YOU WOULDN'T MAKE YOUR

CHILD'S CAR SEAT WOULD YOU?

 
A HEADS UP FOR SAFETY



YOU WOULDN'T MAKE YOUR

CHILD'S HELMET WOULD YOU?

 
 
If you wouldn't risk their safety by making them a car seat, why would you risk their safety in your home when you're renovating or remodeling?


So whether you are rewiring your home, installing a propane heater or doing renovations that involve gas or electricity, remember:
  • Hire a licensed contractor

  • Ensure there is a permit
  WHAT IS A "LICENSED" CONTRACTOR?
 
All gas and electrical contractors doing regulated work in BC are required, under the Safety Standards Act, to hold a valid license issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority. Licences must be renewed annually and require certain qualification are met, including a $10,000 surety bond.


  WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO USE A LICENSED CONTRACTOR?
 
Anyone doing regulated work without a valid licence is doing so illegally. Also, while the licence doesn't guarantee quality, it provides some assurance the contractor has adequate knowledge and training for the work he/she is licensed to perform.


  HOW DO YOU FIND A LICENSED CONTRACTOR?
 
The BC Safety Authority website lists all gas and electrical contractors actively licensed with us. However, we do not make recommendations, nor does a licence guarantee the quality of the work. No matter how you find a contractor, confirm he or she is a licensed contractor. You can do this by calling the BC Safety Authority or visiting our website at www.safetyauthority.ca.


  WHY IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?
 
The most important reason is SAFETY - for your home and your family - and also for your own peace of mind.

If you are hiring a contractor, a permit issued by the BC Safety Authority ensures a licensed professional is taking responsibility for the work. If you're doing the work yourself, a BC Safety Authority permit means that a highly skilled Safety Officer will inspect your work and be available for advice.

Doing any regulated gas, boiler and electrical work without a permit may adversely impact the resale value of your home or your homeowner's insurance policy. Last but not least, regulated gas, boiler and electrical work require permits by law.


  HOW DO YOU GET A PERMIT?
 
The person doing the work is the one who obtains and is responsible for complying with the permit. If you hire someone to do the work, he/she gets the permit. If you're doing the work yourself, you get the permit.


  I AM DOING THE WORK MYSELF. WHERE DO I GET A PERMIT?
 
You must first meet certain qualifications and requirements if you are doing your own work. For more information visit our website at www.safetyauthority.ca, call our toll free line 1-866-566-SAFE (7233), or visit your local BC Safety Authority office.


  WHEN DO YOU NEED A PERMIT?
 
The majority of gas, electrical and boiler installations require a permit when installed by the homeowner or a licensed contractor. Following are some common examples of where permits are or are not required.


  Permit Required
  Replacement of:
receptacles, dimmer switches, furnace thermostats, or lamps.
Also, lighting fixtures up to 150 V to ground
No
  ANY electrical wiring work Yes
  Hot tubs - new or replacement Yes
  Gas fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, ranges or cooktops - new or replacement Yes
  Gas barbeque piping - new or replacement Yes
  Existing gas barbeque replacement No

If in doubt, call us!

(604) 660-6286
1-866-566-7233

Note: the above apply to single-family fully detached homes ONLY. For all other residential, commercial, or industrial installation or replacements contact the BC Safety Authority.