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Are you a tradesperson or have a diploma/degree in science/technology and you’re interested in becoming a Building Official in British Columbia? There is continued demand for Building Officials, and the work is challenging, interesting and rewarding  - you’ll be helping to ensure not only the structural strength of buildings, but a multitude of fire-and life safety systems, healthy and energy efficient environmental systems, and safe plumbing and mechanical systems.  To learn more go to: https://boabc.org/how-to-become-a-building-or-plumbing-official/


Any permits submitted on or after March 8, 2024 will be applicable to the 2024 Code.


The Province has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code, including Book II Plumbing Services. The new BC Building Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Buildings with permits in place under the BC Building Code 2012 are generally not affected. The BC Building Code 2018 includes most of the changes in the National Building Code 2015 with some changes specific to BC.

2018 Building Code Changes:

Additional Code Change Sessions will occur in January and February 2019 – check the BOABC website regularly.

Building Smart Seminar #26 - OBA Exam Requirement

20 June 2016.  As of July 4, 2016 all applicants for an Owner Builder Authorization will be required to successfully meet the eligibility criteria and pass an examination to evaluate their knowledge and understanding of home building basics. Please see Related Links for detailed information on this new requirement.

BC Building Code Changes - Effective 19 December 2014:

24 February 2015.  See Related Links for a summary of code changes that came into effect 19 December 2014, this summary also provides links to further resources..

Ventilation Checklist Forms Updated:

17 February 2015.  See Related Links for the new TECA ventilation checklist forms.  These new forms (incorporating 2014 amendment to Section 9.32 of the BCBC) are to be used for building permits applied for after December 20, 2014.

Due to the high volume of Building permit applications, it takes approximately 8 weeks to process applications as long as all required documentation has been received.  Refer to Forms under Building Services for more information.


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