Dinner in the Sky: The process of approving a brand new attraction


In 2017, Technical Safety BC approved and inspected the Dinner in the Sky elevated restaurant – a rectangular platform with rollercoaster-style seats that lifts 22 diners plus five attendants (chef and servers) by crane to a height of 50 meters. Diners enjoy panoramic views of the Burrard inlet while enjoying a gourmet meal served by harnessed servers. But what does it take to bring a brand new amusement device into the province? Here is an overview of what took place and the steps involved prior to start up.

Amusement Ride or Elevating Device?

The first question we needed to establish is whether or not the device would be regulated as an amusement ride or an elevating device. To determine this, we reviewed the documentation provided by the company to understand what the device was and how it operated. Next, we met with our Legal and Policy teams to determine if this unique device met the definition of an amusement device. We determined Dining in the Sky does meet the definition of an amusement ride and would require registration and inspection in BC. As with any ride, there are a number of things that needed to happen next.

Registration and Inspection

The next step was the process of registering and inspecting the device, which took about six months. Technical Safety BC worked closely with the operator and installation contractor to ensure all the requirements of the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation (EDSR) and the CSA Z267 Safety Code were met. This included the following steps:

  • Operator and maintenance contractor obtained an Amusement Devices contractor’s license.
  • Application for Design Review, stamped and submitted by a BC professional engineer, was submitted to Technical Safety BC. Some of the documentation in support of this application included detailed drawings and calculations, non-destructive test reports for the platform and crane, wire rope test reports, details of the crane to be used, geotechnical report of the ground where the crane will be set up, operating procedures, maintenance requirements, operating conditions relating to weather, emergency evacuation procedures, staff training requirements, daily pre-operational inspection requirements, and confirming the device meets the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. 
  • Once design review was completed by a senior safety officer and all required information and documentation was provided, an installation permit was issued by Technical Safety BC
  • A safety officer was assigned to the project who would see the installation through to completion.

Once the dining platform arrived in British Columbia from Europe, a construction inspection of the platform and related equipment was conducted at the crane company’s shop. The safety officer was able to view and examine the platform and crane, and witness the first test lifts. At this inspection the operation, maintenance, and rescue procedures where discussed and demonstrated. This was a good learning experience for all parties and gave the operator time to make any changes that were required ahead of the opening.

Two days before the scheduled opening, a final acceptance inspection was completed by the safety officer at the North Vancouver location where the device would operate. At this inspection, the safety officer was able to see the device in operation and view all of its operating parameters. These included loading and unloading procedures, fencing to provide a restricted/safe area under the platform, condition of ground crane, another emergency evacuation demonstration, and confirmation there was no clearance issues to buildings, power lines, etc. Once the acceptance inspection was completed and any deficiencies were corrected, an operating permit was issued for the device.

The Dining in the Sky attraction enjoyed a successful and safe launch – and will be returning to the Lower Mainland this summer.


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