Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Electrical Wiring Permits authorize contractors to carry out electrical installations.

Eligibility

New Brunswick licenced Electrical Contractors and Sign Installer Contractors are required to obtain a wiring permit for electrical construction involving more than ten (10) outlets or five (5) kw of load.

A plan review is required for electrical installations in excess of 600 amps at 120/240 volts, 400 amps at 120/208 volts, 400 amps at 347/600 volts and for any installations having a voltage in excess of 600 volts.

Description

Permits must be obtained before construction begins and before a utility power connection is made. Working without a permit will result in a special inspection fee in addition to the cost of the permit. There are some permit exemptions for owners of establishments where their operation requires frequent alterations performed by permanently employed electricians.

Sign installation work means the installation, maintenance or repair of a sign, including the installation, maintenance or repair of an electrical connection to the load side of a sign service disconnect switch, but does not include the installation, maintenance or repair of a sign service disconnect switch. Permits are required on all new installations and when the ampacity or voltage of an existing sign is altered.

Effective July 3, 2019: NB Power accepts electrical wiring permit applications from Electrical Contractors for electrical installations requiring a utility connection for all four utilities: NB Power, Saint John Energy, Edmundston Energy, Perth-Andover Electrical Light Commission, and for installations that do not require a utility connection (feeder branch).

For NB Power customers only, a work order number will be required before an electrical wiring permit can be processed, if the utility is required on site. Electrical Contractors shall have their clients contact NB Power for this work order number.

Electrical Contractors will have two methods for applying for an electrical wiring permit:

1) Online at www.nbpower.com/electricalsupportservices (or "Apply for Electrical Wiring Permit" on this page under Related Links) by completing the fillable form for electrical wiring permit applications and submitting directly to NB Power for processing. The building permit, waiver or other documents can be submitted through this website by downloading with the wiring permit application.

2) By contacting NB Power by phone at 1-800-615-0522 Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. With this option you will be giving your information directly to NB Power personnel. Your building permit, waiver or other documents will need to be sent to NB Power by fax or mail before the permit can be issued.

By Mail:

NB Power
Attn.: Electrical Wiring Permit Applications
515 King St., 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 2000, Station A
Fredericton, NB
E3B 4X1

By Fax:

NB Power
Attn.: Electrical Wiring Permit Applications
(506) 458-4000

The fax number is for building permits, waivers or other documents only. DO NOT fax electrical wiring permit applications.

Wiring permit applications will not be required when applying by phone as all information will be given directly to NB Power over the phone.

Payment Methods: Credit card (Visa, MasterCard); Pre- Authorized Debit (registration required); cheque or money order

All payments must be submitted before a permit can be issued.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2011 PS Electrical Permits for 50 K.V.A. or less.pdf,
2011 PS Special Wiring Permit.pdf

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Special wiring permits for carnivals and exhibitions, shows or other such presentations (per electrical installation) 
  50 K.V.A. or less, 200 amperes or less, 120/240 volts single phase or 120/208 volts three phase200.002011-04-01
  72 amperes or less, 240 to 600 volts200.002011-04-01
  51 to 100 K.V.A., 201 to 400 amperes, 120/240 volts single phase or 120/208 volts three phase300.002003-09-08
  120 amperes or less, 240 to 600 volts300.002003-09-08
  All electrical installations over 100 K.V.A. 400.002003-09-08
Other Special Wiring Permits2003-09-08
  Special wiring permit for an emergency repair or detachment/reattachment for siding installation50.002011-04-01
Wiring Permits for Temporary Installations for Construction 2011-04-01
  200 amperes or less, 120/240 volts single phase or 120/208 volts three phase60.002011-04-01
  72 amperes or less, 347/600 volts three phase60.002011-04-01
  201 to 400 amperes, 120/240 volts single phase or 120/208 volts three phase125.002011-04-01
  73 to 200 amperes, 347/600 volts three phase125.002011-04-01
  401 to 600 amperes, 120/240 volts single phase or 120/208 volts three phase175.002011-04-01
  201 to 400 amperes, 347/600 volts three phase175.002011-04-01
  All other temporary installations for construction300.002011-04-01
  All other temporary service entrance relocations115.000211-04-01
Wiring permits for all type II installations and type III installations up to and including the first 50 K.V.A. that do not require a new service connection115.002011-04-01
Wiring permits for all type II installations and type III installations up to and including the first 50 K.V.A. that require a new service connection115.002011-04-01
Wiring Permits for type III Installations in excess of 50 K.V.A 2011-04-01
  Between 50 and 1000 K.V.A. (per K.V.A)1.652003-09-08
  Between 1001 and 20,000 K.V.A (per K.V.A)1.002003-09-08
  In excess of 20,000 K.V.A (per K.V.A) 1.002011-04-01
Wiring Permits for service entrance relocations115.002011-04-01
Wiring Permits for sign installation work  2011-04-01
  For a single sign at a location75.002003-09-08
Wiring Permits for sign installation work on two or more signs at a location  2003-09-08
  For the first sign 75.002003-09-08
  For each additional sign10.002003-09-08