What does BCIN mean?

BCIN stands for Building Code Identification Number. 

Who regulates BCIN designers?

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) in Ontario.

Any person carrying out design activities to the public must be a registered BCIN designer with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

When you go to the Municipality to get a building permit, you MUST submit drawings that have been prepared by a current BCIN designer/firm. If you don't, the municipality will not issue you a building or septic permit. As an alternate, the Ministry does allow property owners to do their own drawings. These drawings are still subjected to the same scrutiny as a designer submission and must adhere to Ontario Building Code requirements.

Why did the government implement BCIN?

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing needed to create licensing for designers in order to upgrade this industry and aid in the enforcement the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Act. This allowed the Ministry to manage the professionalism of this industry as well as streamline and unify the building permit process throughout Ontario.

In 2006, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing implemented Bill 124 which enacted the regulation of this industry.

Who needs BCIN designation?

Municipal Building Inspectors and Chief Building Officials (CBO) were the first people to get this designation. 

Architectural designers, septic designers and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) designers are the independent companies that require BCIN designation. 

Without the BCIN qualification, designers CANNOT perform design activities for the public within Ontario. 

Are BCIN designers insured?

Yes, it's mandatory.

As part of the annual renewal with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, BCIN designers must prove they carry professional Errors and Omissions insurance and that it is current.