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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.
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Chapter I – Plumbing In force since October 1, 2002. Most recent amendments in force since February 11, 2013.
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 store. You will be required to create an account in order to access these standards free of charge.
|April 29, 2014 to March 26, 2021||Québec Construction Code, Chapter III, Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 (amended)|
|July 1st, 2008 to April 28, 2014||Québec Construction Code, Chapter III, Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2005 (amended)|
Chapter II – Electricity has been in force since October 1st, 2002. Its most recent amendments have been in effect since October 1st, 2018.
Chapter III – Gas has been in force since December 2, 2003.
Chapter IV – Elevators and other elevating devices has been in force since January 1st, 2006.
Chapter V – Passenger Ropeways 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 has been in force since April 1st, 2007.
Chapter VII – Amusement Rides and Devices has been in force since May 3, 2012.
Chapter VIII – Building 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) are available on the website of the National Research Council Canada (NRC).
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 store. 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.
|As of January 8, 2022||Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 2015 amended – Québec)|
|June 13, 2015 to January 7, 2022||Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 2010 amended – Québec)|
May 17, 2008 to June 12, 2015
|Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 2005 amended – Québec)|
|November 7, 2000 to May 16, 2008||Québec Construction Code, Building chapter (NBC 1995 amended – Québec)|
|November 11, 1993 to November 6, 2000||National Building Code of Canada 1990[Fr]|
|July 18, 1986 to November 10, 1993||National Building Code of Canada 1985[Fr]|
|May 25, 1984 to July 17, 1986||National Building Code of Canada 1980[Fr]|
|December 1st, 1976 to May 24, 1984||Québec Construction Code[Fr]|
Prior to December 1st, 1976