Boiler plant operating permit fee consultation

Status: Completed

Technical Safety BC is proposing new fees for boiler plant operating permits. This consultation was open from March 19 through May 3, 2019.


Plant class

Proposed fee for plant operating permits (initial or renewal)
Effective October 2, 2019

1st class plant $157
2nd class plant $144
3rd class plant $125
4th class plant $106
5th class plant $94

Boiler plants registered with Technical Safety BC after October 1, 2019 will need to pay the above fee for obtaining your operating permit. The fees in the above table are also proposed to be the same for renewing your plant operating permit, subject to any annual fee increases.

One simple fee, tailored to plant class

The proposed fee structure is based on the five different plant classifications, with first class plants being the highest fee, to match the effort necessary to register the plant. The fees also take into account the fourth and fifth class plants that normally belong to smaller businesses that may be disproportionately disadvantaged by higher fees.

What fees go toward

The fees go toward direct costs for administering plant operating permits, such as employee time reviewing the plant operating permit applications, and safety officer and plant registration specialist site verification visits. The fees also support indirect costs, such as building the online services necessary for plant registration. The fees will be subject to any general fee increases. A 2% general increase to all fees is scheduled for January 1, 2020.

When these fees need to be paid

We are proposing these fees to be introduced as of October 2, 2019. If you have already registered your plant by this date, you will not need to pay an initial fee for your plant operating permit, and you will not need to pay a renewal fee until 2020. Operating permit renewal fees are paid annually.

Previous consultations

In 2016, we consulted on introducing plant registration as a new service, in which we indicated that we did not anticipate fees for this service. As we began identifying which sites required an operating permit as a plant, and building the necessary processes and infrastructure, it became apparent that fees would be necessary to recover costs associated with building the plant operating permit program. Technical Safety BC is a not-for-profit, cost-recoverable organization that does not receive any government funding.


Give your feedback

This consultation is now closed. Thank you to all who provided their feedback to us.

Consultation results

Read the feedback summary report

Read the verbatim feedback received
Read the meeting notes from the April 2 and 10 online meetings


Read the final decision

Additional resources

Obtain your boiler plant operating permit
Ministerial Order MO065: Changes to the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Safety Regulation
2016 plant operating permit consultation results


Please reach Technical Safety BC’s Stakeholder Engagement team at