Permits & Approvals

Alternative Safety Approaches-Safety Management Plans Exemplar Process: Expression of Interest Form

Please apply online using this Expression of Interest Form to be considered a candidate or you can download the PDF form and submit it to asa@safetyauthority.ca.

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest form is November 14, 2011.

Should you have any questions, please email: asa@safetyauthority.ca.

Municipalities that provide gas permits

Please note, the BC Safety Authority issues gas installation permits for the Province of British Columbia for all gas installations and if they are high pressure or over 409,600 BTU, otherwise the following jurisdictions issue their own gas permits:

BURNABY, City of
4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2

Building Department
Tel: 604-294-7130
Burnaby Gas Permits

KELOWNA, City of
1435 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4

Inspection and Permits
Tel: 250-469-8960
Kelowna Gas Permits

MAPLE RIDGE, City of
11995 Haney Place
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9

License and Permits
Tel: 604-467-7311
Maple Ridge Gas Permits

VANCOUVER, City of
453 West 12th
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Development Services
Tel: 604-873-7600
Vancouver Gas Permits

NORTH VANCOUVER, City of
141 West 14th
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9

Building and Development
Tel: 604-983-7355
North Vancouver Gas Permits

NORTH VANCOUVER, District of
355 West Queens Rd.
North Vancouver, V7N 4N5

Building and Development
Tel: 604-990-2480
District North Vancouver Gas Permits

RICHMOND, City of
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1

Business and Development
Tel: 604-276-4000
Richmond Gas Permits

Amusement Devices Design Registrations

Amusement Devices fees changed April 1, 2014

New fee schedule effective April 1, 2014. Read the consultation results on the fee change for Amusement Devices.

Register a design before getting your installation permit.

Before installing a fixed or traveling amusement device, you’ll need to get the design specifications of the device registered. Once registered, we will mail an installation permit.

To get the design registered, you first must be a licensed amusement device contractor and you must hire the services of a professional, BC-licensed engineer to validate conformance. Inflatable amusement devices do not require the services of a professional engineer.

When you have the design specifications of your device:

  1. Complete the Amusement Device Design Submiission and Installation Permit Form 1279.
  2. Get a professional engineer to add their seal to the form and indicate, in the specifications section on the form, conformance with CAN/CSA Z267-00.
  3. If your amusement device is a permanent installation, please get proof of ownership or permission to use the land where it’ll be installed (e.g. crown land lease, land title documents).
  4. Be prepared to provide technical documentation drawings, calculations, operating and maintenance manuals, operator training proceedures and inspection checklists which have a professional engineer’s seal. Contact the Safety Officer assigned to your project for more advice on how to submit these documents.
  5. To submit your completed design registration, contact the Client Service Representative at 778-396-2044 or email amusementdevices@safetyauthority.ca. Please be prepared to pay the appropriate installation permit fee by credit card or by cheque, payable to BC Safety Authority.
  6. Once registered, you will be issued an installation permit.

Acceptance Inspections

When your amusement device installation is complete, you must request an acceptance inspection from your assigned Safety Officer. The Safety Officer may also request that you provide an acceptance test procedure. We will send you the details of our request ahead of time.

Passenger Ropeway Operating Permits

Passenger Ropeways fees changed April 1, 2014

New fee schedule effective April 1, 2014. Read the consultation results on the fee change for Passenger Ropeways.

We’ll issue your operating permit once the passenger ropeway has passed the acceptance inspection and you have paid the Operating Permit invoice.

Your operating permit expires after a year. You will receive a renewal invoice which must be paid before the permit expiry date.

To renew:

  • Mail a cheque for the renewal fee to the New Westminster BCSA office or,
  • Visit any BCSA office in person.

To understand the fees involved for your inspection and operating permit renewal, see the Passenger Ropeway Fee Schedule.

Amusement Devices Operating Permits

Amusement Devices fees changed April 1, 2014

New fee schedule effective April 1, 2014. Read the consultation results on the fee change for Amusement Devices.

We’ll issue an operating permit once the amusement device has passed the acceptance inspection and you have paid the operating permit invoice. Additional fees may be charged if the amusement device does not pass the acceptance inspection. To understand the fees involved for your inspection and operating permit renewal, see the Amusement Devices Fee Schedule.

Your operating permit expires after a year. You will receive a renewal invoice which must be paid before the permit expiry date.

To renew your permit:

Please be prepared to pay the appropriate fee by credit card or by cheque payable to BC Safety Authority.

Elevating Operating Permits

If you own a building that has an elevating device installed, it’s your responsibility to obtain an operating permit. You also need to renew the permit every year thereafter.

Your renewal reminder and form will be mailed 30 days before your operating permit expires. Please submit your form in person at any BCSA office or call
1-866-566-7233.

Be prepared to pay the renewal fee.

To retain your operating permit you need to hire a licensed maintenance contractor to perform mandatory maintenance. For more information see the Mandatory Maintenance directive.

As the owner of a new installation, your elevating contractor will have to request an inspection once the installation has been completed. The owner, within 60 days after a passed inspection, must obtain an operating permit. Please see Elevating Devices Information Bulletin IB-ED 2013-01.

Once an installation has passed an inspection, our office will send an invoice to the owner for an operating permit.

Remember, all active elevating devices must have an operating permit.

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Operating Permits

Operating permits are for owners of regulated equipment in commercial, residential, industrial, institutional or public assembly buildings. This equipment includes:

  • Hot water boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 3 m2
  • Steam boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 2m2
  • Hot potable water heaters exceeding 120 kW or 400,000 BTUs/h
  • Pressure vessels with a pressure exceeding 103 kPa operating pressure
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems exceeding 25 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group A3, B2 or B3 refrigerant
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems exceeding 125 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group Al, A2 or B1 refrigerant

A Safety Officer must inspect any of the equipment listed above before you can receive an operating permit. Once the equipment has passed inspection, you will receive your certificate of inspection, followed by an invoice for both the inspection and your operating permit.  Once the invoice has been paid, you will receive your operating permit by mail or email (whichever you prefer). Please be prepared to pay the appropriate boiler fees.

The permit needs to be stored alongside the equipment. You will be invoiced for the permit’s annual renewal.

If you are selling, scrapping, or are no longer using your boiler, pressure vessel or refrigeration/HVAC system, please submit a Boiler Declaration Form 1186 to any BCSA office to confirm that the equipment is out of use.

Gas Operating Permits

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Gas operating permits are for gas stations and other facilities dispensing propane, natural gas or hydrogen. Operating permits are also required for owners of gas utilities, propane bulk plants, vehicle fuel system installers and other facilities. For more information on those facilities, please refer to section 28 of the Gas Safety Regulation.

If you’d like to get an operating permit, please prepare all the information in the Operating Permit Application Form 550 and:

  1. Call our customer service line on 1-866-566-7233 or,
  2. Mail or fax the form to your nearest BCSA office or,
  3. Visit any of the BCSA offices in person.

Please be prepared to pay the appropriate fee as per the Gas Fee Schedule.

To renew your operating permit, complete the Operating Permit Form 550 and follow the steps above. It may take several weeks to issue the permit from the date you submit an application, so it’s best to renew as soon as you get your reminder.

Contact us

For more information on how to obtain an operating permit or for any questions, please contact us at:

Toll free: 1-866-566-7233
Email: gasoperatingpermits@safetyauthority.ca