the existing electrical system in or on the building or premises does not comply with the Safety Codes Act;
    2. incorrect information was submitted in or with the application for the permit;
    3. information submitted with the application is inadequate to determine whether the electrical work complies or will comply with the Safety Codes Act;
    4. the electrical work for which the permit was issued does not or will not comply with the Safety  Codes Act or the permit or any condition thereof; or
    5. the permit was issued in error.
    Expiration of Permit:

    An electrical permit expires if the work is not commenced within 180 days of the issuance of the permit or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 180 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 180 days.

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