2.1 Development Officer
The Rural Municipal Administrator shall be the Development Officer responsible for the
administration of this Bylaw.
2.2 Application for a Development Permit
(1) Every person shall apply for a development permit before commencing any development
within the municipality, except as listed in Section 2.2.1.
(2) The application shall be in the "Form A" as adopted or amended by resolution of Council.
(3) The application shall have attached a layout or site plan as required in the application form
or by the Development Officer, together with any other information needed to assess the
2.2.1 Development Not Requiring a Permit
(1) Provided all other provisions of this bylaw (e.g. Section 3.1) are met, including the listing
of the following exemptions as a permitted use in the relevant zoning District, development
permits are not required for the following:
(a) Accessory Farm Uses: including all farm buildings or structures (except an Intensive
Livestock Operation (I.L.O.), a dwelling or an addition to a dwelling ), which will be
accessory to a lawful agricultural use or existing farmstead within the Zoning Districts
(including the Environmentally Sensitive Overlay District established by this bylaw,
provided the use meets the Building Setback Requirements of the relevant Zoning
(b) Accessory Non-farm Uses: all non-farm buildings or structures which are no more than
9.3 Sq. m. (100 sq. ft.) in size or 3m (10 ft) tall and which will be accessory to a lawful
principal use within the Zoning Districts established by this bylaw, provided that:
-the use meets the Building Setback Requirements of the relevant Zoning District; and
-a Development Permit has been issued for the principal use on the site.
(c) Linear Public Utilities: Any operation to install, inspect, repair, or renew lines for
sewers, potable water, cables, wires, tracks or similar public works as required by a
public utility except where the line will cross or lie within the limits of a public road;
(d) Municipal Facilities: Any facility installed and operated by the Municipality;
(e) Signs: Subject to the provisions of Section 3.5;
(f) Petroleum or natural gas exploration wells or extraction wells are exempt only where
legal and physical access to the proposed well site has been previously approved by the
issuance of an R.M. permit. Related facilities such as storage batteries shall require a
2.3 Bylaw Interpretation
Metric distances take precedence, since Imperial distances are shown only for ease of
interpretation. The Development Officer shall be responsible for Bylaw interpretation as part of
the administration of this Bylaw and the Official Community Plan.
2.4 Issuing Permits
(1) Upon completion of the review of a development application, the Development Officer
(a) issue a development permit for a permitted use where the application conforms to the
Bylaw, incorporating any special regulations, performance standards or development
standards required or authorized by this Bylaw; or
(b) issue a notice of refusal, where the application does not comply with a use provision or
regulation of this Bylaw, and the applicant has been given adequate opportunity to
alter the proposal to comply with the Bylaw. The notice shall state the reason for
(c) submit the application to Council for decision, where the application is for a
(2) Council shall make a decision on a discretionary use, by resolution, which instructs the
Development Officer to:
(a) issue a development permit incorporating any specific development standards which
may be established by Council in accordance with the provisions of this Bylaw and
Section 52(2) of The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (the Act); or
(b) require the applicant to provide further information regarding the proposed
development or the land or which it is proposed; or
(c) issue a notice of refusal to the applicant, where the applicant has been given adequate
opportunity to alter the proposal to comply with the Bylaw. The notice shall state the
reason for refusal.
(3) The permit or notice shall be in "Form B" as adopted or amended by resolution of Council.
(4) All permits shall expire one year from the date of issuance, and may be extended prior to
the expiry date by the Development Officer for one or more periods up to a maximum of
two additional years.
2.5 Building Permits, Licences, and Compliance with Other Bylaws
(1) Nothing in this bylaw shall exempt any person from complying with a Building Bylaw, or
any other bylaw in force within the municipality, or from obtaining any permission
required by this, or any other bylaw of the municipality, the province or the federal
(2) A building permit, where required, shall not be issued by the Council or its agent for a
development unless a required development permit has been issued.
2.6 Development Appeals Board
(1) Council shall appoint a Development Appeals Board in accordance with Sections 213 to
227 of the Act.
