Is A Building Permit Required?
“Building” as defined in the legislation “means a structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy, and includes an addition built to an existing structure and where applicable the land adjoining the structure.”
Building permits are required for:
- New building construction
- Garages and Carports
- Mobile homes
- Renovation, alteration or addition to an existing building
- Relocation of an existing building
- Basement development in a dwelling unit
- Change of use of a building (example: office building to residence)
- Swimming pools and hot tubs
- Demolition of an existing building
- Temporary buildings
- Retaining walls
Building permits are not usually required for:
- Driveways and parking lots
- Painting, decorating, laying carpet and general maintenance
- Replacement using the same materials and not affecting structural, electrical or mechanical systems (roofing, siding, windows)
- Accessory buildings (garden and tool sheds) not greater than 10 m2 (107 ft2) in area (limit of one per property)
- Swimming pools and hot tubs less than 600 mm (2 feet) in depth
The R.M. of Laird #404 has made changes to their building and development permit fee schedule. This letter is to help you understand the building permit process and fees.
Why do I need a building permit?
- The municipality is responsible for enforcing that construction and renovation within the R.M. is in compliance with minimum structural requirements under The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act and the National Building Code, 2010 and municipal zoning. This is required by legislation.
- Safety, structural stability, fire safety and health for you and your family.
- Your insurance company may deny a claim in the event that you have not constructed to building code.
- A new purchaser of your property will require that they purchase a house built to code.
When do I need a permit?
- Any new construction (including farm buildings), alterations, addition or renovation of a building on your parcel is to be reported to the municipal office. Renovations including but not limited to: finishing your basement, kitchen & bathroom renos and building a deck.
- Moving a new building or demolishing a building.
What do I need for a building permit application?
- The permit application forms are to be signed, dated and all information provided and completed.
- A detailed site drawing of your parcel with distances between all buildings, distances and locations of utilities, the location of septic disposal, location of road access, distances to property lines.
- Professional building plans for new construction and the correct forms completed in detail for all other construction.
- Contact is required to be made with the Saskatoon Health Region to ascertain whether a septic permit is required.
What happens if I start without the correct permit?
- In the event that you begin construction, renovation or demolition prior to receiving your approved permit, you will be charged double the building permit fee and a $50 administration fee. Please make sure that you contact the office to find out if you require a permit to avoid frustration and disappointment.
Does the permit expire?
- Yes, one year after the permit is issued it expires.
What happens if I am unable to finish my building project before the permit expires?
- The building permit extension application form needs to be completed. This application will be reviewed by the municipal council the month prior to your building permit expiring. The municipal council will decide if your permit will be extended, for how long, and any other applicable conditions. It is your responsibility to apply for the extension.
Are my property taxes less if my permit is not closed?
- No. Your property taxes are based on an assessment of your dwelling and the completion of your building project will be reported to the municipal assessor each year.
What will my permit cost?
- If your construction or renovation is permitted within the Zoning Bylaw (2008), the development permit cost is $50, a refundable permit closure fee of $1000, and the building permit will be determined by Wagner Inspections to cover the cost of the plan review and inspections.
- If you are unable to complete your building project before the permit expires, your building permit extension application fee will be $100.
What happens if my construction plan is not a permitted use in the Zoning Bylaw (2008)?
- If your construction/renovation plan is not a permitted use within the Zoning Bylaw (2008), you can apply to the municipal council for a Zoning Bylaw amendment. The cost for this application is $100 if it does not require professional planner consultation and $500 if a professional planner is to be consulted.
Who do I contact at the R.M. office?
- Your first contact is always the municipal office.
- The municipal Development Officer and will help answer your questions in regard to your building project. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-945-2133.
How long does it take to receive my permit?
- If all information is provided with the application, the permit will be issued within 2 weeks upon receipt of payment.
What is a Development Officer?
- A development officer is responsible for reviewing and issuing building and development permit applications. She is responsible for the compliance of development and building permit applications with the R.M. of Laird #404 Zoning Bylaw, Inter-Municipal Plan, and The Planning and Development Act, 2007.
What is a Building Official?
- A Building Official is responsible for reviewing building permit applications, site drawings, building plans, and completing a building plan review. He is responsible for the compliance of the applicant with the National Building Code of Canada, 2010, and The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act and Regulations with building inspections. He works with the building permit applicants and their contractors to make sure that buildings are built to code and are safe for occupancy.
Who is the Building Official?
- The R.M. of Laird contracts Dale Wagner of Wagner Inspection Services to review building plans, create a plan review, perform building inspections and complete reports and to work with the municipality if stop work orders are required.
What is a development permit?
- Each building permit that is issued requires a development permit as per The Planning and Development Act, 2007. The R.M. of Laird #404 issues development permits for all building construction and for any changes to the land use.
What are some examples of where a development permit would be required?
- All new construction. Farm, residential, and commercial buildings.
- Subdivision of land. Single parcel subdivision and multi-parcel residential developments.
- Intensive Livestock Operations & Aggregate Operations
- Starting a business: home-based, commercial or industrial.
- A change of occupancy such as a house being converted into an office or restaurant.
What does a development permit cost?
- The development permit fees have been amended to recover the costs that the municipality incurs for administration. Professional planning consultation, municipal office administration, public hearings, and advertising costs.
- The permit fee is based on the above costs and range from $50 to $5000.
- The R.M. of Laird #404 wishes to thank you for your cooperation during your building projects.
A secondary residence for a single family can be applied for if the family members require support and are unable to live independently. The dwelling is restricted in size and must be temporary. The development and building permit applications must be completed and an outline as to the benefits to the family for this dwelling included.
When Applying For a Permit
Fill all parts of the permit application including the date and signature Remember that it is a legal document and you may be delaying your construction.
Provide the name of the general contractor with contact information.
Provide your email address if you have one for faster approval and access of plan review.
Provide accurate value of construction as it could affect insurance claims and has no bearing on permit fees in the case of residences, garages, decks or basement development.
Submit 2 sets of drawings with your application and ensure that you build according to the drawings. You could face a stop work order and suffer delays and added costs for having to hire a Professional Engineer if you deviate from original plans. (Example: When the drawing calls for a concrete foundation and you build a wood foundation or change from a wood beam to a steel one.)
Plans need to be provided by a draftsman, engineer or architect for all construction except where forms are provided for garages, decks or basement development from the municipal office. Permits will not be approved in any other manner. Hand drawn plans will not be accepted.
When constructing a Preserved wood foundation you must have the standard or build according to an engineered design. You must contact the company designing the joists to let them know it is a wood foundation as the design is different for the joists. Failure to do this will cause you to wait for new joists.
Submit the mechanical ventilation form if it was provided to you from the municipality. (This can be provided after approval of permit once you have decided on a mechanical contractor.)
Submit the shop and layout drawings for all engineered joists, truss and beams. These can be provided after permit approval but before framing inspection.
Submit a site plan and follow it. Remember that distance to property lines and other buildings are addressed in the National Building Code and may be different than what is allowed in a zoning bylaw. Ask your building official for clarification.
Submit information well enough ahead of time to avoid disappointment because of delays for permit approval. (Do not expect to start next day.)
Ensure that you read the plan review as there may be useful information and changes from original drawings.
Ensure that you follow the inspection schedule to avoid a stop work order or removal of material already constructed. Book your inspection well enough in advance as per schedule requirements. Remember it is your responsibility to book inspections.
Construction shall start within 6 months of permit approval and shall not be stalled for more than 6 months. Construction shall be completed in 12 months. Unless approved by municipal council if any of these things happen you will need to pay for a new permit or it may be added to your taxes.