Buildings are complex, particularly when they include plumbing, electrical wiring, and connections to drinking water and septic systems. The BC Building Code establishes minimum requirements that are designed to help keep occupants safe and healthy. When followed, the requirements help to ensure that buildings:
- Are structurally sound, with proper building frames and foundations
- Provide adequate fire protection
- Address issues concerning radon gas
- Provide adequate exits in the event of emergencies
- Are equipped with proper plumbing for safe drinking water and liquid waste disposal
- Minimize hazards to prevent accidents
All Buildings are required to be constructed to the BC Building Code. Only buildings in area with building inspection, however, are subject to the consistent and high level of oversight required, at key points of the construction process, to ensure that the Code is met and safety standards upheld.