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Inspection and Technical Services - Gas and Oil Burning Equipment Program

Updated June 21, 2008 - ME-017 - ABS, PVC, and CPVC Venting Systems

Since our fierce climate has given rise to an extensive heating industry, the Inspection and Technical Services Section faces a demanding assignment as the regulatory authority over all gas and oil burning equipment and installations in the province.

Under The Gas and Oil Burning Act, the Branch:

  • Issues permits for all gas and oil burning equipment installations
  • Approves piping plans for all installations over 400,000 BTU
  • Inspects and approves gas and oil-fired equipment that is not certified for use by a recognized testing agency
  • Tests and licences trades people who work with gas and oil
  • Conducts field inspections to help enforce safety standards
  • Investigates serious incidents involving fuel-burning equipment.

To keep pace with the growing number of installations, Inspection and Technical Services has sought to share inspection responsibility with utilities. The Office of the Fire Commissioner is the jurisdictional authority responsible for issuing permits to install gas and oil-burning equipment. The permit program ensures that only those who are properly qualified and licenced install fuel-fired equipment, and forms the registry of installations that ensure new and replacement equipment is properly inspected. Provincial inspectors conduct commission inspections on high-input commercial/industrial equipment, and each utility is required to conduct a commission inspection on all equipment installed. While both the branch and the utility usually inspect most commercial and industrial installations. licenced Utility-class fitters working on behalf of the fuel provider conduct mainly residential inspections and file reports with thebBranch.

Occasionally, there is a requirement to use equipment that has not been certified by an agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and recognized in Manitoba. For these cases, the manufacturer or installer may apply to the Office of the Fire Commissioner for a Special Acceptance for a Gas Appliance.

A provincial Gas Inspector will inspect the equipment to determine its compliance to provincial codes and guidelines. The Gas Inspector may approve the equipment, order modifications to bring the equipment in line with provincial standards or may prohibit the equipment from use.

The section also administers rules designed to ensure that those who work with gas and oil burning equipment have the proper combination of theoretical education and practical training to perform their duties safely. In consultation with industry, educational facilities and workers, the section sets qualification examinations and holds exam sittings throughout the province and licences successful exam candidates.

Apply for a Permit

For information on how to apply for a permit to to install gas or oil burning equipment, who can apply for a permit, and the requirements to install pressure piping systems, please consult Applying for Gas and Oil Permits - (pdf).

You can apply and pay online for permits you require before you begin the work of installing new and replacement gas and oil burning equipment. Permit numbers for residential work are issued 24 Hours a day - 7 Days a week, and are valid immediately upon payment.

Please submit a signed copy of the Appliance General Check List by mail, fax or email.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner
Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba
508 – 401 York Avenue, Winnipeg MB  R3C 0P8

Fax: 204.948.2309

Email: firecomm@gov.mb.ca

Gas and Oil Fitter Examinations & Licencing

The Branch administers rules designed to ensure that those who work with gas and oil burning equipment have the proper combination of theoretical education and practical training to perform their duties safely. In consultation with industry, educational facilities and workers, the Branch sets qualification examinations and holds exam sittings throughout the province and licences successful exam candidates. Examination dates and location, policy and payment information can be found on the Examination Schedule webpage.

Fees

Examination, Licence, Permit, Special Approval fees are found within the Regulations of the The Gas and Oil Burner Act.

Contact Your Inspector

To contact your Provincial Electric Inspector please (204) 945-3373.

Questions? email firecomm@gov.mb.ca