1. The BC 2018 Codes will come into effect on December 10, 2018.

  2. All general public customers do not need an account number and customers can proceed with their order using a credit card. Account customers are affiliated to the Provincial Government and if you do not know your account customer number, please call 1 800 663-6105 for assistance.

  3. Yes, an authorization code will be emailed to the contact provided within the order, once this code has been received please share with all users within your organization requiring access to the purchased online subscription. Each individual will need to follow the steps to set up a Basic BCeID as provided within the same email as the authorization code. Note: Only 1 user at a given time can be accessing the online content.

  4. Yes, each licence allows up to 3 downloads to your personal devices. Note a reconnect is required to the online for syncing purposes every 30 days.

  5. National Research Council has not released the latest intent statements at this time.

  6. The BC Building Code, Plumbing and Fire Codes are based on the National Codes created by the National Research Council (NRC). The Province of British Columbia is required to pay a royalty to the NRC on all Code products.

    The Canadian Government has indicated its intention for the National Code product to move to a royalty free model in the future (https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/news/2018/11/regulatory-cooperation-building-codes.html). This change may affect the future price of the British Columbia code products.

    At this time there are no changes to the cost of BC Codes.

  7. The NRC significantly raised the royalty the Province must pay for the 2018 Code updates, resulting in higher costs for the public purchasing the BC Codes.

  8. Pricing is based on a cost recovery model. The Province does not make a profit from Code sales.

  9. In order to reduce the financial burden on students, the Province chose to keep its internal costs level and negotiated a 15% discount on federal royalties for Codes products used by students.

  10. All content questions/inquiries are to be submitted to the Building and Safety Standards Branch. Email: codequestion@gov.bc.ca

  11. The 2014 Vancouver Building and Plumbing By-laws came into effect January 1, 2015.
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  12. At this time no confirmed dates have been released for the new Vancouver By-laws.
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  13. All content questions/inquiries are to be submitted to the City of Vancouver.
    Email: cbo@vancouver.ca


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