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New building: commercial, industrial, institutional or multi-family residential

Your building permit application to build or renovate a commercial, industrial, institutional or multi-family residential building may be circulated to a variety of departments for review by City staff depending on the complexity of the application.

The minimum review time of a commercial building permit application is four to six weeks from the date a complete application is submitted. Review times will increase depending on the project type and required circulation, and during the construction season. You can assist by applying early and by reviewing the building permit checklist prior to submitting your application to ensure all required documents are included. The building permit application must be signed by the legal property owner as well as the applicant.

Permit Process 

 Reviewed on all ApplicationsReview may be required
Stage 1: Development Review

Current Planning reviews for compliance with the Zoning Bylaw.

(Comments sent from Development Control Officer)

Development Engineering reviews applications that include:

  • New buildings
  • Additions
  • Changes to services
  • Changes in use

to ensure compliance with various transportation, water (potable, storm, and waste), environmental and geotechnical technical standards.

(Comments sent from

Stage 2: Building Standards Review

Building Standards reviews for compliance with:

  • National Building Code
  • Building Bylaw
  • UBAS Act/Regulations
  • Mechanical & Plumbing Standards.

(Comments sent from three separate reviewers:

  • Building Safety
  • Structural and Accessibility
  • Mechanical/Plumbing)

The Fire Department reviews applications that include:

  • New sprinkler systems
  • New fire alarm systems
  • High hazard industrial classifications
  • Distilleries

to ensure compliance with National Fire Code and NFPA standards.

Information on building permit requirements for fire alarm systems

(Comments combined with Building Safety comments)
Stage 3: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Review (if required)  

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health reviews applications that include:

  • Food establishments
  • Schools, institutions, day care centers, care facilities
  • Liquor outlets, bars, brew pubs
  • Water bottling or distribution
  • Public showers

to ensure compliance with health regulations.

(Comments sent from Saskatchewan Ministry of Health)
Stage 4: Application Approval
  • Customer is notified of application approval
  • Fee is collected and permit signed
  • Building Permit is issued
  • Work may commence with inspections to follow

Contact SaskPower if you require a permit or inspection for electrical work or for gas work such as new connections and lines or changes to existing connections and lines.


Submit your application between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays (holidays excepted) by visiting:

Development Services, 9th Floor, City Hall, 2476 Victoria Avenue.

Photo ID is required in order to receive a visitor's pass to endter the City Hall tower. 


Questions? Call 306-777-7000