Operating Permits

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 input prime mover nameplate rating

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’ll receive the permit by mail along with the invoice for your permit, inspection and registration. 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

Electrical Operating Permits

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Owners of high voltage equipment, any system with a supply over 250 kVA or a building with this type of equipment or supply, often need an operating permit.

To apply for your permit

  1. Complete the Electrical Operating Permit Application Form 410,
  2. Name a Field Safety Representative (FSR) in your application. The FSR may be an employee of the equipment owner or an electrical contractor,
  3. Submit the form in person at your nearest BCSA office.

We will mail an invoice once the application has been processed. For information on these fees, please see the Electrical Fee Schedule.

If you have an operating permit, and your Field Safety Representative has changed, you must submit a Notice of FSR Change immediately.

Renewing your operating permit

Renew your existing operating permit by completing the Operating Permit Renewal and Declaration Form 1218. Submit in person at your nearest BCSA office.

Operating permits may take several weeks to issue from the date you submit an application.

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: electricaloperatingpermits@safetyauthority.ca