BCLI Issues Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act

27 September 2019

By Greg Blue, Q.C.

BCLI has issued a Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act to gather input from stakeholders and the public at large on detailed proposals for changes to the Act. The Builders Lien Act is a major cornerstone of construction law. It gives contractors, material suppliers, and workers several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied to a building site, most notably a lien on the owner’s land. The Act also lets building owners limit their exposure to claims by unpaid subcontractors and workers by maintaining a mandatory 10 percent holdback.

The Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act contains 80 tentative recommendations for changes to the Act that were developed by BCLI’s Builders Lien Act Reform Project Committee, composed of volunteer experts in construction law. BCLI is asking stakeholders to comment on the specific proposals but also inviting them to raise any concerns with the Act and its application.

BCLI is requesting responses to the consultation paper on or before 15 January 2020. Recommendations will be finalized in light of the feedback and published in a later report. Responses can be provided by e-mail, regular mail, or fax. The consultation paper and an overview aimed at non-legal readership can be found on the project page.

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