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B.C. government moves to standardize building code


February 19, 2015
By B.C. Government

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Feb. 19, 2015 – The Province has introduced a new Building Act to establish more consistent building requirements throughout B.C.

Feb. 19, 2015 – The Province has introduced a new Building Act to establish more consistent building requirements throughout B.C.

The construction sector has been asking for a standard approach for years as differing building requirements between jurisdictions can slow development and add costs. With a more streamlined and modern building regulatory system, the act would reduce costs and improve efficiency, productivity and innovation in the construction sector.

The Building Act proposes to:

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  • Streamline Building Requirements – ensuring building requirements are the same throughout B.C. by establishing the Province as the sole authority to create building requirements.
  • Establish Mandatory Qualifications for Local Building Officials – improving the interpretation, application and enforcement of the BC Building Code by making sure building officials have standard qualifications.
  • Expand Provincial Review – furthering the Province’s ability to review innovative building proposals (such as the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George).

The Building Act amendments are based on extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders. Should the act be passed, a two-to-four-year transition period will give local governments and building officials time to adapt to the new provisions.

“The Building Act balances the consistency the construction sector desires with the flexibility local governments need and paves the way for greater innovation. Streamlining building requirements will also help reduce construction costs and improve housing affordability.” Said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing.

For more information
www.leg.bc.ca/40th4th/1st_read/index.htm