Design registration for boilers

Boilers are registered in accordance with CSA B51 ‘Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code’. The standards governing the design and construction of boilers and pressure vessels are the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes except as otherwise detailed in CSA B51 or the regulation.

To register a design:

  1. Submit a completed design registration application form (CRN/PRN/BCLD).
  2. Provide documentation to verify that the design conforms to the applicable code/requirement. Refer to checklist here.
  3. For more than one design, please complete a separate application and collate documents by design.
  4. Only one set of drawings, calculations and application form is required for each design.
  5. Submit paper copy of the application, by mail or in person, to our Vancouver office. Mark the envelope - Attn: Engineering Design Registration.

Note: Incomplete application packages will not be processed.

Reciprocal registration

Additional documents required to complete a reciprocal registration.

  1. A completed boiler CRN supplement form.
  2. Proof of initial registration with a Canadian regulatory authority (Example: TSSA, ABSA).

Design registration process followed by Technical Safety BC

  1. The design registration package will be reviewed to verify that all requirements have been met.
  2. Upon satisfactory review, the vessel design shall be assigned a Canadian Registration Number (CRN).
  3. A registration letter indicating the CRN, date of registration, manufacturer’s name, description of the vessel, drawing numbers, conditions and any other pertinent information will be sent to the applicant.
  4. A separate invoice will be forwarded for the fee (See Fees below).
     
  5. The average time for completing ​​​​​​the design registration process is 20 to 30 business days, upon receiving a completed application.

Note: No other documents will be stamped or returned to the applicant.

Next Steps

Step 1: Obtain an installation permit 

If the boiler equipment includes a gas component, a gas installation permit may be required. Contact us for more details.

Boiler installation permit: Licensed contractors and owners need a permit before they install, operate, or perform maintenance on boilers and refrigeration systems that meet certain specifications. See here for more details. 

Gas installation permit: Licensed contractors working with natural and manufactured gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, digester gas, landfill gas, or a mixture or dilution of gasses, need to apply for a permit before they install regulated gas equipment, or gas systems.A permit is required to install and operate a boiler. Refer here for information on obtaining a gas installation permit

If gas installation permit has been taken, gas product approval, followed by commissioning approval may be required. 

Step 2: Request an inspection​

To request an inspection request, refer to boiler inspections.

Step 3: Operating permit

Operating permits are required to maintain and operate a boiler equipment. See details here.

Forms and fees

  • Design registration application form (CRN/PRN/BCLD)
  • Boiler CRN supplement form - Reciprocal
  • Design registration

      2018 2019 2020
    Reciprocal design registration (note 1) $297 +GST $303 +GST $309 +GST
    Standard design registration (note 2, 5) $621 +GST $633 +GST $646 +GST
    Complex design registration (note 3) $1,138 +GST $1,161 +GST $1,184 +GST
    Exceptional design registration (note 4) $3,350 +GST $3,417 +GST $3,485 +GST
    Expedited service A – initial review within 10 business days (note 5) 2x applicable fee above 2x applicable fee above 2x applicable fee above
    Expedited service B – initial review within 5 business days (note 5) 3.5x applicable fee above 3.5x applicable fee above 3.5x applicable fee above
    Application cancellation fee (note 6) $401 +GST $409 +GST $417 +GST
    Administrative cancellation fee (note 6) $116 +GST $118 +GST $120 +GST
    Boiler design compliance consultation rate (note 8) $268 +GST $273 +GST $278 +GST

    Note 1: 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.
    Note 2: 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.
    Note 3: 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

    Note 4: 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

    Note 5: Turn-Around Times - Standard Design Registration and Expedited Services. Technical Safety BC 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.
    Note 6: 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.  
    Note 7: 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.
    Note 8: 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.

    > Full Boiler Fee Schedule

Resources

Contact us

Mail or submit paper copy application to our Vancouver office. Mark the envelope - Attn: Engineering Design Registration.

For more information or clarification email: boiler.designregistration@technicalsafetybc.ca 

Note: Email submissions will not be accepted.

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