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Maintaining Qualified Status on Your Licence

  1. Overview
  2. Keeping Qualified Status
  3. Opening a New General Contractor Licence
  4. How the Qualified Status Applies
  5. Losing Your Qualified Status


New applicants, who are classified as general contractors who will be constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings in B.C under Part 9 of the BC Building Code, must meet a new qualification standard before the Registrar can issue a residential builder’s licence.

All general contractors, developers and building envelope renovators who were licensed before March 4, 2016 are deemed to be already qualified. In fact, as long as you remain continuously licensed in good standing, you don’t have to re-qualify. This is important if you’re a developer or building envelope renovator who wants to amend your licences later or apply for a new licence under a different designation (for example, a developer wishing to be a general contractor).

Deemed qualified status applies to these persons or companies licensed before March 4, 2016:

  • The sole proprietors of a sole proprietorship
  • The partners of a partnership
  • The persons in control of a corporation
  • Companies that are incorporated or extra-provincially registered in B.C.