BC's New Licensing Requirements for Residential Builders

Effective March 4, 2016 across BC, general contractors intending to construct single-family homes and small residential buildings must meet new requirements when applying for new residential builder licenses.
Categories: Business Insurance
Mar 9th, 2016 | By: Lana Hunnie

Effective March 4, 2016 across BC, general contractors intending to construct single-family homes and small residential buildings must meet new requirements when applying for new residential builder licenses.


They will need to present proof to the Registrar of:
•at least 24 months of experience managing or supervising residential construction within the last 5 years
•successful completion of training in 7 core competencies as per Schedule 6, Section 2-8 of the Homeowner Protection Act


How You Can Meet the Requirements

With the exception of the experience requirement, the above qualifications do not need to be met by one individual alone. However, the individuals chosen to represent an applicant, the "nominees," must either hold leadership positions or be full-time employees responsible for construction within the company. If the nominees leave the company once a license has been granted, the company must report to the Licensing Department and demonstrate how the qualifications will now be met. Contractors working for the company cannot be nominees.


Other Acceptable Experience and Education

The Registrar will also consider other related experience or education to grant licenses via the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. Through the PLAR process, the Licensing Department will review documentation provided of experience and education and determine how it can be applied to this new standard.


Exception

Builders applying for a new developer or building envelope renovator licence are exempt.


More Information

See the BC Housing website for complete details on the new licensing requirements.


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