In 2009, British Columbia became the first province to introduce mandatory licensing of home inspectors.
Home inspectors operate under a legal framework that consists of the:
- Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and
- Home Inspector Licensing Regulation
Consumer Protection BC is responsible for licensing home inspectors and enforcing the Act and Regulation.
|In progress||Working with a third party contractor, the Province is undertaking a comprehensive review of the qualifications required to perform home inspections and developing a competency-based credentialing system for home inspectors. Results of the review are anticipated in 2017.|
|November/December 2016||The Province provided an update on the reform of regulations and clarification on adherence to a recognized Scope of Practice relating to the home inspector profession in British Columbia.|
|March 2016||The Provincial government introduced new rules that enable Consumer Protection BC to better oversee home inspectors in British Columbia and better protect consumers. You can read the Order in Council for more details. Additional information is also provided in the March 15, 2016 letter from Minister Responsible for Housing.|
|November 2015||The Provincial government commissioned an Industry Needs Analysis to assess the standards of practice, available training, and assessment methods that already exist for home inspectors in B.C. and propose a strategy for completing phase 2.|
|May 2015||Minister Responsible for Housing updates home inspectors.|
|September 2014||Province announced improving home inspector licensing requirements through a more standardized approach and enhancing Consumer Protection BC’s role in licensing. Input from stakeholders and survey responses from the public and home inspectors provided valuable feedback.|
|November 2013||Province invited input on how to strengthen home inspector licensing requirements.|
|March 2009||British Columbia was the first Canadian jurisdiction to regulate home inspectors. Previously, home inspector training was voluntary.|
For more information on the regulation of home inspectors, what a home inspection is, how to select a home inspector and about your rights as a consumer, please contact Consumer Protection BC.
Information for home inspectors including how to apply for or renew a home inspector license is also available from Consumer Protection BC.
Current versions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and Home Inspector Licensing Regulation can be obtained from the following sources.
- From your own computer, as an unofficial version for private purposes, print or download the updated Act and Home Inspector Licensing Regulation from the BC Laws website. BC Laws usually updates their website within 7 to 14 working days of changes made to the legislation or regulations.
The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: January 26, 2017.