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Electrical Certification (Silver Tag) for all Manufactured Homes in BC.
The Electrical Certification (Silver Tag) for Manufactured Homes in BC change has come about under the Safety Electrical
Building Code of BC. This certification is needed before you can list your home for sale if there has been any electrical work done without an
electrical permit taken out and a passed inspection and you must be able to show the permits to the Realtor. This includes any electrical changes
to the original home or additions to the home or out buildings on the Home Site.
See the Realtors' directive
To get the silver tag and put it on your electrical panel you must have a qualified electrician inspect the home, additions and out buildings filling out the proper
forms, get an electrical permit and correct all defects and have it inspected and passed. Then the required form must be filled out and all documentation sent in to
get your silver tag. (shop around and get quotes for this process). The homeowner is still allowed to perform the installation but he must have the installation
certified by a qualified electrical technician.
The following is a more detailed look at all this. I have taken relevant parts out of the official Safety Authority website and have given links to specific
pages on the website and also links to documents in pdf format.
Look at the Safety Authority's Regulations & Consultation page at this
Under the Permits, Approvals & Design Registrations tab,
it would be worthwhile to look at and download the Electrical Safety Homeowner Information Guide. Also
the document links under the heading Applying for your homeowner electrical permit would appear to be important.
Under the heading Electrical Homeowner Permits
All homeowners doing regulated electrical work are required to obtain a permit before they begin. For more information on performing
electrical work, getting your permit, and working with contractors, please visit our Thinkpermit
Follow the links on that page for more information, such as:
Also under the heading Applying for yur homeowner electrical permit, it says: "to apply for a homeowner electrical permit you must complete and submit
- Electrical Homeowner Installation Permit Form 1259
- Your appropriate payment
- the Homeowner's calculated load demand sheet Form 1379
- the Homeowner Electrical Permit Questionnaire Form 1378
and submit to a BCSA local office or Service BC Centre.
Locate the appropriate office on the map.
Also read about Installation Permits at the following link.
The Safety Standards Act applies to everyone who installs, alters, maintains or operates electrical equipment. It’s essential that you are
familiar with the following regulations.
If you are new to the electrical industry, you’re undertaking a new type of work or you’d just like to refresh your memory, please take the time
to read all items. To understand the role the BC Safety Authority plays in electrical safety, refer to the
Electrical Overview Manual.
Page 1, Electrical Program
page 8, Installation Permits;
pages 9 to 11, Homeowner
Installation Permits and Inspections; and
page 15, Variances, are relevant
sections to read.
Electrical Safety Orders, Directives, and Information Bulletins
Safety Orders are an instrument that is issued to prevent or reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to property.
Compliance is mandatory and enforceable by the Safety Authority.
Directives are instruments that clarify or provide new interpretation of a regulation or code.
Compliance is mandatory.
Those involved in installing, operating or maintaining electrical products
must comply with the interpretations provided in the directives. See Approval
of Manufactured Home Directive. In this Directive,
sections 3 to 6 and 16 to 18 would appear to apply. Also forms FRM-1143
Used Mobile Home Inspection Report and FRM-0206
Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration form may apply. Also see Homeowner
Permit - Scope of Work Directive.
Information bulletins provide helpful information and clarification on existing regulations or code that affect your particular technology.
Under section 21(1) of the Electrical Safety Regulation, electrical equipment must bear evidence of either a mark or a label of a certification
agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada or an approval label issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority under section 10 of the
Safety Standards Act. This Bulletin specifies the certification/approval marks and labels that are acceptable in British
Columbia. See this Information Bulletin re. the above.
Changes to the regulations and code. Changes to the BC Electrical Code regulation occur approximately every three years.
Permit required unless exempted or in an emergency
12 (1) A person must obtain the appropriate permit from the regulatory authority before performing regulated work or using a regulated product unless
exempted from doing so under the Act.
(2) In an emergency or if required to perform regulated work when the permit issuing office is closed, a person is not
required to obtain a permit before performing regulated work if the person
(a) is authorized under the Act to perform the regulated work, and
(b) applies for a permit from the regulatory authority on the first business day following the emergency or the next day that the permit issuing office is open.
Under the heading, Permit application procedure
13 reads as
An application for a permit must be accompanied by any required fee and must include the following:
(a) a description of the regulated work to be performed;
(b) the address of the place where the regulated work is to be
(c) the name and address of the person for whom the
regulated work under the permit is to be performed;
(d) if the regulated work is to be performed by a licensed contractor, the licensed contractor's name, address and registration number;
(e) if the regulated work is to be performed by a homeowner, the name of each person who will be assisting with the regulated work other than members
of the homeowner's immediate family.
Under the heading Installation permits
17(1) An installation permit is required to install or alter a regulated product.
