Building Code Appeal Board Decisions

Building Code Appeal Board (BCAB) decisions are available online for review. Each decision of the board has a unique number. The higher the number, the more recent the decision.

On this page, learn more about:

Recent Decisions: March 2016  to Current

  • Appeal 1798: Fire Separations of Exits - May 2017
  • Appeal 1797: Combustible Piping Used in a Drain, Waste, and Vent Piping System - May 2017
  • Appeal 1796: Mechanical Tees/Saddle Fittings - April 2017
  • Appeal 1795: Required Floor Drain in Basement, Article 9.31.4.3. - January 2017
  • Appeal 1794: Cancelled
  • Appeal 1793: Determination of Subsidiary or Major Occupancy - February 2017
  • Appeal 1792: Stair Nosings and Rakeback, Article 3.4.6.8. - January 2017
  • Appeal 1791: Occupancy Classification of Long Term Residential Care Facility, Article 3.1.2.1. - January 2017
  • Appeal 1790: Capillary Break Using an Open Drainage Mat Material, Clause 9.27.2.2.(1)(b) - December 2016
  • Appeal 1789: Fire Separation between Major Occupancies, Fire Separation of Exits - September 2016
  • Appeal 1788: Application of Sentence 9.36.4.4.(1), Piping Insulation to a Tankless Water Heater - July 2016
  • Appeal 1787: Occupancy Classification of Building, Article 3.1.3.2. - July 2016
  • Appeal 1786: Pending
  • Appeal 1785: Occupancy Classification and Party Wall Construction Requirements for Detached Garages and Detached Garages with Dwelling Units Above, Articles 9.10.2.1., 9.10.11.1. and 9.10.11.2 - June 2016
  • Appeal 1784: Fire Resistance Rating for Fire Separations Between Resident Rooms and the Remainder of the Floor Area in a Care Occupancy, Sentences 3.3.3.5(9) and 3.3.3.5(15) - May 2016
  • Appeal 1783: Application of BC Building Code Footing Requirements to Aluminum Patio Canopy (Article 9.15.3.1.) - April 2016
  • Appeal 1782: Definition of Mezzanine, Article 1.4.1.2. of Division A - April 2016
  • Appeal 1781: Application of 9.10.14.3., Limiting Distance and Fire Department Response - April 2016
  • Appeal 1780: Attachment of Wood Shingles Over a Capillary Break, Clause 9.27.2.2.(1)(b) and Sentence 9.27.5.1.(1) - March 2016

Decisions Search Tool

How to Search All BCAB Decisions

  • The search tool lets you use any keyword to search for relevant decisions - examples of keywords include
    • the BCAB decision number, such as 1780 or 1526 or 1368
    • a term related to what you’re looking for, such as mezzanine or plumbing or occupancy
  • To search exact terms, use "double quotes" around the word or phrase, such as "letters of assurance" 
  • After doing a search, the results can be further filtered by code edition, code division (A, B or C) or code reference (Parts 1 to 10)
    • For example, to limit the search results to just those for the 2012 edition of the building code, click on the ‘2012’ facet - you'll then see a circle with an X through it, indicating the results are now limited to just those for the 2012 code - to remove the facet filter and display all of the original results, click on the circle with the X
  • Numerical references in previous codes might be different than today - the search tool uses the code reference number used in the previous codes plus the current code reference

The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: May 10, 2017.

BCAB Decisions

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