Gas Permits in Edmonton – The Complete Guide
Since our inception in 2011, we have installed hundreds of gas lines for a range of appliances, such as BBQs, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, garage heaters, deck heaters, fire tables, and clothing dryers.
Given the hazards of gas-powered appliances and devices, we have fielded a lot of questions about the general process and the regulations surrounding gas in Edmonton. The focus of this guide is to answer some of the most common inquiries we’ve received so it can serve as a useful reference point for you as an Edmonton homeowner or business owner.
Do I need a gas permit in Edmonton, and if so, in what instance(s)?
By far the most commonly asked question is whether or not a gas permit is required for a gas line installation.
In all cases and for both homeowners and business owners, the answer is YES. Any alteration to a natural gas system in Edmonton requires a gas permit prior to commencing the work and inspection by the local governing authority. This includes retesting and the simple addition of a gas shut-off at the meter for any gas-powered appliance installation.
What is a gas permit anyway?
Simply put, a gas permit is authorization from the local governing authority ( in our case, the City of Edmonton) for a homeowner or a licensed Plumbing Contractor to install gas lines and gas appliances, such as furnaces, pool heaters and garage heaters.
So why do I need a gas permit?
You might be asking yourself, is a gas permit really that important? Is this just a cash grab by the City and another layer of government bureaucracy?
To answer these questions, it may be easier to first understand why gas permits were first introduced. Historically, permits and inspections were introduced due to improper gas use and installation; leading to preventable explosions and deaths (such as below, albeit thankfully there were no deaths).
While it is unclear when gas permits were first brought into use, the key point is that it is for the safety and protection of you and your fellow Edmontonians. Take for example what happened when a gas line erupted just west of Edmonton on June 29, 2017:
Although this incident above was not due to an improper installation or lack of a gas permit, it does highlight the dangers of gas and why an inspection and permit are critical.
To summarize, a gas permit is mandatory for two reasons:
- It’s for your own safety – the provincial Safety Codes Act is set up to ensure you and the community’s wellbeing.
- It’s the law – particularly in the case of gas, it is simply against the law to not obtain a gas permit when required.
Got it. Now how do I get a gas permit?
There are two ways you can acquire a gas permit:
- Through a licensed mechanical contractor – such as J.W. Brian Mechanical. For your convenience and peace of mind, we can not only complete any type of gas line installation, but also supply and handle the permit application. We also book the appointment with the inspector.
- On your own – if you are based in Edmonton and would prefer to take care of the gas permit application yourself, you must apply in-person at the City of Edmonton’s office (2nd Floor of the Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW) for $108.00 plus the $4.50 safety fee and taxes. More information on this process can be found at the City’s Residential Gas Permits page.
Once you have submitted your permit and the work is finished, an inspector from the City of Edmonton will review the work and issue their approval.
Note that if the inspector needs to enter the residence, someone will need be present to allow him in. However, if the inspection takes place outside of the home (e.g. a natural gas BBQ gas line), then they will simply enter the property with permission.
Need Help With Gas Permits? Contact JW Brian Mechanical!
If you need help with your gas permitting or gas line installation, please contact us at (780) 249-1496 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.