The new provincial qualification requirements for building and plumbing officials established in the Building Act came into force February 28, 2017.
The new qualification requirements support the professionalism of building officials and will improve consistency in how the BC Building Code is interpreted, applied, and enforced. The qualifications are one of three key objectives of the 2015 Act and mark the first time any provincial qualifications have been required for this group of building professionals.
To be qualified, building officials will have to:
The qualification requirements will take effect in two steps over four years:
Under the Building Act, anyone working for or on behalf of a local authority who makes a decision on whether a matter conforms to a provincial building regulation (such as the BC Building Code) must be qualified to do so: the need to be qualified does not depend on job title. Individuals in three categories are exempt (or temporarily exempt) from the qualification requirements:
The Province has selected the BOABC to administer the new requirements due to their existing role as the professional association for building officials and their expertise in building official education and qualifications.
Further information about the new qualification requirements is available on the Building Act website and in a new Building Act guide entitled What Building and Plumbing Officials Need to Know about the Building Act. The new guide comes in two versions:
For further questions about the qualification requirements, contact the BOABC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the Building Act or its implementation, please see the Building Act website (www.gov.bc.ca/buildingact) or contact the Building and Safety Standards Branch at email@example.com