Development Permits and Building Permits ensure that developments meet basic requirements for health, safety and structural soundness as set by building codes, and meeting municipal requirements such as zoning and setbacks. If you carry out a development that requires a permit without having one, the Rural Municipality of Wilton has the power to issue a "Stop Work Order" which remains in effect until you obtain a permit. If work does not meet the requirements you will have to redo the development to municipal standards at your own cost. In some scenarios you may be forced to remove the development. Working without a permit may also affect an insurance claim.
If you are interested in developing in Wilton, the first thing we recommend you do is contact the Development Services Department to discuss your best options to achieve the development you want in the most time-efficient manner. This can be done by calling our office at 1-306-387-6244.
How to apply to build in Wilton
- Contact the RM to discuss your proposed building and receive direction on how to make the process as easy as possible.
- Fill out a Development and Building Permit Application. They can also be picked up at the office.
- Get two (2) copies of engineer-stamped building plans/construction drawings for your proposed development.
- Submit a completed application and both building plan copies to the Planning & Development Office. A permit fee may apply.
- On the third Thursday of every month, applications are reviewed by Council. Your deadline is two weeks prior to the Council meeting. If you do not meet the deadline, your application will be reviewed at the next meeting.
- Upon Council approval, your building plans will be sent to the Municipal Building Inspector to ensure Building Code compliance. When both Council and the Building Inspector have given approval, you may begin building.
Developments and the National Building Code
Under the Rural Municipality of Wilton No. 472 Zoning Bylaw, development is described as "the carrying out of any building, engineering, mining, or other operations, in, on or over land, or the making of any material change in the use or intensity of use of any building or land”. In the Rural Municipality of Wilton, no person shall undertake a development or commence a use unless a Development and Building Permit has first been obtained. Development and Building Permit Application forms are available at the Rural Municipality of Wilton office and online. Please click here for link to the application. Property owners are legally responsible for obtaining permits; however someone may look after the permit process on the owner’s behalf, such as a contractor.
Please Note: All buildings over 100 square feet within the Rural Municipality of Wilton must meet the National Building Code 2010. In order to receive approval from the Municipal Building Inspector, developers are required to submit two (2) sets of construction drawings/building plans with a completed Development and Building Permit Application. The required drawings include engineer-stamped Foundation Plans, Floor Plans, Structural Plans, Elevation Plans, Cross Sections, Mechanical Plans, Electrical Plans, and Site plans with dimensions from property lines, roads and other buildings. Please click here for a link to a Development and Building Information Package.
Through provincial legislation, buildings used for agriculture are an exception and are not required to meet the National Building Code 2010 and therefore do not require approval from the Municipal Building Inspector. As a result, developers have built agricultural buildings that do not meet building codes. This is only permitted when the use of the building is strictly agricultural. If the use of the building changes in the future, it will be required to meet the National Building Code 2010 and receive engineer-stamped approval and Council approval prior to changing the use of the building.
Development and Building Permits ensure that developments meet basic requirements for health, safety and structural soundness as set by the National Building Code 2010 and Fire Code, and adhere to relevant requirements such as zoning and setback regulations. If you carry out a development that requires a permit before or without the intention of obtaining a permit, the Rural Municipality of Wilton has the power to issue a "Stop Work Order" which remains in effect until a permit is obtained. If a development does not meet requirements, it must be rebuilt to municipal standards at the developers cost. In some scenarios, the development may require removal from the property. Developing without a permit also has the potential to affect insurance claims.
Things to note when creating your development timeline:
In Saskatchewan, some types of development require approval from the provincial government, including subdividing, rezoning, developing near a highway and developing buildings that require septic systems. Please make sure to take all of the required approvals into consideration when estimating the timeline for your development process, as some approvals can take much longer than others. It is important to submit all applications as soon as possible for maximum time-efficiency.
All submitted applications are reviewed by Council for final approval at the Regular Council Meeting which takes place on the third Thursday of every month. The deadline for submissions and requests for delegations to Council is two weeks prior to the meeting, which is the first Thursday of every month. This deadline allows the Planning and Development Department to acquire any background information that may be necessary to prepare for recommendations to Council. Applications and requests that are submitted after the deadline will be presented to Council at the following months meeting. Please click here for information on submissions and delegations for Council.
If an application is approved by Council, the two (2) sets of building plans/construction drawings are then sent to the Municipal Building Inspector for review along with Council’s resolution. It is very important to submit both the application and plans/drawings at the same time so that there is no delay in forwarding the information to the Building Inspector after Council approval.
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