Submission Requirements for National Registration of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Designs

A vessel manufacturer may choose to register a vessel design in other provinces or territories in addition to Alberta. The Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) offers a one-window service to boiler and pressure vessel manufacturers wishing to register their designs in multiple Canadian provinces and territories. The vessel manufacturer makes one submission and deals with one agency. The following describes the process and documents required for ABSA to apply for a vessel design registration in other provinces and territories on your behalf.

We prefer electronic submissions for National Registrations. Please see Electronic Submissions for more details.

  • If submitting electronically, then the quantity of any particular required document to be submitted is reduced to one (1) rather than multiple copies of a document.

The following documentation is required for ABSA to register a vessel design and to apply for registration in other provinces on your behalf:

  • One (1) completed Design Registration Application Form AB-31 and Form AB-31a for each separate design submitted to ABSA. On this application check all jurisdictions for national registration or indicate which additional jurisdictions you require for registration. Place this form on top of the application packages.
  • Two (2) sets of drawings for each separate design application for national registration.

Note: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut are covered under one jurisdictional review and they are processed by ACI Central Inc.
For example: if registration is required across Canada, a total of fourteen (14) sets of documents are required. (i.e. two each for BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and ACIC).

  • For design registrations in Ontario, the drawings must be stamped and signed by a professional engineer that is registered with the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
  • For design registrations in Quebec and ACI Central Inc. The drawings must be stamped and signed by a professional engineer.

A professional engineer is a person who is registered as a professional engineer in a professional organization and authorized to practice engineering in any province or territory in Canada or any state in the United States of America.

  • One (1) set of calculations for each separate design application for national registration. Single sided pages only with no staples.

For example: if registration is required across Canada, a total of seven (7) sets of documents are required. (i.e. one each for BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and ACIC).

  • ALL documents larger than 8 ½” BY 11” MUST BE FOLDED




  • Mail applications to:

Attn: Design Survey
9410 20 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6N 0A4

Process step 1

  • Apply for and obtain an Alberta boiler or pressure vessel registration. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted for registration in Alberta, you will be invoiced and your ABSA stamped set of documents will be returned to you.

Process step 2

  • ABSA will apply for and submit your documents to the selected jurisdictions as specified on the AB-31 form for their review.

Process step 3

Once all the registrations for the other jurisdictions have been received, they will be forwarded to the submitter and submitter will then be invoiced.

Applicable Fees

  • ABSA will pay the applicable registration fees to the other jurisdictions on your behalf. Once the National Registration is complete, ABSA will invoice the submitter for the other jurisdiction registration fees, plus an ABSA one time administration fee of $560.26, despite how many jurisdictions the submitter applies for.
  • Courier and handling charges will be invoiced for each jurisdiction for which registration is requested.
  • GST will be charged where applicable.

ABSA can not confirm the registration and review processes fees in advance because they vary by jurisdiction.

An additional fee may apply, if the request to register in other jurisdictions is received after the Alberta registration has been completed.

Where possible, ABSA will answer any questions that may arise from other jurisdictions relating to your application. If we are unable to provide the answer, ABSA will then contact the submitter directly for a response.

Last Modified: 4/14/2022 11:32:57 AM