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Building Standards permit review and inspection programs are administered under the regulations contained in the Building Bylaw, the Swimming Pool Bylaw, the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act, the National Building Code of Canada, and the Plumbing Regulations. Building permits are issued and inspections performed to ensure individuals have safe and healthy places to live and work.  

A Building Permit is Required for:
  • residential and commercial construction, including new building construction.
  • demolition, repair, relocation, alterations(changes) or additions to an existing building or structure.
  • changes to, or construction of, buildings such as garages, decks, swimming pools (including above-ground pools and hot tubs), and mobile homes.
  • structural changes to existing buildings.
  • change of occupancy or use of an existing building.
  • decks over 200mm (8 inches) above grade, and roof enclosures over existing or new decks.
  • basement development in existing buildings. 

The registered property owner is responsible for completed or partially completed work on their building. For information on building inspections and enforcement (if applicable) please see the Inspections page. 

A Building Permit is Not Required for:
  • fences, driveways and sidewalks.
  • cosmetic repairs such as painting, patching drywall and other similar minor repairs of interior or exterior finishes.
  • replacement of roofing on a one to four unit dwelling unless the decking is replaced.
  • replacement siding on a one to four unit dwelling, as long as the replacement is with similar construction.
  • laying carpet.
  • accessory buildings less than 10m2.
  • replacing doors and windows in existing openings in a dwelling, as long as the outside dimension of the window or door does not change and the openable area of the window is not decreasing

Residential Building Permits

Construction projects that require residential building permit applications are one or two unit dwellings and the following that are located within or serve one and two unit dwellings:

   
  • decks over 200mm (8 inches) above grade
  • garages
  • carports
  • garden and garage suites                 
  • secondary suites
 
  • basement developments
  • swimming pools
  • accessory buildings (larger than 10m2)
  • and other related residential buildings
How to apply for a Residential Building Permit

Obtain a Designer

We recommend customers obtain the services of a design professional to assist with their construction or renovation projects.  A professional architect or engineer is required for projects outside the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code. For more information, please refer to Requirement for a Design Professional.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Residential Permit Application and applicable forms listed on the residential application form. 
  2. Include one complete set of plans. For drawing requirements please see the drawing requirements handout for details.
  3. Include a ventilation design sheet (required for new homes, new secondary suites, and substantial renovations). Refer to the Residential Forms drop down list on the Forms and Brochures page for this information.

Submission

Submit hard copies of application form(s), information sheets, and all appropriate supporting materials to Building Standards, 222-3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5.

Residential Building Permit Review Process

Applications are reviewed in the order of which they are received. Once an application is received, it is given an application number and circulated for Building Standards review. Depending on project type and scope, an application may also be circulated to the following divisions for review:

  • Planning and Development (Zoning Review)
  • Saskatoon Land
  • Saskatoon Light and Power

Not all applications are required to be reviewed by all Divisions listed above. Circulation is determined based on the scope of work and the type of project. Please contact Building Standards if you have questions regarding your specific project. Processing time for your application may be delayed if required information is missing from plans, the plans are inaccurate or incomplete.

 What you can expect from us?

  • Average turnaround time for residential building permit applications is five business days from the date of application.
  • Average turnaround time for applications requiring circulation to other divisions (in addition to Building Standards) is seven business days from the date of application.

 How you can help us?

  • Double check your application to ensure all forms, supporting material, and drawings are complete and accurate. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. 

Notes on Side Yards for Buildings where not more than one dwelling unit is above another dwelling unit

NOTE: Please pay attention to the National Building Code for requirements for distance between buildings and property lines. There may be requirements for fire resistant materials, proximity of windows to property lines, and the size and number of windows allowable on buildings close to a property line.​ Where an exterior wall of a building is facing a street or lane the distances may be measured to the center of the street or lane.

  1. Where a portion of a wall extends to less than 600mm (2 feet) from the property line, that portion of the wall must have non-combustible cladding.
  2. Windows (glazed openings) are not permitted where the window is less than 1.2m (4 feet) from a property line unless the property line is adjacent to a street or lane. Note: The limiting distance is permitted to be measured perpendicular to the glazed opening where the glazed opening is at an angle to the property line.
  3. Walls less than 1.2m (4 feet) from the property line require a ¾ hour fire resistance rating. If any portion of the wall requires the ¾ hour rating, the entire wall shall be rated. 
  4. Table 9.10.15.4 for Maximum Area of Glazed Openings in Exterior Walls of Houses specifies the permitted glazed openings in a wall. For example:

 7% glazed openings is permitted for a wall with an exposing building face area of 30 sq m that is 1.2m from the property line, or 9% glazed openings is permitted for a wall with an  exposing building face area of 30 sq m that is 1.5m from the property line.

