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State of Safety 2019 Permits




Technical Safety BC issues installation and operating permits to contractors and homeowners to ensure work is being done correctly and to connect them to the safety system. The data collected helps us track where regulated work is being done and by whom, should compliance and enforcement action be needed to correct unsafe work.

Key statistics


new installation permits issued to clients in 2019


operating permits in 2019


increase in commercial permits, particularly electrical and gas

Installation permits

In 2019, 135,228 installation permits were issued. This is a 4% increase compared to 2018.

Electrical installation permits saw the greatest increase with 7,634 more permits pulled compared to 2018. Other technologies remained relatively steady with minimal growth.

The increase in electrical installation permits can be attributed to more multi-family dwelling units, such as town homes, row housing, and condominiums, being built due to their affordability. We also saw an increase in electrical commercial permits due to both new and established businesses setting up regional offices throughout BC.

Passenger Ropeways saw the biggest decline in permit volume, from 69 installation permits issued in 2018 to just 34 installation permits issued in 2019. The spike seen in 2018 was specifically for conveyor alterations in relation to a safety order that was issued.

Installation permits by technology in 2019


Operating permits

Overall, the number of operating permits increased by 7% compared to 2018. Most technologies remained relatively unchanged.

In late 2019, a pilot was launched to raise awareness around the benefits and legal requirements of electrical operating permits. This pilot pulled in 234 new electrical operating permits.

Operating permits by technology in 2019



Do I need a permit?

Permits are typically required prior to installing, operating, or maintaining regulated equipment.

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