From land-use planning through subdivision to development and building, the District of Stewart is committed to ensuring smart growth that balances the social, economic and environmental needs of our community. It is our goal to ensure your development contributes to District's economic, physical, social and environmental quality of life. We believe this is important, high-value work and have established a number of processes to address this mandate.
A number of considerations must be taken into account if looking to develop in the District of Stewart. Please contact the CAO for further information.
New regulations for BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code and BC Fire Code are effective December 20, 2012.
The introduction of the 2012 BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code and BC Fire Code on December 20, 2012 brings a number of changes for new construction and building alterations, as well as fire safety in new and existing buildings.
Seismic requirements for new homes,
Requirement for a smoke alarm in every bedroom,
Ability for people with cognitive or physical limitations to occupy three-storey wood-frame buildings with sprinklers,
New method for sizing water pipes in buildings,
Ability for rainwater to be collected and used in non-potable water systems,
Updated fire sprinkler standards, and
Introduction of a new exit sign symbol (the running man symbol).
The codes establish minimum standards for health, safety, accessibility, energy, fire and structural protection of buildings. They also address water efficiency and protection of buildings from fire, water and sewer damage. The building and plumbing codes apply throughout the province except for some federal lands and the City of Vancouver, while the fire code applies throughout the province.
The codes can be obtained through print and online subscription from the Queen’s Printer. Visit www.bccodes.ca or call 1-800-663-6105 for information. The building code is also available for reference for free at public libraries.