Building Codes Act Regulations Public Consultation Comments
As part of the development of regulations for the Building Code Act, Islanders are invited to provide comments regarding the draft regulations. All on-line comments that are received on the draft regulations before the closing date (September 6, 2019) will be posted on this page. The names of people making these on-line submissions will not be disclosed. You can submit comments at the main Building Code Act Regulations Consultation web page.
August 27, 2019
I attended the public meeting on Aug.8,2019 at the Farm Centre.In conversation with others who also attended a few common issues emerged.It would be a good time to get Stratford,Cornwall and Charlottetown together to fine tune a few items so there is commonality between the three jurisdictions.I have seen these items on a daily basis for the past 10 to 20 years.They are confusing to our Contractors and also their clients.
The comments from the Aug.6th posting mention "....any plans that are being prepared to submit for a building permit,..."could be done by a "Designer".
I agree.The problem is that each of the jurisdictions looks at/reviews the plans and the Code differently.
This is nothing new.In my years of presenting the Building Code to Builders in PEI,NS, and NFLD these Builders gave me examples of similar problems when they built/moved to a different county.
Everyone is so busy these days.
It is hard for Contractors to take the time to deal with these issues!Lots of other resources available:Allan from Home Builders Association,I heard Ira Birt just retired again,myself,inspectors from Warranty programs,......and lots of others who would be willing to volunteer some time!
Now is the time to do this!
August 5, 2019
Under the definitions, it would be good to include the definition for Technicians, Technologists, Applies Science Technologist, and have a reference to the Engineering Technology Act (in final drafts), That is being prepared in consultation Province, the Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Will there be any thoughts and considerations taken into the preparation of the construction documents for rfamily homes/duplexs, Residential buildings, decks and structures. So that any plans that are being prepared to submit for a building permit, that they have been prepared, and/or reviewed by someone with knowledge of the local, provincial, and national building codes, who is registered with the Province, and local Municipalities, as someone who can perform a review prior to submission?, IE, Technicians, Technologists, Engineers, Architect, whether they be certified/licenced by local associations, or approved by the province as a professional/consultant.
30./31. Design / Review by Professional. In the case of a residential building, that doesn't fall into part 3 or part 4, or 600 sq meters. Could there be reference to a design/review that could be performed by a "Designer" , IE, Technicians and Technologists, who with the adoption of the Engineering Technology Act, be recognized as professionals, in their discipline.
An example, Hair Dressers have an act, and are required to be registered in order to have a permit to provide their services. Another example, dental assistants have to be licensed and certified to assist dentists, when performing treatment on patients, and to perform certain procedures on patients.
Another example, could be, motor vehicle inspection locations, that are registered with the province, to perform motor vehicle inspections. When you go to register a utility trailer at the DMV, that companies/person selling them, must be listed as registered vendors, who are eligible to sell trailers. With the Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist of PEI, preparing their draft legislation of the Engineering Technology Act, this would ensure owners/clients, that the plans being submitted, have been reviewed by a professional, who works with the code on a regular basis, and who is registered with the province, and has provided sufficient certification and/or documents to support their "vendor" status. This would also provide a database for the province, or any and all people who are actively working with he code, and provide a way for the province to communicate effectively with any updates, requirements and so forth.
One comment we hear from clients/owners, is about permit fees, that they should be collected when the permit is approved, and available for pick up. That only pay a non-refundable deposit when the application is made(Permit Application Fee), and then the Permit Fee be collected when the permit is ready to pick up.
Will the same building permit application be used province wide? But Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford Cornwall will issue on behalf of the province?