Professional community planners are required to be licensed to practice by the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan (APCPS) and to be a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
Licensed, accredited planners in Saskatchewan will have the designations P.P.S. (Professional Planner of Saskatchewan) and M.C.I.P. (Members of the Canadian Institute of Planners).
Out of province MCIP may also practice in Saskatchewan, provided they obtain a Non-Resident membership with APCPS. This designation ensures that you are hiring an experienced, educated, ethical and insured professional accountable to a set of professional standards.
There are also provisional members of APCPS and CIP. Provisional members meet the education requirements to gain full membership, are formally affiliated with APCPS and CIP and are gaining the professional planning experience necessary to qualify for full professional membership. Provisional members are typically junior professionals entering practice. CIP insures its provisional members and they are also accountable to a set of professional planning standards.
Typically, provisional members require 2-4 years of experience before they can apply for full membership.
The distinction between full and provisional membership is important as only members with MCIP/PPS designations (or MCIP with a non-resident license) are allowed to sign off on an OCP or provide professional planning services to a recognized approving authority under the PDA.
A provisional member may be able to assist in the preparation of an OCP, in consultation with a PPS/MCIP member. Provisional members can also assist municipalities with a variety of other planning issues and act as development officers.
All municipalities with a zoning bylaw are required to have a development officer handle local planning issues; administrators often take on this role.
Development officer duties include:
- bylaw amendments,
- development permits,
- minor variances,
- zoning enforcement,
- servicing agreements,
- other planning related matters such as annexations or district planning arrangements.