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The 2018 BC Building and Plumbing Code includes most of the 2015 National Code requirements and some variations specific to BC. Some important BC-specific code changes will include:

  • Increasing building accessibility for persons with disabilities;
  • Improving the energy efficiency of buildings to require compliance with new building energy efficiency codes and standards;
  • Providing a variation to the National Building Code requirements for mid-rise combustible buildings to require 10 percent street frontage and exterior cladding with increased fire resistance; and
  • Updating radon data, based on recent studies.

The online version of the 2018 BC Building and Plumbing Code will be available for purchase at www.bccodes.ca. The Building and Safety Standards Branch will notify code users when the online version is published. The print version is expected at a later date, and code users will be notified when it is available.

If you have any questions, please email Building.Safety@gov.bc.ca.