(2) On "Form B", a development permit or notice of refusal, the development officer shall
advise the applicant of the rights of appeal which may be granted by the Act.
2.7 Fees, Advertising and Restrictions on Appeals
(1) Amendment of the Zoning Bylaw - Where a person requests that Council amend the
zoning bylaw, that person shall pay to the municipality a fee equal to the costs associated
with the public advertisement of the proposed amendment in all cases where Council
chooses to proceed with such advertising. Council may choose not to proceed with the
advertising if it concludes that the proposed amendment is unsuitable or unnecessary.
(2) Advertisement of a discretionary use application
(a)Prior to making a decision on a proposed discretionary use, Council, in its review of the
application, shall direct the Development Officer to advertise the application to the
public as described below.
The notice used in all methods described below shall meet the requirements of Part X of
the Act (Public Participation). In making the direction to the Development Officer,
Council shall require the Development Officer to use one or more of the following
methods of advertising:
a newspaper ad which shall run at least twice on separate dates; or
requiring the applicant to erect a sign on the site proposed for the Discretionary
Use. The size, location and duration of posting of the sign and the wording or
the notice on it shall require the prior approval of the Development Officer; or
a general mail out to all landowners in any or all Divisions of the RM; or
a copy of the application and public notice shall be sent to each landowner
whose property adjoins the subject land.
(b) The applicant shall pay to the municipality a fee equal to the costs associated with the
(3) Application fees - an applicant for a development permit shall pay an application fee in
accordance with the fee schedule established by annual review and by means of a separate
bylaw of Council. Separate fees may be charged for each type of permit (Permitted use,
discretionary use, accessory use etc.) These fees shall be in addition to any fee required by
subsections (1) and (2) above. The fee schedule shall not include the fee for a Development
Appeal, which is regulated by Section 220 of the Act.
(4) Appeal of Refusal of Council - As described in Section 219(5) of the Act, there is no
appeal of a refusal by Council to rezone an applicant’s land or to issue an approval for a
proposed discretionary use or a discretionary form of development. Appeals of other decisions
of Council or the Development Officer are only allowed if authorized by the Act.
2.8 Application of Overlay Zones
(1) The Overlay Districts shall be in addition to all other zones where they are applied, so that
any parcel of land lying in an Overlay District shall also lie in one or more of the other
zones provided for by this Bylaw. The effect is to create a new zone, which has the
characteristics and limitations of the underlying zones, together with the characteristics and
limitations of the Overlay District.
(2) Unless specifically exempted, the regulations, standards and criteria of the Overlay
Districts shall supplement and be applied in addition to but not instead of any regulations,
standards and criteria applicable to the underlying zone.
(3) In the event of conflict between the setback regulations or requirements of any Overlay
District and those of the underlying zone, the overlay requirements shall apply.
2.9 Minor Variances
As required by Section 49(h) of the Act, and Section 10.7 of the OCP, Council hereby
establishes the following procedure for the administration of Applications for Minor Variances
which may be received pursuant to this Bylaw:
(1) The Development Officer (or a person authorised by Council to act in that person’s
absence) shall be responsible for accepting and processing all such completed Applications
and rendering a Decision on them in accordance with the Section 60 of the Act;
(2) All such Applications must be eligible for consideration as clearly outlined in Section
60 (1) of the Act;
(3) The Application Form for a Minor Variance shall be approved by Resolution of Council;
(4) When an Appeal of a decision regarding an Application for a Minor Variance by the
Development Officer has been received within the time limits established by Section 60 of
the Act, no Permit may be issued in respect to the Variance until the procedures of the Act
have been completed and the Development Appeals Board or the Saskatchewan Appeals
Board (as the case may be) has made a final decision on the Application; and
(5) As required by Section 49 (h) of the Act, the Development Officer shall maintain a Record
of Minor Variance Applications on a Form which shall be approved by Resolution of
2.10 Offences and Penalties
Any person who violates this bylaw is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction,
to the penalties set forth in the Act.