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Safety Code

In order to ensure public safety, the Building Act provides for the adoption of a Safety Code covering buildings and equipment for public use, including electrical, petroleum and plumbing facilities as well as those intended for the use, distribution or storage of gas. The Safety Code applies to owners of buildings, equipment and facilities. This code is adopted chapter by chapter.

Renovating your house or residential condo and would like to know what standards apply? Go to the Construction Standards page

On this page:

Chapter I – Plumbing

Chapter I – PlumbingThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. In force since October 1, 2002. Most recent amendments in force since February 11, 2013.

Reference Standards

Article 1 of Chapter I – Plumbing of the Safety Code provides certain definitions of the National Plumbing Code of Canada, which is included in the Construction Code’s Chapter III – Plumbing. The following table shows the applicable standard according to the plumbing’s year of installation. These standards can be downloaded free of charge using the links included in the table, which will redirect you to the National Research Council Canada’s virtual storeThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.. You will be required to create an account in order to access these standards free of charge.

APPLICABLE REGULATION BASED ON THE YEAR OF INSTALLATION
Period Applicable regulation
April 29, 2014 to March 26, 2021 Québec Construction Code, Chapter III, Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 (amended)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
July 1st, 2008 to April 28, 2014 Québec Construction Code, Chapter III, Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2005 (amended)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.

Chapter II – Electricity

Chapter II – ElectricityThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since October 1st, 2002. Its most recent amendments have been in effect since October 1st, 2018.

Chapter III – Gas

Chapter III – GasThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since December 2, 2003.

Chapter IV – Elevators and other elevating devices

Chapter IV – Elevators and other elevating devicesThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since January 1st, 2006.

Chapter V – Passenger Ropeways

Chapter V – Passenger RopewaysThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since October 21, 2004. It consists of the Passenger Ropeways standard (CAN/CSA Z98) published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and has been amended to facilitate its application and adapt to the specific needs of Québec.

Chapter VI – Petroleum Equipment Installation

Chapter VI – Petroleum Equipment InstallationThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since April 1st, 2007.

Chapter VII – Amusement Rides and Devices

Chapter VII – Amusement Rides and DevicesThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since May 3, 2012.

Chapter VIII – Building

Chapter VIII – BuildingThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. has been in force since March 18, 2013 and consists of the National Fire Code of Canada 2010, with amendments for Québec. Chapter VIII – Building of the Québec Safety Code and the National Fire Code of Canada 2010 (amended)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. are available on the website of the National Research Council Canada (NRC).

Reference Standards

The Building chapter of the Safety Code requires buildings to comply with standards in effect at the time of their construction or transformation. The following table shows the applicable standard according to the building’s year of construction or transformation.

Complete editions of all Québec construction codes can be downloaded free of charge using the links included in the table. Note that some editions are only available in French. Except for the Regulation respecting safety in public buildings and the Québec Construction Code, these links will redirect you to the National Research Council Canada’s virtual storeThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.. You will be required to create an account in order to access certain editions free of charge. Note as well that the 1985 and 1990 codes are available only in the document “Historical Editions of National Construction Codes (1941-1998)”. After downloading this document, go to the year involved and look up the document whose name starts with RBQ.

APPLICABLE REGULATION ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING’S YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OR TRANSFORMATION
Period Applicable regulation
June 13, 2015 to the present Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 2010 amended – Québec)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.

May 17, 2008 to June 12, 2015

Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 2005 amended – Québec)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
November 7, 2000 to May 16, 2008 Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 1995 amended – Québec)This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
November 11, 1993 to November 6, 2000 National Building Code of Canada 1990[Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
July 18, 1986 to November 10, 1993 National Building Code of Canada 1985[Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
May 25, 1984 to July 17, 1986 National Building Code of Canada 1980[Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.
December 1st, 1976 to May 24, 1984 Québec Construction Code[Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.

Prior to December 1st, 1976

Regulation respecting safety in public buildings[Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window.

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