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COVID-19: Daily update on changes to programs and services - May 22, 2020

For immediate release: May 25, 2020 - 9:49am

The City is doing its part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon. We have made many staffing and service changes so our employees can safely deliver services to residents and to make sure people remain physically apart from one another. This way we can all work together by staying apart – it will protect the health of essential frontline healthcare staff, core service workers and first-responders. These actions in turn protect all of us.

Residential, Commercial and Plumbing Field Inspections Resume with Restrictions

Over the last number of weeks, City of Saskatoon Building Standards has developed a proactive strategy to provide a safe and supportive return-to-work plan for field inspections. The strategy follows all guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Re-open Saskatchewan plan. As a result, some field inspections will resume the week of May 25:

  • On-site residential building permit inspections and plumbing permit inspections will resume Monday, May 25 for unoccupied construction.
  • On-site commercial building permit inspections will resume on Tuesday, May 26 for unoccupied construction.
  • Remote video inspections will continue for residential living units that are occupied.
  • Inspectors will call the customer in advance of the inspection to ensure the unoccupied construction is vacant and ready for inspection. For video inspection, established practices will continue.
  • Plumbing inspectors will continue to contact the customer to arrange inspection times. This is an important change that has seen great benefits for inspectors and customers.

The City of Saskatoon has outlined roles and responsibilities for both employees and residents while employees are visiting private property during the COVID-19 pandemic; learn more at Frequently Asked Questions.

In addition, the following service changes remain in effect:

  • Residential Permit Applications accepted online Submit a Residential Permit.
  • Commercial Permit Applications accepted by email.
    • If your plan is more than 25MB, it may be too large to submit via email. In this case, please separate your application documents/plans into more than one email. Include the construction address and how many emails you will be submitting in the subject line. Example: 123 Main Street, Email 1 of 2
  • PID Applications accepted by email
  • Plumbing Permit Applications accepted by email.
  • Payments will be accepted by phone at 306-975-2645.

For more information or to book your inspection please visit Building Inspections

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