Kelowna idea makes it into new B.C. building code

B.C. Building Code now includes a designation for seniors housing that provides care and food services.

A local idea has taken off.

A new building classification put forward by the City of Kelowna is now included in the B.C. building code.

The 2012 code came into effect Dec. 20, including a new designation of residential care for assisted living facilities that cater to the needs of the elderly.

Under the previous building code, there was no specific building classification for seniors who live in facilities that provide care and food services.

“It was an initiative originally started by city manager Ron Mattiussi when he was director of planning development and was made possible by the city’s direct involvement in the provincial committee,” said Mo Bayat, Kelowna’s director of development services.

The revised building code, as well as new B.C. plumbing code and fire code came into effect Dec. 20.

New building permit applications must comply with the requirements of 2012 building code. Building permits submitted before Dec. 20 will be governed by the 2006 code. Examples of changes to the code include a requirement for interconnected, or hard-wired, smoke alarms in every bedroom, as well as new requirements for radon soil gas mitigation.

The new codes are available for purchase at

The City of Kelowna development services department will highlight the changes in a presentation to the members of Kelowna chapter of Canadian Home Builders Association in January.


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