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Residential Care Homes

The following is designed to familiarize prospective operators of Residential Care Homes with the City’s Zoning Bylaw requirements. The City of Saskatoon does not require a business license for the operation of a Care Home.


  • A “residential care home” means a licensed or approved group care home governed by Provincial regulations that provides, in a residential setting, 24 hour care of persons in need of personal services, supervision or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or for the protection of the individual.
  • A “residential care home - type I” means a residential care home with five or fewer residents. 
  • A “residential care home – type II” means a residential care home with 6 to 15 residents. 
  • A “residential care home – type III” means a residential care with greater than 15 residents.

Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes may include any of the following:

  • Approved Homes
  • Personal Care Homes
  • Foster Homes
  • Children’s Custodial Homes
  • Custodial Homes
  • Convalescent Homes
  • Group Homes
  • Maternity Homes
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Services Homes
  • Residential Service Facility
  • Special Care Homes
  • Transition Homes
  • Treatment Centres

Building Code Requirements

In order to verify compliance with safety standards, a building permit is required prior to the operation of any residential care home in the city. A building permit is also required if a building which either contains a residential care home or in which a residential care home is proposed to be established, is to be altered, expanded or upgraded. For information on Building Code requirements and building permits for Residential Care Homes contact Building Standards.


Please contact the appropriate provincial department for more information on licensing your particular type of residential care home at Saskatchewan Government Health.