Frequently Asked Questions - Fulfilling and Administering Regulatory Requirements in B.C.

Application design review is the first stage in our regulatory lifecycle approach to managing risks to public safety and the environment. The Commission reviews facility applications as an integrated system of singular components required to perform safely as a whole network. By focusing on where and how components interface within the system, the Commission can evaluate and assess the interaction of the elements with an eye for risk, reliability and safety.

The Commission utilizes a professional reliance model in some specific areas of its regulation of oil and gas activities. Engineering designs must be signed and sealed for use in B.C. by a member of Engineers & Geoscientists BC (formerly APEGBC). The requirements apply to the design, construction, operations/maintenance and decommissioning stages of projects. This professional reliance model is supplemented at the application stage by a design review process performed by Commission professional staff or third party subject matter experts. Additionally, targeted field inspections are undertaken during the construction, commissioning, operations, and decommissioning phases.

If an applicant intends to design all or a portion of a facility outside of B.C., they should refer to the Engineers & Geoscientists Quality Management Guidelines - Use of Seal, section 3.2.1.4.  Appendix D of the LNG Facility Application and Operations Manual provides further guidance on how to meet professional reliance requirements to the Commission’s satisfaction and is consistent with the Engineering & Geoscientists Quality Management Guidelines.