UPDATE: May 22, 2020
Residential, Commercial and Plumbing Field Inspections Resume with Restrictions
Over the last number of weeks, City of Saskatoon Building Standards has developed a proactive strategy to provide a safe and supportive return-to-work plan for field inspections, following all guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Office and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Re-open Saskatchewan plan. As a result, starting the week of May 25th some field inspections will resume:
- On-site residential building permit inspections and plumbing permit inspections will resume on Monday May 25th for unoccupied construction;
- On-site commercial building permit inspections will resume on Tuesday May 26th for unoccupied construction;
- Remote video inspections will continue to for residential living units that are occupied;
- Inspectors will call the customer in advance of the inspection to ensure the unoccupied construction is vacant and ready for inspection. For video inspection, established practises will continue; and,.
- Plumbing inspectors will continue to contact the customer to arrange inspection times. This is an important change that has seen great benefits for both the inspectors and the customers.
The City of Saskatoon has outlined roles and responsibilities for both employees and residents while employees are visiting public property during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full details can be found under Frequently Asked Questions, Is City service work continuing at private properties during the COVID-19 pandemic?
In addition, the following service changes remain in effect:
- Residential Permit Applications are limited to online submission. Submit a Residential Permit.
- Commercial Permit Applications are accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your plan is more than 25MB, it may be too large to submit via email. In this case, please separate your application documents/plans into more than one email. Include the construction address and how many emails you will be submitting in the subject line. Example: 123 Main Street, Email 1 of 2
- PID Applications accepted via email@example.com
- Plumbing Permit Applications accepted via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Payments will be accepted via telephone at 306.975.2645
For more information or to book your inspection please visit saskatoon.ca/services-residents/building-renovations-permits/inspections.
Questions? Reach out to our permit file support team by calling 306.975.2645, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit saskatoon.ca/covid-19 for the latest information.
Book Your Building Inspection Online
Did you know? You can now book your inspection and view your inspection reports online. All you need is your building permit number, BPA number, and job search key - found at the top right hand corner of your building permit. Inspections can be booked or canceled online at anytime. Inspections booked before 3:00 pm (Monday to Friday) qualify for next day inspection.
Looking for more information on what a final residential building inspection entails? Roger Bradley, Building Standards Manager for Inspections, walks you through the process in this video:
Final Residential Building Inspection
Why are Building Inspections Important?
The Building Standards inspection process is different from the home inspection you may have completed when purchasing or selling a property. Building permit inspections are a means of administering minimum building code requirements in accordance with the City of Saskatoon Building Bylaw, the National Building Code and the Uniform Buildings and Accessibility Standards Act. Problems or questions that arise during inspections can often be remedied on-site with the building inspector.
A Building Inspector will leave an inspection card on site to communicate preliminary inspection results. All inspection cards are followed up by inspection reports.
- Yellow Card - the work site requires an inspection
- Red Card - an inspection was conducted and there are major deficiencies
- Blue Card - unable to inspect for work, call for another inspection
- Green Card - ok to proceed with construction, minor deficiencies may be listed
Inspection reports are issued to the permit holder at the close of every inspection. Inspection reports outline the details of the inspection, including any building deficiencies that may be present.
Building inspections help owners and builders meet the requirements of the National Building Code. Inspections for residential building permits are required at specific stages of construction. Follow-up inspections may be required, depending on the scale of the project.
Building Stages Requiring Inspection
All ground oriented dwellings have mandatory inspection stages. To determine how many stages and what type of inspections your project requires, please see the Mandatory Inspection Brochure. The Mandatory Inspection Brochure outlines six different types of projects which are:
- New and/or additions to one unit dwellings
- New and/or additions to garages and carports
- Alterations to dwelling(s)
- Very minor alterations (non-structural) to dwelling(s) or garages (less than $1000)
- Factory built solid fuel burning appliances and decks
- All other construction
For more details regarding each stage of the mandatory inspections please see the residential inspection stages handout.
If you are building a new house the home inspection handbook will be useful.
How To Book Your Inspection
Owners or owner's agents are responsible for arranging inspections at pre-determined stages of the construction process.
Book your inspection prior to 3:00 p.m. for an inspection the next working day. On the day of the scheduled inspection, a building inspector will arrive on-site anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
If you have an approved commercial building permit(s) for ground oriented dwelling units on a multi-unit dwelling site, the mandatory inspection stages listed above, will apply to your project.
For all other commercial projects, Building Inspectors work with the contractor, owner, and/or site personnel to arrange cyclical inspections.
How To Book Your Inspection
- Inspections are booked with the building inspector assigned to your project. To book the inspection call 306-975-7924
- Make your inspection request prior to 3:00 pm for an inspection the next working day.
- Before you request an inspection, you must have a valid, open building permit. You must provide the building permit number and project address when calling for an inspection.
Common sense must be exercised at all construction and demolition sites. Safety shall be the highest priority for everyone on site (workers, public/pedestrians and users of the facility). Hazards may be assessed at the plan review stage based on the location of the project, whether the project involves interior or exterior work, and what types of facilities are involved in the project. Where construction, alteration or repair may constitute a hazard to the public, work shall not commence until protection to the public is provided. Note: this applies to all construction and demolition projects.
Discretionary hazards will be assessed to any construction or demolition site, especially those involving excavations and construction projects within established residential neighborhoods.
It must be understood that these situations will not be the "rule" for when site security is required. Any construction or demolition site may have site security requirements, and applicants are urged to contact Building Standards for more information if the level of site security required is in question.
Refer to Part 8 of the National Building Code for Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites
If you are within a space where you notice an unsafe building condition please call the Safety and Property Maintenance line at 306-975-2828.