Building and Safety Standards Branch
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Victoria BC V8W 9T2
About the Branch
The Building and Safety Standards Branch is one of three branches within the Office of Housing and Construction Standards in the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing. The other branches are the Housing Policy Branch (responsible for strata housing and other housing policy) and the Residential Tenancy Branch (providing information, education and other services for landlords and tenants).
The Building and Safety Standards Branch is responsible for:
- The Building Act and building regulations such as the BC Building Code
- Legislation, regulations, and standards related to residential builders (e.g., Homeowner Protection Act and regulation) and safety standards (e.g., Safety Standards Act)
- Technical regulations for safety systems, including electrical, gas, boiler, elevating, amusement devices, passenger rope ways and railways technologies
The Branch regularly liaises with both BC Housing's Licensing & Consumer Services (formerly the Homeowner Protection Office) and the BC Safety Authority, and works with them when legislative and/or regulatory amendments are needed.
- BC Housing (external link) is a Crown Corporation that reports to the Minister Responsible for Housing through a Board of Commissioners. The Government’s Letter of Expectations or Mandate Letter (external link) describes the relationship between BC Housing and the provincial government, and mandates direction from government to BC Housing. Licensing & Consumer Services (formerly the Homeowner Protection Office) is a branch of BC Housing.
- The BC Safety Authority (external link) is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, the BC Safety Authority works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: December 15, 2016.