What is a final inspection and when does it take place?

Request the final inspection as soon as possible after completion of the electrical installation. This means all receptacles, switches, cover plates, light fixtures and permanently connected appliances are in place and the panel directory is complete. Any unused openings in panel boards or junction and outlet boxes are filled with suitable fillers.

Where an appliance that will be permanently connected isn’t yet on site, terminate the cable in a junction box complete with a blank cover, and insulate the ends of the conductors with wire connectors or tape. Where permanent light fixtures aren’t yet on site, install temporary light fixtures or a blank cover on lighting outlet boxes.

Electrical inspections take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays).

Once the electrical installation has been reviewed and passed, whoever filed the notification of work will receive an ESA Certificate of Acceptance. This confirms the electrical work complies with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. If your contractor filed the notification of work, ask for a copy of the certificate for your records. You can also call 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233) for a copy.