Permits and approvals are required to install and operate regulated equipment or to bring it into the province.

Permits, approvals (for some technologies), or a design registration is required before the installation, operation, or importing of regulated equipment.


Different types of permits allow licensed contractors, property managers, business owners and homeowners to do projects in their field of expertise. This includes the installation, operation, and maintenance of regulated equipment. Read your section to understand what is required to obtain your permit.

 Installation Permits:

Contractors need an electrical, gas, elevating, amusement devices, passenger ropeway, and in some cases, boiler permit before they begin installation. Maintenance, testing and repairing may also need an installation permit so it’s best to check with your local BCSA office before you begin any work.

 Operating Permits:Property managers, business owners, and in some cases, licensed contractors need to renew their operating permits annually for electrical, gas, boiler, elevating, amusement devices, and passenger ropeways, if the equipments are in use.


Inspections: This section describes the way we inspect regulated work. It also details the regular and “special” inspections that contractors must perform as a condition of their licence.  Inspections can be requested for electrical, gas, boiler, elevating, amusement devices, and passenger ropeways.

Design Registrations

Design Registrations: If you intend to build a new piece of equipment or bring one to BC from outside the province, you must have the design registered before you begin installation. In elevating, amusement devices, (in some cases) boilers, or gas will require a design registration or submission before you can obtain an installation for operating permit.

Equipment Approvals

Equipment Approvals: This process assists you with bringing electrical or gas equipment into the province, manufacturing new equipment and registering procedures. 

Alternative Safety Approaches

Alternative Safety Approaches: This new approach could be used when prescriptive requirements are limited, and have not kept pace with technological advances; it also can apply when new technology has not yet been addressed in prescriptive regulation, or where standards development and certification practices haven’t recognized global advances.