BC Safety Authority invites stakeholder feedback
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Consultation opens re fee increases and fee structure changes
BC Safety Authority is proposing an increase of a weighted average of nine per cent over the next three years to fees for the electrical, gas, elevating devices and boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies. Additional changes are also proposed for specific fees. Feedback regarding the increases will be accepted until September 15, 2014.
The Safety Authority is also proposing structural changes, whch it says will “improve fee simplicity and transparency while aligning them to safety risks, and therefore, to the level of BCSA oversight required.” These include: in electrical, removing the cap on installation permit fees and removing the cap on client accounts for operating permit fees; in gas, combining contractor installation permit fees for fully-detached dwellings with those for multiple-unit dwellings; and in boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration, replace current design registration hourly fees with standardized flat rates.
Information on the consultation results and the final fee schedules will be available in October 2014. Any new fee changes will take effect in January 2015.