2008 Construction Codes Effective Dates


Below are guides to identify which Code sections apply depending on the date your application(s) was filed.


New Construction

  • Permitted before July 1, 2008

  1968 Code applies

  • Application filed between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009

   Option 1

   2008 Code applies

   Option 2

   1968 Code** except that the following must comply with the 2008 Code:


1. Administration, including:

  • Fees

  • Approval of construction documents

  • Issuance of permits

  • Issuance of certificate of occupancy

  • Special inspections

  • Use of materials


2. Enforcement, violations, fines, penalties


3. Safety of public and property during construction (BC Chapter 33)

   * Submission of application for construction document approval

   ** In addition, this option remains available only if:
  1. the application is not abandoned;

  2. the work commenced within 12 months of issuance of a permit; and

  3. the work is diligently carried out to completion.

 

  • Application filed after July 1, 2009

   2008 Code applies

   * Submission of application for construction document approval

   ** In addition, this option remains available only if:
  1. the application is not abandoned;

  2. the work commenced within 12 months of issuance of a permit; and

  3. the work is diligently carried out to completion.


Alterations to Existing Buildings

  • Permitted before July 1, 2008

   1968 Code applies

  • Application filed between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009

   Option 1

   2008 Code** applies

   Option 2


1968 Code*** including provisions that allow in certain instances the use of the 1938 Code, except that the following must comply with the 2008 Code:

1. Administration, including:

  • Fees

  • Approval of construction documents

  • Issuance of permits

  • Issuance of certificate of occupancy

  • Special inspections

  • Use of materials

2. Enforcement, violations, fines, penalties

3. Safety of public and property during construction (BC Chapter 33)

* Submission of application for construction document approval

** The 2008 Code cannot be elected where the 2008 Code provisions as applied to the particular building would result in a     
reduction in fire safety or structural safety. As an alternative, the entire building may be made to comply with the 2008 Code.

*** In addition, this option remains available only if:

  1. the application is not abandoned;

  2. the work commenced within 12 months of issuance of a permit; and

  3. the work is diligently carried out to completion.

  • Application filed after July 1, 2009

   Option 1

   2008 Code** applies

   Option 2


1968 Code*** including provisions that allow in certain instances the use of the 1938 Code, except that the following must comply with the 2008 Code:

1. Administration, including:

  • Fees

  • Approval of construction documents

  • Issuance of permits

  • Issuance of certificate of occupancy

  • Special inspections

  • Use of materials

2. Enforcement, violations, fines, penalties

3. Safety of public and property during construction (BC Chapter 33)

4. Plumbing work (PC)

5. Fuel gas work (FGC)

6. Mechanical work (MC)

7. Fire protection (sprinkler, standpipe, alarms) (BC Chapter 9)

8. Elevators, conveyors and amusement (BC Chapter 30)

9. Accessibility for the entire building as if hereafter erected when exceeding 50% of building value or when changing the main use or dominant occupancy (BC Chapter 11)

10. Encroachments into the public right of way (BC Chapter 32)

* Submission of application for construction document approval

** The 2008 Code cannot be elected where the 2008 Code provisions as applied to the particular building would result in a reduction in fire safety or structural safety. As an alternative, the entire building may be made to comply with the 2008 Code.

*** In addition, this option remains available only if:
  1. the application is not abandoned;
  2. the work commenced within 12 months of issuance of a permit; and
  3. the work is diligently carried out to completion.