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Builder Licensing

Find out everything you need to know about getting, keeping and renewing a residential builder licence. Learn more about registering a new home and gaining acceptance for home warranty insurance.

Name change: the Homeowner Protection Office is now Licensing & Consumer Services. New name, same services.

Builder licensing essentials

How to Become a Licensed Residential Builder

Are you a general contractor, developer or building envelope renovator seeking to construct a new home in B.C.? You must first become a licensed residential builder. Our step-by-step guide will show you how.

How to Choose Your Licence Type

General contractor, developer or building envelope renovator—or a combination of the three: this decision is vital information on your residential builder licence.

Amending and Updating Your Residential Builder Licence

Learn the ways to keep your profile on the Licensed Residential Builders Portal up to date, such as changing your contact info, Continuing Professional Development nominee or company name and structure.

Maintaining Qualified Status on Your Residential Builder Licence

Staying continuously licensed is key to maintaining your qualified status. Find out CPD how is integral to this, plus how qualified status applies to different company types.

How to Take Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a mandatory part of renewing your licence. Find out the who, what, when, where and how of the types of training you can take.

How to Renew Your Residential Builder Licence

If you’re a general contractor, developer or building envelope renovator who’s aiming to build or sell new homes in the 12 months after your licence expires, you must renew your licence.

How to Avoid Suspension or Cancellation of Your Residential Builder Licence

The Registrar may suspend or cancel a residential builder licence. Learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls so that you can keep your licence up to date.

Builder Licensing FAQ

Still looking for answers? Our FAQ will help you fit the last pieces of your building licensing puzzle.

Registration & warranty insurance

How to Register a New Home

If you’re looking to build a new home, the project must be registered and enrolled in home warranty insurance, or have an applicable exemption. Let us show you how.

Home Warranty Insurance Providers

Our list details the insurance companies approved by the Financial Institutions Commission that can provide home warranty insurance. Contact them for more information.

How to Get Third-party Home Warranty Insurance

Our guide will help you learn more about getting acceptance from a home warranty insurance provider, possible exemptions, enrolling projects in home warranty insurance and more.

Working With Your Warranty Provider During Construction

Learn more about the responsibilities of licensed residential builders to their home warranty insurance provider during and after construction of a new home.

How to Use the 2-5-10 Year Home Warranty Insurance Logo

All new homes built by licensed residential builders in B.C. must have 2-5-10 home warranty insurance, the strongest construction defect insurance in Canada.

Building Envelope Renovation Schedule

You must complete a Building Envelope Renovation Schedule and have it sealed by your warranty provider before applying for a building permit or starting applicable building envelope renovations.

How to Get Building Envelope Renovation Warranty Insurance

Find out which insurance companies supply coverage, how to get warranty acceptance and coverage, what the coverage includes and possible exemptions.

Building Permits for New Homes and Building Envelope Renovations

Save time on your building permit application by being prepared with the right information to give your local municipality or regional district.