Question about ESA Certification

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Posted by: from Oshawa
12/15/2020 at 12:05:22 AM

I got my basement renovated recently. I was so stupid to understand difference between esa and city permits. By the time I understood difference now the basement is 99 cent done.The contractor gave non esa cert cost and esa cert cost. I went with non esa cost. now after basment is almost done now I want to get esa cert. Will the inspector ask to remove the whole dry walls now ?

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Edin from CITY ELECTRIC LTD in Guelph
Date/Time12/15/2020 at 6:16:52 AM

ESA permit and inspection is a MUST no matter how big or small the project is, and there should be no option permit or no permit. As for your basement project it is up to the ESA inspector and also whether the work was done by an electrician or handy man he will want to know who did the work. Good luck

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Derek from DB Electric in Ottawa
Date/Time12/15/2020 at 6:30:23 AM

It's a great possibility... I've seen inspectors do it plenty of times

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Andrew from Phaze-In Electric Ltd. in Maple
Date/Time12/15/2020 at 8:04:37 AM

Unfortunately, yes.

When you get an ESA certificate you have two types of inspections that you need to have before getting the certificate. You will have the roughing in inspection which is when all walls are open, and then there is a finishing inspection which is when the walls are all closed and you have all your plates and plugs on.

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Date/Time12/15/2020 at 8:49:44 AM


The responses so far are spot on. Please do one thing for all of us licensed electrical contractors: share your experience with ESA by following this link:

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Date/Time12/15/2020 at 9:05:15 AM

ESA is mandatory and there is not others option -

Gereral contractor must hire a electrical contractor to do the electrical part with ESA permit no matter what case -

Now anything happens to your house , is not covered by insurance company because of illegal wiring .

Report the General contractor to ESA online report and they will take care of it -

Best luck

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Mohammad from Quality Potlight Inc. in Markham
Date/Time12/15/2020 at 9:09:56 AM

Hi Raz,

Sorry to hear about your experience. To answer your question, yes most likely the inspector would want to see some wiring behind the drywall.

Regardless of all this, the contractor shouldn't really give you an option for a non-esa option! This is a must they could get fined and the electrician can lose his license.


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