2018 BC Building Code will be in effect December 10, 2018

The province has adopted the new BC Building Code. If you submit a building permit application on or after December 10, 2018 you will need to comply with the new requirements.

The 2018 BC Building and Plumbing Code includes most of the 2015 National Code requirements and some variations specific to British Columbia.  

Some important BC-specific code changes introduced in the 2018 BC Building Code include:

  • increasing building accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • improving the energy efficiency of buildings to require compliance with new building energy efficiency codes and standards
  • providing a variation to the National Building Code requirements for mid-rise combustible buildings to require 10 percent street frontage and exterior cladding with increased fire resistance
  • updating radon data, based on recent studies.

For more information about the 2018 BC Building Code, visit the Province of BC website.