New BC Building Code In Effect

A reminder to all property owners, contractors and developers applying for building permits that the Province of BC's new Building Code is now in effect.

All permit applications received on or after December 20, 2012 will be reviewed under the new code.

The new BC Building Code introduces over 800 changes to building permit and plumbing permit requirements. The new code includes changes that encourage energy efficiency and sustainable, green, healthy buildings. It also includes more stringent seismic design requirements for houses, and new requirements for assisted living care housing.

The City of Victoria's Permits and Inspections Office is currently at a temporary location at 2 - 1689 Government Street (corner of Government and Fisgard) during the City Hall renovations.

For specific details about the changes to the BC Building Code, please visit the Province of BC at: http://www.bccodes.ca/default.aspx?vid=QPLEGALEZE:bccodes_2012_view