Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Operating Permits

Forms and fees referenced on this page:


Operating permits are for owners of regulated equipment in commercial, residential, industrial, institutional or public assembly buildings. This equipment includes:

  • Hot water boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 3 m²
  • Steam boilers with a heating surface area exceeding 2 m²
  • Hot potable water heaters exceeding 120 kW or 400,000 BTUs/h
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems exceeding 25 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group A3, B2 or B3 refrigerant
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems exceeding 125 kW prime mover nameplate capacity rating using Group Al, A2 or B1 refrigerant

A safety officer must inspect any of the equipment listed above before you can receive an operating permit. Once the equipment has passed inspection, you will receive your certificate of inspection, followed by an invoice for both the inspection and your operating permit. Once the invoice has been paid, you will receive your operating permit by mail or email (whichever you prefer). Please be prepared to pay the appropriate Boiler and Pressure Vessels fees.

The permit needs to be stored alongside the equipment. You will be invoiced for the permit’s annual renewal.

If you are selling, scrapping, or are no longer using your boiler, pressure vessel or refrigeration/HVAC system, please submit an Operating Permit Declaration of Status Change - All Technologies Form 1539 to any BCSA office to confirm that the equipment is no longer in use.

Propane Pressure Vessels

Operating Permit Application For Propane Pressure Vessels (BCSA Directive #D-BP-2015-01)

Guidance information for owners and operators of propane pressure vessels in BC