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File a Planning Appeal

The Planning Appeals Committee(PAC) hears and decides appeals about planning and development decisions.

Below are the steps to file a planning appeal.

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1. Overview

The PAC hears and decides appeals about planning and development decisions made by:

  • development appeals boards;
  • district planning authorities;
  • the Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning Branch;
  • development officers in Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District; and
  • municipalities.
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2. Guidance

You may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you receive a decision about your development from the development appeals board or district planning authority;
  • you receive a decision letter about your proposed subdivision;
  • when a development levy or servicing agreement can’t be reached, or the municipality requests payment of a development levy from you;
  • for a development within a direct control district, when a development agreement can’t be reached, or the municipality hasn’t approved your drawings; or
  • in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District, your development permit application is refused by the development officer, or you believe they have misapplied a development control.
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3. Eligibility

When you receive a decision from the development appeals board (DAB) or district planning authority (DPA), you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have an issue with what the DAB or DPA decided; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues with the decision on the prescribed form.

When you receive a decision letter about your proposed subdivision from the DPA or Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning Branch (CP), you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have an issue with what the DPA or CP decided; and
    Criteria:
  • it's within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues with the decision.

When your development permit application is refused by a development officer, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • the development’s location is in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District;
  • you have an issue with the refusal, or you believe the development officer misapplied a development control; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit a notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues.

When a municipality asked you to pay a development levy, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have any of the following issues with the request:
    • the requested fees don’t directly or indirectly pay for a capital project serving your development;
    • the levy isn’t for capital costs;
    • the levy has been calculated incorrectly; or
    • you already paid the levy, or an equal amount, for this development;
  • the municipality is not an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying any of the issues above.

When you or the municipality can’t reach a development levy or servicing agreement, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have any of the following issues:
    • you’re not sure an agreement is required;
    • you don’t agree with the proposed agreement’s terms and conditions; or
    • you think something is missing from the development permit application or subdivision proposal;
  • the municipality is not an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • it has been 90 days since the development permit application or proposal to subdivide land was submitted, and an agreement hasn’t been reached; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining any of the issues above.

When you or the municipality can’t reach a development agreement, or the municipality hasn’t approved your drawings, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • the development location is within a direct control district;
  • the municipality isn’t an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • you have any of the following issues:
    • it has been 60 days since you’ve submitted plans or drawings to the municipality and they haven’t been approved; or
    • it has been 90 days since the plans or drawings were submitted and a development agreement hasn’t been reached;
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining any of the issues above.
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4. How to Apply

If you are eligible to apply:

  1. Complete the notice of appeal, clearly identifying and explaining the issues for your situation.

  2. Submit the notice of appeal:
    • personally by e-mailing, submitting online, or delivering; or
    • by regular or registered mail,
    to the PAC.

  3. Personally deliver or mail your appeal fee of $50 to the PAC.
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5. Apply

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