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Gas Systems

Design Registration

Gas systems

Industrial and commercial gas systems that use natural gas, propane, digester gas, manufactured gas, liquified petroleum gas, landfill gas and hydrogen require design registration in accordance with the Safety Standard Act and Gas Safety Regulation.

To register a design

  1. Log in to our online Design Registration Portal. See How to Register for more details on how to create an account. 
  2. Select & complete the applicable webform.
  3. Upload and attach all supporting documentation. Refer to the following checklists for more details on requirements:

All applications must be submitted through the Design Registration Portal, or they will be rejected.

Gas systems, including any hydrocarbon-based sources such as Hydrogen (H2), natural gas liquids (NGL), liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and natural gas processing, storage, and offloading that are intended to be used for combustion, require design registration. Examples of these systems may be propane fuel back-up systems, vehicle fuel filling stations, or bulk storage plants.

Applicable codes

ASME BPVC Section IX-Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Qualifications

Additional Considerations

Prior to submitting a gas design, all qualified professionals must ensure they review Directive: Gas appliance approval which outlines details on where a gas fired equipment does not require registration:

  • when there is an applicable Canadian recognized standard or Other Recognized Document accepted by the Interprovincial Gas Advisory Council for that appliance (bearing a certification mark) 
  • when a shop-built gas appliance is not covered by a Canadian recognized standard, such as: coffee roasters, incinerators, etc. Manufacturers must contact an accredited certification body to request the development of a national standard for the applicable class of appliance, OR
  • an unapproved regulated gas appliance from a manufacturing client engaged in commercial enterprise. All commercial clients will need to engage either an accredited certification body or inspection body for gas appliance certifications or approvals. If a commercial client chooses to have an appliance approved to the adopted B149.3 code, they must utilize the services of an accredited gas inspection body to evaluate and label the appliance as code compliant. No further action is required by the client once the inspection body has labelled the appliance.

Pottery Kilns

Pottery kilns not approved by a Certification Agency or Certification Board and are custom designed by a qualified professional, must meet the requirements of the CSA gas code and the qualified professional must declare the design meets requirements outlined in Directive: Gas fired pottery kilns

Gas-fired equipment such as boilers and turbines in power plants, pulp and paper mills, mineral processing plants, oil and gas refineries require design registration, including equipment used in movie and stage effects.

Applicable codes

Where a standard does not exist, the equipment must be registered in accordance with design registration BC Natural Gas and Propane Code.

Biogas, digester, and landfill production/storage facilities are technologies that produce methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulphide by decomposing biological waste from sources such as agriculture, plant material, and municipal waste. Examples can be found at Coquitlam’s Landfill Gas Collection System or gas digesters used in industrial pulp and paper processes in pulp mills across BC.

Applicable codes

Facility designs must be registered before they are permitted for installation and operation. These facilities must comply with the latest edition of the below codes under the gas safety regulation:

  1. CSA B149.1 Natural gas and propane installation code
  2. CSA B149.2 Propane storage and handling code
  3. CSA B149.3 Code for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment
  4. CSA B149.6 Code for digester gas, landfill gas, and biogas generation and utilization
  5. CSA Z662 Oil and gas pipeline systems

Document checklist

A design must be prepared and authenticated either directly or under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer of Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. The design must also be in accordance to the Quality Management Guidelines required by Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Required documentation

A design shall include the following documents in this design package list and the following:

  • A summary of the design assumptions used in the designer’s scope of work, including the project outcome, modification scope, and assumptions or judgments that impact the design’s scope at a minimum
  • A reasonable form of documented analysis that evaluates a system’s design and operating risks and mitigations.  This must be authenticated by a qualified professional engineer (examples: failure mode effects analysis, bow tie analysis, hazardous operation analysis, or alternate form of recognized and generally accepted engineering practices)
  • The piping system and pressure piping stress analysis authenticated by a qualified professional engineer —  NPS 3 exemptions from PEBPVRSR Safety Regulation 84(3)(a) still apply
  • P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram) of the gas collection and processing system prepared by a qualified professional engineer
  • Electrical Area Classification drawing that demonstrates the high-risk explosive areas of the gas system prepared by a qualified professional engineer
  • When required, a cause-and-effect diagram, control narrative, and control philosophy that demonstrates how an emergency shutdown will stop applicable systems from producing gas during an upset event

After completion of design registration, all applicable installation permits must be obtained and in place prior to performing any regulated work. Learn more about gas installation permits here.

Movie and theatrical stage effects that use gas combustion and controlled explosions for a flame effect, such as a live concert or staged public event, filming of a movie, or stunt coordination requires design registration.

Applicable codes

When a standard does not exist, it is registered in accordance with the BC Natural Gas and Propane Code.

Technical Safety BC considers applications for product approvals on a case-by-case basis for gas equipment. Where a Canadian-recognized standard or other recognized document (ORD) exists, a certification body recognized by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) will be required to certify the appliance. In cases where a Canadian recognized standard or ORD does not exist, Technical Safety BC may fulfill the product approval process. Alternatively, the client may contact an inspection body accredited by the SCC to perform the equipment approval. Note: the appliance must not be placed in operation until it has a label or mark as detailed in section 31 of the Gas Safety Regulations

To arrange for gas appliance approval, please:

  1. Complete the Gas Product Approval Form 500 and,
  2. Submit to any Technical Safety BC office
  3. Contact any one of our offices to arrange to have your equipment assessed.

Non-Certified Appliances

If your appliance is non-certified:

  1. Apply to have your uncertified gas appliance registered,
  2. Once a journal number is issued for that design, you can apply for the Product Approval (formally an SG) Permit.
    Important: the Design Registration Acceptance letter must be submitted with the application. Design registrations are site specific, one time use, and only valid for the installation address identified on the design registration letter.
  3. Once the unit is installed under an installation permit and ready for commissioning an inspection must be requested.
  4. On the fire-up of the appliance, the safety officer will field certify the unit and decal it.

Canadian-Certified Appliances

If the appliance is a newly installed or relocated Canadian-Certified appliance as indicated below, a “Commissioning Approval" only is required in addition to the installation permit. This applies to:

  • Any direct-fired, non-recirculating type, make-up heater;
  • A conversion burner, except if it’s to be installed in a single family dwelling and has an input of 120kW or less;
  • A commercial or industrial conversion burner;
  • Any direct fired equipment; or 
  • A forced draft appliance over 409 600 BTU/hour.

If any appliance receives an upgrade or change when relocated/installed, a commissioning approval request is required.

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