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B.C. Reg. 12/2009
O.C. 40/2009
Deposited January 30, 2009
effective March 31, 2009

Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act

Home Inspector Licensing Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.
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2Designated activities
3Qualifications for licence
4Licence fees
5Term of licence
6Display or production of licence
7Reporting changes to director


1  In this regulation:

"Act" means the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act;

"licence" means a licence, as defined in section 1 of the Act, to engage in a designated activity referred to under section 2 of this regulation;

"home inspection" means an opinion as to the condition of a residential dwelling or property based on a visual examination of readily accessible features and components of the dwelling or property;

"home inspector" means a person who engages in the business or occupation of home inspection.

Designated activities

2  The business and the occupation of home inspector are designated for the purposes of the definition of "designated activity" in section 142 of the Act.

Qualifications for licence

3  (1) An applicant for a licence as a home inspector must meet the qualifications set by an association or authority that, in the opinion of the director, is appropriate to assess the qualifications of home inspectors.

(2) The director may require a home inspector to take additional training in a program related to home inspection.

Licence fees

4  (1) Subject to any applicable fees set by the administrative authority, a person must submit with the person's application for a licence

(a) a licence fee of $100 for each year of the licence, and

(b) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 12/2009, s. 11.]

(2) The fee established in subsection (1) (a) must be prorated for a portion of the year if the term of a licence is for less than a year or includes a portion of a year.

[am. B.C. Reg. 12/2009, s. 11.]

Term of licence

5  The director may issue a licence for a term not exceeding 3 years.

Display or production of licence

6  (1) In this section, "representation" means a representation as defined in section 4 (1) of the Act.

(2) A licensee must

(a) display the licence in a conspicuous location in the place of business, or

(b) produce the licence on request.

(3) A licensee must include the licence number on all representations and visual advertisements.

Reporting changes to director

7  A licensee must submit the following information to the director within 14 days of the occurrence of:

(a) a change in the name of the licensee;

(b) a change in the location from which the licensee conducts business.


8  The licensee must have a business location where records are maintained.


9  (1) A licensee must not carry on business in a name other than the name on the licence.

(2) A licensee must not disclose contents of a home inspection report, except

(a) with the permission of the consumer,

(b) as required by law, or

(c) if, in the opinion of the licensee, there is a serious health or safety risk.

(3) A licensee must not have a conflict of interest in relation to a home inspection that results in a material gain to the licensee.


10  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 12/2009, s. 11.]


11  Sections 4 (1) (b) and 10 are repealed on March 30, 2011.

[Provisions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 2, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: sections 194 and 199]