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The following are current updates on Building Standards. Please note, updates older than one year may be located elsewhere on the Building Standards pages or removed.

August 2019 - Complete Application Requirements for Commercial Building and Development Permits 

August 1, 2019

Complete Application Requirements for Commercial Building and Development Permits for October 1, 2019

Setting the stage to improving turnaround times

We heard you

Just like you, we want Building Standards to be a leader in the country in turning around commercial building and development permit applications. Achieving the goal is going to require an investment of time and patience to make measured process improvements. This is the first step in setting the stage to serve you better with streamlined business practices and development approval processes. While we know changes are hard at first, we’re here to help you through them.  

 What's changing and what can you expect?

  • A new intake process for commercial building permits is set to be implemented for commercial building and development permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2019.
  • Commercial permit applications will be assessed upon submission to determine if the application is complete or incomplete and applicants will be notified if their permit application is complete or incomplete within 5-7 business days.
  • Complete permit applications are application packages that include all minimum submission items for circulation of a commercial permit application. 
  • Only complete permit applications will be circulated for review. This will allow us to gain a better understanding of how much time is freed up internally by only reviewing complete applications.  

If your permit application is complete?

  • Complete permit applications will be assigned a turnaround time and placed in queue for review.
  • A complete application notification letter is sent to the applicant and owner including the assigned turnaround time.
  • Once placed in the queue, the commercial permit application will be reviewed for compliance with necessary standards and bylaws.

If your permit application is incomplete?

  • Incomplete permit applications will not be assigned a turnaround time and will not be placed in queue for review until they are considered complete. An application notification letter is sent to the applicant and owner, listing all missing submission documents.
  • All missing submission documents must be received in a single package.
  • Partial submissions of missing documents will not be reviewed or commented on. The incomplete application will remain on hold.

 How you can help us

  • Complete Permit Application checklists have been created by Building Standards to help customers prepare a complete application package.
  • While we believe the checklists to be clear and helpful, they can appear heavy at first. If some points can be clarified, we want to hear your feedback.

Key things to know

  • Definitions:
    • ​Commercial Permits: includes industrial, retail, manufacturing, offices, apartments, row houses, town houses, group dwelling sites and alternative family care homes.  
    • Complete Application Requirements: minimum submission items for circulation of a commercial permit application.
    • Turnaround Time: includes permit processing, circulation and review time. It does not include time when permit applications are put on hold due to outstanding items.

Building Standards anticipates this process will reduce delays to turnaround timelines for commercial permit applications. To determine if your permit application is complete, please refer to the NEW Complete Application Checklists on the Forms and Brochures page for your specific project type.

Questions?

Contact a Commercial Permits staff member at  306-975-7639 or email: commercial.permits@saskatoon.ca  

July 2019 - Building Permit Re-Inspection Fee

July 4, 2019

Building Permit Re-Inspection Fee

On October 1, 2019, Building Standards will implement the building permit re-inspection fee. 

 What you can expect from us

  • The fee will apply to permit applications received on or after October 1, 2019. As customers book their inspections, either online or through the Building Standards office, they will be notified of the number of inspections remaining for their project.

  • The re-inspection fee is $150, and can be paid by credit card over-the-phone, in-person at the office, or through charge account.

  • The fee will apply to permits that fall withing the mandatory inspection program, when customers exceed the per-determined amount of inspections for their residential project.

March 2019 - New Ventilation Form and Certificate

March 14, 2019

Ventilation Design Form, Ventilation Certification & Verification Forms, and Inspections

The Ventilation Certification and Verification forms have been updated.

 What you can expect from us

  1. The new ventilation design form will make it easier for homeowners to fill out and apply for a permit.
  2. During site inspections, the ventilation system will be reviewed more thoroughly.
  3. More accountability will be placed with the mechanical contractor to complete the form(s).

 How you can help us

  1. Become familiar with the new ventilation design and verification forms on the Forms and Brochures page. 
  2. Post the Ventilation Certification and Verification forms near the furnace for the final inspection.

November 2018 - Streamlining Permit Applications

November 13, 2018

Commercial Building and Development Permit Applications

With the implementation of energy standards on January 1, 2019, we are anticipating an influx of commercial permit applications. To streamline the process and minimize an impact to the turnaround time, the following items are required to be included in your application package:

  1. Complete permit application form​
  2. Addressing key plan
  3. Detailed site plan (when required)
  4. Drawing package detailing the proposed scope of work

 What you can expect from us

  1. Submitting complete applications helps us help you obtain your permit in a timely manner. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 How you can help us

  1. View the building and development application forms, the permit applications checklists as well as the drawing requirements handout found on the Forms and Brochures page for information and details that need to be shown in the application package.

For more information, or to comment, please contact Commercial Permits at  306-975-7639 or email: commercial.permits@saskatoon.ca  

October 2018 - Commitment Letter for Life Safety Systems 

October 16, 2018

Commitment Letter for Life Safety Systems

The engineered life safety system commitment letter has been updated to include integrated life safety systems, as per National Building Code (NBC) Article 3.2.9.1.

Field review of integrated life safety systems shall include testing of fire protection and life safety systems as a whole in accordance with CAN/ULC-S1001. 

 What can customers expect?

The requirement for field review of integrated life safety systems will apply to building permit applications received on or after January 1, 2019.

 How you can help us

Visit the Building Standards Forms and Brochures to obtain an updated copy of the form. The new form will be available soon.

October 2018 - Occupancy Permit Program Changes

October 16, 2018

Changes to Interim Occupancy Program

On January 1, 2019, Building Standards is implementing a mandatory Interim Occupancy Permit Program for high risk buildings intended for occupancy prior to construction completion. 

 What can customers expect?

  • The mandatory Interim Occupancy Permit Program will apply to permits submitted on or after January 1, 2019.
  • The program will apply to high risk buildings which are defined as buildings equipped with a fire alarm system, but does not include ground orientated dwelling units (including alternative family care homes).
  • Building Standards will notify customers if they are required to apply for mandatory interim occupancy for their building and/or proposed construction project.
  • Interim Occupancy Permit approval is not required if the building is not intended for occupancy during construction, or if the building permit is closed prior to occupancy.
  • Turnaround time for an Interim Occupancy Permit application is 10 business days, provided all requirements have been met and there are no objections to occupancy.
  • Starting January 1, 2019, the Interim Occupancy Permit application fee is $800.

August 2018 - Energy Efficiency Implementation Coming January 1, 2019

August 31, 2018

Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency and the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings

On January 1, 2019, the City of Saskatoon will be implementing and enforcing  the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) as well as enforcing Section 9.36 of the National Building Code. This implementation will apply to building and development permit applications made on or after January 1st, 2019.

 What can customers expect?

The City of Saskatoon Building Standards Division will be releasing information regarding the new energy implementation program over the next few months.

 How you can help us

Visit the Building Standards Forms and Brochures page regularly as further details will be provided in the upcoming months.

For more information please use the Contact Us section found on this page.