If you want to take on a construction or renovation project in most municipalities it is required to have a permit. Regina is no exception. A permit is required if you are planning to construct, demolish, build an addition or renovate buildings on your property. The purpose of a permit is to allow your municipality to review your plans to ensure they comply with all current building codes, bylaws and other applicable regulations. A permit can be applied for either by you, your contractor or your builder. However, as the building’s owner, you are responsible for complying with all building requirements.
The City of Regina has recently completed its first major review, in the last 20 years, of its planning and building fees and have recently announced changes to its fee structure effective April 1st, 2011. There will be a consultation meeting held this week at City Hall for stakeholders to discuss the new changes. Following that, most likely, the City will post their revised fee schedule.
Depending on the project you are considering some of these permits and fees can be rather expensive, and need to be budgeted for. To find out what bylaws and regulations are relevant to you, check with your local municipality. In the City of Regina you can visit their website (www.regina.ca) and view the most current information for Building & Demolition.