Installing an Approved Sign

The Canadian Electrical Code is very clear that installation of electric signs requires proper permits and following proper installation procedures.

CEC Rule 2-004 states that electrical contractors (or others responsible for carrying out the work) “shall obtain a permit from the inspection department before commencing work with respect to installation, alteration, repair, or extension of any electrical equipment”.

CEC Rule 2-026 states that, even if approval previously has been granted, the inspector may reject any equipment if: the equipment itself is substandard; the equipment is not suitable for the conditions of use (e.g., if a sign approved for interior use is installed in a wet outdoor location); or if “the terms of the approval agreement are not being carried out”. The CEC further explains: “As a condition of approval of certain types of electrical equipment, the manufacturer supplies instructions pertaining to its installation. It is of the utmost importance that the installer closely follow installation instructions supplied by the manufacturer to fulfill the terms of the approval agreement.”