BC Codes 2018

The Province has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code, including Book II  Plumbing Services, (BC Building Code 2018).

The new BC Building Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Buildings with permits in place under the BC Building Code 2012 are generally not affected.  

The BC Building Code 2018 is based on the model National Building and Plumbing Codes of Canada 2015 (National Codes 2015). The National Codes 2015 adopted about 600 technical changes to enhance code language clarity, introduce new concepts, and expand existing requirements. Some of the important changes to the National Codes include: updates to airborne sound transmission ratings, seismic design and climatic data; and updates to stairs, ramps, handrails and guards, including an increase to the run dimensions for residential dwellings. To learn more about the key changes introduced in the National Building Code 2015, please visit the Codes Canada website.

The BC Building Code 2018 includes most of the changes in the National Building Code 2015 with some changes specific to B.C.

The online version of the BC Building Code 2018 is available for purchase at www.bccodes.ca. The print version is expected at a later date, and code users will be notified when it becomes available.

The Building and Safety Standards is working with partners to support code users in learning about the new requirements.

BC Housing is offering a province-wide training series entitled Building Smart with 2018 BC Building Code Changes to support the roll-out of the BC Codes 2018. Please visit BC Housing's website to register to attend a session.

The Building Officials' Association of British Columbia is offering mandatory building official training sessions on BC Building Code changes at its fall conference. Please visit their website for additional information about the training and to register to attend the conference.

Additional information about other training opportunities will be posted to this website, in the coming months.

BC Fire Code

The BC Fire Code 2018 is anticipated to be adopted in the fall of 2018 and effective December 10, 2018.

The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: October 12, 2018.