Legislation, Regulations & Codes for Fire Safety
The following is the legislation, regulations, and codes relevant to fire safety and prevention in B.C.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) administers the Fire Services Act. This legislation establishes the function of the OFC, and includes provisions for:
- appointments of Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner
- fire safety and prevention requirements
- inspection of fire hazards
- the Order and Appeal process
- Adoption of the National Fire Code in Provincial Regulation
- authority to enter, exclude & investigate
These regulations are under the Fire Services Act.
- B.C. Fire Code Regulation 263/2012
- Fire Code Administration Regulation 161/2018
- Fire Services Fee Regulation 123/94
- Local Assistant Fee Regulation 179/78
Codes are developed by the Building Safety Standards Branch, including changes and updates, and are enforced by the OFC. Enforcement information can be found in the Fire Code Administration Regulation.
British Columbia Fire Code
The British Columbia Fire Code (BCFC) contains a set of minimum requirements for providing acceptable levels of fire safety in and around buildings and open areas where hazardous activities are carried out. It adopts the model National Fire Code and adds unique provisions specific to British Columbia's needs. Visit BCcodes.ca to access or obtain the BCFC.
Information bulletins are developed to promote fire prevention and help building owners and authorized agents with B.C. Fire Code compliance.
Building & Occupant Fire Safety
- Access, Egress & Fire Door Locking/Latching Devices
- Boarders, Lodgers, and Roomers
- Consent to Enter a Private Dwelling
- Combustibles in School Hallways
- Electromagnetic Locking Devices (EMLD)
- Fusible Links
- Fire Safety Planning:
- Gas Heater Use
- Community-Hosted Sporting Events (i.e. Winter Games)
- Occupant Load
- Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Safety
British Columbia Building Code
The British Columbia Building Code provides the minimum requirements for a safely built environment, and includes building extensions, alterations and upgrades. It adopts the model National Building Code and adds unique provisions specific to British Columbia’s needs.
Check the Office of Housing and Construction Standards web page for more information about Code development in British Columbia.