Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration Installation Permits

Licensed contractors and owners need a permit before they install, operate, or perform maintenance on boilers and refrigeration systems that meet certain specifications. Examples include:

  • Hot water or low pressure steam boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 3 m2
  • High pressure 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

A list of equipment that DOES NOT require an installation permit, can be seen here. 

Pressure vessels don't require an installation permit. Some, including propane storage tanks, require an operating permit; see details here.

Register a design before getting your installation permit

Before installing a boiler, refrigeration system, or pressure piping, above NPS3, you’ll need to provide a Canadian Design Registration Number (CRN). Manufacturers can submit their design specifications of the device registered to obtain a CRN. View details on registering a design and pneumatic testing.

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:

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

> Full Boiler Fee Schedule

Completing your installation

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

Alterations

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. NOTE: Details of online submission should be included. 

Amending the permit value or scope of work

If the scope or value of work changes over the course of the project, a permit amendment must be submitted in a timely manner. A permit for the final value and scope of work must be in place prior to a request for final inspection. Undervalued work is considered to be work without a permit and may be subject to enforcement action. For more information and to find out how to amend a permit, refer to  Information bulletin IB-AT-2019-01.

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