Requirements for Part 9 Buildings

If you have already submitted a complete building permit application that was accepted prior to November 1, 2023 please click here for the old energy documents. 

For New Residential Buildings:

As of November 1, 2023, building permit applications for new residential buildings newly-constructed residential buildings are required to demonstrate compliance with one of two Energy Step Code compliance options:


Options Energy Step Code Steps Zero Carbon Step Code 
Option 1 Step 4  EL-3
Option 2 Step 5  EL-1


Building Permit applications for new residential buildings processed on or after November 1st 2023 must include the applicable portion of the Provincial BC Step Code Compliance Checklist – Performance Paths For Part 9 Buildings, which can be found at

Building Permit Application Submission Package: 


Prior to or at Insulation and Vapour Barrier Inspection:

Prior to Final Inspection:

An example of the new required Pre Construction BC Step Code Compliance checklist is shown below:

 step code image 1


For Renovations to Residential Buildings and Non-Residential Buildings:

As of November 1, 2023, renovations to residential buildings and newly-constructed non-residential buildings must show compliance with Section 9.36 of the BCBC. Building Permit Applications must include (at least):

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