There are three primary classes of licence under which building officials are authorized to provide plan review, inspection and enforcement services, categorized by major occupancy and size of buildings.
- Class 1 – covers one and two-unit dwellings.
- Class 2 – covers any buildings that fall under Part 9 of the National Building Code (NBC), including Class 1 and application of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) to Part 9 buildings.
- Class 3 – covers all buildings under the NBC, including Classes 1 and 2 and application of the NECB to all buildings.
Building official temporary and building official restricted licences may also be issued.
Apply for a Building Official Licence
Class 1 Requirements
- Provide a record of employment for at least two years full-time (or equivalent) in a related occupation;
- Provide evidence of at least one of the following:
- A diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, or a related program;
- A Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade, within the meaning of The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act and the Regulations made pursuant to that Act, that is related to building construction;
- Registration as an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer;
- Registration as an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect; or
- Completed the Building Code Training for Canadians Series I course or equivalent.
- Pass the appropriate examination.
Class 2 Requirements
- A person must hold a valid Class 1 Licence and pass the appropriate examination.
Class 3 Requirements
- A person must hold a valid Class 2 Licence and pass the appropriate examination.
Submitting Application and Licensing Fees
Applications should be sent to the Chief Codes Administrator. Licensing fees are as follows:
- Building Official Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 Licence - $50 for one year or $200 for five years
- Building Official Temporary Licence - $50 per year
- Building Official Restricted Licence - $50 per year
- Duplicate Building Official Licence - $25
Building Official Examinations
Building official examinations are based on the contents of the NBC. Examinations are administered by the Southeast Regional College, but can be written at any of the approved writing centres. Candidates for a building official examination must apply in writing to the College on the exam application form provided by the College.
Submitting Exam Application Form
Submit the completed form and examination fee of $200 to the Southeast Regional College at least 30 days prior to your expected writing date. You will receive confirmation of your writing date, time and location at least 10 days before your scheduled examination writing.
Building Code Training for Canadians, a home study training program offered by the Southeast Regional College in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Building Officials Association is available for Class 1 building official candidates.