March 1,2021 Dwellings that contain Secondary Suites must have Fire Separation between the individual units, this fire separation must be noted on plans when applying for a building permit, these details should include:
• Wall and ceiling details with fire separation and sound rating
(showing the variation used)
• Details and location of smoke and CO detectors
• Mechanical details
On February 1, 2021, several significant amendments to the Environmental Management Act, SBC 2003, c 53 (the “Act”) came into force and which resulted in a substantial overhaul of the Contaminated Sites Regulation, BC Reg 375/96 (the “CSR”). These changes reflect the efforts of the Province to streamline and clarify the process for addressing contaminated sites while addressing purported weaknesses within the previous regime through a mandatory investigation process for contaminated sites.
With these amendments come a number of changes to the Act and applicable regulations that will impact application for subdivision, zoning, or a development or building permit with the Regional District.
Please visit the Province of BC website for more information at:
Any Accessory Building/Garage with over 12ft stud height or the span of any structural member exceeding 12.2m / 40ft will be required to have engineered sealed plans. Fill in the blank template applications for accessory/garage will only be accepted for the (55m2) 592 ft2 or less in size. All plans must include complete foundation, anchorage, structural framing and building envelope details, and must be submitted on minimum 11x17” (to-scale required).
The Regional District will not accept incomplete applications, to ensure your building permit will not experience any delays please provide all necessary documents for your build.
Good news - the Province is now offering the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes online at no charge.
The free online access is available at https://www.bcpublications.ca/BCPublications/. Printed copies of BC code material will also be made available at a reduced cost. This aligns with the Federal Government of Canada's recently announced changes to the National Model Codes.
According to the 2018 BC Building Code 188.8.131.52 ALL exposed foam plastics are required to be thermally protected. This will include the rim joists in an unfinished basement.
Please see this the information memo that was distributed to the Canadian Home Builders Association of Northern BC – Advocacy & Government Relations Committee.
If you are installing or having spray foam installed on your construction project, the BC Building Code 2012 and Regional District have requirements to be followed. See this link for more information.