BC Codes 2018

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

New Requirements

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

The online and print versions of the BC Codes 2018 are available for purchase at www.bccodes.ca.

Errata and Revisions

Visit Errata and Revisions to find out about changes to the code. Revision 1 is effective December 10, 2018 when the 2018 British Columbia Building Code comes into effect.

Education and Training

The Building and Safety Standards Branch 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 for 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 and upcoming road shows. Please visit their website for more information and to register for a session.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner offers guidelines, bulletins about Fire Safety for Construction and Demolitions Sites, and position papers about fire safety on their website.

Code Development

The BC Codes 2018 are based on the model National Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes of Canada 2015 (National Codes 2015). The National Codes 2015 adopted about 677 technical changes to enhance clarity, introduce new concepts, and expand existing requirements.

To learn more about the changes in the National Codes 2015, please visit the National Research Council of Canada's website.

National Building Code changes 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.

National Fire Code changes include: additional construction site fire safety requirements for mid-rise combustible buildings, updates to hot works activities and final inspections, harmonization of the dangerous goods classification system, and references to new standards for reusing and refurbishing storage tanks.

The model National Codes are developed through a consensus-based committee process with representation from all provinces and territories, related industries and the public. 

For information on how to participate in the development of codes or to submit a code change request, please visit the National Research Council of Canada (external link).

The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: January 21, 2019.