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Important changes to Continuing Professional Development for Licensed Residential Builders Announced

On March 6 the B.C. Government announced important changes to the Homeowner Protection Act regulations as part of “Better Regulations for British Columbians 2019.” These changes will help simplify and streamline the Continuing Professional Development program for Licensed Residential Builders in B.C. You can find out more about the changes in our Information Bulletin or in the Letter from the Registrar .

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


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.


April 1, 2019

Monthly New Homes Registry Report - March

In the first quarter of 2019, 10,124 new homes were registered in B.C., which included 2,330 single detached and 7,794 multi-unit homes. Read the full March 2019 report. Get the latest statistics on housing data from B.C.'s residential construction industry and discover how we support social housing in communities across the province.


March 21, 2019

BC Housing and FICOM working together to strengthen home warranty coverage for British Columbians

The Superintendent of Financial Institutions at FICOM and BC Housing have joined forces to make consumers more aware of their rights under home warranty insurance coverage in British Columbia. Read More.


 

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