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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.

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:  

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

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.

May 2018 - Contractor's Handbook Released

May 1, 2018

Building Standards Division Contractor's Handbook

The Contractor's Handbook was developed to provide Contractors and others who are planning a construction project a centralized document to provide all the information needed to successfully plan a build in the City of Saskatoon. 

 What can customers expect?

The Handbook includes:

  • Things to consider before you build
  • Building and development permits
  • Bylaw requirements
  • Other important regulations
  • Details about construction process
  • Utility hook-ups
  • Building permit enforcement

You can view a pdf version of the Contractor's Handbook here or you can request a physical copy by calling Customer Service at  306-975-2645 or email: 

April 2018 - New Building and Development Permit Application Checklists

April 17, 2018

New Building and Development Permit Application Checklists

Commercial permit checklists assist applicants preparing for building and development permit applications. An application checklist has been developed for Group Dwelling SitesAlternative Family Care Homes and Commercial Type Projects including apartments, warehouses, offices, etc. The checklists can be found on the Forms and Brochures page under Submission Checklists. Customers submitting for residential Type A building and development permits are encouraged to apply online.

 What you can expect from us

  1. An up to date checklist that outlines the submittal requirements for a commercial building and development permit application.
  2. Access to quick links that connect you to the associated handouts and required forms.
  3. Submission of the checklist with the application is encouraged but not mandatory. These have been developed as a guide to help customers.

 How you can help us

  1. Applications are encouraged to use the checklist to identify what information needs to be submitted with permit applications. Submitting required information at the initial application stage will help us review your application in a timely manner. Missing information can often delay permit approval.
  2. Submit the checklist with your application so that we can clearly see what your scope of work and drawing package includes.

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


March 2018 - Submit Residential (Type A) Applications Online

March 1, 2018

Submit Residential (Type A) Applications Online

Applicants for Type A Residential Building and Development Permit Applications can now apply online.

A Residential Type (A) Building and Development project is defined by Building Standards as all projects related to One and Two Unit Dwellings (not on a Group Dwelling or Condominium Site).

 What you can expect from us

  1. An online platform for customers to apply for building permits at their convenience without coming to City Hall. 
  2. Customers can apply for a username and password on the website and then apply for building permits in the same area. The same username and password is also valid for business licenses and other online services offered by the City of Saskatoon.
  3. The user can track the progress/status of their permit online.
  4. The turnaround time for building permit review begins on the date the application was "accepted" (not the date it was submitted).
  5. Applications cannot be accepted until all required documents are submitted.

 How you can help us

  1. Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded when you apply for a permit.

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