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Frequently Asked Questions: Boiler & Pressure Vessel Safety

  1. What are the requirements regarding having a boiler and/or pressure vessel inspected?
    The Code of Virginia specifies that all boilers and pressure vessels in the Commonwealth must be registered with the Department of Labor and Industry unless specifically exempted in the Code. Click here to see Exemptions.


  2. How often must a boiler and/or pressure vessel be inspected?
    High pressure boilers are to be inspected annually.
    Heating boilers are to be inspected every 2 years.
    Pressure vessels are to be inspected every 2 years.


  3. What is considered to be a high pressure boiler?
    A steam boiler over 15 psi or a hot water boiler over 160 psi.


  4. Who can inspect my boilers?
    You should contact either a qualified Inspector from your insurance company if you are insured; OR a qualified Contract Fee Inspector.


  5. We are installing new equipment, who should we contact?
    You should contact either a qualified Inspector from your insurance carrier if you are insured; OR a qualified Contract Fee Inspector.


  6. Is a license required to operate a boiler in Virginia?
    There is no state requirement by the Commonwealth to have a license to operate a boiler. However, the Code of Virginia allows any city or county in Virginia the option of requiring certain persons to obtain a certificate from the locality. At the present time, no locality in the Commonwealth requires such a certification.


  7. Isn't it the responsibility of the insurance company to know when my certificate expires?
    No, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the certificate is up to date.

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