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National Energy Code for Buildings

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2017 (NECB 2017) comes into force on January 1, 2019 in the province of Saskatchewan.

  • 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

A design professional (engineer or architect licensed to practice in Saskatchewan) will be required to complete the design or design review, along with inspections*, for conformance to NECB.

The forms and brochures regarding NECB 2017 are provided below:

The Saskatchewan Building Standards and Licensing Branch has developed an advisory regarding the energy codes. To view the advisory, please visit their website.

NECB Thermal Bridging Calculations

Article of NECB 2017 requires that thermal bridging be considered for nearly all components in assemblies, except for fasteners and mechanical penetrations. Therefore, there can be some difficulty with achieving the required overall thermal transmittance of assemblies. The City of Regina has become aware of resources available from BC Hydro to assist in evaluating thermal bridging of a wide variety of assemblies.  BC Hydro has done this work with Morrison-Hershfield to develop the guide, calculator, and an appendices of assemblies, which have been 3D modeled to account for the effects of thermal bridging. Designers may find this to be a valuable resource. If the calculator in the Excel document is utilized in your design, please submit that information with your building permit application.

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 Branch 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.

Application Requirements

Development Services is enhancing submission requirements for commercial building permits applications, including industrial, institutional and multi-family residential (ICI & M). The Commercial Checklist, Zoning Bylaw Analysis Form, and Building Code Analysis form must be submitted with Building Permit Applications for all new and addition commercial projects as of May 1, 2018.  At this time, a checklist is not available for commercial projects involving only alterations or tenant improvements. However, it is recommended that the Building Code Analysis Form be used for these projects as well.

This change will improve processing times, increase communication to you on submission requirements and improve the overall customer experience by helping to reduce the number of incomplete submissions and required revisions. 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 increase depending on project type, required circulation and construction season. Apply early and review the information package and supporting documents prior to submission.

Your application may be circulated to a variety of departments for review, depending on the complexity of the application. 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, Main Floor, City Hall, 2476 Victoria Avenue.

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

Questions? Call 306-777-7000