The Ministry of Health is responsible for The Plumbing Regulations, which adopts the National Plumbing Code with Saskatchewan Amendments.
The cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Lloydminster and the Global Transportation Hub Authority as well as the Saskatchewan Health Authority are administering and enforcing The Plumbing Regulations.
The Cities of Regina and Lloydminster as well as the Saskatchewan Health Authority are administering and enforcing The Private Sewage Works Regulations.
The Plumbing Regulations contain provisions for issuing permits, inspection and other matters relating to plumbing installations. Residents should contact the local authority in the geographic area of a proposed plumbing installation to ensure they meet the requirements of the regulations.
Private Sewage Systems
The Private Sewage System Program ensures site-appropriate design and installation of onsite or decentralized sewage systems in Saskatchewan. Under The Private Sewage Works Regulations, public health inspectors issue permits and inspect the installation of new private sewage systems, and investigate complaints related to existing systems.
It should be noted that The Shoreland Pollution Control Regulations apply to sewage disposal systems in shoreland development areas. Please review these regulations before constructing a private sewage system near a water body.
Province Wide Approvals
In Saskatchewan, the ministry of Health is responsible for The Public Health Act, 1994 (the Act) and pursuant regulations such as The Health Hazard Regulations, The Private Sewage Works Regulations and The Plumbing Regulations. These regulations allow for the local authority to determine whether an alternative is equivalent to a prescriptive requirement. The administration and enforcement of the Act and regulations largely rests with the Saskatchewan Health Authority acting as local authorities. However, for The Plumbing Regulations and in some cases The Private Sewage Works Regulations, the cities of Regina, Saskatoon and Lloydminster as well as the Global Transportation Hub Authority have been appointed as local authorities.
Public Health Complaints
Concerns or inquiries about plumbing and/or sewage disposal systems may be directed to the public health inspector in your area.