The above requirements do not eliminate or reduce the additional requirements for windows in bedrooms and living spaces so attention to your layout must be provided in designing your home. 

The Zoning Bylaw, as administered by Development Services, also indicates requirements for setbacks on a site. Please review the Zoning Bylaw for setback requirements when preparing your drawings.  

Commercial Building Permits

Some examples of construction projects that require commercial building permit applications are:

   
  • strip malls or shopping centres 
  • restaurants
  • schools
  • warehouses and industrial buildings         
  • hospitals and other care facilities
  • hotels
 
  • apartments
  • dwellings on multi-unit dwelling sites
  • basement developments on multi-unit dwelling sites
  • residential care homes
  • office buildings
  • accessory buildings adjacent to or associated with commercial buildings

Appendix Sentence A-3.1.2.1(1) of the National Building Code provides an expanded list of what Building Standards considers as commercial-type buildings. 

How to apply for a Commercial Building Permit

Obtain a Designer

We recommend customers obtain the services of a design professional to assist with their construction or renovation projects.  A professional architect or engineer is required for projects outside the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). For more information, please refer to Requirement for a Design Professional.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Commercial Building Permit Application and applicable forms listed on the commercial application form. For more information on which forms to complete, please see the Commonly Used Forms in the accordion below or contact Building Standards where one of our staff will be happy to assist you.
  2. Include two complete set of drawings. All drawings are to be prepared to professional drafting standards. Please see drawing requirements for more information. Plans must be to scale and have dimensions. Pencil drawings or drawings on graph paper will not be accepted. Drawings marked “preliminary only” or “not for construction” will not be accepted.

Submission

Submit hard copies of the required application form(s) and information sheets, and all appropriate supporting materials to Building Standards, 222-3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5.

Commonly Used Forms

Commercial Building Permit Application
Required for all applications - general information about the project and application information.

Building Code Analysis Sheet
Required for new buildings, building additions and changes of occupancy. Typically, this is a professional architect or engineer except on smaller projects where other designers are permitted.

Commitment for Field Review
Required for all applications involving structural work falling under Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada 2010 - to be filled out by the professional engineer responsible, at the time of the permit application.

Assurance of Field Review and Compliance
Required for all applications involving structural work falling under Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada 2010 - to be filled out by the professional engineer responsible, upon completion of construction and prior to the final inspection.

For a comprehensive list of our commercial information sheets please visit our Forms and Brochures page.

Commercial Building Permit Review Process

Applications are reviewed in the order of which they are received. Once an application is received, it is given an application number and circulated for review to the following divisions:

  • Building Standards
  • Planning and Development (Zoning Review)

Depending on project type and scope, an application may also be circulated to the following divisions for review:

  • Saskatoon Light & Power
  • Transportation Division
  • Construction & Design Division
  • Fire Department
  • Saskatoon Health Region

Not all applications are required to be reviewed by all Divisions listed above. Circulation is determined based on the scope of work and the type of project. Please contact Building Standards if you have questions regarding your specific project. Processing time for your application may be delayed if required information is missing from plans, the plans are inaccurate or incomplete.

  What you can expect from us?

  • Average turnaround time for Building Standards to review commercial building permit applications is four to six weeks from the date of application. 
  • Turnaround time will increase depending on project type and required circulation. 

  How you can help us?

  • Apply early. 
  • Double check your application to ensure all forms, supporting material, and drawings are complete and accurate. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. 

Building Permit Fees

Payment

Payment of building permit fees can be made when the permit is approved and picked up.  We accept cash, cheque, Interac, MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Please note, payment cannot be processed over the phone. The building permit fee plus the development permit fee equals the total permit fee that will be charged. To determine the Development Permit Fee for your project please see section 4.7 of the Zoning Bylaw for details.

 

Building Permit Fee Schedule

One- and Two-Unit Dwellings, Townhouses

All floor levels excluding basement $0.70/ft2
Basement development or alterations to any floor area $0.24/ft2
Garage/Accessory building (attached or detached) $0.21/ft2
Addition of deck to existing construction $0.10/ft2
Roof over decks and carports $0.10/ft2

Apartments (New Construction Only) — for those that fall under Part 9 of the National Building Code (NBC)

All floor levels including basement $0.70/ft2
Addition of decks or balconies to existing construction $0.10/ft2
Garage/Accessory building (attached or detached) $0.21/ft2

All Other Construction Not Noted Above

Fee per $1,000 of construction value $7.50

Note: minimum building permit fee: $100; re-inspection fee: $100