Permits & Approvals

General Contractor Owner Checklist

Gas Commissioning Approval Request

Commissioning Approval: a mandatory requirement for the permission to commission approved appliances as defined under s.26 of the Gas Safety Regulations, these appliances must bear the seal of a recognized testing agency for Canada

If it is a newly installed /relocated Canadian Certified appliance as indicated below, a Gas Commissioning Approval permit is required in addition to the installation permit:

  • Any direct-fired, non-recirculating type, make-up heater,
  • A conversion burner, except if it’s to be installed in a single family dwelling and has an input of 120kW or less,
  • A commercial or industrial conversion burner,
  • Any direct fired equipment, or
  • A forced draft appliance over 409 600 BTU/hour.

To arrange for a commissioning approval:

  1. Please complete and submit the Gas Commissioning Approval Request Form 1425, and
  2. submit to a BCSA office.

It is important to note that you must contact your Gas Safety Officer or alternate 48 hours in advance to have your commissioning appointment scheduled. Alternatively the Safety Officer may provide to you a verbal confirmation that the commissioning can proceed without their presence however, the Safety Officer may request any supporting documentation, if this is required.

The appliance commissioning approval requires that communication between the gasfitter of record and the Gas Safety Officer be initiated as early as possible in this process in order to ensure appropriate oversight of the commissioning process. Appliances found operating contrary to these requirements will result in the owner of the equipment may be ordered to removed the equipment from service by a Gas Safety Officer if there are underlying concerns regarding the safety of the appliances.

Appointments cancelled or issue’s which delay the commissioning of the appliance beyond what was scheduled may require additional billing charges as per the fee schedule.