Yukon to require permits and inspections for heating systems
As of July 1, 2010, the Yukon government says a permit and subsequent inspection will be required to install, modify or replace components of fuel oil-fired heating systems including furnaces, fuel lines, chimneys and storage tanks.
“The Yukon government has been working with the City of Whitehorse and industry representatives for several years to develop heating system safety initiatives that ensure home and business heating systems are properly installed and maintained,” said Community Services Minister Archie Lang.
About 75% of Yukon homes and businesses use fuel oil for heating, according to the government. Once the new regulation for fuel oil-fired heating systems is in place, major work on all fuel oil heating systems throughout Yukon will require permits and inspections.
“We know that a properly installed and maintained heating system is safer and more energy efficient, and by requiring permits and providing safety inspections we hope to correct hazards before they cause fires, fuel leaks or other damages,” said Lang.
Building safety information is available at www.community.gov.yk.ca.