Port Colborne
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ontario Building Code

What is the Ontario Building Code?

The Building Code Act, 1992 is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation and change-of-use of a building. The Ontario Building Code is a regulation under the Act that establishes detailed technical and administrative requirements as well as minimum standards for building construction. The purposes of the Ontario Building Code include; public health and safety, fire protection, resource conservation, environmental integrity and accessibility although its primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of appropriate uniform building standards. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is responsible for the development of, and the amendments to the Building Code Act and the Code.

What is a Building Official?

A Building Official is a person appointed by a municipality or other principle authority to enforce the Building Code Act, 1992, and the Ontario Building Code. They often carry different titles such as Chief Building Official, supervisor, manager, inspector and plans examiner, but all are members of the same profession.
A Building Official carries out the following activities:

  • Provide technical and legislative information to designers, contractors, municpal elected officials and the public.
  • Examine and inspect construction within a municipality to ensure complaince with the design plans, the Building Code and other applicable regulations.
  • Applying, interpreting and enforcing the Building Code Requirements.
  • Employing all of ones technical and personal skills to gain voluntary complaince to the Code.
  • Emplying legislative actions such as issuing orders and initiating court proceedings to gaim complaince if not given voluntarily.
  • Co-operating with other officials to act within the interest of the public.

Being a Building Official calls for a combination of technical knowledge and an ability to deal with the public, this requires tact and good judgment.

Where can I find a copy of the Ontario Building Code?

The Ontario Building Code can be found at: Ontario Building Code, 2014 Office Consolidation

Who Develops and Amends the Ontario Building Code?

The Ontario Building Code is developed and amended by the Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing. Information can be found on their website at: MMAH Building Regulations