Obtain an operating permit for a railway

When a railway car is moved on provincial land, it is subject to the Railway Act of British Columbia. Technical Safety BC administers railway safety legislation by agreement on behalf of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI). Companies with operations that move railway equipment are required under provincial legislation to become certified railways. Failure to do so, may lead to actions and penalties as described within provincial railway legislation.

Follow the steps below to obtain an operating permit for a railway.

1) Applying for a Minister’s Certificate 

Each railway operation must apply for a Minister’s Certificate from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and pay all required fees.

Technical Safety BC will assist in the process by reviewing the application for compliance and will make recommendations for approval and issuance of the certificate. Railways operating under the Canada Marine Act or Mines Act (BC) are exempt.

2) Submitting Safety Management System

Once a Minister’s Certificate has been issued, the railway must develop and submit a Safety Management System (SMS) specific to the railway operation to the Minister for approval.  Technical Safety BC will assist in the process by reviewing the Safety Management System for compliance and will make recommendations for approval by the Minister. Review the Railway Safety Management System Guidelines: For Provincial Railways. 

3) Issuance of Operating Permit 
Once a railway has received a Minister’s Certificate and has an approved Safety Management System Technical Safety BC will recommend to the Registrar of Railway Safety of the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure that an Operating Permit be issued to the railway. 

Once the railway has obtained the Operating Permit, it becomes subject to regulatory oversight by Technical Safety BC's Railway Safety Program and is subject to all legislation and associated fees. 

 

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