Consultations Begin-- 2008 Amendments to the Building Code


Submitted by Alexis Alyea

Starting February 15, 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will begin the public consultation process with respect to proposed amendments to the Building Code. These amendments contemplate requiring fire sprinklers in multiple-unit residential buildings over three storeys in height, as well as introducing authorization for the establishment of programs to enforce the maintenance and operation of existing smaller (less than 10,000 litres per day) septic systems.

Information sessions will be held in late March and early April 2008, and comments can be submitted until May 1, 2008. The consultation paper can be viewed here: http://www.obc.mah.gov.on.ca/Page3005.aspx

The Building Code was last amended in 2007 by O. Reg. 137/07, which updated the definition of “applicable law” in s. 1.4.1.3 (Division A) to reflect the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and changes to the Planning Act. Specifically, the provisions relating to parkland dedication (s. 42 of the Planning Act) and by-laws under O. Reg. 608/06 (Development Permits) became “applicable law” for the purposes of the Building Code, along with the sections of the new City of Toronto Act, 2006 that relate to site plan control (s. 114) and the fortification of land (s. 102(3)).

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