BCAB #1349 - Requirement for Registered Professionals, Clause 188.8.131.52.(1)(a)
April 18, 1994
Re: Requirement for Registered Professionals, Clause 184.108.40.206.(1)(a)
The project in question is a two storey 17 suite apartment building of approximately 9000 square feet governed by Part 3 of the B.C. Building Code.
Reason for Appeal
Clause 220.127.116.11.(1) requires the owner of a building falling under Part 3 of the code to retain a "...coordinating registered professional to coordinate all design work and field reviews of the registered professionals required for the project...".
The appellant contends that the "...registered professionals required for the project..." are determined by the coordinating registered professional and that not every project will require engineering consultants (registered professionals) for each component of the building (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc.). The coordinating registered professional for this project does not feel that engineers are required to design or provide field reviews for the plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems in the building.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that Section 2.6 does not provide discretionary power to the coordinating registered professional to determine which registered professionals are required for the project. The official maintains that Section 2.6 requires professional certification of all Part 3 buildings and all the component systems must be designed and have field reviews conducted by registered professionals.
Appeal Board Decision #1349
It is the determination of the Board that the coordinating registered professional is responsible to determine what registered professionals are required for the project and provide the associated schedules B-1, B-2 and C ("letters of assurance") to the building official on behalf of the other registered professionals. Schedules B-1, B-2 and C are required for all disciplines applicable to a project and if the coordinating registered professional determines that a registered professional is not required for any of these disciplines it is expected that the coordinating registered professional will submit the required Schedules for these disciplines under his or her own signature.
George R. Humphrey, Chair