The submission package below is for solar panel applications where there is no additional scope. When solar panels are part of a residential project with more scope, please see the Addition, Single-family & Semi-Detached Dwelling or Renovation/Alteration pages.
- Complete the Solar Panel Permit Application Package and ensure your application contains all required information and documents. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The project package may be updated at any time, be sure to check back to this web page for the most current project package.
- The application must be signed by the legal owner of the property as well as the applicant.
- If applicable, contact Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK) for inspections and permits for gas or electrical work.
- Submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The City will review your application to ensure it meets all building, heritage regulations and/or bylaws.
Once your application is approved, you will receive an email inviting you to pick up your permit and advising you of the permit fee. Your permit is not issued until you have paid the fee and picked it up.
|$8 per $1000 of the value of the work (minimum permit fee of $100) - Residential Permit Fee Calculation Form|
Permit fees for the installation of solar panels are calculated based on construction value for the structural upgrades.
|10 business days (approval notice or correction letter)|
|Building (if applicable)|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a building permit required for to install solar panels?
Yes, a building permit is required to install solar panels on roof or wall structures.
Why do I need a building permit?
Residential and commercial roofs are typically built to withstand the National Building Code of Canada’s required minimum live and dead loads for snow, rain and wind in their climatic zones. The weight of solar panels, even if mounted flush with the roof, imposes additional loading on the roof structure. Thus, roofs may need to be upgraded to support the additional weight of solar panels. Residential and commercial walls are typically built to withstand the standard loading such as wind pressure, sheathing, cladding and interior finishes. Thus, if solar panels are mounted on walls, walls may need to be upgraded to support the additional weight of panels.
Why do I need a professional design for the supporting structure?
Roof structures are designed typically to support snow, rain and wind loads. The additional weight of solar panels will require a design professional to evaluate the new loads imposed on the existing roof structure.
Can my solar panels be installed on the ground in my backyard?
Yes, solar panels can be installed on the ground. Mounting and support of panels will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and applicable CSA certifications. A building and development permit is not required if they are not installed on a building.
What other permits do I require?
Solar panels will require electrical permits which can be obtained from your power utility company. Please contact SaskPower for more information.
For more information or to book an inspection, call 306-777-7551 or submit a request online.
Construction cannot begin until the permit is issued. If work starts prior to issuing of a building permit, you will be subject to a surcharge.