Manufactured or mobile homes


Manufactured homes include modular and mobile homes. They are typically built in a factory off-site and then delivered and assembled on-site. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label provides the specifications the home is built to:

  • Modular homes are built under the A-277 standards
  • Mobile homes are built under the Z-240 standards

In B.C., the sale, transfer or purchase of a manufactured home is only effective if the transaction is registered. This protects a person's investment in a manufactured home.

Register and keep information up to date

The Manufactured Home Registry:

  • Maintains a central register of manufactured home ownership details
  • Controls the movement of manufactured homes in B.C.
  • Improves the security of lenders in financing purchases of manufactured homes

Register a new manufactured home or an existing home that's never been registered before.

Step 1: Before you register, make sure you're eligible. Homes must meet the requirements of the Manufactured Home Act. If you're not sure if your home meets the requirements, contact the Manufactured Home Registry at 1-877-526-1526.

Step 2: Complete an application for Initial Registration of a Manufactured Home.

Step 3: Submit the form ($50 fee):

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier
  • Through BC OnLine (manufacturers only)

Update registered information when you buy, sell or move a manufactured home.


Buying and selling

Make sure the CSA certification label is attached to the manufactured home at the point of sale.

File the original signed and witnessed copies of the following forms:

Submit the documents, plus applicable fees, through a qualified supplier.


Moving

You must have a permit to move a manufactured home. This ensures the current location of your manufactured home is registered.

You will need original signed copies of the following:

You will receive a transport permit that expires 30 days after the date of issue. The move of the manufactured home must take place at some time within 30 days of the permit being issued.

If you moved your manufactured home without a permit, complete the Change in Registered Location of a Manufactured Home. Include supporting documents to show that taxes due at the registered location have been paid.

Submit documents, plus applicable fee:


Corrections may be made for:

  • Updates to reflect correction location for civic and legal land description changes or moves within a Manufactured Home Park (no fee required)
  • Manufacturer ($15 fee)
  • Make/model ($15 fee)
  • Serial number ($15 fee)
  • Year manufactured ($15 fee)
  • CSA number ($15 fee)

If manufactured home information has been registered incorrectly, complete the Application to Correct the Manufactured Home Registry. Submit the completed application (plus applicable fee):

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier

The manufacturer attaches a CSA label to each manufactured home. The CSA label is a small decal that:

  • Displays the A-277 series for modular homes or the Z-240 series for mobile homes
  • Contains a unique identifier number specific to the home
  • Can usually be found on the exterior of the home near the front door or on the electrical panel inside the home

The CSA label is different than the manufacturer’s specification nameplate label that's usually found inside a kitchen cupboard. This label provides the make, model and serial number along with other specifications for the home. CSA and manufacturer labels should never be removed or covered over.

CSA homes must be registered when the intended use is for residential purposes. The home:

  • May not be sold unless it has the original and legible CSA decal attached on the home
  • Must not be compromised from its original specifications without proper permits to do so

According to the Safety Standards Act:

If a CSA certificate label is removed or lost, the home must be re-certified. Technical Safety BC will have a licensed electrical contractor inspect the home’s wiring to make sure it meets safety standards. An electrical approval label is prepared and can be used in lieu of a CSA label to list the manufactured home for sale. Contact Technical Safety BC at 1 866 566-7233 for more information.


Non-residential exemptions

Non-residential exemptions are required when a manufactured home is destroyed (e.g. in a fire), dismantled or used for non-residential purposes (e.g. storage or office space).

The registered owner must complete a Non-residential Exemption form and submit it along with and supporting documents:

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier

A verification statement for exemption status changes will be issued upon request. No fee applies.

If the home has been sold with the land and the seller cannot be found to sign the transfer documents, or the registered owner of the home is deceased, contact BC Registries for assistance: 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848.

Residential exemptions are made when a manufactured home is located on private property.  


Residential exemptions

Residential exemptions are made when a manufactured home is located on private property.  

Complete an Application for Residential Exemption and submit it through a qualified supplier. You will also require a current dated land title search.


If a residential exemption no longer applies to a manufactured home, the home must be re-registered.

You will need the following:

  • A Land Title Office search no older than two weeks
  • If a lien appears on the Land Title Office search, a letter of consent is required from the secured party/parties (a faxed or photocopied letter of consent is acceptable)
  • A completed Application for Initial Registration of a Manufactured Home

Submit your documents, plus applicable fee:

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier

If a joint tenant passes away, the surviving joint tenant must Complete a Transfer or Change Ownership form. Submit it along with the original death certificate (or a certified true copy from Vital Statistics) and applicable fee:

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier

Fees are set out in Schedule 1 of the Manufactured Home Regulation.

Priority service (1 to 2 business days) is available for a $100 fee (plus the regular filing fee).

