Do I need permit for electrical DIY?

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Posted by: from Ottawa
10/9/2017 at 7:24:44 AM

Do I need a permit to update the switches and outlets in my home? Will be doing it myself to avoid my insurance?

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Date/Time10/9/2017 at 10:15:35 AM

Hi Amanda,

In Ontario, a permit is required for replacement of receptacles by a homeowner. A permit is not required to replace like-for-like switches. If you have aluminum or un-grounded wiring, a permit is always required.

You can read all about DIY and types of electrical work that require a permit by a homeowner at the following link

Hope this helps and good luck with your project.

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Vasyl from V.M.Electric in Surrey
Date/Time10/9/2017 at 10:37:19 AM

You can do it by yourself unless Insurance company request an electrical inspection from a licensed electrician to make sure your home is a low insurable risk.

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Date/Time10/9/2017 at 10:52:51 AM

Hi Amanda,

According to the Electrical Safety Authority in Ontario, the only items that you are allowed to change without applying for a permit in your own personally owned live in residence are light switches & light fixtures. Anything else requires a permit. Not sure how your insurance company would respond if a light fixture was replaced by you & it fell & struck a guest in your home.

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Date/Time11/23/2017 at 2:02:36 AM

You don't need a permit but you need an electrical contractor to certify the job did in the house by homeowner. Normally electrical contractor has their own checklist to maintain their standard of safety according to current Canadian Electrical code in order for them to certify the house electrically safe to be insured.

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