APEGBC and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) have issued an advisory to members and licensees regarding Ministerial Order M158, issued April 7, 2017, by the Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier, which amends the BC Building Code, effective immediately. This advisory concerns revisions to Letters of Assurance, and is related to the May 17, 2017, Information Bulletin (No. B17 – 01) released by the Province's Building and Safety Standards Branch (BSSB).
The advisory identifies revisions to the Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code, specifically Schedule B architectural item 1.25, mechanical item 3.9, plumbing item 4.10 and electrical item 6.10, and in Schedule C-A, the role of the coordinating registered professional, and the title. As these revisions are effective immediately, AIBC and APEGBC advise members/licensees to use the new Letters of Assurance on any project for building permit applications after April 7, 2017.
Members/licensees should be aware that the AIBC Regulatory Coordination Committee and APEGBC Building Codes Committee have identified some issues with these letters, which have been brought to the attention of the BSSB. As a result, the BSSB is supportive of AIBC and APEGBC providing instruction to their respective members for the use of the letters until they can be amended by a future ministerial order.
On an interim basis, members/licensees are advised to annotate the new schedules, until updated Letters of Assurance are issued and formally endorsed by APEGBC and AIBC.
For more details on the amendment to the BC Building Code, and the related guidance on Letters of Assurance provided by APEGBC and AIBC, please see the Member Advisory - Revised Letters of Assurance in the BC Building code, on the Professional Practice Guidelines page of the APEGBC website. Access to the new Letters of Assurance is also available.
For more information, please contact Peter Mitchell, Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.