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Get an operating permit

To enhance public safety, mandatory operating permits will be required for certain new and existing building water systems in Vancouver.

To more effectively respond to incidents, mitigate health risks by pathogens (such as Legionella pneumophila), and ensure compliance with updated standards, operating permits help us and health authorities track new and existing:

  • Cooling towers
  • Water features
  • Non-potable water systems and other building water systems

When you can get an operating permit

Review what systems require an operating permit and when the permit will become available through Permits and Licences Online Service.

Share your thoughts

Provide feedback and ideas on proposed changes to the Vancouver Building By-law as it relates to Legionella and building mechanical systems, such as cooling towers.

  • Deadline for comments: October 15, 2019
  • Workshop: October 29, 2019

Get details and information on how to take part in this process (935 KB)

Stay informed

Complete the form below to get an email alert to register your building’s water system on the date your type of system will be implemented. 

For additional information, contact: operatingpermit@vancouver.ca