Getting Electricity in


Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and cost required for a business to obtain an electricity connection for a newly constructed building in Dominica.

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  • Standardized Company

  • Name of Utility: Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC)
  • City: Roseau
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 The client obtains inspection of internal wiring and electrical certificate from the electrical division of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Ports

The electrical division of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Ports, a government agency, inspects the internal wiring, upon which inspection its electrical division issues an electrical certificate. The purpose of the document is to certify that the wiring was done according to the standards.

In the past, Dominica followed the UK standards. Since March 2007, it is using EU standards. To get the certificate, the customer must submit an application with the specification of the electricity needs. The electrical division then sends their inspectors who perform 3 tests. The certificate is issued if all tests results are ok. If the building does not pass the inspection, a new one is conducted and the process is repeated until the tests are passed. Inspections are scheduled on a district basis.

Agency: Electrical division of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Ports
12 calendar days XCD 100.0
2 The client applies for electricity connection and awaits estimate of connection fees from Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC)

The client will need to apply for an electricity connection with Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC).
Agency: Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC)
21 calendar days no charge
* 3 The client receives external inspection from Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC)

Few days after the application date, the electricity company, Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC) comes and inspects the location to assess the cost and feasibility of connection.
Agency: Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC)
1 calendar day no charge
4 The client obtains external works by Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC)’s contractor

DOMLEC is in charge of the final connection (meter installation), but the actual construction is normally outsourced to private contractors.
If an upgrade is necessary (like in this case) the client will need to bear all the costs.
The time to complete the works includes the time for DOMLEC to obtain the necessary excavation permit.

Agency: Contracting Company
26 calendar days XCD 75,000.0
5 The client obtains meter installation and final connection from Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC)

Once the private contactor has completed the external connection works DOMLEC comes on site for final supply turn on.
Agency: Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC)
2 calendar days XCD 38,113.1
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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