(2) An installation permit may be issued to any of the following:
(a) a licensed contractor;
(b) a person who holds an operating permit;
(c) an owner of a regulated product;
(d) a homeowner who performs regulated work as permitted under the regulations.
(3) Unless exempted by the regulations, an application for an installation permit must contain the name, certificate of qualification
number and class of certificate of qualification of the field safety representative.
(4) To issue an installation permit a safety officer may require a bond.
Under the heading Part 3 - Inspections by Safety Officers
Certificate of inspection
20 (1) This section applies to an inspection performed by a safety officer.
(2) On completion of an inspection by a safety officer of regulated work or a regulated product, the safety officer must issue
a certificate of inspection to the permit holder.
(3) If the certificate under subsection (2) identifies any non-compliances with respect to the regulated work or regulated product,
the permit holder must correct the non-compliances and notify the safety officer that the corrections have been completed.
(4) Issuance of a certificate of inspection does not prevent a safety officer from re-inspecting regulated work.
Under the Electrical Safety Regulation under Part 1 - General Qualification and Licensing Provisions, Division 1 - Individuals who may perform regulated electrical work
item 4 (1) says: "Subject to subsection (2), an individual must not perform regulated work in respect of electrical equipment unless the individual
(d) is a homeowner acting in accordance with section 17."
Under Part 2 - Permits, Inspections and Regulated Products, Division 1 - Permits
Permits for electrical work
11 (1) When electrical work is performed on electrical equipment, a permit is required
(a) for each structure with a separate electrical supply, or
(b) for each portion of a structure with a separate electrical supply service.
(2) A permit is required for any electrical work that requires the attendance of a utility to connect or reconnect an electrical service.
When a homeowner may perform electrical work under a permit
17 (1) Subject to this section, a homeowner may perform electrical work in their fully detached dwelling under an installation permit.
(2) An installation permit may be issued to a homeowner only if
(a) electricity is not fed or supplied from the fully detached dwelling to a separately owned or occupied property, and
(b) the electrical work involves only installations in which the current and voltage do not exceed current of 200 amps and voltage
of 150 volts to ground, single phase power.
(3) An installation permit issued under subsection (2) does not authorize the issue of a permit to install the connection from
a manufactured home or recreational vehicle to the power supply of a manufactured home park or recreational vehicle park.
(4) A homeowner who performs electrical work under an installation permit must request that the work be inspected by a safety officer
(a) if the work or a phase of the work is completed, promptly on that completion, or
(b) if no other inspection has been made within 180 days from the start of the permit, immediately before the expiry of the 180 day period.
(5) If an inspection is required after a request under subsection (4), the inspection must be made after completion of the electrical work and before
(a) the concealment of any portion of the rough wiring, and
(b) the connection of power to the electrical supply system.
(6) A homeowner may perform the electrical work in the homeowner's fully detached dwelling under an installation permit issued to a licensed electrical
contractor for that work if
(a) the contractor who holds the permit supervises the work, and
(b) the homeowner only performs work referred to in subsection (2).
When permit is not required for electrical work
18 (1) No permit is required if the only electrical work performed is testing.
(2) An individual may replace the following regulated products without a permit, up to a maximum rating of 150 V to ground, with
electrical equipment of a similar type or rating:
(b) cord attachment plugs;
(e) dimmer switches;
(f) fan speed controllers;
(h) overcurrent devices.
(3) An individual may replace, without a permit, a lamp of up to 347 V to ground with a lamp of a similar type or rating.
(4) An individual may replace, without a permit, a fuse of up to 750 V with a fuse of a similar type or rating.
(5) If a licensed electrical contractor or a manufacturer's technical representative performs repairs involving the components
of existing installed and certified regulated electrical equipment, no permit is required if
(a) there are no modifications or additions to the electrical installation,
(b) neither the electrical rating nor the characteristics of the equipment is altered, and
(c) the replacement components are of a type which do not invalidate the original certification mark.
[am. B.C. Reg. 327/2005, Sch. 1, s. 4.]
Inspection of electrical work
19 (1) If a person holds an electrical installation permit, the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection
at least once in every 180 day period.
(2) If no inspection request under subsection (1) has been submitted within a 180 day period, the holder of the permit must have the permit amended to
allow for the extra time before performing any regulated work.
(3) On the completion of each phase of electrical work under an installation permit, the field safety representative named on the permit must request an inspection.
(4) A person must not do any of the following unless the regulated work has been inspected or the inspection has been waived:
(a) conceal any portion of the rough wiring;
(b) connect power to the electrical supply system;
(c) if the inspection is required for other than the last phase, work on the next phase of the electrical work.
(5) If an inspection is required for regulated work, other than the regulated work in the last phase, a person must not do regulated
work on the next phase of electrical work.
(6) After receiving a request under subsection (1) or (3), the regulatory authority may require
(a) an inspection, or
(b) a declaration that the work performed under the permit complies with the Act and the regulations.