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Electrical Permits

An electrical permit is needed to install, alter or add to any electrical system. These permits make sure that electrical systems are installed properly and that they comply with the Safety Codes Act and Canadian Electrical Code. A qualified electrician licensed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo must submit the electrical permit application unless the work is done under a Homeowner's Permit.

Licensed Contractors

Completed electrical permit applications can be dropped off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.

Homeowner's Permit

If you have no experience with electrical wiring, it is best to hire a professional electrical contractor who is eligible to receive permits. Only Master Electricians are eligible to apply for permits. Work done by inexperienced installers may need expensive corrections and may, in fact, be dangerous.

However, as a homeowner who resides in a single family residential dwelling, you can apply for a Homeowners Permit for the installation of building systems in that dwelling.
You can apply for a Homeowners Permit if you:

  • You own and reside at the building to be wired (or will reside if the home is under construction)
  • You will personally be installing the wiring
  • You are capable of ensuring that the work will be done in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

Please complete the Electrical Permit Application and a Declaration of Homeowner for Permit and drop them off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online through E-Permitting.

You may not apply for a Homeowner’s Electrical Permit if you:

  • Do not own and reside at the premises to be wired
  • You are not personally installing the wiring

Permit Cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer or Permit Issuer may cancel or suspend a permit if he/she is aware that:

  1. In the case of an addition or alteration, the existing undertaking is unsafe or will reduce the level of safety of the undertaking governed by the permit to below that which is intended by the act rand Regulations, codes, standards or body of rules declared to be in force pursuant to the Alberta Safety Codes Act.
  2. Incorrect or insufficient information is submitted with respect to the permit or the undertaking to be governed by the permit.
  3. In the opinion of the permit issuer, the undertaking for which the permit would be or has been issued would or does contravene the Safety Codes Act.
  4. The permit fee has not been paid
  5. There is a contravention of any condition under which the permit was issued or the permit was issued in error.

Expiration of a Permit

An electrical permit expires if the work has not started within 90 days of the issuance or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 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 90 days. Permits are good for a year provided work is progressing.


Now you are able to submit your application, drawings and payment online with E-Permitting.

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