Why Do We Need Building Inspections?
The Building Standards inspection process is different from the home inspection you may have completed when purchasing or selling a property. Building permit inspections are a means of administering minimum building code requirements in accordance with the City of Saskatoon Building Bylaw, the National Building Code and the Uniform Buildings and Accessibility Standards Act. Problems or questions that arise during inspections can often be remedied on-site with the building inspector.
Have you received an inspection card from a Building Inspector?
Upon completion of the building inspection, your Building Inspector will leave an inspection card on site to communicate preliminary inspection results.
- Yellow Card - the work site requires an inspection
- Red Card - an inspection was conducted and there are major deficiencies
- Blue Card - unable to inspect for work, call for another inspection
- Green Card - ok to proceed with construction but minor deficiencies may be listed
All inspection cards are followed up by inspection reports.
Inspection reports are issued to the permit holder at the close of every inspection. Inspection reports outline the details of the inspection, including any building deficiencies that may be present.
Residential inspection reports are available online through the book and inspection portal.
Building inspections help owners and builders meet the requirements of the National Building Code. Inspections for residential building permits are required at specific stages of construction. Follow-up inspections may be required, depending on the scale of the project.
Building Stages Requiring Inspection
All ground oriented dwellings have mandatory inspection stages. To determine how many stages and what type of inspections your project requires, please see the Mandatory Inspection Brochure. The Mandatory Inspection Brochure outlines six different types of projects which are:
- New and/or additions to one unit dwellings
- New and/or additions to garages and carports
- Alterations to dwelling(s)
- Very minor alterations (non-structural) to dwelling(s) or garages (less than $1000)
- Factory built solid fuel burning appliances and decks
- All other construction
For more details regarding each stage of the mandatory inspections please see the residential inspection stages handout.
If you are building a new house the home inspection handbook will be useful.
How To Book Your Inspection
Owners or owner's agents are responsible for arranging inspections at pre-determined stages of the construction process.
Book your inspection prior to 3:00 p.m. for an inspection the next working day. On the day of the scheduled inspection, a building inspector will arrive on-site anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Commercial building permit inspections are performed for all commercial buildings issued a building permit in the City of Saskatoon. While they do not follow specific stages of construction as the residential building inspections do, commercial building inspections are performed by personnel assigned to the area in which the project is located.
Please note: If you have an approved commercial building permit(s) for ground oriented dwelling units on a multi-unit dwelling site, the mandatory inspection stages listed above, will apply to your project.
On commercial projects, inspectors work with the contractor, owner, and site personnel in order to arrange the inspections so they may be performed at certain stages. There is no set number of inspections that must be performed on commercial projects - the number of inspections performed varies greatly depending on the size of the commercial development in question.
How To Book Your Inspection
Inspections are booked with the building inspector assigned to your project. To book the inspection call 306-975-7924
Make your inspection request prior to 3pm for an inspection the next working day.
Before you request an inspection, you must have a valid, open building permit. You must provide the building permit number and project address when calling for an inspection.
Construction sites can range from a large multi-storey buildings to small single-family residences and may include additions, renovations, repairs and demolitions of existing buildings. The degree to which site security should apply to each site should be determined in advance, as part of the overall construction plan for the project, taking into consideration such issues as the size of the project and conditions on the site.
Site Security at the Application Stage
When plans are submitted to Building Standards for review, the applicant must be aware that plans may be requested showing their intentions for site security for their project. These must show all required fencing around the site, supervision requirements for the site (if applicable), and other pertinent information. The requirements of Part 8 of the National Building Code of Canada are the guidelines used within the City of Saskatoon for determination of site security requirements.
Common sense must be exercised at all construction and demolition sites. Safety shall be the highest priority for everyone on site (workers, public/pedestrians and users of the facility). Hazards may be assessed at the plan review stage based on the location of the project, whether the project involves interior or exterior work, and what types of facilities are involved in the project. Where construction, alteration or repair may constitute a hazard to the public, work shall not commence until protection to the public is provided. Note: this applies to all construction and demolition projects.
Discretionary hazards will be assessed to any construction or demolition site, especially those involving excavations and construction projects within established residential neighbourhoods.
It must be understood that these situations will not be the "rule" for when site security is required. Any construction or demolition site may have site security requirements, and applicants are urged to contact Building Standards for more information if the level of site security required is in question.
To file a complaint regarding work without a permit or if you are within a space where you notice an unsafe building condition please call the Safety and Property Maintenance Line at 306-975-2828.