If you’re planning to build or upgrade — whether it’s a commercial building or your home – it’s important to know what the legal requirements are. The BC Safety Standards Act has very specific rules as to who can perform electrical work, what certification they need, what licenses they require, and what is needed to ensure the electrical work is done according to the electrical code.
When is a permit needed? What certification is required by those performing the installation or repair? Does the finished work need an inspection? The answers to all these questions are based on the requirements of the “electrical code,” which is, in actuality, three complementary codes: national, provincial and local.
Hire a Professional
A typical home or business owner can’t expect to be familiar with all the changing legal requirements of the code. This is but one reason why it’s important to hire an experienced professional who stays abreast of all regulatory issues. That’s part of our job at AJ’s Electrical– and then to put the knowledge to safe and practical use at your home or business.
At the local level, the City of Vancouver and surrounding municipalities regularly release bulletins and advisories on electrical regulations. A look at the electrical permit portion of the city’s website reveals that for a building under construction or renovation, a permit is required for all but the most minor electrical work.
Keep it to Code
Every code-related advisory serves a purpose. To a layperson, all these regulations appear frustrating and confusing. But their goal is simple: to prevent injuries and save lives. These local requirements complement provincial and national regulations. Again, safety is the goal– and it’s part of an electrician’s professional education to stay on top of regulations at all levels.
In our recent blog The Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Electrical, we urged homeowners, primarily for safety’s sake, not to take matters into their own hands when it comes to electrical repairs. There are simply too many things that can go awry. The same urgent advice applies to new construction and upgrades. If you’re building or renovating a home or commercial building and thinking that you can handle the electrical part of things yourself, think again. And read the blog we just mentioned.
And if safety isn’t enough reason, there are financial reasons for trusting a professional electrician to ensure adherence to electrical codes. If your company or business is violating any of them, you could face huge fines, or even potentially be shut down. Homeowners aren’t immune from fines, either, so don’t take a chance.
Often violations are simple problems such as an exposed wire, but having these small problems corrected by a licensed electrical contractor will save you worry and make sure the job is done to code. As professional, and highly experienced electricians, we at AJ’s Electrical Service and Repair know the codes, so you don’t have to “de-code” anything– or put yourself, family, employees or customers in harm’s way. We’ll take care of your electrical repair or installation from start to finish.
AJ’s proprietors Shawn Willis and Darren Martin have 50 years of combined experience in residential and commercial installation, repair and ensuring our work is “up to code.” Call us at 604-946-8946 or contact us here on our website.