Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Installation Permits

Licensed contractors and owners need a permit before they install, operate or perform maintenance on any boiler, refrigeration system such as:

  • Hot water boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 3 m2
  • Steam boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 2 m2
  • Hot potable water heaters exceeding 120 kW or 400,000 BTUs/h
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration systems exceeding 5 kW input prime mover nameplate rating

Pressure vessels don't require an installation permit, but propane storage tanks of certain sizes and specifications do require operating permits.

Register a design before getting your installation permit

Before installing a boiler, you’ll need to first provide a Canadian Design Registration Number (CRN) or submit the design specifications of the device registered to obtain your CRN. View details on design registration.

Obtain a Boiler and Refrigeration installation permit

  1. To obtain your installation permit please prepare all the information in the Boiler Installation Permit Form 823 or Refrigeration Installation Permit Form 824 and:
  2. Call our customer service line at 1 866 566 7233 or,
  3. Mail or visit your nearest Technical Safety BC office.

Please be prepared to pay the appropriate fee for your type of boiler, refrigeration system or pressure vessel: Boiler Fee Schedule.

Completing your installation

When you have finished your permitted installation, please submit a Boiler and Refrigeration Inspection Declaration Form 1449.


Only Class A and REF contractor license holders can make alterations and/or repairs. Notify Technical Safety BC ahead of time in accordance with the requirements outlined in the contractors Quality Control Manual or by completing the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Repair and Alteration Form 1060. Submit the required notification to any Technical Safety BC office. DETAILS OF ON-LINE SUBMISSION SHOULD BE INCLUDED.

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