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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.

May 2018 - Contractor's Handbook Released

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. 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

 

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 email:  building.standards@saskatoon.ca 

 

March 2018 - Submit Residential (Type A) Applications Online and New Building and Development Permit Application Forms Required

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 Saskatoon.ca 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 email: building.standards@saskatoon.ca  

 

March 1, 2018

Building and Development Permit Application Forms

As of March 1, 2018 the New Building and Development Permit Application Forms are required to be used. These submission forms were released to the public for use starting on January 1, 2018. Please see the new application forms on the Forms and Brochures page.

 What you can expect from us

  1. Building permit application packages are required to be submitted using the new forms. 
  2. Applicants using outdated application forms will be requested to complete and submit the current form.
  3. As a new option, Building and Development Permit Applications for Residential (Type A) projects can now be submitted online.

 How you can help us

  1. Please read through the new application forms and the documents they reference.
  2. Regularly refer to the Forms and Brochures page for other supporting submission documents to find the most current versions.

The new forms will help us to:

  1. Work Together - Capturing valuable information early will help us to help you obtain your building and development permit in a timely manner.
  2. Process Applications More Efficiently - Acquiring more detailed information at the initial application stage will allow us to reduce or eliminate questions through the review process.
  3. Provide Improved Customer Satisfaction - A clear and organized process will enhance the customer experience.

What are the major changes?

For highlights regarding what has changed on the forms please see the posting below from December 15, 2017.

What's next?

Full Building and Development Permit Application packages will be required to be submitted in person to Building Standards. 

For more information email:  building.standards@saskatoon.ca 

December 2017 - New Building and Development Permit Application Forms & Installation of Cooking and Ventilation Equipment (NFPA 96)

December 15, 2017

New Building and Development Permit Application Forms

Starting January 1, 2018, new  Building and Development Application Forms will be introduced to customers.   These new forms are intended to improve customer service, as well as to streamline processing. 

 What you can expect from us

Additional details were added to the new application forms to provide clarity of requirements and to collect necessary information for the Divisions involved in the review process.

The new forms will help us to:

  1. Work Together - Capturing valuable information early will help us to help you obtain your building and development permit in a timely manner.
  2. Process Applications More Efficiently - Acquiring more detailed information at the initial application stage will allow us to reduce or eliminate questions through the review process.
  3. Provide Improved Customer Satisfaction - A clear and organized process will enhance the customer experience.

What are the major changes?

  • Permit applications will have a two page application package, including demolitions
  • Ground oriented dwelling units, including alternative family care homes and group dwelling sites, will submit the same application package
  • Terminology used to identify residential projects has changed to Type A and Type B Residential Projects
  • New forms incorporate the 2015 National Building Code and Building Bylaw No. 9455 
  • Updated  drawing requirements handout to provide clarity

What's next?

The new Building and Development Permit Application forms will be available for use to customers and found on the Building Standards website starting on January 1, 2017. Building Standards will accept the old application forms until March 1, 2018

Full Building and Development Permit Application packages will be required to be submitted in person to Building Standards. Stay tuned for more information regarding the online residential (Type A) Building and Development Permit application submission process. 

For more information email:  building.standards@saskatoon.ca 

 

December 13, 2017

Installation of Cooking and Ventilation Equipment (NFPA 96)

Building and development permit applications that include the installation or alteration of commercial cooking and ventilation equipment submitted on or after January 1, 2018 may require the  Installation of Cooking and Ventilation Equipment form to be submitted.

Note: The new form is not required for dwelling units and Alternative Family Care Homes.

For more information see the  Installation of Cooking and Ventilation Equipment FAQ document or email:  building.standards@saskatoon.ca  

November 2017 - The 2015 National Building Code Implementation & Building Bylaw No. 9455 Enforcement

November 30, 2017

2015 National Building Code Implementation

The Province of Saskatchewan recently indicated that the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) has been adopted in Saskatchewan for implementation on January 1, 2018.

 What can customers expect?