FORMS
REG730 (PDF) Bill of Sale - Must be accompanied by a Notice to Transfer or Change Ownership form No fee
REG713 (PDF) Change in Registered Location $25
REG735 (PDF) Correct the manufactured Home Register - For a description change only. No fee is charged for location correction $15
REG745 (PDF) Decal Replacement $10
REG727 (PDF) Initial Registration of a Manufactured Home $50
REG759 (PDF) Non Residential Exemption No fee
REG728 (PDF) Notice to Transfer or Change ownership - Must be submitted with additional documents $50
REG732 (PDF) Residential Exemption $50
REG726 (PDF) Transport a Manufactured Home $25
AFFIDAVITS
REG756 (PDF) Affidavit of Abandonment & Sale of Manufactured Home $50
REG702 (PDF) Affidavit of Executor $50
REG750A (PDF) Affidavit of Repossession - Involuntary $50
REG750B (PDF) Affidavit of Repossession - Voluntary $50
DATABASE SEARCH SERVICES
Conducted by government staff $10
Conducted by client using registry equipment $8
Conducted through BC OnLine using client equipment $7
Combined search of Manufactured Home Registry and Personal Property Registry:  
                   - Conducted by government staff $15
                   - Conducted through BC OnLine using client equipment $12
OTHER
BC OnLine surcharge $1.50
Extension of Time Order, Section 18 $10
Caution notice $20
Tax sale notice No fee
Copies $0.50

BC OnLine provides online access to Manufactured Home Registry services and filings. A deposit of $100 is required when you sign up for an account and this becomes a credit for future use. Services are restricted by type of user. Find out if BC OnLine is for you: See a list of services.

 

Search for manufactured home records or liens

Search for records ($10 fee). BC Registries and Online Services maintains a record of the registered owner, location and description for manufactured homes in B.C.

Include in your request:

  • As much information as you have about the manufactured home (e.g. registration number, owner's name or location)
  • Your name and full return mailing address
  • A contact phone number and/or email address

Submit your title search request, plus applicable fee, one of the following ways:

  • In person at a Service BC location
  • By mail to the Manufactured Home Registry (include a cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance)
    PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
  • Through a qualified supplier
  • Through BC OnLine, if you're a qualified account holder

You will receive search results by return mail.

Search for liens. Find out if there's a lien on a manufactured home.

Use a qualified supplier

Qualified suppliers are lawyers and notaries, home manufacturers, home dealers, and other service providers who are approved by the Manufactured Home Registry to submit forms on behalf of clients for a fee. Ask your current service provider if they are a qualified supplier. Our preferred service supplier is Dye & Durham.

Apply to become a qualified supplier:

The registry periodically reviews applications to meet the demand for qualified suppliers. Legal practitioners in B.C. who enroll as qualified suppliers can access:

  • Combined registered owner/lien searches
  • Transport permits
  • Transfer transactions
  • Residential exemptions

Lawyers and notaries may apply to enroll if they:

  • Have BC OnLine account
  • Are prepared to store filed documents such as the bill of sale and signed forms for 7 years and provide a copy or certified copy of these documents, at the fee levels set by the registrar, upon request within 7 days

To apply,

  • Complete the Agreement for Lawyers and Notaries and have it signed by the signing authority for the BC OnLine account
  • Fax only the signature page to BC OnLine at 250-952-6115
  • Send the complete agreement, with the signature page, to BC Registries

By mail:
PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9V3

By courier:
200 - 940 Blanshard St
Victoria BC V8W 3E6

Within 24 hours of receiving the faxed submission, you will have access to BC OnLine.

Anyone can apply to provide the following services to a third party:

  • Combined registered owner/lien searches
  • Transport permits
  • Transfer transactions
  • Residential exemptions

Apply if you:

  • Are registered to conduct business in B.C.
  • Have a BC OnLine account
  • Have an overall understanding of the Manufactured Home Act, regulations and procedures related to the filing of documents online
  • Have comprehensive general liability coverage of $1,000,000
  • Are prepared to store filed documents such as the bill of sale and signed forms for 7 years and provide a copy or certified copy of these documents, at the fee levels set by the registrar, upon request within 7 days

To apply,

By mail:
PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9V3

By courier:
200 - 940 Blanshard St
Victoria BC V8W 3E6

You will be notified by email if your application is successful within 2 weeks of receiving the application. Once you've been approved:

By mail:
PO BOX 9431 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9V3

By courier:
200 - 940 Blanshard St
Victoria BC V8W 3E6

Within 48 hours of receiving the agreement, you will have access to BC OnLine.

Manufacturers who become qualified suppliers can access the following transactions:

  • Combined registered owner/lien searches
  • Transport permits
  • Registrations
  • Transfer transactions

Manufacturers can only register transfers of homes they currently own.

Apply if you:

  • Have a BC OnLine account
  • Carry comprehensive general liability coverage of $1,000,000
  • Are prepared to store filed documents such as the bill of sale and signed forms for 7 years and provide a copy or certified copy of these documents, at the fee levels set by the registrar, upon request within 7 days

To apply, call BC Registries: 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848.

 

Ask for help

Contact the BC Registries helpdesk for help Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registry does not provide business or legal advice.

Email: BCRegistries@gov.bc.ca
Toll free: 1-877-526-1526
Victoria: 250-387-7848

Support with forms and documents

Contact the team at Dye & Durham, our preferred legal service provider, for support filling out forms or filing business documents.