Changes coming to Ontario Building Code services

Ontario has launched consultations to help transform building code services and also released a second unit innovation guide for homeowners. Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com
Ontario has launched consultations to help transform building code services and also released a second unit innovation guide for homeowners.
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Ontario is modernizing services related to the province’s building code to help speed up the construction of new housing and building projects.

The government aims to create better services, up-to-date tools, and new resources to help people better understand and meet building code requirements, while maintaining standards for public safety.

The government is proposing to create an administrative authority that could deliver new and enhanced services such as:

  • developing digital tools to support municipal e-permitting and make the building code easier to use and understand;
  • providing supports to help municipal governments increase the number of building inspectors in Ontario;
  • introducing continuing professional development to make sure registered building code professionals remain up-to-date on code requirements; and
  • providing supports to small, rural, and northern municipalities to help them deliver local building services.

The government is also proposing to strengthen enforcement tools to address non-compliance with the building code.

The public and building sector professionals are invited to share their thoughts on the proposed changes at regional information sessions in Belleville, Chatham-Kent, North Bay, and Vaughan. The consultation closes on November 25.

A new innovation guide was also released to help people who want to add a second unit, like a basement apartment, to their home. Second units can help address the shortage of low-cost rental housing. The guide is the first in a series being developed to encourage a wider range of options in housing.

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2 comments on “Changes coming to Ontario Building Code services”

  1. It would be really helpful if someone in authority at either the national level or provincial level, could deal with the fact that the OBC Barrier Free standards are constantly being over-ruled and expanded upon by individual municipalities which renders the OBC useless as a guide for Design Professionals and makes it impossible to establish some kind of over-all standard to adhere to.

    1. Fred be careful as Building Inspectors will overrule Municipal Barrier Free standards if they are different then the specific OBC requirement for the same item. The municipalities, national and provincial requirements are usually for improved accessibility requirements do not change OBC standards such as minimum grab bar requirements or the turning radius etc.

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