Jurisdiction Information

Technical Safety BC administers the Safety Standards Act and associated regulations that apply throughout British Columbia, including on lands that are subject to federal regulation for other purposes.

If you are installing, operating, manufacturing, altering, maintaining or selling equipment in any of the technologies we regulate, you are likely within Technical Safety BC jurisdiction.

Common exceptions:

  1. Local Government Areas: Safety activity in areas regulated by a local government.
  2. Federally Regulated Sites: Areas that are subject to comparable oversight by a federal regulator and the federal requirements conflict. Exception: Port of Vancouver 
  3. First Nations: If exempted by a treaty or federal law.

Local Governments

Some local governments are delegated portions of the Safety Standards Act within their own areas, in particular to perform electrical and gas assessments. Technical Safety BC does not perform electrical or gas assessments in these areas. However, we may still perform some functions in those areas such as:

  • investigating incidents, often with the local government; and

  • investigating non-compliance by parties that hold a licence or other credential issued by Technical Safety BC.

We also work closely with local governments to share safety information and standardize application of the Safety Standards Act. Local governments that perform electrical and/or gas assessments are listed in the following table:

Local Government Address Telephone Technology Contact Information

The City of Burnaby*
Building Department

4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2
604-294-7944 Electrical
Gas

Burnaby Electrical Permits

Burnaby Gas Permits*

 

City of Kelowna*
Inspection and Permits

1435 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4
250-469-8500 Gas Kelowna Gas Permits*

The City of Maple Ridge*
License and Permits

11995 Haney Place
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9
604-467-7311 Electrical
Gas

Maple Ridge Electrical Permits

Maple Ridge Gas Permits*

The City of North Vancouver*
Building and Development

141 West 14th
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9
604-983-7355 Electrical
Gas

City of North Vancouver Electrical Permits

City of North Vancouver Gas Permits*

The District of North Vancouver*
Building and Development

355 West Queens Rd.
North Vancouver, V7N 4N5
604-990-2480 Electrical
Gas

District of North Vancouver Electrical Permits

District of North Vancouver Gas Permits*

City of Richmond*
Business and Development

6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1
604-276-4000 Gas Richmond Gas Permits *

The City of Surrey
Inspection Inquiries

14245 56th Avenue 604-591-4240 Electrical Surrey Electrical Permits

City of Vancouver*
Development Services

453 West 12th
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4
604-873-7600 Electrical
Gas

Vancouver Electrical Permits

Vancouver Gas Permits*

City of Victoria
Permits and Inspections

#1 Centennial Square 250-361-0343 Electrical Victoria Electrical Permits

The District of West Vancouver
Community Planning

750 17th Street, West Vancouver BC
V7V 3T3
604-925-7040 Electrical West Vancouver Electrical Permits

* Note: For gas, the local governments can issue natural gas installation permits for:

  • Fully detached dwellings serviced by a single meter at 2 psig (14 kPa) or less;
  • Any premise other than a fully detached dwelling if the gas meter pressure is 2 psi (14 kPa) or less and the total connected load is 409,600 BTU/hr (120 kW) or less.

Technical Safety BC has jurisdiction over all other regulated gases such as propane, methane, and hydrogen.

Federally Regulated Sites

Federally regulated sites may be owned or operated by the Government of Canada, a federal agency or crown corporation, or relate to a private entity working in an industry that is federally regulated, such as shipping, aviation, or telecommunications.

The distinction between federal and provincial jurisdiction is set out in Canada’s Constitution. There have been many determinations by courts over the years, but case law regarding the division of powers between federal and provincial regulators has changed considerably since an important case in 2007.

As a result of these changes, the Safety Standards Act applies throughout BC unless there is a conflict between the Safety Standards Act and federal regulations which apply on a particular site. A conflict generally arises where it is not reasonably possible for a person to comply with both the Safety Standards Act and the applicable federal legislation and regulations.

One notable exception is Port of Vancouver, which is under Technical Safety BC jurisdiction as of October 1, 2018. Learn more

First Nations

The Safety Standards Act also typically applies to First Nations in British Columbia because of the federal Indian Act, which contains the following provision:

General provincial laws applicable to First Nations

Subject to the terms of any treaty and any other safety act of Parliament, all laws of general application from time to time in force in any province are applicable to and in respect of First Nations in the province, except to the extent that those laws are inconsistent with this Safety Standards Act or the First Nations Fiscal Management Safety Act, or with any order, rule, regulation or law of a band made under those safety acts, and except to the extent that those provincial laws make provision for any matter for which provision is made by or under those safety acts.

It is possible for First Nations to be exempted from the Safety Standards Act under the terms of a treaty or federal legislation as set out in the excerpt above.

How to Establish Exemptions from the Safety Standards Act


If you believe you fall within one of the exempted categories described above, contact us.

Technical Safety BC can provide further information to establish whether an exemption applies to you and confirm a decision after reviewing the information you submit. Please note that unless Technical Safety BC confirms an exemption from the Safety Standards Act, continued compliance is required, even while a decision is pending.

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