Looking for more in-depth construction and legal knowledge? Browse our guides and bulletins.
Buying or Selling an Owner-Built Home (No. 5)
Gives overview of Owner Builder Authorizations, explains cancellation, implications to Home Warranty and compliance with the Homeowner Protection Act.
Substantially Reconstructed Homes and the Homeowner Protection Act (No. 6)
Learn the conditions under which an existing building, including a manufactured home, under renovation or reconstruction becomes a “new home.”
Heritage Buildings and the Homeowner Protection Act (No. 7)
This bulletin provides guidance on how conversion and renovation projects involving heritage buildings with a residential component are affected by the Homeowner Protection Act and Regulations.
Registering and Enrolling New Homes for Home Warranty Insurance Coverage (No. 8)
This bulletin outlines the legal requirements for home warranty insurance and the steps for obtaining home warranty insurance so that construction can begin on a new home.
De-enrolling Homes from Home Warranty Insurance and the Homeowner Protection Act (No. 10)
If a new home is de-enrolled from home warranty insurance for any reason, construction cannot continue. Learn how continued de-enrollment may result in penalties for the builder, developer and/or owner.
Consumer Protection Disclosure Requirement (No. 11)
Learn why applicants for a new or renewed residential builder licence must disclose any orders, monetary penalties, convictions or judgments against them with respect to fraud, breach of contract with consumers, or for contravening specified legislation.
What Builders Need to Know About Owner Builder Projects (No. 25)
This bulletin gives an overview of Owner Builder Authorizations and explains the level of involvement a builder may have in building a home under an Owner Builder Authorization while complying with the Homeowner Protection Act.
Buying a Home in British Columbia: A Consumer Protection Guide
This guide provides practical information to help consumers make informed decisions about their home purchases. It takes readers through the home-buying process, suggests questions to ask, and gives information about where to get help.
Options for Resolving Construction Disputes
This general information guide is useful for people involved in residential construction disputes. A dispute can involve homeowners, strata councils, a municipality, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and warranty providers.
Home Warranty Insurance
Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia (brochure)
This brochure includes tips to help homebuyers and homeowners of newly built homes understand the basics of home warranty insurance as well as their rights and responsibilities.
Guide to Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia
This 2013 guide provides prospective homebuyers and homeowners of newly built homes with information on warranty insurance. The guide describes how the home warranty insurance system works, what home warranty insurance covers, how to get the most out of your insurance, what to do if you discover a possible defect, and where to get more information.
Residential Construction Performance Guide (for new homes covered by home warranty insurance)
An invaluable reference tool for licensed residential builders and homeowners with home warranty insurance. Learn how new homes should perform and which defects — including design, labour or materials — are covered under home warranty insurance in B.C.
Preparing for the Owner Builder Authorization Exam: Study guide
The guide answers commonly asked questions, explains how to schedule an exam, where you can take the exam, what you need to bring to the exam, and more.
Visit the Research Centre Library for more information on guides including:
- Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes
- Maintenance Guides
- Residential Design and Construction Guides