Changes to Fees
Effective November 19, 2007, anyone wishing to build their own home under the owner-builder exemption will be required to meet specific criteria, obtain an authorization from the HPO and pay a fee to cover administration and compliance costs associated with the owner-builder authorization.
These new fees - which include fees for an Owner Builder Authorization ($425) and waiver applications ($100) - are explained in the Summary of Fees (See fees 1-3).
The Per Unit Residential Builders Licence Fee (4) has not been changed since the introduction of Residential Builder Licensing in July 1999. It will rise to $40 from $25 on November 19, 2007. This fee is in addition to the existing flat rate licence fee and serves to differentiate between large and small volume builders.
The flat rate licence fee is unchanged at $600 for new licences, with a $500 annual license renewal fee. If a residential builder wishes to change information on the licence midway through the licence year, there will be a licence change fee of $100 (3).
Summary of Fees
|New Fee||(1) Owner Builder Authorization Fee||$425||An individual will be authorized (based on strengthened eligibility requirements) to build a home that is exempted from mandatory licensing and home warranty insurance.The $425 fee for Owner Builder Authorization includes a non-refundable application fee of $50.|
|New Fee||(2) Owner Builder Waiver||$100||An authorized owner builder may apply for a waiver of the prohibiting sale of an owner-built home until at least one year following occupancy.|
|New Fee||(3) Fee for Change to Residential||$100||Application to change certain key aspects of the residential builder licence, such as a name change, a corporate structure change, or a change to director , nominees or partners.|
|Changed Fee||(4) Per Unit Residential Builder Licence Fee||$40||Represents a $15 increase.This fee is in addition to the flat rate licence fee for residential builders and serves to differentiate between large and small operations.|
|Unchanged Licence Fee||(5) Flat Rate Licence Fee||$600|
|Unchanged Licence Fee||(6) Annual License Renewal Fee||$500|
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