There could be a few smaller tweaks to Saskatoon's skyline in future years with the new provincial building code and fire code bylaws in effect as of January 1st.
One of the changes allows for construction of six storey buildings using traditional combustible materials, in other words wood products, instead of the previous four storey limit . The national building codes have added additional protection measures to address risk of injury from fire and structural collapse. Director of Building Standards with the City of Saskatoon, Kara Fagnou, says the City's new building bylaw also came into effect on Monday. That's how the City administers the building codes as well as administering building permits and permit conditions. The new bylaw includes a defined expiry date for permits at 2 years, which was always the case before but now that it's in writing, Fagnou explains, it can be better enforced.