Operating Permits

When is an operating permit required?

An operating permit is required in British Columbia if you are operating or maintaining specific types of equipment that fall within the requirements of the Safety Standards General Regulation (B.C. Reg. 105/2004). If you are the owner or managing agent of one of the following types of premises it is likely that you will require an operating permit for one or more technologies:

  • Commercial properties
  • Industrial plants
  • Mills
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Multi-unit office or residential buildings
  • Schools, hospitals & municipal facilities

How do I get an operating permit?

Application forms are available for the equipment and system types at the links listed below. Completed applications must be submitted to the BCSA for approval. Once your application has been approved and payment has been received as detailed on the invoice, your operating permit will be sent to you.

Specific requirements and application forms can be found here:

Your application may require you to include details of the person responsible for the maintenance of your equipment. This individual may be your own qualified employee, a qualified contractor, or your contractor’s qualified employee. You may change this qualified individual at each renewal interval as necessary.

When do I acquire an operating permit?

  • You must obtain an operating permit before operating equipment or performing maintenance work.
  • You must obtain a new operating permit when you acquire a property which has a current operating permit. Existing permits become invalid when properties change ownership.
  • You must adhere to an ongoing renewal process as long as the equipment remains in service.

Why do I need an operating permit?

Having qualified individuals responsible for the operation and maintenance of your property’s technical equipment protects your investment by providing compliance and oversight of your site’s safety.

It is your legal obligation to obtain an operating permit to satisfy requirements for operation and maintenance of equipment. Operating permits confirm that maintenance of your equipment is monitored or performed by qualified individuals. These individuals are responsible for technical safety inspection, operation and maintenance requirements, while ensuring that work records for equipment are kept up to date.

Each site may also be subject to periodic inspection and enforcement actions are applicable if permits are not in place and/or safety is not maintained.