Building Standards Announcements
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.
October 2019 - Update - Complete Application Requirements and Permit Project
October 11, 2019
Permit Project Update
Work is continuing on planned improvements to the commercial building and development permit program to achieve our goal of becoming a national leader in the delivery of Building and Development Permits. Through a series of planned improvements over the next 14 months our goal is to achieve a new service level of 2 to 5 weeks for the review of typical commercial building and development permits, which is a 50% improvement over our current service levels.
What you can expect?
- Our first initiative launched October 1st with the Commercial Complete Application requirements to reduce the amount of staff time spent on collecting missing application information during the permit review process.
- The next phase of the project focuses on technology and changes to processes to streamline review practices and to connect technology to our staff and processes. This involves providing our staff with the tools they need to effectively do their jobs. Key improvements being worked on over the next year include:
- Electronic Plan Review – the goal is to change the linear permit application review process to a concurrent review process. This improvement on its own has the potential to reduce permit turnaround time by up to 50% for the typical commercial permit project.
- Online Submission of Permit Applications – the key area of focus is to improve the application process by clearly defining the submission requirements for each project type, implementing a permit tracking and status update feature, and accepting online payment. The work in this area will build on the success of the new process for Residential Building Permits, which was introduced in January 2018.
How you can help us
- Implementation of the Complete Application Requirements on October 1st means greater accountability is placed on the permit applicant. Refer to the Complete Application Checklists found on the Building Standards Forms and Brochures page at www.saskatoon.ca/buildingforms for help on how to prepare a complete commercial application package for your project.
- If you would like to stay involved through our project newsletter, email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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
- 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.
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
- The new ventilation design form will make it easier for homeowners to fill out and apply for a permit.
- During site inspections, the ventilation system will be reviewed more thoroughly.
- More accountability will be placed with the mechanical contractor to complete the form(s).
How you can help us