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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.

November 2018 - Commercial Building and Development Permit Applications

November 13, 2018

Commercial Building and Development Permit Applications

With the implementation of energy standards on January 1, 2019, we are anticipating an influx of commercial permit applications. In an effort to ensure applications received are complete applications, the following items are required to be included:

Complete Application Items:

  1. Completed permit application form​
  2. Addressing key plan
  3. Detailed site plan 
  4. Drawing package detailing the proposed scope of work

 What you can expect from us

  1. Submitting complete applications helps us help you obtain your permit in a timely manner. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 How you can help us

  1. View the building and development application forms, the permit applications checklists as well as the drawing requirements handout found on the Forms and Brochures page for information and details that need to be shown in the application package.

For more information, or to comment, please contact Commercial Permits at  306-975-7639 or email: commercial.permits@saskatoon.ca  

November 2018 - Plumbing Permit Fee Changes

November 9, 2018

Fee changes are anticipated for plumbing permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2019.

 What you can expect from us

  • Fee changes (as seen in the table below) will be presented to City Council for consideration at the end of November. If changes are approved, plumbing permit fees are set to increase on January 1, 2019.

  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cost per fixture $17.00 $17.80 $18.60 $19.50 $19.89
Minimum permit fee $75.00 $83.00 $91.00 $100.00 $102.00

October 2018 - Commitment Letter for Life Safety Systems 

October 16, 2018

Commitment Letter for Life Safety Systems

The engineered life safety system commitment letter has been updated to include integrated life safety systems, as per National Building Code (NBC) Article 3.2.9.1.

Field review of integrated life safety systems shall include testing of fire protection and life safety systems as a whole in accordance with CAN/ULC-S1001. 

 What can customers expect?

The requirement for field review of integrated life safety systems will apply to building permit applications received on or after January 1, 2019.

 How you can help us

Visit the Building Standards Forms and Brochures to obtain an updated copy of the form. The new form will be available soon.

October 2018 - Occupancy Permit Program Changes

October 16, 2018

Changes to Interim Occupancy Program

On January 1, 2019, Building Standards is implementing a mandatory Interim Occupancy Permit Program for high risk buildings intended for occupancy prior to construction completion. 

 What can customers expect?

  • The mandatory Interim Occupancy Permit Program will apply to permits submitted on or after January 1, 2019.
  • The program will apply to high risk buildings which are defined as buildings equipped with a fire alarm system, but does not include ground orientated dwelling units (including alternative family care homes).
  • Building Standards will notify customers if they are required to apply for mandatory interim occupancy for their building and/or proposed construction project.
  • Interim Occupancy Permit approval is not required if the building is not intended for occupancy during construction, or if the building permit is closed prior to occupancy.
  • Turnaround time for an Interim Occupancy Permit application is 10 business days, provided all requirements have been met and there are no objections to occupancy.
  • Starting January 1, 2019, the Interim Occupancy Permit application fee is $800.

August 2018 - Building Permit Fee Changes Update & Energy Efficiency Implementation Coming January 1, 2019

August 31, 2018

Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency and the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings

On January 1, 2019, the City of Saskatoon will be implementing and enforcing  the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) as well as enforcing Section 9.36 of the National Building Code. This implementation will apply to building and development permit applications made on or after January 1st, 2019.

 What can customers expect?

The City of Saskatoon Building Standards Division will be releasing information regarding the new energy implementation program over the next few months.

 How you can help us

Visit the Building Standards Forms and Brochures page regularly as further details will be provided in the upcoming months.

For more information please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

August 2018 - Building Permit Fee Changes

August 15, 2018

Building and Development Fee Changes Update

Fee changes are anticipated for building and development permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2019.

Leading practice suggests municipalities undertake a comprehensive review of their fees every 3-5 years to ensure existing fees continue to align with underlying goals and objectives, and reflect existing work processes and resource allocations. To this end, BMA Management Consulting Inc. was engaged by the City to undertake a review of program fees.

The review included an evaluation of residential and commercial building permit fees, and an assessment of plan review work completed by other civic divisions.

Key observations and findings of the review were:

  • Saskatoon’s building permit fees are among the lowest of peer municipalities surveyed, reflecting lower cost of service.
  • No change in the commercial building permit fee is recommended at this time. The existing fee in Saskatoon continues to be among the lowest in the municipalities surveyed. While no change to the fee is recommended in the report, last year the City was not meeting the commercial permit service level. An operational review is underway to evaluate opportunities to better manage turnaround times.
  • To move to a full cost recovery program, an increase in residential building permit fees is recommended. Residential permit fees would continue to be among the lowest in the peer municipalities surveyed.
  • Building Standards residential permit fee increases will be phased in over a 3-year period, from 2019 to 2021, with a 2% increase every year thereafter to index fees with inflation. The net impact of the recommended changes is forecast to recover the full cost of service.
  • The permit fee for a typical residential permit will increase $484.
  • Proposed new fee for the Saskatoon Water and Construction and Design Divisions to recover the cost associated with plan review is $420 and $620, respectively.

 What you can expect from us

The findings of the review will be presented to the Planning, Development and Community Services Committee on September 4th for information, with the intent for Council to consider the report and its recommendations as part of the 2019 Business Plan and Budget deliberations later this year.

For more information, or to comment, please contact Customer Service at  306-975-2645 or email: building.standards@saskatoon.ca  

May 2018 - Contractor's Handbook Released

May 1, 2018

Building Standards Division Contractor's Handbook

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. 

 What can customers expect?

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 or email:  building.standards@saskatoon.ca 

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 please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

 

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 please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

 

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 please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

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 please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

 

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. 

For more information please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

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 please use the Contact Us section found on this page.

visit the new Building Bylaw Page.