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For immediate release: February 1, 2015 - 4:47pm

As of December 31, 2013, City of Saskatoon Building Standards has issued building permits valuing $1,088,500,000 ($1.1 billion), which again exceeded the record total permit value by 0.6 percent ($1,082,100,000)

The dollar figure translates to 5,020 permits issued, which was very close to the record total set in 2012 of 5,196 permits issued. 

“The housing and construction industry remains extremely strong which is excellent news for Saskatoon,” says Building Standards Director, Bob Baran.

Permits issued for residential construction projects new builds and improvements make up approximately 82 percent (4,092) of all building permits issued in 2013 and approximately 57 percent ($619.5 M) of the construction value.

“These include one and two-unit dwellings as well as secondary suites, apartments and row housing projects,” Baran says. “This is a slight decrease in permits of approximately 0.3 percent from 2012.”

Additionally, 12 building permits issued exceed a construction value of $10,000,000 compared to only 5 permits in 2012.  There were 116 permits that had a value of construction between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000.

City Manager Murray Totland calls the record a “sign of a thriving city.”

“It is reflective of the tremendous growth and change that Saskatoon is experiencing”. Totland says.  “The record breaking construction also indicates the City of Saskatoon continues to support its vision of becoming a 21st century city.”

Building Standards is responsible for approving building and plumbing permits and related inspection programs.  The division administers the regulations contained in the Building Bylaw, the Swimming Pool Bylaw, the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act, the National Building Code, and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulations.

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