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  1. Can anyone order from Crown Publications?

  2. How much is shipping?

  3. How long will it take before goods are received?

  4. How can I find a publication if I only know the ISBN number?

  5. How do I find a publication if I only have part of the title?

  6. What is Crown Publications return policy?

  7. Is ordering online from Crown Publications secure?

  8. Where can I buy maps and marine charts?

  9. How do I publish a notice in the BC Gazette?

  10. What is Intellectual Property and how can I obtain permission for copyright?

  11. How do I find out if any amendments have come into force since the official consolidation?

  1. Can anyone order from Crown Publications?
  2. Yes, anyone can order publications from Crown Publications. Account customers such as schools, municipalities, ministries and other government funded agencies, should enter as an "Account Customer" as they may be entitled to a discount. Visit our homepage on How to Become a Customer for more information.

  3. How much is shipping?
  4. Shipping is based on the total amount of your order. Please click here for more information

  5. How long will it take before goods are received?

  6. Warehouse products: 7–10 business days.
    Print on demand: 10–12 business days.

  7. How can I find a publication if I only know the ISBN number?

  8. Once you have entered CrownPub.bc.ca, key in the ISBN number (format: 0-0000-0000-0) in the search field at the top of the page.

  9. How do I find a publication if I only have part of the title?
    • From the Advanced Search page
    • Within the Search field (after Restrict By Ministry) key the word as a keyword in this field.
    • Select the following options available below the search field:
    • exact phrase
    • alphabetically
    • and 20 results and select the option: Remember by Search settings

  10. What is Crown Publications return policy?

  11. Crown Publications will provide a refund on saleable items:
    • in full, less shipping costs, for goods returned within 30 days of the date shipped.
    • less a 20% restocking fee after 30 days and up to 6 months of the date shipped.
    • in full, including shipping costs, if the publication is damaged when received.

    Prior to returning any publications please complete the attached Returns Form online and send to us via email by choosing "Click Here" within the PDF. Approval is required.

    We do not accept “collect” return packages. If we do receive a collect package or unauthorized return in error, the collect cost will be deducted from your account credit or from your refund.

    NO RETURNS ON:
    • BC Trades
    • Alberta Trades
    • Custom Trade Packages
    • BC Codes
    • Legislation
    • Print-On-Demand Products
    • Standing Order Products
    • Clearance Centre/Sale Items

    Please contact us prior to returning any material.

    Viewing the Returns Form requires Adobe Acrobat.

  12. Is ordering online from Crown Publications secure?

  13. Yes. The Province of BC achieved the highest level of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) compliance validation in December 2011. This certification helps protects customers against the risks of security breaches resulting in payment card fraud. Control Gap Inc., a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) firm, validated the Province’s compliance against the rigorous standards of the PCI DSS.

    This is a significant accomplishment, and positions the BC Government as the first of federal and provincial governments to have met these exceptionally high card security standards.

  14. Where can I buy maps and marine charts?

  15. Crown Publications is no longer carrying maps and marine charts. Below are some reference numbers and addresses for customers looking for maps and marine charts.

    Trotac Marine
    370 Gorge Road East
    Victoria, BC V8T 2W2
    Tel: (250) 386-2341

    International Travel Maps & Books
    12300 Bridgeport Road
    Richmond, BC V6V 1J5
    Tel: (604) 273-1400
    Fax: (604) 273-1488

    Nanaimo Maps & Charts
    8 Church Street
    Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H4
    Tel: (250) 754-2513 or 1 800 665 2513
    Fax: 1 800 553-2313

    Tanner’s Books
    2436 Beacon Avenue
    Sidney, BC V8L 1X6
    Tel: (250) 656-2345

  16. How do I publish a notice in the BC Gazette?
  17. For complete details on publishing a notice in BC Gazette click here

  18. What is Intellectual Property and how can I obtain permission for copyright?

    http://www.cio.gov.bc.ca/cio/intellectualproperty/intellectual_property_faqs.page
    http://www.cio.gov.bc.ca/cio/intellectualproperty/index.page

  19. How do I find out if any amendments have come into force since the official consolidation?

    To research whether any recent amendments have been brought into force since the last consolidation of an act or regulation check the Bills, Regulation Bulletins and Orders-in-Councils available on the BC Laws website: www.bclaws.ca

    Note: All individual official legislation hard copy products sold by Crown Publications are current to the last official consolidation.