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In order to ensure the quality of construction work and public safety, the Building Act provides for the adoption of a Construction Code and a Safety Code governing buildings, facilities intended for use by the public, electrical, plumbing and pressure installations, petroleum equipment installations, and installations intended to use, store or distribute gas. Whereas the Construction Code applies to plan and specifications designers (architects, engineers, technologists) and contractors, the Safety Code is intended for owners of buildings, facilities and installations.

These two codes are adopted chapter by chapter, progressively replacing the seven laws and thirty-odd regulations that were previously in effect. The goal of this process is obviously to simplify regulation, but also to better define the responsibilities of owners and construction professionals.

Chapters in Force

Construction Code

  • Chapter I - BuildingThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since November 7, 2000. The new version of this chapter of the Construction Code, which came into application on June 15, 2015, consists of the National Building Code of Canada 2010, to which amendments introduced for Québec are added. The National Research Council Canada (NRC) should publish the Québec Construction Code, Chapter I, Building, and the National Building Code of Canada 2010 (amended) in fall 2015. When the Code becomes available, the RBQ will inform you of the procedure for purchasing it.
  • Chapter II - Gas This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.  – In force since December 2, 2003. Consisting of CSA B149.1-15, the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code; CSA B149.2-15, the Propane Storage and Handling Code; CSA B108-14, the Natural Gas Fuelling Stations Installation Code; CAN/CSA Z662-11, the Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems standard (please note that the 2015 edition of this standard will be in force in the last quarter of 2016); and CSA Z276-11, the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-Production, Storage, and Handling standard (please note that the 2015 edition of this standard will be in force June 30th 2016); all of which were amended by Chapter II – Gas to facilitate application, adapt the standards to Quebec’s specific needs and take into account the provisions of the Building Act (L.R.Q., c. B-1.1). Note that Chapter II has a clause that automatically brings into force the latest editions of these codes and standards (including addendas and supplements). Amendments to Chapter II – Gas will thus be included in the new editions.

    As for the approval of appliances, Chapter II – Gas refers to construction and testing requirements prescribed by CAN/CSA-B149.3-15, Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-related Components on Appliances and Equipment, that must be met for appliances to be recognized as being compliant. Please note that the 2015 edition of this code has been in force since July 31th 2015.

  • Chapter III - PlumbingThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since October 1, 2002. Consisting of the National Plumbing Code of Canada - 2010, with Québec amendments. Last edition effective April 29, 2014. You can obtain this new edition on the National Research Council Canada (NRC) websiteThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window..
  • Chapter IV - Elevators and Other Elevating DevicesThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since October 21, 2004. Consisting of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A17.1-2007/CSA B44-07,; CAN/CSA B355-09, the Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities standard; and CAN/CSA B613-00, the Private Residence Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities standard, all published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Chapter V - ElectricityThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since March 1, 2010. Consisting of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (21st Edition), with Québec amendments (CSA Standard C22.10-10).
  • Chapter VII - Passenger RopewaysThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since October 21, 2004. Consisting of CAN/CSA Z98-01, the Passenger Ropeways standard, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Amendments were made to facilitate application and to adapt the standard to Quebec’s specific needs.
  • Chapter VIII - Petroleum Equipment InstallationsThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since April 1, 2007.
  • Chapter IX Amusement Rides and devicesThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since May 3, 2012. Consisting of the Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices (CAN/CSA Z267-00, reaffirmed in 2011), published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The Safety Code was amended to facilitate application and to adapt it to Quebec’s specific needs.
  • Chapter X, Bathing placesThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. – In force since March 14, 2013.

Safety Code

Chapters in Progress

  • Pressure Vessels chapters of the Safety Code and the Construction Code
  • Bathing Places chapter of the Safety Code

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