BC Building Code Information

Windows, Exterior Doors, and Skylight Requirements

Effective December 20, 2013, all windows, exterior doors and skylights installed shall conform to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/1.5.2/A440-08 requirements as per the 2012 BCBC.

Regional District building officials are available to answer questions.

Plumbing Fixture Requirement

The Province took another step toward increased water efficiency through new high-efficiency toilet (HET) and urinal (HEU) requirements in the BC Building Code.

Effective October 3, 2011, HETs (flush volume of 4.8L or less) or dual-flush toilets will be required in new residential buildings or when renovations involving plumbing fixtures occur. Whenever urinals are installed, HEUs will be required.

Toilets and urinals represent 30 to 40 per cent of domestic water use in households and in commercial and institutional buildings. Installation of more efficient models results in significant water savings.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natual Gas Office of Housing and Construction Standards.   

About the British Columbia Building Code

The 2012 BC Building Code, 2012 BC Plumbing Code, and 2012 BC Fire Code, based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, 2010 National Plumbing Code of Canada, and 2010 National Fire Code of Canada, are regulations that establish minimum standards for:

BC Building Code

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Fire and structural protection of buildings in British Columbia
  • Energy

BC Plumbing Code

  • Health
  • Water efficiency
  • Protection of the building or facility from water and sewer damage

BC Fire Code

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Fire protection of buildings and facilities

For more information about the 2012 British Columbia Building Code, Plumbing Code and Fire Code click here.