Boiler and Pressure Vessels Fees

Contractor licensing fees

  2019 2020
New boiler contractor licence $425 $434
New boiler contractor licence with quality control program $958 $977
Boiler contractor licence renewal (if renewed later than 1 year after expiry, new boiler contractor fee is charged) $176 $180
Audit or re-audit / Interview to obtain or maintain contractor licence (part of licensing process)
Testing agency certificate of recognition (charged at an hourly rate, minimum 5 hours) 5 hour minimum 5 hour minimum
Testing agency certificate of recognition renewal 1 hour 1 hour

Certificate of qualification and examination

GST will be added to all of the following fees, except as indicated. 2018 2019 2020
Power engineers, operators (refrigeration, antique show boiler, oil well) and safety awareness (refrigeration, boilers) $143 +GST $146 +GST $149 +GST
Ice facility operator $211 +GST $215 +GST $219 +GST
API / National board exam $354 +GST $361 +GST $368 +GST
Exam rescheduling fee (if rescheduled more than once) $51 +GST $52 +GST $53 +GST
Exam re-marking fee $71 +GST $72 +GST $73 +GST
Evaluation fee
Power engineers, operators (refrigeration, antique show boiler, oil well) and safety awareness (refrigeration, boilers) $100 +GST $102 +GST $104 +GST
Power engineers with Canadian education and international work experience $240 +GST $245 +GST $250 +GST
Power engineers with international education and work experience $1390 + GST $1418 +GST $1445 +GST
Certification renewal for power engineers, operators (refrigeration, antique show boiler, oil well) and safety awareness (refrigeration, boilers) Waived Waived $100 +GST
Welder certification (logbook entry) $114 +GST $116 +GST $118 +GST
Category “A” interim power engineer’s certificate of qualification initial and renewal (in force for 12 months or less) $282 +GST $288 +GST $294 +GST
Category “B” interim power engineer’s certificate of qualification, initial and renewal (in force for 60 days or less (initial), 30 days or less (renewal) $212 +GST $216 +GST $220 +GST
Granting of power engineer certificate of qualification
1st class $424 +GST $432 +GST $441 +GST
2nd class $354 +GST $361 +GST $368 +GST
3rd class $248 +GST $253 +GST $258 +GST
4th class $176 +GST $180 +GST $184 +GST
5th class $176 +GST $180 +GST $184 +GST
Operator (refrigeration, antique show boiler, oil well) $156 +GST $159 +GST $162 +GST
Replacement/duplicate standard certificate of qualification or wallet card $66 +GST $67 +GST $68 +GST

Installation and alteration permit fees

  2018 2019 2020
Boiler or refrigeration installation permit to install or alter (note 1) $139 $142 $145
Refrigeration installation decal (note 2) $29 $30 $31
Inspection fees

Note 1: If inspection fails, inspection hours will be charged in addition at Safety services hourly rates.

  • More than 125 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group Al, A2 or B1 refrigerant
  • More than 25 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group A3, B2 or B3 refrigerant

Note 2: Decal applicable for all refrigeration equipment conforming to CSA B52 section 5.2 within the following parameters

  • Using Group Al, A2 or B1 refrigerant and having a capacity >5kW to not more than125 kW prime mover nameplate rating, or
  • Using Group A3, B2 or B3 refrigerant and having a capacity >5kW to not more than 25 kW prime mover nameplate rating

The refrigeration contractor is to supply a declaration of installation that includes details of:

  • equipment type
  • certification standard
  • date and location of installation

A decal is to be applied to the unit
An assessment will be carried out to determine if an inspection is required

Operating permits

GST will not be added to all of the following fees, except as indicated. 2018 2019 2020
(a) up to and including 25 m2 $258 $263 $268
(b) from 25.1 m2to 50 m2 $388 $396 $404
(c) from 50.1 m2 to 100 m2 $472 $481 $491
(d) from 100.1 m2 to 500 m2 $686 $700 $714
(e) more than 500.1 to 1,000 m2 $1,331 $1,358 $1,385
(f) more than 1,000.1 to 2,000 m2 $1,545 $1,576 $1,608
Additional charge per 1,000 m2 of heating surface over 2,000 m2 rounded up to the nearest 1,000 m2 $515 $525 $536
Hot water boilers with a heating surface 2018 2019 2020
(a) up to and including 25 m2 $128 $131 $134
(b) from 25.1 m2 to 50 m2 $154 $157 $160
(c) from 50.1 m2 to 100 m2 $171 $174 $177
(d) from 100.1 m2 to 500 m2 $258 $263 $268
(e) from 500.1 m2 to 1,000 m2 $472 $481 $491
(f) more than 1,000.1 m2 to 2,000 m2 $601 $613 $625
Additional charge per 1,000 m2 of heating surface over 2,000 m2 rounded up to the nearest 1,000 m2 $214 $218 $222
Digesters 2018 2019 2020
Shell volumetric measurement less than 280 m3 $515 $525 $536
Shell volumetric measurement more than 580.1 m3 $823 $839 $856
Refrigeration plants 2018 2019 2020
More than 125 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group A1, A2, or B1 refrigerant, or more than 25 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group A3, B2, or B3 refrigerant $377 $385 $393
Propane pressure vessels   2019 2020
At or below 500 US Gallons   $28 $30
Above 500 US Gallons   See Table E
Pressure Vessels   2019 2020
Regular service   See Table B
Designated Service   See Table C
Special Service   See Table D
LPG Service   See Table E

