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BLDG 1845 - Vancouver Building By-law

Building Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course establishes a working knowledge of the specific provisions that are unique to the Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL). The course builds on the provisions of the latest edition of the British Columbia Building Code. It provides the student with the additional code requirements for the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver. The course will cover all of the unique to Vancouver provisions in Book I of the VBBL. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the administrative requirements, specific requirements for alterations to existing buildings including the Upgrade Mechanism Model, energy requirements for new and existing buildings, adaptable housing and enhanced accessibility requirements, and specific sprinkler, spatial, fire department access, washroom, occupancy classification requirements and safety measures at construction sites. This course will be of interest to persons involved in the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver.


BLDG 1830





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 84462

Mon Feb 28 - Mon Apr 04 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 28 - Apr 04 Mon 18:45 - 21:45 Online


Kevin Lau

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. ***This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific time lines for assignments and exams.*** You will require a stable internet connection, a laptop or desktop computer for this course. You must also have an e-mail address and access to a computer capable of downloading basic documents. Students will participate in weekly "Virtual Classroom" sessions, scheduled 6:45pm - 9:45pm PST each Monday for the 6 weeks of the course. Important course information will be sent to registered students closer to course start date. Make sure your email address on your student account is correct and up to date.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the unique provisions of the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law.
  • Determine and apply the unique provisions of the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law to new buildings and new work.
  • Determine and apply the Vancouver Upgrade Mechanism Model for renovations, changes of major occupancies and additions to existing buildings.
  • Determine and apply the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law requirements for energy efficiency, adaptable housing and enhanced accessibility to new and existing buildings.
  • Determine and apply the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law administrative requirements for the building permit application, permit, construction and occupancy stages of a building project.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016

Related Programs

BLDG 1845 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Architectural and Building Technology
    Part-time   Certificate
  2. Building Construction Technology
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  3. Building Design and Architectural CAD
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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