Building Code Appeal Board


The Building Code Appeal Board has operated since 1973. Its role is to decide on matters of interpretation and application of the British Columbia Building Code when there is a dispute between a party and the local authority that enforces the code.

The Board is made up of subject matter experts and operates independently from the government. Board decisions are final and binding.

The board was established under the Local Government Act, Section 693.The Board follows the formal requirements of the appeal process set out in the Local Government Act.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more about building codes.


Building and Safety Standards Branch
614 Humboldt Street - 4th Floor
Victoria, BC V8W 3A2

Secretary, Building Code Appeal Board
c/o Building and Safety Standards Branch
PO Box 9844 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
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Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
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Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
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Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
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Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
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In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
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Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
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Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
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