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Gas assessments at Technical Safety BC
Technical Safety BC performs routine remote and physical inspections on gas work and gas equipment in commercial, industrial, and residential premises.
To request an assessment, please complete our Gas Notification of Completion, Installation or Alteration form 570. Once a request for assessment has been received, our safety officers will review the information and determine the next step, which can be one of the following options:
- Waive the inspection: we accept the permit holder’s declaration of compliance and do not perform a remote or physical inspection. This means no inspection will be performed and no certificate of inspection will be issued.
- Schedule a physical inspection: if a high hazard has been identified or is suspected, a safety officer will arrange to physically attend the site to perform the inspection. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the physical inspection.
- Schedule a remote inspection: a safety officer performs the inspection without physically attending the site. To carry out a remote inspection, they will request evidence of one or more of the information types listed below. Alternatively, you can contact your local safety officer to arrange a time to walk through the installation via live video conferencing tools. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the remote inspection.
To support the remote inspection process, you will be asked to provide specific evidence that clearly demonstrates the scope of the regulated work or product.
Types of evidence that may be requested include, but are not limited to:
- Photo or videos logs (time-stamped when necessary)
- Documentation (PDFs, Word, etc.)
- Live video conferencing
Since every permit and assessment has its own unique considerations, we cannot advise exactly what evidence will be required prior to receiving a request for inspection (declaration form). Please refer to our remote assessments gas guidelines to learn more.
Remember to record your installations through photo and/or video logs and to retain copies of relevant documentation stored on-site so that these are available if requested by your local safety officer.
If you’re a homeowner doing gas work under the homeowner’s permit, you must request an inspection by submitting the Gas Homeowner Inspection Request form.
Any questions? Email us with the subject line “Remote assessments”.
Important: If you’re making a declaration required by regulation or the Safety Standards Act, you must physically inspect the work before making the declaration and certifying its compliance.
The amendment to Safety Standards General Regulation is effective August 31, 2018.
Commissioning inspection requests
For the commissioning of gas appliances bearing the seal of a recognized testing agency, submit Gas Notification of Completion Installation of Alteration form 570 . A separate application is required for each appliance. This form must be received 48 hours before the required appliance start-up. Appliances in this category can include: direct fired equipment, conversion burners in other than a single-family dwelling over 409,000 BTU, commercial and industrial conversion burners, and forced draft appliances over 409.600 BTU. When requesting a commissioning approval inspection, provide the installation permit number where applicable.
Product approval inspection requests
For gas equipment that does not bear certification from a recognized Canadian testing agency, you will need a Product Approval assessment. Prior to applying for the Product approval assessment, the design of the equipment must be registered through the design registration process. If you are redesigning or modifying gas appliances or their control system, you must have the product or system registered through the design registration process before beginning any work, and a Product approval assessment completed prior to testing or placing the equipment into operation.
Inspection fees vary based on the day of the week, and the duration of the inspection.
Frequently asked questions due to COVID-19
If you install, own, operate, or maintain regulated equipment, you are obligated to continue to meet all regulatory requirements for public safety. This includes capacity for enough personnel to maintain compliance to the Act, Regulation, code, and any equipment manufacturers’ operations and maintenance requirements.
If you are unable to meet the regulatory requirements or if product availability becomes an issue, you may request a variation to a code, standard, regulation, and act by completing the variance form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: "COVID-19: Regulatory responsibilities".
We are also sharing some online tools that can be used to help develop and refine a business continuity plan:
If you have already established business continuity protocols or identified different levels of service to provide, we invite you to share your plan with us. In the interest of industry and safety, we welcome the opportunity to provide feedback, please reach out to us.
Some buildings have a “no visitor policy” or are temporarily closed to comply with COVID-19 prevention protocol mandated by provincial health authorities. It’s understandable that licensed contractors won’t be able to perform any periodic maintenance and may only respond to emergencies.