  • Building and Development Permit Applications submitted prior to January 1, 2018 will continue to be reviewed and approved to the 2010 NBC.
  • Building and Development Permit Applications submitted on or after January 1, 2018 will be reviewed to the 2015 NBC.
  • Since July 1, 2017, the Energy Efficiency Compliance Form - 9.36  is required to be submitted for all buildings that fall under the scope of 9.36 of the 2015 National Building Code.

For more information email: building.standards@saskatoon.ca  

 

City of Saskatoon Building Bylaw No. 9455 Enforcement

Enforcement of the City of Saskatoon Building Bylaw No. 9455 will begin on January 1, 2018.  Some of the changes have been listed below in the May 2017 - Updated Building Bylaw announcement.

 What can customers expect?

  • The updated Bylaw provides a platform to communicate building permit requirements and conditions in a clear and consistent manner, promote good neighbor practices through transparent building permit program administration, and support the City’s Strategic Goals by balancing growth with accountability and public safety.

For more information email: building.standards@saskatoon.ca or visit the new Building Bylaw Page.

June 2017- Plumbing Regulations & 2015 National Plumbing Code Adoption

June 21, 2017

Plumbing Regulations and 2015 National Plumbing Code Adoption

Effective July 1, 2017 the Province of Saskatchewan will be implementing the amended Plumbing Regulations. The Plumbing Regulations have adopted The 2015 National Plumbing Code (NPC) of Canada subject to the amendments set out in Appendix A of the new regulations.

The City of Saskatoon will be applying the new regulations July 1, 2017. The new regulations will apply to any permits issued on or after July 1, 2017 during which a phase in period will begin with full enforcement on October 1, 2017. The City of Saskatoon plumbing permit fees and structure are to remain the same. 

The Plumbing Regulations and the Saskatchewan Amendments to Appendices of the 2015 National Plumbing Code are available to view and purchase at http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca or call 1-800-226-7302. The provincial website also has a link to The National Research Council of Canada where the 2015 NPC can be purchased. 

As always, a plumbing permit can only be applied for by a certified plumbing contractor.

For more information email: building.standards@saskatoon.ca  

May 2017 - Updated Building Bylaw

May 24, 2017

Updated Building Bylaw No. 9455

City Council updated its Building Bylaw and repealed its 25-year-old predecessor at its Tuesday, May 23 meeting. 

Updates to the Bylaw will enhance program transparency by clarifying and clearly communicating application requirements and permitting conditions. New permitting conditions will reinforce and support good neighbour practices; some conditions include:

  • Defining permit expiry dates;
  • Outlining the process for requesting a permit extension; and
  • Clarifying site conditions and construction signage requirements.

Importantly, key industry stakeholders were involved in improving the way life-safety systems are addressed throughout the building process.  These partners helped incorporate new requirements for on-site life-safety system reviews to make sure installations are done in accordance with the approved engineered design; this was previously outside the scope of the program.

The updated Bylaw will contain new administration fees to support the sustainability of the Building Inspection and Plan Review Programs.  The administration fees will apply only to customers who request to:

  • Extend the term of their building permit;
  • Reinstate a building permit; or
  • Cancel a building permit.

Full enforcement of the Bylaw provisions is proposed for January 1, 2018. Building Standards Division will work with industry and civic departments over the next six months to develop an implementation plan to support the rollout of the updated Bylaw.

Overall, the updated Bylaw provides a platform to communicate building permit requirements and conditions in a clear and consistent manner, promote good neighbor practices through transparent building permit program administration, and support the City’s Strategic Goals by balancing growth with accountability and public safety.

April 2017 - Energy Efficiency Compliance Form - 9.36

On July 1, 2017, the new Energy Efficiency Compliance Form - 9.36 will be required to be submitted for all buildings that fall under the scope of 9.36 of the 2015 National Building Code.  The document can be found under Residential Submission Forms and Commercial Submission Forms on the Forms and Brochures page. Please also see the supplementary Energy Efficiency Compliance 9.36 Information Sheet. The information sheet will also be stored on the Forms and Brochures page.