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Register your pressure vessel design (CRN)

Prior to manufacturing a pressure equipment, Calculations, Specifications and Drawings pertaining to its design must be submitted for registration to the regulatory authority in the province or Territory where the item is intended to be used. When deemed compliant with the applicable codes, a Canadian Registration Number (CRN) will be issued by the regulatory authority. The nameplate stamping of every boiler and pressure vessel shall include the Canadian Registration Number (CRN).

In Québec, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) issues a CRN for pressure equipment that will be used in the province. Applications for design registration must be submitted to the RBQ. However, if you plan on manufacturing pressure equipment that will be used in Québec and in other Canadian provinces or territories, you can request simultaneously a CRN from multiple jurisdictions.

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Registration for Québec only

Your application must include:

  • The Application for design registrationThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. form duly completed, dated and signed.
  • Calculations signed by an engineer (boilers and pressure vessels), in PDF format.
  • Detailed technical drawings signed by an engineer (boilers and pressure vessels), in PDF format.
  • A proof that you have implemented a quality control program for the manufacturing of pressure equipment (copy of the ASME or CSA B51 certificate when obtained from an organization other than the RBQ)
  • Proof of the first registration, if the equipment has been registered in another Canadian province or territory.
  • If revising or renewing an existing CRN, please include with the amended documents, a copy of all the original relevant documents. The amended documentation must clearly indicate the changes.

Request for a CRN in multiple Canadian provinces and territories

When needing a design registration in Québec together with other Canadian Provinces and Territories, you have the possibility to address one application to the RBQ. We will take care of processing the application in Québec and in other selected provinces and territories.

Your application must include:

  • The Request for a Canadian Registration Number (CRN) in Multiple Jurisdictions – PDF (3,0 MB) duly completed, dated and signed, in PDF format (one for each separate design).
  • A copy of the design documentation (drawings, specifications, calculations as required by the selected provinces and territories (see the required documentation section of the form).
  • A proof that you have implemented a quality control program for the manufacturing of pressure equipment (copy of the ASME or CSA B51 certificate when obtained from an organization other than the RBQ)
  • An annex with the list and locations of all manufacturing plants, if there is more than one or if different from section B.
  • If revising or renewing an existing CRN, please include with the amended documents, a copy of all the original relevant documents. The amended documents must clearly indicate the changes, clearly distinguishing between the changes and the original documentation.

Submitting the application

General instructions

Send your application to enregistrementdesplans@rbq.gouv.qc.ca. In the subject line, please indicate your permit number if you are a Québec manufacturer and the drawing number.

EXAMPLE FOR A QUÉBEC MANUFACTURER

Subject: CRN Application, permit 1234567, drawing 12345

EXAMPLE FOR A MANUFACTURER OUTSIDE QUÉBEC, A DESIGNER OR A DEALER

Subject: CRN Application, drawing 12345

Instructions for submitting information

  • Send one email per design application. If all documents cannot be sent in one email because of size limits, send them in several emails. However, the subject line must clearly indicate how many emails will be sent, for example by adding “1 of 3”, “2 of 3”, etc., at the end.
  • Files must be attached to the email. Links to websites or pages and attached emails are not accepted.

Instructions for files

  • Files must be in PDF format and unprotected.
  • Zip files should be avoided to reduce processing time.
  • Files must be separated by type. For example, a file must contain calculations or drawings, not both.
  • Each name file must indicate its content (form, calculations, drawings, proof of approved quality control program, additional documents, etc.).
  • All calculation pages must have the same orientation (landscape or portrait).

Application status or update

Once we start processing your application, we will send you an email indicating your application number (ex.: 123456).

Should you need to update your application, please send us an email and write this application number. For example: Update for 123456.

Once all documentation is verified and accepted, we will send you a registration letter as well as stamped documents by email, in PDF format.

Fees

For registration fees, please consult the Fees structure [Fr] page. For registration fees in other provinces and territories, please consult the websites of the corresponding authorities:

Please note that each Province / Territory selected in the application will be billing for its administrative registration (CRN issuance). However, design review is done by one province or territory who is a participant in the CRN for Pressure Equipment Reconciliation Agreement. Other design review fees could be billed by provinces and territories who did not sign this agreement.

Any questions?

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