Building or renovating a home?

Nova Scotia PowerNova Scotia Power is pleased to help with your new service connection. This checklist outlines what steps are involved in the process.

We’ll keep you informed of important stages of your connection with frequent updates. If you have questions during any stage of the process, give us a call: 1 800 428-6230

Check out your energy efficiency options. Before beginning construc- tion on your new home, cottage or renovation, we encourage you to explore your options for energy efficient home heating solutions, building products and programs. This can help reduce your energy usage and save you money in the long- term. Visit to learn about energy saving programs available to you. For more information regarding home heating solutions and money saving tips, visit

Call Nova Scotia Power and talk to one of our Customer Service Representative to set up your new account, order a meter or schedule an onsite planning consultation.

Determine if a temporary service is required. During construction, it is sometimes necessary to have a temporary power connection available in order to provide electricity for power tools used on site. Depending on where this temporary power source would be located, a line extension cost may apply.

Wiring requirements. Your electrician will obtain a wiring permit and must coordinate all inspections with Nova Scotia Power. During different stages of your construction or renovation, a wiring inspector will visit your property to perform electrical inspections.

A rough-in inspection: Performed once the wiring has been installed, prior to the installation of wall coverings; such as insulation or gyproc.

A service inspection: Ensures the electri- cal entrance on the side of your house (or underground) has been safely installed.

A final inspection: Must be completed in order to connect power and in some cases occupancy. Passing final inspections completed after August 2011 will have a sticker attached to property’s panel board, indicating a successful final inspection.

Connecting Power. Following a successful inspection, and once all other steps are complete, a Nova Scotia Power service crew will run the service line from the utility pole to your home and install your electrical meter, completing the electrical connection.

After service connection is complete. Once you have had your power connected, there are few more things you might want to consider:

E-billing: Want one less bill in your mailbox? Sign up for e-billing at

Tree Planting/Trimming: Visit our website at to learn which trees work well near power lines.

Nova Scotia Power now has a great online resource for current and future home builders, including videos that help make learning about inspections, electrical con- tractors and wiring that much easier!

Visit to:

1. Find out why site visits are necessary

2. Learn what you should be aware of when choosing an electrical contractor

3. Follow our to-do list to ensure you have covered everything

4. Follow the four step wiring inspection process throughout the build/renovation

5. Connect your power!

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