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Managing Safety Risks: 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.

Installation permits

In 2020, a total of 139,500 installation permits were issued, a 0.6% increase compared to 2019. 

The gas technology saw the greatest increase in installation permits with 61,717 being issued. There were also 35% more elevating device installation permits issued in 2020 than 2019.

Amusement Devices and Passenger Ropeways both saw a dramatic reduction in installation permits issued. In 2020 there were only nine amusement device installation permits issued, an 89% decrease in comparison to 2019. This can be attributed to amusement parks being closed due to provincial COVID-19 restrictions.  

Passenger Ropeways installation permits also dropped from 38 permits in 2019 to just nine in 2020. This decrease was partially due to significant ski resort expansions throughout 2018 and 2019 with mountains like Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke and Manning Park Resort installing new passenger ropeway equipment. 

Installation Permits by Year (2016 - 2020)

Installation Permits by Technology in 2020

Operating permits

The number of active operating permits in 2020 decreased by 0.9% compared to the previous year. The Amusement Devices technology saw a decrease in operating permits, dropping by 37%. This was due to COVID-19 health guidelines which kept amusement parks closed or open with limited attractions.

Operating Permits by Year (2016 - 2020)

Operating Permits by Technology in 2020