|2012 Home Inspector Fee Notice|
Consumer Protection BC regulates BC home inspectors operating within BC or who offer home inspection services to BC consumers. This includes licensing home inspectors, ensuring that licensees comply with the home inspection laws in BC, and responding to complaints about the BC home inspection industry. This notice licence fees for home inspectors effective May 1, 2012. There has been one fee increase ($100 to $150) for licensed BC home inspectors since the introduction of licensing in April, 2009. After an industry consultation in the fall of 2011, a new fee schedule was approved by the Board of Directors of Consumer Protection BC in November, 2011. With this notice, we are providing a copy of the new 2012 Fee Schedule for home inspectors that will take effect May 1, 2012.
We have been delegated the authority to set fees for the industries we regulate. These fees are set so that Consumer Protection BC can recover our costs for the services that we provide to licensees and consumers. The new and renewal licence fees for home inspectors will increase from $150 to $475. Additional smaller increases of 2% will also occur in 2013 and 2014. A complete fee schedule can be found under the business information area of the home inspection portal or view a PDF of the new 2012 fee schedule by clicking here.
The Home Inspector renewal notice will be sent for the 2012 licence year on February 15th, 2012. All licences expire on March 31, 2012. Please note that because the new fees take effect on May 1, 2012, the 2012 licence renewal fee will be prorated to include both the 2011 and 2012 rate for the term of the licence. Home inspector 2012 renewal fees will therefore be $448.
To increase the efficiency of the renewal processing, Consumer Protection BC has introduced online industry portal that will include online renewals, account information and industry news to reduce paper use and processing time. Your 2012 renewal notice will include instructions on how to sign-in to your secure account information and renew your licence.
Consumer Protection BC is a not-for-profit corporation that was created to strengthen consumer protection in BC and enforce consumer protection laws. We balance the interests of all parties to promote a marketplace that is fair for both BC consumers and BC businesses. We license and inspect specific industries, respond to inquiries through our Inquiry Centre, investigate alleged violations of consumer protection laws, and educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities under the law. For more information about our organization, please visit our corporate website at www.consumerprotectionbc.ca.