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BC Building Code

This page was last reviewed on November 30, 2023.

About the British Columbia Building Code

The BC Building Code (BCBC) is a provincial regulation that governs how new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions are completed. This code establishes minimum requirements for safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings and energy and water efficiency. The BCBC applies throughout the province, including the Village of Cumberland.

  • The 2018 BC Building Code establishes minimum standards for health, safety, accessibility, energy and fire and structural protection of buildings in British Columbia.
  • The 2018 BC Plumbing Code establishes minimum standards for health, water efficiency and protection of the building or facility from water and sewer damage.
  • The 2018 BC Fire Code establishes minimum standards for health, safety and fire protection of buildings and facilities in British Columbia.

For more information about the 2018 British Columbia Building Code, Plumbing Code or Fire Code, and to get a copy, click here.

About the British Columbia Energy Step Code

As of May 1st, 2023, compliance with Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code will be required throughout British Columbia, including the Village of Cumberland.

All newly constructed and substantially reconstructed homes will require pre-building permit energy modeling performed by a certified Energy Advisor. 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 Village’s Building and Development Services 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 Cumberland residents. 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.

For more information about how the BC Energy Step Code works, click here

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