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The chief building official, supervisors, managers, inspectors (including on-site sewage system and fire protection inspectors), and plans examiners must be qualified.
Yes. As a result of O.Reg.146/05, building officials are exempt from qualification where their plan review and inspection activities are limited to:
- Site servicing:
- Factory built houses, mobile homes and Park Model trailers conforming to Canadian Standards Association (CSA); and
The qualification requirements for building officials include:
- Successful completion of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Examination Program, which includes passing a legal/process examination, as well as technical exam(s) in area(s) of practice;
- Filing qualification information with the Director of the Building and Development Branch; and
- Maintaining Building Code knowledge.
The fees payable include an examination fee of $80 per examination ($70 if the application is submitted electronically over the Internet on the QuARTS system at www.obc.mah.gov.on.ca). The fee for filing qualification information is also $80 or $70 if done through QuARTS.
Can I file my qualifications as a Chief Building Official or an Inspector if I do not work for a municipality?
No, Article 188.8.131.52. of Division C of the Building Code requires that you be appointed by a principal authority (i.e. municipality, health unit, conservation authority or planning board) in order to file qualification information as a building official.
I work for more than one municipality as a building official; do I need to qualify in each separately?
No, however you must identify each municipality on your provincial filing form. The filing forms for inspectors, supervisor / managers and chief building officials allow individuals to enter more than one municipality on the same form.
The qualification process for building officials is as follows:
- Determine area(s) of practice;
- Determine legal and technical examinations that need to be written;
- Apply for and successfully complete the examinations;
- File information with the Director of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Building and Development Branch; and
- Maintain Code knowledge.
Fire prevention officers must be qualified as inspectors under the Building Code Act, 1992 when they are to be appointed by the municipality to undertake plans review or inspection (e.g. issue Building Code Act, 1992 orders) in respect of fire suppression, fire detection, fire fighting and fire safety systems under the Building Code Act, 1992. Such inspectors must complete the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Examination Program, including passing the General Legal/Process or Powers and Duties of CBO examination and the Fire Protection examination.
Similarly, if the fire chief is appointed as an inspector under the Building Code Act, 1992 and supervises other appointed inspectors, the fire chief would be subject to the qualification requirements as a "supervisor / manager" under 184.108.40.206. of Division C of the Building Code. Therefore the fire chief would need to successfully complete at least one technical examination (likely Fire Protection) and the Powers and Duties of CBO examination.
A municipality has retained an RCA for certain classes of buildings. Are qualified inspectors still needed for those classes?
No, when a municipality retains an RCA, the RCA assumes a plan examination and/or inspection role (e.g. reviewing plans, issuing certificates, and inspecting construction in connection with the Building Code). However, the chief building official is still responsible for key functions including determining compliance with applicable law, issuing the building permit, issuing Orders to Remedy an Unsafe Building and undertaking prosecutions to name a few.
What requirements apply to inspectors who are responsible for on-site sewage systems, and who were certified before September 1, 2003 and who have maintained their qualifications?
On-site sewage system inspectors who were certified under the Building Code on August 31, 2003 have been deemed to be qualified under the new system as of September 1, 2003.
As set out in the Ministry’s Examination Program, to maintain their qualifications, these officials must, by January 1, 2006, pass either the General Legal/Process or Powers and Duties of CBO examination and ensure that qualification information has been filed with the Director of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Building and Development Branch.
The Building Code Act, 1992 and Building Code require building officials to be qualified in their area(s) of responsibility to be appointed or remain appointed. Only qualified individuals may be appointed to perform Building Code Act, 1992 functions including: plans review, issuing permits, Building Code enforcement, inspection of building sites, and issuing orders.
However, O.Reg. 146/05 amends to the Building Code to allow inspectors who have not met all Building Code qualification requirements to perform restricted duties provided that they are enrolled in a Ministry-approved internship program and supervised by a qualified inspector or chief building official.