News and Updates: Licensing Fee Changes, New Policies, Renovations
On April 1, 2018, changes to licensing fees came into effect. The fee changes help support our commitment to strengthening regulatory compliance and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of our services.
Before submitting a licence renewal application, licence transfer, or other licensing form to the Council, check to make sure it is the most current form, and that you are including the appropriate required fee. Incorrect fees are a common cause of delays in processing licensing applications – and an easy one to avoid!
For more information on licensing fees, see:
New Council Policies Enhance Transparency
At their most recent meeting, the members of the Real Estate Council approved new policies that will contribute to increased transparency, as part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to building an open and consultative approach to regulation. Under the new Council Meetings Policy, a schedule of upcoming Council meetings will be posted on the Council’s website. The meeting agendas will be posted online two weeks in advance of each meeting date, and approved minutes will be published two weeks following each meeting.
See the new Council Meetings page for the upcoming meeting schedule and minutes of the April 2018 Council meeting.
The new policy also outlines procedures for members of the public – including licensees and members of the media – to arrange to attend the open portion of Council meeting as observers. The Council reserves the right to limit the number of observers at the discretion of the Chair, as space may be limited.
Don’t want to read the entire minutes of each Council meeting? Don’t worry – in upcoming issues of the Report from Council newsletter we’ll include the meeting highlights and an overview of significant decisions, in the issue following each meeting.
Other policies recently approved include:
- a Social Media Policy with guidelines for how we will interact with the public through digital channels
- a Media Relations Policy that outlines how we will respond to media inquiries, and which Council representatives are authorized to speak on behalf of the organization.
Over the next few months, the Council offices will be renovated to upgrade our Hearing Room facilities, and put in place a more efficient floor plan, creating flexibility to accommodate growing operational demands and future growth. During the renovations, which are scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2018, Council hearings will be relocated to other venues. Affected licensees and members of the public will be advised well in advance of hearing dates.
Throughout the renovation period we will be working hard to maintain service levels and ensure that any temporary disruptions are limited. If you experience any difficulties in contacting the Council, please try an alternative method of communication. You can reach us at:
Telephone: 604.683.9664 | Toll-free: 1.877.683.9664 | Fax: 604.683.9017
Find detailed information for contacting other key Council departments, including licensing, education, and accounting, on our Contact Us page.