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Building Standards Branch Announcements

National Energy Code for Buildings

Several NECB documents and forms were updated in March 2019. Please ensure you are using the most recent forms. Additional information was also added to the drawing requirements regarding thermal bridging calculations. See the New Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family page for more information.

Real Property Report Requirements

Effective October 1, 2018, the Building Standards Branch will enforce Subsection 2.8.1 (2) the City of Regina Building Bylaw 2003-7 all Real Property Reports to be submitted at completion of the foundation of a new home. The enforcement of this requirement mitigates risks for the builder associated with structures deviating from the approved setbacks which can have significant effects on the spatial separation requirements set out by the National Building Code.  As an example, If such deviation is caught at foundation stage, the builder will have time to make adjustments to meet fire resistance rating in the event the foundation is encroaching on the required 1.2m setback.

Rear Lot Elevation Requirements

Effective October 1, 2018, the Building Standards Branch will enforce Subsection 2.8.1 (3) of the City of Regina Building Bylaw 2003-7 in regards to Real Lot Elevations Certificates on all new Single Family Dwellings and Semi-detached homes including infills.

Rear Lot Elevation Certificate must be received by the inspector at least 24 hours prior to desired occupancy.  It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all grades meet the designed grades or within the tolerance acceptable by the City. Should grades not meet the requirements as set out in Subsection 2.8.1 (3), grades will be required to be fixed and re-submitted prior to final occupancy being permitted. Some circumstances may permit the granting of temporary occupancy, as referenced in Subsection 2.8.1 (3) (b).

Energy Codes for Buildings

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2017 (NECB 2017) and Section 9.36 of the National Building Code 2015 come into force on January 1, 2019 in the province of Saskatchewan. Please note:

  • Section 9.36 of the NBC 2015 applies to:
    • Part 9 buildings of Group C occupancy
    • Part 9 buildings of Group C, D, E, or F3 occupancies where the combined floor area of non-residential occupancies does not exceed 300 m2
    • Note: Section 9.36 does NOT apply to all Part 9 buildings. Therefore Part 9 buildings that do not fall within the scope of Section 9.36 are required to adhere to the NECB
    • Section 9.36 will be applied to new buildings and additions. Consideration will continue to be made regarding the application to alterations and renovations
  • NECB 2017 applies to:
    • Part 3 buildings
    • Part 9 buildings that are beyond the scope of Section 9.36
    • Any building to which Section 9.36 applies, but the owner/applicant chooses to conform to the NECB
    • The NECB specifically applies to new buildings and additions

The energy codes provide various compliance pathways including:

  • Prescriptive
  • Prescriptive with Trade-Off
  • Performance (Energy Modeling)

Designer Qualification:

  • Section 9.36: A competent person is required to ensure conformance with Section 9.36. A competent person is someone who is familiar and fluent with Section 9.36 and acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction
  • NECB: A design professional (an engineer or architect licenced to practice in Saskatchewan) will be required to complete the design, review and inspections for conformance to NECB

The impacts of the energy codes will be significant and industry is advised to prepare as early as possible. Please reference our Energy Efficiency Compliance Form (Section 9.36) for buildings within the scope of 9.36. Please reference our NECB documents featured on the New Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Multi-Family page.

A flow chart of Energy Efficiency Compliance Options has been created to assist applicants in determining whether Section 9.36 or the NECB applies to their projects.

Additional Submission Information:

For projects where phased permit(s) for the building have been submitted prior to January 1, 2019, the future applications for that building will not be required to meet energy requirements.

The Building Standards Brach reserves the right to reject applications that are submitted prior to January 1, 2019 and are found to be incomplete as it will be presumed to be an effort to avoid the energy requirements of Section 9.36 and the NECB.

Residential Review Process for Trusses and Other Designs

(also applies to Townhouses)

The review and inspection process for products beyond the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code has changed to help ensure the construction of safe, healthy and habitable buildings. Products or components outside the scope of Part 9 must be designed and sealed by a professional engineer or architect.

The process was implemented June 1, 2018. Check out the new information package

Residential Building Inspections

After the building permit is issued, residents and contractors are now required to schedule their residential building inspections. Construction may not proceed until the previous inspection

has been passed. Next day inspections can be arranged by calling 306-777-7000 before 3 p.m.

Visit Residential Building Inspections for more details.


2018/19 Monthly Building Permit Reports