Two-year transition period for Section 5 of the new Building Act now underway
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BURNABY (December 16, 2015) – One of the main changes in the new provincial Building Act that became law in March 2015 was the introduction of the concept of consistency of building requirements between provincial and municipal authorities. This section of the Act is being phased in; the two-year transition period began on December 15, 2015. Going forward, the Province is the sole authority to set building requirements (except in the City of Vancouver and on federal lands and reserves). This move will streamline the building regulatory system.
“This has been a long time coming and we’re very pleased to see this section of the Act begin to take effect,” said Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC CEO Neil Moody. “Our Association has been asking for a standard (or unified) approach for years as contradictory requirements between governments can slow development and adds costs. Consistency should reduce expenses and improve efficiency.”