BC Building Code Information

BC Building Code 2024

The new 2024 BC Building Code (BCBC) will apply to building permit applications received on or after March 8, 2024. 

BCBC 2024Code Requirements:

  • The BC Codes 2024 will come into effect on March 8, 2024, and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Buildings with permits in place under the BC Codes 2018 will generally not be affected by the new BC Codes (view the Ministerial Order adopting the BC Building Code 2024 for details).

Code changes to be incorporated in 2024 include: 

  • Requiring rough-ins for radon safety province-wide.
  • More complete and specific language for constructing extended rough-ins for radon subfloor depressurization systems.
  • Adopting cooling requirements to provide one living space that does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Retaining existing ventilation requirements for systems serving single-dwelling units.

Code changes to come into effect in 2025 include:

Code changes for new adaptable dwellings and earthquake design changes will come into effect March 10, 2025. This delay is to allow for additional engagement and sufficient training for low or no-cost design solutions. According to the Province of BC, this measured approach aims to balance accessibility and housing supply priorities and considers human rights, equity for all people, accessibility engagement feedback, product availability and affordability, and moderate-to-minimal impacts on the industry. Code changes to come into effect in 2025 include:

  • Reinforcement of bathroom walls to allow future installation of grab bars.
  • Early adopting national provisions to improve earthquake design changes for housing and small buildings with high seismic hazard values.

The Building and Safety Standards Branch (Government of BC) will release more information in the coming weeks. Please email if you have questions.

What is the BC Energy Step Code?

Compliance with Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code will be required throughout British Columbia, including the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). All newly constructed and substantially reconstructed homes will require pre-building permit energy modeling performed by a certified Energy Advisor. To find a Qualified Energy Advisor, visit CleanBC Better Homes . Energy Advisors will be required to return mid-construction and prior to occupancy to confirm that the work meets the pre-construction modeling. Occupancy permits will be contingent upon the CVRD Building Services branch receiving a compliant final energy advisor report.

Pre-permit energy modeling is most efficiently completed if performed during the design stage by way of a collaborative effort between the home designer and the energy advisor as early as possible in the process.
Health, fire, structural and general safety requirements are enforced to protect and promote the well-being of all residents of the Comox Valley Regional District. Homeowners are responsible for carrying out work, or having work carried out, in full accordance with British Columbia Building Code requirements and other applicable regulations.

About the British Columbia Building Code

The 2024 BC Building Code establishes minimum standards for health, safety, accessibility, energy and fire and structural protection of buildings in British Columbia. The 2024 BC Plumbing Code establishes minimum standards for health, water efficiency and protection of the building or facility from water and sewer damage. The 2024 BC Fire Code  establishes minimum standards for health, safety and fire protection of buildings and facilities in British Columbia.