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Changes to the Continuing Professional Development Program for Licensed Residential Builders now in effect

On July 1 changes to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for Licensed Residential Builders in British Columbia came into effect. You can find out more about the changes that simplify and streamline the CPD program in our updated CPD Guide. If you have any questions about the changes, you can contact the Licensing and Consumer Services team by phone at 604-646-7050 (toll-free 1-800-407-7757) or email licensinginfo@bchousing.org.

Featured 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. Passing the Owner Builder Exam is an important part of the application process. This video explains the eligibility criteria and requirements you must meet under the Homeowner Protection Act and Regulation.

Recent updates


February 11, 2020

New Regulatory Bulletins now available:


BC Housing has released two new Regulatory Bulletins that focus on important issues for Licensed Residential Builders.


•  Regulatory Bulletin No.27 examines Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Builders, the consequences for doing so and how Licensed Residential Builders can avoid these pitfalls and report any suspected illegal activity.
Regulatory Bulletin No.26   provides information on Licensing Requirements for General Contractors, when a general contractor needs to be licensed under the Homeowner Protection Act, and the possible consequences for building without a licence.

The Bulletins are a part of province-wide awareness efforts, following the launch of our Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Builders Deterrent Strategy. You can view all previous Regulatory Bulletins on our Publications  page.


April 2, 2019

Owner Builder Enforcement Registry now available on the BC Housing Website

BC Housing’s Owner Builder Enforcement Registry is now available online. After issuing an Owner Builder Authorization (OBA) to a property owner who wants to build their own home and who meets the eligibility requirements, we also ensure that they continue to meet their OBA obligations in the years ahead. If an owner builder does not fulfil these requirements, we may suspend or cancel the authorization under section 20.2 of the Homeowner Protection Act. You can now view the Owner Builder Enforcement Registry for a list of individuals who have had their Owner Builder Authorization either suspended or cancelled.


 

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