Local Government Notification Form

If your local government is interested in implementing the BC Energy Step Code, you've come to the right place.

To provide sufficient time for industry to prepare for new requirements, and to support the successful implementation of the BC Energy Step Code, local governments are asked to notify the Energy Step Code Council - through the Building and Safety Standards Branch - at two key points in the implementation process: 

  1. When you start consultation with industry on your proposed approach - the initial notification
  2. When you have established or ratified a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code - the final notification

Before completing the initial notification form, review the provincial policy guide, the local government best practices guide, and the information below.

Initial Notification

To notify the Province and the Energy Step Code Council you have started to consult on the BC Energy Step Code

  1. Complete the initial notification form
  2. Email your completed form to the Building and Safety Standards Branch at building.safety@gov.bc.ca with the subject: Notice of Consultation on the BC Energy Step Code
  3. Receive an email from the Building and Safety Standards Branch within 10 days confirming receipt of your form

These local governments have submitted their initial notification form, indicating they have started to consult on the BC Energy Step Code (listed by date of submission):

  • City of Richmond - June 16, 2017
  • City of North Vancouver - July 4, 2017
  • City of Campbell River - July 10, 2017
  • City of Duncan - August 24, 2017
  • District of North Vancouver - September 1, 2017
  • City of Victoria - September 27, 2017
  • District of Saanich - September 27, 2017
  • Comox Valley Regional District - October 3, 2017
  • District of North Saanich - October 4, 2017
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler - October 5, 2017
  • District of West Vancouver - October 24, 2017
  • Township of Langley - November 7, 2017
  • District of Squamish - November 9, 2017

Final Notification

The final notification form will be posted online when it's ready. Local governments are asked to submit the final notification once they have established or ratified a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you asking for this information, and what will you do with it? For the next few years, the Energy Step Code Council will be closely monitoring local government interest in the BC Energy Step Code to support those affected. The Council’s goal is to inform industry capacity-building efforts, and identify potential training shortfalls and any other issues that may arise. Information you submit will be shared with the Energy Step Code Council, and industry representatives, to help ensure a smooth roll-out. It will also be summarized and shared publicly.

Who should complete this form? A local-government staff member such as a community energy manager, sustainability manager, community planner, or building official would typically complete this form. Please coordinate with your colleagues to ensure that the Building and Safety Standards Branch doesn't receive multiple notifications from the same local government.

What notification is required? Section C2 of the Building Act Guide Provincial Policy: Local Government Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code establishes minimum timelines between the notification of the Energy Step Code Council, and a local government’s ultimate reference of the standard in policy. Those timelines are as follows:

  1. Enforcement with no delay: The transition of energy-efficiency requirements existing prior to December 2017, to an equivalent Step(s) in the BC Energy Step Code, may be enforced with no delay.
  2. Three-month transition: The expansion of an existing program(s) that is equivalent to a Step(s) in the BC Energy Step Code (item (a) in this list), to a new location within a community (e.g., a neighbourhood plan) or situation (e.g., rezoning), may be enforced no sooner than three months from the date this form is received by the Building and Safety Standards Branch.  
  3. Six-month transition: New or expanded requirements for Lower Steps may be enforced no sooner than six months from the date this form is received by the Building and Safety Standards Branch.
  4. Twelve-month transition: New or expanded requirements for Higher Steps may be enforced no sooner than 12 months from the date this form is received by the Building and Safety Standards Branch.

These timelines are necessary to provide the building industry sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements. The transition period begins on the day you submit the initial notification form.

What actions would trigger a reset of the notification period countdown clock? If, during the process of policy development, a local government opts to increase its level of ambition and move from referencing one of the lower steps to instead reference one of the higher steps after completing this form, it is required to resubmit a new notification form. In such an instance, the transition period will begin anew. A similar “clock reset” will also apply should a local government choose to add additional locations, not included on this form, where the BC Energy Step Code will apply.

When should I complete and submit the initial notification form? Local governments should complete and submit this form after receiving direction from elected officials to engage in public consultation and/or develop options for adopting the BC Energy Step Code in policy, and have started to do so. Please do not wait until you actually have a BC Energy Step Code motion or resolution before council, or a bylaw or regulation in place, to complete this form.

What happens after I submit the initial notification form? After you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email will serve as your receipt and will indicate the date you can use to calculate the three-, six-, or 12-month waiting period before you can reference the standard in policy.

A representative of the province's Building Safety and Standards branch will reach out if more information is needed. Please also submit a notification when your local government actually implements the BC Energy Step Code in your policies or bylaws.

What if I have more questions? Please email the Building and Safety Standards Branch at building.safety@gov.bc.ca.

The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: November 15, 2017.