Development & Building Permits
A development permit acknowledges the use of land and buildings and its compliance with the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. An approved development permit is required in most instances in order to begin developing your property. A building permit will not be approved until such time a development permit has been issued.
The municipality will review the application to ensure compliance with all municipal bylaws. Failure to obtain a permit or violation of municipal bylaws may result in significant fines and additional expenses.
Permitted Use Applications:
Permitted uses are intended to be appropriate for the Zoning District in which they are listed and not have major impacts on adjacent land uses. The Development Services Officer will review and approve these applications not R.M. Council. The Development Officer has the ability to approve, approve with conditions or refuse a permitted use development permit application.
Discretionary Use Applications:
Discretionary uses may have one or more potential features or effects that initiate review. Discretionary use development permits are reviewed under a set of evaluation criteria included in the Zoning Bylaw.
Discretionary use applications will also be circulated for a minimum of 21 days to all assessed landowners within 1.6 km (or further as deemed by council) of the subject property to provide an opportunity for surrounding landowners to provide comments or questions. Comment sheets will be mailed out by R.M. Planning staff and will provide a brief overview of the project, contact information and space for a landowner to provide written comments or indicate if they need to be contacted or wish to speak to the proposal in front of Council.
Once the landowner comment period has elapsed and the Planning Department has reviewed all the required information, they will write a planning report including a recommendation to Council for approval or refusal based on the merits of the discretionary use application. Council will consider the recommendation of the Planning Department as well as any written or verbal landowner responses received during the process. Council has the ability to approve, approve with conditions or refuse a discretionary use application.
Note: applications involving rezoning, subdivision, public right of way work, and free-standing signage are subject to additional fees. All associated development costs are the responsibility of the developer/property owner.
If you are looking to develop near any shoreline you need to obtain an Aquatic Habit Protection Permit from the Water Security Agency prior to commencement. For more details click here
Generally it will take several of days or even weeks to receive approval for a development permit and building permit in some cases it may take longer depending on the quality of information provided. Make sure you plan ahead and submit your development and building applications as soon as possible to ensure maximum time efficiency.
Development Permit Applications:
Permitted Use Application Form: Permitted Use Development Application with Approach
Discretionary Use Application Form: Discretionary Use Development Permit with Approach
Development Permit Fees: Development Permit Fees.pdf
A Building Permit refers to building construction and compliance with the National Building Code of Canada. Every application for a Development Permit to construct, erect, place, alter, repair, renovate or reconstruct a building also requires the submission of a Building Permit. .A building permit is required, prior to commencement, for all new construction, structural renovations or additions that are over 100 square feet (10m2). The application must include:
- Site plan which indicates all setback distances from property lines and existing buildings,
- 3 sets of blueprints that must include the following:
- Show the owner’s name, project name and date.
- Be drawn to scale and the scale should be noted.
- Include legible letters and dimensions.
- Shall be stamped by an Certified Saskatchewan Engineer
- Clearly show the location of existing and new construction for additions alterations and renovations.
- Include a Foundation Plan providing the overall size of the foundation, size and openings for doors and windows and foundation drainage.
- Include a Floor Plan providing size and location of interior and exterior walls, exits, fire separations, doors (including swings and hardware), stairs, windows, barrier free entrances and washrooms and built-in furnishings.
- Include a Structural Plan providing the size, material and location of columns, beams, joists, studs, rafters, trusses, masonry walls, poured in place and precast concrete walls and floors and related structural details.
- Include an Elevation Plan illustrating views of all sides of the building, height of windows and location of chimneys.
- Include a Cross Section Plan providing cut through views of the building, lists of all materials cut through including structural and finishing materials, vertical dimensions, stair and handrail dimensions, height of finished grade, wind, water and vapour protection and insulation.
- Include Mechanical Plans providing a description and location of heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, size and location of duct work, location of fire dampers, plumbing fixtures and piping and the size and location of sprinkler system equipment.
- Include Electrical Plans illustrating the type and location of exit lights and emergency lighting
The Building Inspector will review all information submitted in order to ensure compliance with the National Building Code of Canada. Failure to obtain a permit or violation of the National Building Code may result in significant fines and additional expenses.
A building permit will not be approved until such time a development permit has been issued.
NOTICE: The National Energy Code for Buildings 2015 (NECB 2015) and section 9.36 of the National Building Code 2015, Energy Efficiency are adopted and come into force on January 1, 2019.
Building Permit Application:
Building Permit Application Form: Building Permit Application
Building Permit Fees: Building Permit Fees.pdf
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