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[Ontario] ESA costs for inspecting EV Charger

damonbrodie

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Mar 5, 2021
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Ottawa
I just got the bill from my electrician that installed my Tesla wall charger and they have a $238 line item for the ESA inspection.

When I look at the fee schedule for ESA it says:

4.4.4 Electric Vehicle Chargers and related equipment The fee is $74* (NC $80) for the first piece of equipment plus $25 (NC $28) [R078] for each additional related piece of equipment or device installed by the same contractor at the same time.

Am I missing something or did my electrician charge me about $164 + tax as an admin fee to handle the ESA inspection?
 

damonbrodie

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Mar 5, 2021
50
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Ottawa
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TechnoBabble

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Mar 11, 2019
53
5
GTA
I just got the bill from my electrician that installed my Tesla wall charger and they have a $238 line item for the ESA inspection.

When I look at the fee schedule for ESA it says:



Am I missing something or did my electrician charge me about $164 + tax as an admin fee to handle the ESA inspection?
Shouldn't you be asking the electrician that did the work instead? Im pretty sure the scope of work dictates the permit fee ie: one price for a straight forward job, another price for a charger circuit that involves a trench to a detached garage etc. Also did or does the electrician have to meet the inspector for the final? Who pays the electrician for this time wasted waiting around for the inspection department? My guess is you do.
 

RedBeast

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Apr 2, 2021
6
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Toronto, Canada
I just got the bill from my electrician that installed my Tesla wall charger and they have a $238 line item for the ESA inspection.

When I look at the fee schedule for ESA it says:



Am I missing something or did my electrician charge me about $164 + tax as an admin fee to handle the ESA inspection?
I think it’s about right. I have paid the same in past for ESA certification.
 

Flipcyde

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Jan 31, 2021
17
6
Toronto
I had a nema 14-50 installed in March.
One quote was $79 for ESA, the second was $125 for ESA.
I just looked at the total price as the one with the higher ESA price was lower by $150 in total.
 

TechnoBabble

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Mar 11, 2019
53
5
GTA
I had a nema 14-50 installed in March.
One quote was $79 for ESA, the second was $125 for ESA.
I just looked at the total price as the one with the higher ESA price was lower by $150 in total.
You may have paid less overall by going with the lower overall price. But it's obvious which of those electricians was the more honest of the two. At $79, the electrician is charging you what he actually pays for the permit, no mark up.
Something tells me you would have had a more professional installation done had you gone with the higher quote.
There's always more than one way to skin a cat.
If your electrician put in a cheap plastic $3.00 14-50 plug in, you're probably gonna regret it.
 

Flipcyde

Member
Jan 31, 2021
17
6
Toronto
You may have paid less overall by going with the lower overall price. But it's obvious which of those electricians was the more honest of the two. At $79, the electrician is charging you what he actually pays for the permit, no mark up.
Something tells me you would have had a more professional installation done had you gone with the higher quote.
There's always more than one way to skin a cat.
If your electrician put in a cheap plastic $3.00 14-50 plug in, you're probably gonna regret it.
I love the assumption that because I paid less I got cheap work instead of the higher price ripping me off. I didn't find this electrician on kijiji, he is licensed and the work passed the ESA inspection. Don't worry, I didn't get a leviton outlet installed.
The higher quote was from plugz.ca sight unseen. The electrician I went with came over and saw that I had a pretty easy install and charged accordingly.
 
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