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Building, Plumbing & Demolition Permits


See the Building Standards Announcements page for Building Standards updates (including information regarding 6 Storey Wood Frame Construction).

A building permit is required before the start of construction for most projects.

  • Residential Building Permits are required for one and two unit dwellings (dwellings not on a multi-unit dwelling site and not for commercial use).
  • Commercial Building Permits are required if the building is anything other than those listed under Residential Building Permits (above).

If you are not sure whether you require a permit, contact Building Standards.

A Building Permit is required for:
  • residential and commercial construction, including new building construction.
  • demolition, repair, relocation, changes or addition to an existing building or structure.
  • changes to, or construction of, buildings such as garages, decks, swimming pools (including above-ground pools and hot tubs), and mobile homes.
  • structural changes to existing buildings.
  • change of occupancy or use of an existing building.
  • outbuildings larger than 10m2.
  • decks over 200mm (8 inches) above grade, and roof enclosures over existing or new decks.
  • basement development in existing buildings.

A Building Permit is not required for:
  • fences, driveways and sidewalks.
  • cosmetic repairs such as paint or minor repairs to exterior finishes.
  • replacement of roofing on a one to four unit dwelling unless the decking is replaced.
  • replacement siding on a one to four unit dwelling, as long as the replacement is with similar construction.
  • laying carpet.
  • replacing doors and windows in existing openings in a dwelling, as long as the replacement is with similar construction.

A Plumbing Permit is required:
  • whenever a plumbing system is being constructed, changed, renewed or repaired.

A Plumbing Permit is not required:
  • to clear a stoppage in a drainage system.
  • to repair a leak in a water distribution system.
  • to replace a fixture without any change to the drainage system.
  • to replace existing faucets, water heaters or valves.

Building Permit Fees

One- and Two-Unit Dwellings, Townhouses

All floor levels excluding basement $0.70/ft2
Basement development or alterations to any floor area $0.24/ft2
Garage/Accessory building (attached or detached) $0.21/ft2
Addition of deck to existing construction $0.10/ft2
Roof over decks and carports $0.10/ft2

Apartments (New Construction Only) — for those that fall under Part 9 of the National Building Code (NBC)

All floor levels including basement $0.70/ft2
Addition of decks or balconies to existing construction $0.10/ft2
Garage/Accessory building (attached or detached) $0.21/ft2

All Other Construction Not Noted Above

Fee per $1,000 of construction value $7.50

Note: minimum building permit fee: $100; re-inspection fee: $100

Demolition Permits

You must complete a Request for Demolition for the demolition of any residential or commercial building—from residential garages to large commercial buildings.

The drawings and permit application requirements vary for different projects.

How to Apply for a Demolition Permit

To apply for a permit to demolish a building or structure:

  1. Complete the Request for Demolition Application including the Owner's Authorization for Demolition.
  2. Complete the Declaration of Intent Form.
  3. Complete the Asbestos Removal Notification Form. Required to be submitted for all buildings constructed before 1983. The Asbestos Removal Notification Form indicates if any asbestos will be disturbed or removed during work.
  4. Include two sets of site plans showing all buildings on the site and indicate which building(s) on the site will be demolished.
  5. Submit application and supporting materials to Building Standards, 222-3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5

Please review your responsibilities regarding Demolition Waste.

It is the responsibility of the permit holder to protect city property and landscape features, including trees. Please review the Damage to City Infrastructure and Tree Protection Fact Sheet to better understand your responsibilities. 

Please note, more requirements are involved for building moves within the city or moving a building outside city limits.

Plumbing Permits

Plumbing installations are governed by the Saskatchewan Plumbing Regulations, as adopted and enforced by the Building Standards Plumbing Inspectors.

To obtain a permit, you must be a licensed plumbing contractor registered with the City of Saskatoon, and you must submit a Plumbing Permit Application to Building Standards. Once plumbing permits are issued they are not transferable. Inspections are then carried out, with a final inspection required before the new system can be put into service.

Plumbing Permit Regulations
  • All piping must be installed in accordance with the requirements of the Saskatchewan Plumbing Regulations
  • It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the plumbing contractors comply with the Saskatchewan Plumbing Regulations
  • A plumbing system may not be constructed, altered, extended, renewed or repaired unless a plumbing permit has been obtained for the work
  • Permits are not required to clear a stoppage in a drainage system, repair a leak in a water distribution system, replace a fixture without any change to the drainage system, or to replace existing faucets, water heaters or valves
  • Inspections take place at the rough-in and final stages. Several rough-in inspections may be required depending on the complexity of the specific project.
  • Prior to final inspection, all fixtures and equipment must be installed and ready to use.
  • If a fixture has been roughed-in for future use, the outlet must be sealed with an approved plug or cap. Covers may not be placed until the fixture has been tested and inspected.
  • If any part of the system is not approved after the inspection or test, the owner must make any changes or replacements, and the work may be subject to further testing and inspection.

Plumbing Permit Fees
Construction Fees
The minimum (non-refundable) fee to issue a permit $75
For construction, reconstruction, extension or alterations of the plumbing system as well as the installation of fixtures on a previously permitted rough-in $17/fixture upon initial application
For positive adjustments after the permit has been issued $19/fixture
Partial inspection fee (where a plumbing inspector is requested to perform a "partially completed" inspection) $75
Re-inspection fee (where the inspector finds that the work is not ready for inspection, or where a re-inspection is required) $100
Inspection only (where no fixtures are involved) $75