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Gas and Oil Burning Equipment Program

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Since our fierce climate has given rise to an extensive heating industry, the Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba 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 Manitoba has sought to share inspection responsibility with utilities. The Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba Section 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 the Branch.

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 Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba section 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.

Please consult Business Rules Which Apply to Gas Permits - (pdf) to view the responsibilities of a gas fitter.

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 one of the following three methods:

Mail:

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 Notices

This is a complete set of the current Manitoba Gas Notices issued in June, 2010.

Gas and Oil Fitter 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.

For information on obtaining a gas and oil fitter licence, please contact the licencing department at 945-3373. Other applicable applications and forms can be found through the links below.

  1. Syllabus - "A" Gas Syllabus (pdf)
  2. Syllabus - "B" Gas Syllabus (pdf)
  3. Application for Gas Fitter and Oil Burner Examination (pfd)
  4. Employer Verification of Experience Form (pdf)
  5. Experience Self Declaration (pdf)
  6. Application for Gas Fitter and Oil Burner Licence (pdf)
  7. Application for Gas Fitter and Oil Burner Licence Reinstatement (pdf)
  8. Assurance of Professional Design and Commitment for Inspection (pdf)
  9. Application for Variance of Gas and Oil Equipment (pdf)
  10. Certificate Licence Replacement Application (pdf)
  11. Credit Card Authorization Payment Form (pdf)

How To Contact Your Inspector

To speak with or correspond with provincial inspectors responsible for most commercial, industrial, and special acceptance inspections, please consult the contact information below. If you are unsure who your inspector is, please call the Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba switchboard for help: (204) 945-3373.

Gas & Oil Permit Fees
Effective August 8, 2012


FEES under The Gas and Oil Burner Act and Regulation

SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING — Residential

$60.00

COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL BUILDING

Charge based on the capacity of the gas burning equipment as follows: (Fees are calculated per piece of equipment)          $60.00 basic fee is applied once only.

0 - 80,000 BTU

Per piece of equipment

$15.00

80,001 - 400,000 BTU

Per piece of equipment

$50.00

400,001 - 3,000,000 BTU

Per piece of equipment

$140.00

3,000,001 - 10,000,000 BTU

Per piece of equipment

$180.00

Over 10,000,000 BTU

$50.00
For each 3,000,000 BTU or portion thereof more than 10,000,000 BTU

 

CONSTRUCTION HEATERS — The fee is for a first time inspection. When the unit moves location it becomes a "no-charge" permit. The $60 basic fee is waived on Construction heater permits.

 

The fees are charged according to the fee table above. 
The basic fee of $60.00 is waived.

PROPANE TANK SETS —

(Any or all sizes)
$50.00/per tank set 

 

OIL BURNING EQUIPMENT — The permit fee for installing, altering or making an addition to oil burning equipment is based on the firing capacity of the oil burner as follows:

    Firing capacity of 3 gallons or less per hour:

$60.00

Firing capacity of over 3 gallons per hour:

$180.00

 

PIPING ONLY — GAS OR OIL The permit fee payable for the installation of only gas or oil piping and fittings in a commercial or industrial building is $140.00.  All commercial piping permits require drawings. 

 

Commercial

 

Residential

$140.00

$60.00

 

Special Acceptance Approval Fees
GAS — The fee for an application for approval of gas burning or oil burning equipment that is not approved is $215.00. The fee for each special acceptance label issued for an identical item that is inspected at the same time and same location is $70.00.

Examination and Licence Fees
Gas and Oil Burner Regulation
(effective August 8, 2012)

Examination Fee
The fee for an examination for a licence to install or service oil burning equipment or for any class of a gas fitter’s licence is.
$60.00
Licence for Oil Burner Installer or Gas Fitter
The fee payable for an oil burner installer's licence or gas fitter's licence, valid for a period of up to four years is
$160.00
Fee for New Licence is Based on Period of Validity
Where a licence to install oil burning equipment or gas burning equipment is issued, the fee is based on the period of time for which the licence is valid, as follows:
(a) one year or less: $40.00
(b) more than one year but not more than two years: $80.00
(c) more than two years but not more than three years: $120.00
(d) more than three years but not more than four years: $160.00
Fee for copy of lost, destroyed or defaced licence: $15.00