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A. Mandate

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The Building Code Commission (the “Commission”) is an adjudicative agency whose legislative authority is set out in sections 23 and 24 of the Building Code Act, 1992.

The Commission has a mandate to resolve disputes between proponents of construction projects and local enforcement officials. The Building Code Act, 1992, sets out three types of disputes that can be heard by the Commission:

  • those relating to the sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of the Building Code;
  • those related to compliance with the prescribed time frames for permit processing; and
  • those related to compliance with the prescribed time frames for site inspections.

Commitment to Service and Guiding Principles

The inaugural meeting of the Commission was held on February 9th, 1976, shortly after the first building code act came into effect in 1974. Since then the Commission has endeavoured to provide a timely, cost effective and non-adversarial process for resolving Building Code disputes through a streamlined and accessible appeals system. In doing so, the Commission has earned a reputation within the construction industry of being an effective, useful and high quality adjudicative body.

The Commission has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Municipal Affairs in respect of the administration of the Commission. The Memorandum of Understanding sets out the relationship between the Chair of the Commission, the Minister and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs with respect to the Building Code Commission and the service it provides. The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish the responsibilities of these parties and to ensure that accountability is a fundamental principle that is observed in the management, administration and operations of the Commission.

As an agency of government, the Commission conducts itself according to the management principles of the Government of Ontario. The Commission’s proceedings are governed by the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, the Building Code Act, 1992, the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009, the Building Code Commission’s Guidelines, Policies and Procedures Handbook, Management Board of Cabinet Directives and the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006. The principles and governance elements required of the Commission by these statutes and documents include ethical behavior, accountability, excellence in management, wise use of public funds, and high-quality service to the public by contributing to the health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency of buildings in Ontario, and by playing a positive role within Ontario’s design and construction sector.