Only Hire a Licensed Contractor
Always contact a licensed technician for any inspection or maintenance needs. Whether undertaking a major renovation or installing a new natural gas appliance, it is important to remember that in B.C. only properly trained experts, licensed by Technical Safety BC, are recommended to work on gas systems, such as in your home or business.
Gas projects done without properly trained and certified experts can create safety hazards that may put your family and your investment at risk.
Use a Licensed Contractor for any of the Following Services:
- Purchasing and installing natural gas space and water heating systems
- Gas fitting such as installing or replacing gas piping or vent systems
- Purchasing and installing residential appliances such as a fireplace, water heater, furnace, boiler, range or cooktop
- Service and repairs
Find a Contractor Near You
Use Technical Safety BC’s convenient web search tool to find a contractor in your community or you are welcome to contact them at 1.866.566.7233 to provide a list.
Please note that Technical Safety B.C. provides contact information for licensed contractors only. They do not provide recommendations, nor do they guarantee the quality of the work. It is important to always ask your contractor for references and permit numbers.
Benefits of Hiring a Licensed Contractor
Hiring a licensed contractor has many benefits:
- They know all the legal requirements pertaining to regulated gas and electrical work and have the training and expertise required to do the job safely
- They will obtain the required permit(s) on your behalf and make sure the work meets all code requirements
- They will manage the inspection process and repair all deficiencies
- When the time comes to sell your house, buyers, realtors and lenders may require proof that all regulated gas, boiler, and electrical work was done with permits to help ensure the house is safe for future occupants.
- While having your natural gas appliances serviced, it may be a good idea to ask your contractor to inspect the gas lines that run past your meter and into your home or to outside appliances like barbecues or patio heaters. A licensed gas contractor can inspect your piping for corrosion or leaks that may need repair.
Ask to See the Permit Before Work Begins
When your contractor arrives to carry out the installation work, ask to see their permit from Technical Safety BC or your municipality. Permits are a legal requirement in B.C. and are often necessary for home insurance purposes.