Commercial Building Projects- PBI requirements

Building Permit

Difference Between a Development Permit and a Building Permit

  • Development permit approval DOES NOT mean building permit approval.  
  • Development permits are approved by municipal Council, as per their zoning bylaws.  
  • Building permits are approved after a plan review has been completed by a Building Official to ensure designs meet National Building Code requirements.  
  • Plan review cannot be completed if all required information is not submitted to PBI for review.  
  • Applicant MUST NOT commence construction until a valid building permit is issued by the municipal office. 
  • Provide and thoroughly complete the documents relevant to your building project, as noted on the Commercial - Plan Review Checklist, to prevent delays in building permit issuance.
  • Contact PBI at (306) 536-1799 or office@pro-inspections.ca if you have any questions.

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Commercial - Plan Review Checklist

Attached checklist gives a general overview of what is commonly required for a plan review for commercial building projects.

This form is to be used as a worksheet and does not need to be submitted to PBI.


Important: Ask the municipal office if they require a geotechnical report, as per their zoning bylaws.  

If so, ensure that the Structural Engineer designing the foundation receives a copy of that report and references it in the foundation designs.


Designs requiring a professional seal must bear a current date and be stamped by a designer licensed to practice in Saskatchewan.

If required designs are not sealed, a plan review cannot be completed.


Please email required designs and documents in PDF format.

For larger projects, please provide one roll of paper plans at least 24" x 36" and a PDF copy of the designs.

Large PDF files should be submitted as separate attachments for Architectural, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical.

Building Code Analysis Form

Attached form is to be completed by a competent person* for Part 9 projects or a professional designer for Part 3 projects

and be submitted to PBI with the plan review documents.


* Competent person is defined as an individual or firm who is knowledgeable and experienced in the application of NBC Part 9

for the design of buildings and building systems. 

E-Mail Consent Form

Owner must complete and sign the E-mail Consent Form and submit with the plan review documents

Owner(s) should always include their e-mail address since they are ultimately responsible for compliance.

Form is PDF-fillable but must be signed.  Print legibly, if handwritten.

SITE PLAN

Detailed Site Plan is vital information for a plan review. There will be delays if you do not provide the following:

  • Show the size and correct placement of the proposed building on the lot.
  • Show distance to the property line on all sides of the proposed building project.
  • Indicate what borders each property line (i.e. neighbour, street, lane, park, easement, etc.)
  • Note the size and location of all windows and doors on each side of the proposed building.
  • Indicate the distance to other buildings on the same property and note the size (length, width, height & number of storeys) , construction type (combustible or non-combustible) and current use of each existing building.

PBI Specification Sheets

Download the PBI Specification sheet for the applicable building project.


Renovations must be described in detail to determine if energy code compliance will apply.

Commercial - Permit Information form

Applicant can complete the bottom half of the attached form and email it to the municipal office with the documents required for a plan review.

DO NOT send this form directly to PBI.  The top portion must be completed by a municipal official.

Energy Code Compliance Forms

Effective January 1, 2019

All new heated buildings, additions and major renovations in Saskatchewan must be built energy efficient.


Designs for the building project must show compliance with the National Energy Codes.  Required form(s) and accompanying calculations must be submitted for the plan review. Failure to provide this information (completed by a competent person) will result in a delay in building permit issuance.

Energy Code Forms

Click on the button below  for full details about compliance options and links to the required forms.

LINK to Forms