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25
Apr

What Work Needs an Electrical Permit?

Almost all electrical work requires an electrical permit. Not only does this process assure a safe installation it assures your insurance company that your electrical work meets Code and is safe.

Consult the following chart below for answers to the most common electrical permit questions.  The Electrical Safety Authority is always available to clarify.

What Work Needs an Electrical Permit?

Changing a light switch

Replacing an existing switch with a dimmer switch requires an electrical permit

Replacing an existing switch with a dimmer switch requires an electrical permit

Simple like-for-like 2 wire to 2 wire change – No permit needed

Single pole to three-way switch – Permit needed

Replace an existing switch with a dimmer – Permit needed

Installing new power outlets

Outdoor or Indoor – Permit needed

Ceiling fan

Installing a ceiling fan where no fixture exists – Permit needed

Installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture exists – Permit needed

Replacing any existing ceiling fan – Permit needed

Receptacles: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters(AFCIs) or TR (Tamper-Resistant)

Replacing an existing receptacle – No permit needed

Installing new receptacle – Permit needed

Electrical Panel

Upgrading your Electrical Panel requires an electrical permit.

Upgrading your Electrical Panel requires an electrical permit.

Any work on the panel – Permit needed

Installing pot lights

Installing pot lights in existing pot lights – Permit needed

Installing new pot lights – Permit needed

Installing a new light fixture

Replacing a 2-wire fixture for a 2-wire fixture – No permit needed

Installing a new light fixture where one didn’t exist – Permit needed

Installing a chandelier where a flush-mount light or two-light fixture existed – No permit needed

Installing outdoor light fixtures requiring new runs – Permit needed

Installing outdoor fixture where no new run is needed – Permit needed

Deck lights

Installing lights on a deck / low voltage deck lights – Permit needed

GFCI outlet

Replacing an old GFCI outlet with a new one with a cover on it – No permit needed

Running wiring to a shed

Running Wire to a Shed requires an electrical permit

Running Wire to a Shed requires an electrical permit

Outdoor – Permit needed

Replacing or rewiring a pool pump

Indoor or outdoor – Permit needed

Installing a new electrical appliance

Dishwasher – Permit needed

Washer/Dryer – Permit needed

Oven – Permit needed

 

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    1. Hello Teresa,

      You do need a permit when replacing a non GFCI outlet with GFCI protection. Reason being is in some cases you will be adding a GFCI breaker to the panel for protection and in other cases the outlet change is not a simple swap out. If the GFCI is incorrectly wired you will have no protection other than a false sense of security that you did the right thing. The permit is cheap insurance that everything is correct and in proper working order. The inspection itself takes about fifteen minutes and in Ontario you can book a morning or afternoon arrival window.

      Hope this is of value to you.

      Terry Carman
      http://www.theshockdoctors.ca




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