It is issued by the National Research Council of Canada. The Constitution of Canada includes the regulation of building construction as a provincial responsibility. In a few cases, municipalities have been given the historic right of writing their own building code. In the early years of regulating building construction, this caused a patchwork of building codes across Canada.
The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act UBAS Act confirms this duty of care and gives local governments minimum standards and a framework for dealing appropriately with construction within their municipality to ensure the health, safety or welfare of persons. Adopting building bylaws and appointing Licensed Building Officials greatly reduces a municipality's liability should anything go wrong with a construction project. Every municipality in Saskatchewan has a legal obligation to administer and enforce the building standards. In , Code requirements regarding energy efficiency will also form part of the building standards in Saskatchewan. PBI has over 25 years experience working with RMs, cities, towns, villages and resort villages to review, inspect and enforce the building standards.
A building code also building control or building regulations is a set of rules that specify the standards for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures. Buildings must conform to the code to obtain planning permission , usually from a local council. The main purpose of building codes is to protect public health , safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. The building code becomes law of a particular jurisdiction when formally enacted by the appropriate governmental or private authority.
It establishes detailed technical and administrative requirements. The Ontario Building Code promotes public health and safety, fire protection, resource conservation, environmental integrity, and accessibility. It states exactly:. As well as local Zoning By-laws, there are other laws that must be satisfied prior to getting a building permit. The regulations, other than the Ontario Building Code, that may apply to a project or proposed construction are called applicable law.