Home Renovation, Addition or New Construction
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:
- Site plan, showing lot and building dimensions, City tree locations, curb crossings, and distances to property lines.
- Floor plans, showing all room dimensions, wall types, and window and door sizes.
- Structural Drawings, showing foundation plan (type, size, and dimensions), grade level, floor heights, and stair sections.
- Building Elevations, showing exterior finishes (all views), finished grade level, windows, doors, chimneys, stairs, etc.
- Building Cross Sections, showing building and wall sections (all construction materials), grade level, floor heights, and stair sections.
- 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:
- All buildings constructed before 1990 require an Asbestos Removal Notification Form. This form indicates if any asbestos will be disturbed or removed during the work.
- A Basement Development Letter of Use is required to certify that the development area will not be used as a separate dwelling unit/suite. Forms are available for a One Unit Dwelling and for a Two Unit Dwelling.
- An Encroachment Agreement Application Form must be completed if your development encroaches onto public space.
- Mandatory framing, vapour barrier and final inspections are required for basement developments to ensure development compliance. A property owner can request that the vapour barrier not be inspected by completing an Exclusion of Basement Perimeter Walls form. Completing this form means you will accept full responsibility for any damage to the property or individuals which may result from not having the vapour barrier inspected.
- Request for use of Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS).
- Request Form for Spray Foam Insulation.
- Request form for Thermal Barrier Spray Application.
Ventilation Verification Forms - Forms to be submitted before the final inspection for building permits.
- Ventilation Verification A – For systems using an HRV interconnected to a furnace.
- Ventilation Verification B – For systems using a HRV not interconnected to a forced air heating system.
- Ventilation Verification C – For systems using interconnected supply and exhaust fans for ventilation.
- Ventilation Verification D – For exhaust fan only ventilation systems.
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.
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.