Safety Codes Bulletin: New National Building Code

2024-02-21

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Subject

Transition Approach for Building Projects: From NBCAE 2019 & NECB 2017 to NBCAE 2023 & NECB 2020.

Introduction

In anticipation of the National Building Code-2023 Alberta Edition (NBCAE 2023) and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2020 (NECB 2020), the City of Medicine Hat aligns with the Alberta Municipal Affairs' transition strategy outlined in Order in Council O.C. 014/2024 Building Code Regulation. This bulletin serves to guide stakeholders through the transition period starting January 24, 2024, to full enforcement on May 1, 2024, ensuring compliance for new building permit applications.

Background

The transition acknowledges the unique position of building projects that were in design phases or intended for consistency with prior code editions (NBCAE 2019 and NECB 2017). It emphasizes the city's commitment to flexible permit administration to accommodate ongoing and future developments effectively.

Policy and Guidelines:

To facilitate a smooth transition for building projects:

  • For Development Permit and Building Permit Applications Before May 1st, 2024: Applicants may choose to comply with either NBCAE 2019 / NECB 2017 or NBCAE 2023 / NECB 2020. A development or building permit application must be submitted before May 1, 2024, to qualify for NBCAE 2019 / NECB 2017 consideration.
  • For Development Permit and Building Permit Applications After May 1st, 2024: Compliance with NBCAE 2023 / NECB 2020 is mandatory.
  • The project may continue under the 2019 building code edition and the NECB 2017 if the authority having jurisdiction is satisfied the preparation of plans and specifications was substantially completed prior to May 1, 2024.

This approach ensures that planning and development processes remain predictable and manageable for project stakeholders, aligning with the city's policy to use the DP and BP application date as a benchmark for project viability and compliance planning. 

Conclusion

The City of Medicine Hat's Planning and Development Services emphasizes the importance of adhering to the updated codes for building projects, ensuring that all applications submitted before the next code edition's enforcement date are compliant with the chosen code edition. This strategy underscores the city's dedication to maintaining safety, quality, and consistency in building practices throughout this transition and beyond.

See attached the links for the Standata, codes and regulations:

ALBERTA REGULATION 5/2024, SAFETY CODES ACT, BUILDING CODE REGULATION:
https://kingsprinter.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?page=2024_005.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=9780779845781&display=html

NEW SAFETY CODES TO COME INTO FORCE ON MAY 1ST 2024 – SAFETY CODES COUNCIL:
https://www.safetycodes.ab.ca/new-safety-codes-to-come-into-force-on-may-1-2024/#:~:text=The%20National%20Building%20Code%20%E2%80%93%202023,Alberta%20on%20May%201%2C%202024.

NATIONAL BUILDING CODE ALBERTA EDITION 2023 DOWNLOAD:
https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/view/object/?id=0316d953-0d55-4311-af69-cad55efec499

NATIONAL ENERGY CODE OF CANADA FOR BUILDINGS 2020 DOWNLOAD:
https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/view/object/?id=af36747e-3eee-4024-a1b4-73833555c7fa

See also:

NATIONAL FIRE CODE ALBERTA EDITION 2023 DOWNLOAD:
https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/view/object/?id=6c3e5cf6-8891-40e0-8b37-a78665c23f27


Planning and Development Services
City of Medicine Hat

Unless stated otherwise, the Code references in this Bulletin are to Division B of the current National Building Code – Alberta Edition (NBC-AE) Bulletins do not overrule the NBC-AE nor constitute a relaxation of the Code. They serve to clarify the Code in areas where the latter is ambiguous or does not cover a specific topic. Bulletins are City of Medicine Hat clarifications for staff use to enable consistency in the application of the Code. Regulation Bulletins should always be read in the context of the appropriate requirements of the Code.