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Regulatory Bulletins

Looking for more in-depth construction and legal knowledge? Browse our series of guides and bulletins, invaluable tools for licensed residential builders, home owners, owner builders and real estate licensees.

Regulatory 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. 

Consumer guides

Guide to Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia

This guide provides prospective new home buyers and new-home owners in B.C. with information on home warranty insurance, including what it covers, how to get the most out of it, what to do if you discover a possible defect and where to get more information.

Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia - Brochure

Purchasing a home is a significant investment and you'll want to make sure it’s well protected. Our tips will help you understand the basics of home warranty insurance as well as your rights and responsibilities.

Buying a Home in British Columbia: A Consumer Protection Guide

Buying a home is a big decision so it’s important to be well informed and prepared. Our guide details the home-buying process, explains in depth what you need to know, and suggests questions you should ask and resources for more information.

Options for Resolving Construction Disputes

An introduction to dispute resolution options for people involved in residential construction disputes, including general information on negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, details about the Notice to Mediate (Residential Construction) Regulation and the Homeowner Protection Act Regulation and a list of resources.

Owner Builder

Owner Builder Study Guide

This study guide will help you prepare for the Owner Builder Authorization Exam, explain how and where to schedule an exam, answer commonly asked questions and more.

Home warranty insurance

Residential Construction Performance Guide

An invaluable reference tool for owners of homes with home warranty insurance and licensed residential builders. Learn how how new homes should perform and which defects, including design, labour or materials, are covered under home warranty insurance in B.C.