Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Do I need a Development Permit?

  • Yes - All development within the RM of McKillop requires a permit.  The only exceptions are some agricultural operations and fences and gates, however these things still have to follow the Zoning Bylaw and any other applicable Bylaws or Legislation.

2. What's the difference between a Development Permit and a Building Permit?

  • Development Permits allows The RM to review a development to see if it meets the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw requirements and any other relevant policies or plans.
  • Building Permits address life and safety issues of a structure. It gives authorization to erect, demolish, relocate, alter or repair a structure. A building permit application is reviewed for compliance with National building code by a professional building inspector to ensure that our built environment is safe. 

3. Do I need to pay Development fees?

  • Yes - Unless, the development is for: 
    • an agriculture operation excluding; intensive agriculture and intensive livestock.
    • The erection of any fence, wall or gate.
    • The erection of a single residence Satellite dish, television antennae, or radio antennae.
    • Disposal of clean fill on a site where the clean fill is generated by construction or demolition activity on that sire, subject to compliance with all federal and provincial requirements.

4. Do I need the previous owner's Development and Building Permits or Inspection Reports?

  • Yes - BUYER BEWARE – Ensure that you are provided all Inspection Reports pertaining to your property at time of purchase. When the RM is advised of Construction on a property by the Bylaw Enforcement Officer or The Building Official, we review our records to determine if a Permit has been submitted and approved. If there are structures that were started without an approved permit, the current owner is advised that they must submit a Development and Building Permit. You, the buyer and current owner, will be responsible for those costs.

5. Do I need a Geotech Report?

  • Yes - As of September 14th, 2015,  all projects in Lakeshore Development districts and Recreational Resort district involving excavation require a current site-specific geotechnical report or a stamped letter of project support from a Saskatchewan Geotechnical Engineer.  Projects in Agricultural district, Hamlet district and Country Residential district will require geotechnical reports if they are located in the Environmentally Sensitive Overlay. A Site-specific GEO-Tech may include current and all future structures to eliminate the potential costs of obtaining a GEO-Tech Report for each build.

6. How long will it take to process my development application?

  • 2-3 weeks - The RM of McKillop tries very hard to expedite applications as quickly as possible but things do still take time. We appreciate your patience.

7. Can I build a garage before I build my house?

  • Yes - You can build a garage before your house provided you provide a security deposit.  The garage can only be on the property without a principle dwelling for 5years. After which you have to apply for development and building permits to build your principal dwelling.

8. What are Set-backs?

  • Setbacks - The distance required to obtain the front, rear, and side yards provisions of the RM Zoning Bylaw. In other words, they are the minimum distances a building has to be from property lines, roads, structures and/or other buildings

9. Will my new shed be assessed and/or impact my taxes?

  • Yes - Any shed (accessory building) 100square feet and over is assessed as an improvement on your land by SAMA and will affect your taxes.

10. Do I own the beach in front of my property?

  • NO - All lakebed and shoreline property is owned by the Crown up to the ordinary waterline in a regular year. The riparian land is municipal or environmental reserve. The public is allowed to access and use any Crown/Public lands, this includes all beaches. No one has the right to cross your private property to get to the shoreline or beach but they can move freely along the shoreline. There are multiple locations within the Hamlets of McKillop that allow for beach access.

11. Can I put a dock in the water?

  • Yes - However, seasonal piers and docks without a permit are considered trespassing on Crown land. Any structure left on Crown/public land without authority can be assumed by the public as an invitation for use. Although a private structure, It would be very difficult for a property owner to sue someone for using their dock or any thing else they might have left in the water. NOTE: The owner of any structure left in the water/Crown land is liable for them and their use by others.