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Looking to develop your basement? Renovate your existing home? Constructing a new home on your existing property? This project guide is designed to help walk you through the redevelopment process and provide additional resources and support for your project. 

Residential Dwelling Addition, Alteration, or New Construction

How to apply for your permit:

Find your Zoning Designation & Zoning District

Development regulations vary depending on the zoning designation of your property. Search for your property on the Development Portal map, and make note of your Zoning Designation.

Go to the Zoning Bylaw No. 8770 and enter your zoning designation in the search field (ctl+F will pull up the search field) to find your Residential Zoning District.

Navigate to the appropriate Section and Subsection of the bylaw to review all development regulations that apply to your zoning district, such as permitted uses, discretionary uses, development standards, and landscaping requirements. Use these requirements to plan your project.

Preparing your Construction Drawings and Supporting Documents

One complete set of construction drawings is required, and will be returned when the permit is issued. All drawings must be drawn to scale with dimensions. A complete set of construction drawings includes:

  1. Site plan, showing lot and building dimensions, City tree locations, curb crossings, and distances to property lines.
  2. Floor plans, showing all room dimensions, wall types, and window and door sizes.
  3. Structural Drawings, showing foundation plan (type, size, and dimensions), grade level, floor heights, and stair sections.
  4. Building Elevations, showing exterior finishes (all views), finished grade level, windows, doors, chimneys, stairs, etc.
  5. Building Cross Sections, showing building and wall sections (all construction materials), grade level, floor heights, and stair sections.
  6. Energy Efficiency Requirements for the New Homes and Additions: building envelope details and energy calculations are required for walls, attics, cantilevers and rim joists, as well as the insulation of foundation walls and basement slabs. If the building was in existence before January 1, 2019 and the addition(s) are 10 square metres (107 square feet) or less, the addition does not need to comply with energy requirements.

Depending on project scope, below is a list of supporting documents required to complete your application package:

Ventilation Verification Forms - Forms to be submitted before the final inspection for building permits.

Apply Online

Applying for your permit online is quick and easy. Refer to our Online Permit Quick Start Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your permit.

Apply Online

Approved Permit Package

Once your permit is approved, paid for and obtained, construction can begin. Building Standards offers next day inspections for all mandatory inspection stages identified within your permit package. Book inspections online at saskatoon.ca/buildinginspectionsrequests.

Things to remember:

  • For larger projects, consider hiring a designer to draft required construction drawings.
  • Call SaskPower at 1-888-757-6937 before you dig to locate utility lines and property easements.
  • If your project could impact a city tree, visit saskatoon.ca/treeprotection for more information and requirements on tree protection.
  • Installing a new driveway or need a disposal bin for your project? Visit saskatoon.ca/trafficpermits
  • A plumbing system cannot be constructed, extended, altered, renewed, or repaired without a plumbing permit. For more information refer to the Plumbing Project Guide. 
  • It is the responsibility of the owner and contractor to ensure all construction is in accordance with the National Building Code, the Building Bylaw No. 9455, Zoning Bylaw No. 8770 and other regulations.