Special plant registration

Risk assessed & general supervision plants 2018 2019 2020
Registration (additional review over 5 hours will be charged at safety services hourly rate) $961 $980 $1000
Initial and biennial safety audit inspection by a safety officer, or additional inspection on request (1 hour minimum)
Biennial renewal certificate of special plant registration (inspected every 2 years) $69 +GST $70 +GST $71 +GST

Non-ASME manufacturing shop inspection, audits, design revisions, and registered design

  2018 2019 2020
Hourly charge for manufacturing shops (minimum 1 hour)
Pressure welding procedure registration $208 +GST $212 +GST $216 +GST

Design registration

2018 2019 2020
Reciprocal design registration $297 + GST $303 + GST $309 + GST
Definition

A design which has been previously registered by another Province in Canada and has a Canadian Registration Number (CRN). Both the design documentation and the proof of registration in another Province must be included with the application.

Turn-Around Times

Technical Safety BC currently works to an average turn-around time of 3 weeks for the initial engineering review of reciprocal design registrations, dependent on the volume of applications. Complete registration time is dependent upon the quality of the application and timeliness of the applicant's responses during the process.

Standard design registration $621 + GST $633 + GST $646 + GST
Definition

Boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping, pressure fitting designs whose application contents are consistent with the published guidance material and are not likely to require any substantial review effort to verify compliance.

Turn-Around Times

Technical Safety BC currently works to an average turn-around time of 20 - 30 business days for the initial engineering review of standard design registrations, dependent on the volume of applications. Complete registration time is dependent upon the quality of the application and timeliness of the applicant's responses during the process. Two options for expedited service (A & B) are available dependent on the volume of applications and response times for the initial engineering review under each service are provided above.

Complex design registration $1,138 + GST $1,161 + GST $1,184 + GST
Definition

Applications may be reclassified by Technical Safety BC as "complex" following submission where there is a large scope of design review effort resulting from:

  • dependence upon application of engineering judgement rather than prescriptive design code clauses
  • unfamiliarity with applicable codes, standards, design practices or registration process
  • and/or significant communication exchanges are required due to the applicant's lack of responsiveness in responding to questions and issues which may arise during the registration process
Exceptional design registration $3,350 + GST $3,417 + GST $3,485 + GST
Definition

Applications may be reclassified by Technical Safety BC as "exceptional" following submission where, in addition to the factors considered for "complex", reviews as defined above, one or more of the following conditions are applicable:

  • the design is novel
  • codes and standards are unique, unfamiliar or new to the Province of BC
  • very large scope of review requiring multiple days of dedicated effort
Expedited service A – initial review within 10 business days 2x applicable all fees above 2x applicable all fees above 2x applicable all fees above
Turn-Around Times

Technical Safety BC currently works to an average turn-around time of 10 business days for the initial engineering review of Expedited A design registrations, dependent on the volume of applications. Complete registration time is dependent upon the quality of the application and timeliness of the applicant's responses during the process.

Expedited service B – initial review within 5 business days 3.5x applicable all fees above + GST 3.5x applicable all fees above + GST 3.5x applicable all fees above + GST
Turn-Around Times

Technical Safety BC currently works to an average turn-around time of 5 business days for the initial engineering review of Expedited B design registrations, dependent on the volume of applications. Complete registration time is dependent upon the quality of the application and timeliness of the applicant's responses during the process. Two options for expedited service (A & B) are available dependent on the volume of applications and response times for the initial engineering review under each service are provided above.

Application cancellation fee $401 + GST $409 + GST $417 + GST
Definition

Applied to boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping, pressure fitting designs in the event that an application is cancelled by the applicant or rejected by Technical Safety BC after engineering review has occurred. This fee is in lieu of any design registration fee.

Administrative cancellation fee $116 + GST $118 + GST $120 + GST
Definition

Applied to boiler, pressure vessel, pressure piping, pressure fitting design applications in the event that an application is cancelled by the applicant or rejected by Technical Safety BC prior to engineering review. This fee is in lieu of any design registration fee.

Boiler design compliance consultation rate $268 + GST $273 + GST $278 + GST
Definition

This rate applies for optional services that are separate from and beyond the scope of the official design registration process; for example: clients who may be seeking input on compliance of a proposed boiler design prior to submitting a completed application for registration.

Pressure welding procedure registration $208 + GST $212 + GST $216 + GST

Administrative hourly rates

  2018 2019 2020
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm $66 +GST $67 +GST $68 +GST
Overtime $100 +GST $102 +GST $104 +GST
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays $134 $137 $140

Miscellaneous

  2018 2019 2020
Custom reports & searches
Application for each copy of a certificate of inspection $66 +GST $67 +GST $68 +GST
Application for variance from code SSR SSR SSR
Late payment fees charged on overdue accounts $66 +GST $67 +GST $68 +GST
NSF cheques $40 +GST $41 +GST $42 +GST

Safety services hourly rates

  2018 2019 2020
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm $173 +GST $176 +GST $180 +GST
Overtime $261 +GST $266 +GST $271 +GST
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays $348 +GST $355 +GST $362 +GST

Professional services hourly rates

  2018 2019 2020
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm $245 +GST $250 +GST $255 +GST
Overtime $367 +GST $374 +GST $381 +GST
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays $489 +GST $499 +GST $509 +GST
Plus expenses incurred, where applicable
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