About the program

Boiler plant owners in BC are now required to obtain a boiler plant operating permit for the following plant types:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th class plants 
  • oil well plants 

This permit is separate from the individual boiler operating permit(s) for specific equipment, as it encompasses considerations for the entire plant. The permit is required for all plants, including those designated as a "special status plant". 

This requirement is outlined in section 62.1 of the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Safety Regulation

Benefits of obtaining a boiler plant operating permit

Boiler plant operating permits will help those who operate plants:

  • gain confirmation of compliance;
  • gain knowledge of required operator qualifications;
  • more effectively oversee their regulated boiler equipment; and
  • track a power engineers' firing time (hours of professional work) in the plants they operate.

Boiler plant operating permits also help Technical Safety BC:

  • understanding the connected set of boiler equipment as a system;
  • better be able to assess areas of risk; and
  • clarify plant classification and staffing requirements with owners, users, and individuals who oversee plant operations.


The deadline to apply for a plant operating permit is 11:59 pm on October 1, 2019. If a completed permit application is not submitted to Technical Safety BC before this date, this matter will be referred to the Provincial Safety Manager, Compliance & Enforcement, for further action in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and Technical Safety BC enforcement policy. This may include, but is not limited to, the possibility of a daily monetary penalty up to a pre-determined maximum value until such time as compliance with this regulatory requirement can be verified.     

Boiler plant operating permit fees

Date of application


Up to and including October 1, 2019

NO FEES until renewal in 2020

After October 1, 2019

As per relevant class:

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

To determine the class of your plant and whether or not you need to register it, please check your plant eligibility.


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