The Administrator deals with a variety of issues related to land use, development, zoning and subdivision which are controlled by R.M. bylaws including a Development Plan and Zoning Bylaw. Click here to view the R.M. of Meadow Lake Basic Planning Statement and Zoning Bylaw.
The first step in your project planning should be to contact the Administrator at the RM of Meadow Lake. We can help you determine how your property is zoned, the types of buildings the zoning permits, and the required building setback distances from roads and property lines.
A Building Permit is required for agricultural buildings over 500ft² in size and all non-agricultural buildings over 100ft² in size.
An application for building permit must include two sets of building plans and a sketch of where the building will be located. If you are building a home a ventilation guide must be submitted as well.
The permit fees for non-agricultural buildings relate to construction value:
Please contact the RM office for additional requirements for buildings you propose to move onto your property or off.
Building inspection services are provided by MuniCode Services Ltd. during construction for all Industrial buildings with Lee Bacon completing all Commercial and Residential buildings. An Inspection Schedule will be provided with your Building Permit.
The following forms are required to be submitted with applying for a standard residential building permit:
The following information sheets will be helpful when applying for a building permit:
Information Required when Applying for a Building Permit
Government Relations (GR), a provincial agency is the approving authority for subdividing land. The Administrator reviews subdivision applications, which must include a Plan prepared by a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor, for bylaw and policy compliance; if the application complies with all requirements, Council can recommend to Government Relations that it be approved. For more information please see Subdivsion Application Process and Rezoning & Subdivision Options - Quarter Sections.Click here for the Subdivision Application form.
To change the zoning of a property, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw is required. The Administrator reviews rezoning applications to ensure the requirements of the Development Plan and Zoning Bylaw and any other Council policies are met; a report and recommendations are prepared for Council review. If the application complies with all requirements and Council feels it has merit, the application can proceed through the advertising and public hearing process. If the application is denied, it cannot be appealed. Click here to view the Rezoning Application Form.
The purpose of these subdivisions is to accommodate a country residential development in a rural environment where the essential land requirement is for a building site and space rather than for productive agricultural purposes. Consideration of the rezoning and subdivision of lands for this purpose is considered by the R.M. Council based on the current supply of multi-parcel country residential parcels from time to time in any given period and the current demand for this form of country residential lifestyle.
The intent of Commercial Development is to accommodate Commercial uses that service the rural community or the traveling public.
The purpose of Industrial Development is to accommodate industrial uses that require a large site area and minimal servicing and industries that are oriented toward agriculture.
The Zoning Bylaws list the discretionary uses for each zoning district; discretionary uses require the approval of Council. Public consultation is required before a discretionary use can be approved; Council policy requires the applicant to supply written comments from surrounding landowners. The Administrator reviews discretionary applications for bylaw and policy complience; if the application complies with all requirements, Council can approve it. If the application is denied, it cannot be appealed. Click here for the Discretionary Use Application form. A Permitted Use Application is required when applying for a home occupation.
Click here to view the R.M. of Meadow Lake Zoning Bylaw for more information on discretionary uses in relation to a specific zoning.
- All buildings, trees, shrubs and other structures must be set back 150 feet from the centreline of a road and 300 feet from the centre of an intersection. If your property is next to a highway, please contact Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation to determine their setback requirements.
- If you wish to build on property served only by a summer road, you must upgrade the road to the R.M.’s standards before a building permit can be issued. Please contact the R.M. office for a cost estimate and a Custom Work Construction Application.
- All non-agricultural buildings in flood-prone areas must be built to the 1:500 flood elevation. Please contact the R.M. office and SaskWater for more information.
- For information on utilities please click here to view the Before You Build information sheet.
- If you need written confirmation that the buildings on your property comply with R.M. bylaws, the R.M. provides a Zoning Memorandum. In order to do this we require:
- a current Real Property Report, prepared by a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor; and
- $50.00 (prepaid )
- Please allow 2 weeks for preparation.
- The Development Appeals Board is a 3 member board that is appointed by the R.M. Council. The Board is to adjudicate appeals under the provisions of The Planning and Development Act dealing with minor variances, demolition control districts, architectural control districts, misapplication of the Zoning Bylaw in issuing a development permit, refusal to issue a development permit because it would contravene the Zoning Bylaw, refusal of subdivision application, and any of the conditions of a Zoning Order issued on the property. For more information on the appeal process click here.
- Livestock are controlled in hamlets and residential zones – the permitted number depends on the size of your lot, and in most of these areas poultry and pigs are not permitted. In agricultural zones, the type of livestock is not restricted and an R.M. permit is not usually required for 99 animal units or less. Click here to view A Bylaw for Prohibiting, Controlling and Keeping of Livestock and Poultry in Country Residential Subdivisions . For more information, please contact the R.M. office and Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food.
The residents of the Municipality and the Council have a reasonable tolerance for the condition of property in a rural environment. However, there are many situations where the condition of property substantially detracts from the amenity of the neighborhood and also presents a danger to the safety and health of others.
Failure to remedy the situation can result in costly litigation for the property owner or substantial payment to the Municipality for the cost of removing dilapidated buildings and/or derelict vehicles and cleaning up the property. The Council intends to vigorously enforce its bylaws and the Rural Municipality Act where the above conditions persist.
If the following conditions exist on your property, appropriate action should be taken before it is necessary for the Municipality to become involved to remedy the situation:
- Presence of garbage, debris, appliances, tires and other materials that contribute to the unsightliness and untidiness of the property.
- Junked vehicles (vehicles not in running order). No more than 6 are allowed in a hamlet or residential zone and no more than 12 are allowed in agricultural, commercial or industrial zones.
- Dilapidated buildings. These may be unsightly and present a danger, a fire hazard and an attraction for rats.