The Homeowner Protection Act and Regulations were established to improve the quality of residential construction in B.C. and to strengthen consumer protection for buyers of new homes in the province.
The Act provides for the licensing of residential builders and makes third-party home warranty insurance mandatory on new home construction.
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Licensing and Consumer Services Branch of BC Housing is responsible for:
- Licensing residential builders and building envelope renovators
- Monitoring the provision of mandatory third-party home warranty insurance
- Administering Owner Builder Authorizations
- Carrying out research and education that benefits the residential construction industry and consumers
Recent changes to the Homeowner Protection Act Regulation were made following extensive consultation with industry partners. They included the implementation of an enhanced licensing system for residential builders.
For more information, consult:
- Homeowner Protection Act
- Homeowner Protection Act Regulation (includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 33/2015, July 4, 2016)
- Building Envelope Renovation Regulation (includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 182/2010, June 25, 2010)
- Notice to Mediate (Residential Construction) Regulation (B.C. Reg. 152/99)
- Forms 1 to 5:
- Form 1 – Notice to Mediate
- Form 2 – Statement of Facts and Issues
- Form 3 – Mediation Fee Declaration
- Form 4 – Declaration of Default
- Form 5 – Certificate of Completed Mediation
- Forms 1 to 5: