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