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Licensing & Consumer Services

Builder Licensing

Discover how to get, maintain and renew a residential builder licence. Learn more about new home registrations, home warranty insurance and providers.

New Homes

Make better decisions when buying a new home. Use our registries and portals to check for potential issues, and learn about home warranty insurance coverage and claims.

Owner Builder

Learn the definition of owner builder, the steps required to become one — including how to take the exam — and how to buy or sell an owner-built home.

Legal

Browse our comprehensive guide to the Homeowner Protection Act and Regulations. Search our registry of enforcement actions or find out how to report a violation or appeal.

Education & Training

Keep up-to-date with builder licensing education, qualifications, and core competency requirements. Learn about Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Publications

Our consumer guides are an excellent resource for homeowners and builders. You can also consult our regulatory bulletins to better understand The Homeowners' Protection Act.

Latest Updates

May 30, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Using PLAR to Qualify as a Licensed Residential Builder in B.C.

Looking to get a new residential builder licence in B.C.? Then our latest educational video may be just what you need. It tells you all you need to know about the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process, which can prove you have the required training and experience to qualify.

May 10, 2018

New Homes Registry Report – April 2018

Builders have been busy in B.C. According to our latest New Homes Registry Report, total home registrations in the first months of 2018 are up 18% year on year.

April 23, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Regulatory Obligations for Owner Builders in British Columbia

If you’re looking to build your own home and lead the project yourself, you must obtain an Owner Builder Authorization.