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B.C. Reg. 161/2018
M280/2018
Deposited July 18, 2018
effective July 18, 2018
This consolidation is current to June 2, 2020.
Link to consolidated regulation (PDF)

Fire Services Act

Fire Code Administration Regulation

Contents
1Persons responsible for administration and enforcement
2Inspections
3Compliance orders
4Appeal to fire commissioner
5Appeal to Supreme Court

Persons responsible for administration and enforcement

1   (1) The fire commissioner is designated as the person responsible for the administration of the British Columbia Fire Code.

(2) The fire commissioner and local assistants are designated as the persons responsible for the enforcement of the British Columbia Fire Code.

Inspections

2   (1) For the purposes of inspecting a building or facility for compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code, the fire commissioner or a local assistant may

(a) enter on or into property

(i) at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner, and

(ii) after having taken reasonable steps to advise the owner or occupier of the property,

(b) be accompanied and assisted by a person possessing special or expert knowledge relevant to the building or facility,

(c) make examinations and conduct tests,

(d) require information relevant to the building or facility,

(e) require, for inspection or for the purposes of making copies or extracts, production of documents relevant to the building or facility, and

(f) make a record of a matter relevant to the inspection.

(2) Despite subsection (1) (a), the fire commissioner or a local assistant may only enter a place that is occupied as a private dwelling if the occupier consents.

Compliance orders

3   (1) After inspecting a building or facility under section 2, the fire commissioner or a local assistant may issue a written order directing the owner or occupier of the building or facility to bring it, within a reasonable time to be specified in the order, into compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code.

(2) An owner or occupier to whom an order is issued must comply with the order and, subject to any agreement to the contrary,

(a) the owner must bear the cost of complying, and

(b) if the occupier pays the cost, the occupier has a right of action or set off against the owner for the cost actually and necessarily paid in complying with the order.

Appeal to fire commissioner

4   (1) If a local assistant issues an order to an owner or occupier under section 3, the owner or occupier may appeal to the fire commissioner by registered letter mailed within 10 days after receipt of the order.

(2) The fire commissioner must promptly

(a) investigate each appeal,

(b) affirm, modify or revoke the order appealed from, and

(c) in writing, communicate his or her decision and the reasons for the decision to the owner or occupier and to the local assistant who issued the order.

Appeal to Supreme Court

5   (1) If an order issued to an owner or occupier under section 3 involves the loss or expenditure of more than $500, the owner or occupier may apply for review by petition to the Supreme Court filed within 5 days after receipt of the order.

(2) An application under subsection (1) must be commenced at a registry of the Supreme Court located in the judicial district where the property lies.

(3) The owner or occupier must file the petition with the registrar of the court and give notice of it in writing to the fire commissioner.

(4) The court must hear and determine the appeal and make the order it believes proper.

(5) The decision under subsection (4) is final, except that on a point of law an appeal lies to the Court of Appeal.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Fire Services Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 144, section 47]