British Columbia requires mandatory licensing for home inspectors.
Home inspectors operate under a legal framework provided by 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.
Changes that Impact Home Inspectors, 2009-present
The Superintendent of Professional Governance is considering a request for home inspectors to be regulated under the Professional Governance Act.
The Province invited home inspectors to share their views on improving the regulatory model to strengthen the home inspection profession and promote consumer confidence in home inspections.
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.
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.
Minister Responsible for Housing updates home inspectors.
Province announced improving home inspector licensing requirements through a more standardized approach and enhancing Consumer Protection BC’s role in licensing, as a result of public and stakeholder feedback.
Province invited public and stakeholder input on how to strengthen home inspector licensing requirements.
British Columbia was the first Canadian jurisdiction to regulate home inspectors. Previously, home inspector training was voluntary.