Asset Owner Responsibilities

There are four main areas of responsibility asset owners have for their equipment. They are: design/purchase; installation; operation and maintenance; sale and disposal.

Design and Purchase

Newly built equipment or equipment from outside of BC must be approved before being installed or operated. Similarly, if you intend to build new equipment, the design must be registered before you begin.

Installation

Installation permits are likely required prior to operating if you are installing:

  • Electrical products
  • Boilers, refrigeration systems or pressure vessels
  • Regulated equipment, piping, or appliances that work with natural or manufactured gas
  • Passenger ropeways, elevating or amusement devices *

Elevating devices, Passenger Ropeways and Amusement Devices require an acceptance inspection before operating.

Find a qualified contractor in your area to install your equipment.

NOTE: Electrical and Gas operating permit holders can obtain installation permits for limited scope work. Refer to electrical or gas installation permits for more information.

Operation and Maintenance

Regulated equipment requires an operating permit.

NOTE: Electrical operating permits require that you name the Field Safety Representative (FSR) hired to maintain your equipment.

Only qualified individuals* can maintain regulated equipment. They are responsible for:

  • Technical safety inspection
  • Operation and maintenance requirements
  • Ensuring work records are kept up to date

* Please review the General Requirements & Information (found on the back of an Operating Permit) for more information.

Sale and Disposal 

To avoid receiving yearly invoices and being responsible for fee payments on operating permits, you must inform Technical Safety BC when you sell or dispose of regulated equipment. Please complete and submit the Declaration of Status Change All Technologies form.

By providing Technical Safety BC with new owner information, we can ensure that ownership information on operating permits is kept current.

Maintaining residential building systems during COVID-19

BC residents are spending more time at home this spring, making building maintenance more important than ever. If you own, operate, or maintain technical systems and equipment, you must continue to meet all regulatory requirements for public safety. Here are a few tips that can help.

Hire licensed contractors

Licensed contractors have the knowledge and experience to perform maintenance on electrical, gas, boiler and elevating equipment. They also ensure the proper installation and operating permits are in place for these systems.

Be sure there’s a permit

Each permit is assessed by Technical Safety BC. We confirm that the work being done meets safety guidelines, and is performed by someone who is qualified. We will notify you of any hazards or trends relevant to you, helping to protect your investment, and inform your decisions to keep you and your workers safe. Our research shows that unpermitted work is four times more likely to result in a significant safety hazard than work performed under a permit.

Find the right contact

Although Technical Safety BC regulates electrical, gas, boilers, refrigeration, and elevating technologies across BC, there are some municipalities that issue their own electrical or gas permits and perform assessments. Learn more to be sure your questions are directed at the right contact.

If you have specific questions on impact of COVID-19 on system maintenance and operations, take a look at our FAQs https://www.technicalsafetybc.ca/covid-19

If you are having difficulty meeting safety requirements, we are here to help. Please email us at contact@technicalsafetybc.ca, with the subject line "COVID-19: Regulatory responsibilities"

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