Does your next project require a building permit? Common projects are outlined below to help you determine if a building permit is required for your next project.
Common projects where a building permit is required:
- New building or structure on your property. For residential projects, this often includes construction of a house, garden and garage suite, mobile home, garage, decks or other accessory building greater than 10 square meters (107 square feet) in floor area
- Swimming pools (including above-ground pools and hot tubs)
- Basement developments, secondary suites or installation of fireplaces in your home
- Demolition, repair, alteration or addition to an existing building or structure, including: home and accessory building additions, solar panel installation, repair after fire or water damage, and structural repairs
- Change in occupancy or use of the building
- Moving an existing building or structure
- Installation or replacement of any fire alarm system
- Alterations or repairs to heritage buildings
- Installing bay, bow, or box windows in new or existing openings
- Construction increasing the roof top loading
Common projects where a building permit is not required if the entire scope of the project consists only of:
- Fences, landscape stairs or retaining walls not attached to a building
- Driveways and sidewalks for curb and ditch crossings (A Curb, Sidewalk and Ditch Crossing Permit is required for changes to public property)
- Cosmetic repairs such as painting, patching drywall, laying carpet and other similar minor repairs of interior or exterior finishes
- Replacing kitchen cabinets provided the clearances of the National Building Code are met
- A play structure
- An accessory building less than 10 square metres in area. The accessory building must conform to zoning regulations
- Replacement/repair of roofing of exactly the same roofing material (above decking) as per most recent approved building plans, where available
- Replacing/repairing a portion of existing siding with exact same material, but not a full wall
- Replacing doors and windows in existing openings, as long as the outside dimension of the window or door does not change, the opening area is not changing and the level of life/fire safety is not changing, such as the fire protection rating or egress hardware
Need a permit? Apply online at saskatoon.ca/ePermitting
ePermitting allows you to track all permit and inspection activity from initial application to completion, renewal or expiration.
Visit saskatoon.ca/ePermitting to register your account or to sign-in to the online portal.
Our permit support team is available to answer any questions you may have and are happy to help you though the permit process. Contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 306-975-2645.