An Owner Builder is a person authorized by Licensing and Consumer Services (LCS) to build a new home for their personal use. Some owners wish to take on the responsibility of building their own home to save money. They may want to work with a contractor in some capacity and physically handle some of the work on their own or directly oversee all the skilled tradespeople.
Individuals wanting to be an Owner Builder of a new home are required to obtain an Owner Builder Authorization from the LCS and to pay a fee, prior to commencing construction of that new home. These requirements are in effect for all areas of British Columbia, regardless of whether building permits are required or not and are in keeping with amendments to the Homeowner Protection Act and regulation.
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