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Electrical inspections needed for buildings, residents told

Following the hurricanes which caused extensive damage to properties across the British Virgin Islands, residents and business owners are being told to get homes and other buildings checked by the Electrical Inspection Unit (EIU).

The EIU said building inspections will happen after persons complete an electrical inspection form.

“An electrical inspection form must be submitted for all occupied, damaged, residential or commercial buildings. Forms can be collected at the Central Administration Complex, Conference Room 3. No fees will be applied,” the EIU said.

The inspection unit noted that freshly-reconstructed buildings that need new meters must also submit an electrical inspection form. It said a fee would apply based on the amount of breakers for those reconstructed buildings.

It added: “Newly constructed buildings (residential/commercial) are subject to an electrical inspection, which would be carried out by an electrical inspector. Property owners should schedule an appointment and pay the necessary fees to the EIU in order to obtain a certificate of approval.”

In the meantime, residential or commercial buildings that are not damaged will not require a licensed electrician to sign the application form, the EIU said.

The unit however noted: “It is required that the ‘Owner/Agent’ and ‘Job Site Address’ section of the application be filled out [and] provided with a valid contact number. The application should be returned to the EIU for further processing.”

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