A building permit is used to collect information from anyone undertaking a project large or small to ensure that buildings provide both the people living within and those living adjacent to the building with a minimum level of safety and security. A building permit allows a licensed building official to review and verify that the aspects of construction meet the minimum requirements of the National Building Code of Canada.
A building permit is required whenever you are planning on building, renovating, moving or demolishing a building or planning a change of use or an addition to a new or existing building.
It is important to note that in Saskatchewan, the owner of a property is responsible for ensuring that every building on their property meets the standards imposed by the National Building Code of Canada and local building codes.
2015 Building Code
As of January 1, 2018 the province of Saskatchewan adopted the 2015 edition of the National Building Code. Please note that it was originally announced that these changes would be in effect July 1, 2017. Due to delays, the implementation was moved back. For information regarding changes, please consult with the Planning and Development Services Department.
National Energy Code
As of January 1, 2019, the province of Saskatchewan will be enforcing the National Energy Code for Buildings and section 9.36 of the National Building Code. The new code has changed how buildings are constructed in Prince Albert.
With limited exceptions, all new construction in Prince Albert must comply with the new codes. Given the considerable complexities of the code, a design professional, architect or engineer should prepare the design of the building and building systems to ensure compliance with new energy regulations. Keep in mind that certain construction standards that were accepted before 2019 may no longer apply to new projects.
For those interested in learning more about the requirements and what will need to be submitted as part of the application process, please see the National Energy Code for Buildings Compliance Information.