Residential Building Permits
A residential building is a one or two unit dwelling, along with garages and other buildings serving those dwellings.
Residential building permits are required for new construction, renovations, additions, building moves, demolitions, alterations and repairs for:
NOTE: Please pay attention to the National Building Code for requirements for distance between buildings and property lines. There may be requirements for fire resistant materials, proximity of windows to property lines, and the size and number of windows allowable on buildings close to a property line.
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.
Notes on Side Yards for One Unit Dwellings
- Where a portion of a wall extends to less than 600mm (2 feet) from the property line, that portion of the wall must have non-combustible cladding.
- Windows (glazed openings) are not permitted where the window is less than 1.2m (4 feet) from a property line unless the property line is adjacent to a street or lane. Note: The limiting distance is permitted to be measured perpendicular to the glazed opening where the glazed opening is at an angle to the property line.
- Walls less than 1.2m (4 feet) from the property line require a ¾ hour fire resistance rating. If any portion of the wall requires the ¾ hour rating, the entire wall shall be rated. In order to provide a ¾ hour fire resistance rating, 5/8" fireguard drywall or ½" fireguard drywall with rock wool insulation, may be used.
- Table 188.8.131.52 specifies the permitted glazed openings in a wall. For example:
7% glazed openings is permitted for a wall with an exposing building face area of 30 sq m that is 1.2m from the property line, or
9% glazed openings is permitted for a wall with an exposing building face area of 30 sq m that is 1.5m from the property line.
- Where the total window area in an elevation exceeds the maximum area of glazed openings permitted for the wall area (excluding attic spaces), as per Table 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11.B, you must submit a summary of how you met the spatial separation requirements.
- The above requirement does not eliminate or reduce the requirements for windows in bedrooms and living spaces so attention to your layout must be provided in designing your home. Where an exterior wall of a building is facing a street or lane the distances may be measured to the center of the street or lane.
How to apply for a Residential Building Permit
- Complete the Residential Permit Application.
- Include one complete set of plans which we will return when we issue the permit. For drawing requirements please see the drawing requirements handout for details.
- Include a ventilation design sheet as required for new homes, new secondary suites, and substantial renovations. Refer to the Residential Forms drop down list on the Forms and Brochures page for this information.
- Include pre-engineered shop drawings for all components in the project which are pre-engineered systems, when available (these may be submitted after the building permit has been obtained for the project).
- Submit the application and all appropriate supporting materials to Building Standards, 222-3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5.
Residential Building Review Process
Obtain a Designer
We recommend a designer be involved. For one and two unit dwellings, the designer does not have to be a professional engineer or architect, but the City of Saskatoon must consider the designer capable of the proposed project.
For more complex projects (such as projects outside the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada), we require a professional architect or engineer to be involved. Please refer to Requirement for a Design Professional for more details.
How can you help us?
Review the drawing requirements handout before submitting. If you have questions about what is required to be submitted, please contact Building Standards for more information.
Apply early. This will allow you to plan for all building code requirements, before you plan to start your project.
Receive a Decision Regarding Your Permit
We aim to process residential building permits within one week of the date of application. However, it may take two or three weeks to review the drawings.
In order to speed up the review process, please ensure you have provided all information and drawings are complete. Applications that are not complete will not be accepted. Projects that are large and complex may require additional time to process.
Building Standards will contact you once the building permit is ready to be issued. Payment of building permit fees is required once the permit is approved. We accept cash, cheque, Interac, MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
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