Government of Ontario

Building Code FAQs


Where can I buy the 2012 Building Code?

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The 2012 Building Code and any amendments can be purchased from Publications Ontario.

The 2012 Building Code Compendium is available in two formats:

  • two-volume set of 7-ring binders; the cost for both volumes is $195 (plus applicable taxes and shipping);
  • two-volume set of softcovers; the cost for both volumes is $175 (plus applicable taxes and shipping

Online: Publications Ontario

By telephone:

  • Toronto: 416-326-5300
  • Canada Toll Free: 1-800-668-9938
  • TTY Toronto: 416-325-3408
  • TTY Toll Free (Ontario only): 1-800-268-7095
  • Billing/Account Inquiries: 416-326-5306

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

In person:

  • ServiceOntario – College Park (downtown Toronto)

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Note: Most colleges that offer training on the Building Code also sell the publication.


How can I get amendments for the two-volume 7-ring binder set?

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You can buy printed amendments individually for $40 (plus applicable taxes and shipping) or as a subscription package once you have purchased a two-volume binder set:

  • $85 for a one-year subscription service; or
  • $215 for a five-year subscription service (or until a new Code is published).

Note: single amendment packages and the amendment subscription services are not available for the two-volume set of softcovers.

You can also download the packages for free from Publications Ontario by searching for “building code amendment” or the publication number (i.e., 510140). On the search results page, click on the “Access Link” button.

Note: If you purchase an amendment subscription service after the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announces an amendment to the 2012 Building Code that particular amendment will not be part of your subscription. You will have to purchase the individual amendment or download it from our website.


Am I entitled to a discount if I purchase multiple Amendment Subscriptions?

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A discount is available for multiple purchases of the subscription service. See pricing table listed below.

Note: To be eligible for the discounted prices, all subscriptions must be shipped to the same location and recipient.

Publication Title: 2012 Building Code 1 Year Amendment Subscription Service

Publication No: 510137

  • (1 – 4 subscriptions) Unit Price: $85.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (5 – 24 subscriptions) Unit Price: $68.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (25 – 49 subscriptions) Unit Price: $59.50 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (50 plus subscriptions) Unit Price: $51.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription

All amendments released by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a one year period after the purchase date will automatically be mailed; for example, a subscription service purchased September 4, 2013 expires September 3, 2014

Publication Title: 2012 Building Code 5 Year Amendment Subscription Service

Publication No: 510138

  • (1 – 4 subscriptions) Unit Price: $215.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (5 – 24 subscriptions) Unit Price: $172.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (25 – 49 subscriptions) Unit Price: $150.50 each plus applicable taxes per subscription
  • (50 plus subscriptions) Unit Price: $129.00 each plus applicable taxes per subscription

All amendments released by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a five year period (or until a new Code is published) after the purchase date will automatically be mailed; for example, a subscription service purchased September 4, 2013 expires September 3, 2018


What’s included in the two-volume binder set of the 2012 Building Code Compendium (binder format or softcover format)?

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The 2012 Building Code Compendium is available in two formats:

  • two-volume set of 7-ring binders; the cost for both volumes is $195 (plus applicable taxes and shipping);
  • two-volume set of softcovers; the cost for both volumes is $175 (plus applicable taxes and shipping

Includes:

  • The Building Code Act, 1992
  • O. Reg.332/12
  • Supplementary Standards
  • Appendix Notes
  • Guide to the use of the code
  • Highlights of major technical code changes to the new code
  • General history of code amendments

Can I get an online version of the 2012 Building Code?

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A new online version of the 2012 Building Code is being developed. Sign up for CodeNews to be notified when it is available.


Where can I buy the 2014 Code and Construction Guide for Housing?

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The 2014 Code and Construction Guide for Housing can be purchased from Publications Ontario.


How do I cancel an Amendment Subscription Service (One-year or Five-year)?

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Please contact Publications Ontario Financial Unit at 416-326-5306 to request a refund. Some restrictions apply.

Restrictions

  • A refund is only issued within 10 business days after initial purchase

Who do I contact if I have specific questions about the Building Code or its content?

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Contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Building and Development Branch
416-585-6666
Email: codeinfo@ontario.ca
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing