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Homeowner Resources

Home Renovations

Licensed to make your dream home come true

We understand the urge to do your dream reno yourself. But the fact is, licensed contractors have the skills and knowledge needed to help your renovation succeed.

If your renovations include electrical or gas work, make the right choice: hire a licensed contractor or apply for a homeowner permit.

Home renovation FAQs

Planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be exciting, but it can also be a lot of work. In fact, finding someone to do the work is an important undertaking in itself.  Here, we answer questions about finding the right contractor for your home renovation.

How do I know if my contractor is licensed?

There are two ways to find out:

1. Ask to view their contractor licence wallet card.
2. Check our registry of licensed contractors.

Why are permits needed?

Permits are a legal requirement in BC and often necessary for home insurance purposes. They give Technical Safety BC data and information to help with safety oversight in the province – your permit allows us to contact you or warn others of trends in unsafe work or hazards that may lead to an incident. Failure to obtain a permit where one is needed may result in enforcement action by Technical Safety BC.

How can I check if my contractor has taken out a permit?

Search to see whether a permit was taken out by using our online permit search. Please note: Technical Safety BC does not issue installation permits or complete inspections in all jurisdictions. Please contact us at 1 866 566 7233 to confirm if your work location falls under our jurisdiction.

I don’t feel the contractor completed the work in my house safely, is there someone I can contact?

Report an incident or unsafe condition to Technical Safety BC at 1 866 566 7233, or through our website.

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