Applicants should consult a municipality about its requirements. A subdivision proposal must conform to all provisions in any district plan, official community plan and zoning bylaw. These bylaws may limit permitted land uses, specify minimum lot or parcel sizes and regulate building locations.
A municipality may require the subdivision applicant to enter into a servicing agreement covering the construction of new roads or other services necessitated by the subdivision.
Municipalities are encouraged to require people applying for either a subdivision approval or a development permit to build or pay for the new roads required to service the development. You can find more details and sample agreements on our Servicing Agreements page.
Subdivision applicants must provide municipal reserve land for public use. Exceptions exist for the first parcel in a quarter section, agricultural parcels larger than four hectares or property line relocations.
Subdivisions for residential purposes must provide 10 per cent of the gross area as municipal reserve; other subdivisions must provide five per cent. Applicants may be able to defer the requirement or in lieu of dedication, make a monetary settlement with the municipality. Any flood-prone or unstable land may also be required to be dedicated as environmental reserve. You can find more information on our Municipal Dedicated Lands page.
Rezoning procedures are found in The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA). The PDA requires a municipality to advertise its intention to rezone land once a week for two successive weeks in a local newspaper after which the municipality must hold a public hearing at least one week after the second newspaper ad is published. In some cases, the municipality must also obtain ministerial approval. You can contact the municipality for more details.
A utility easement agreement is a contract in which a landowner grants a municipality or a utility company the right to install lines or ditches on part of the landowner's property. The granted part is usually called a "right-of-way". A utility easement agreement can be registered on the title to land as a permanent interest.
Utility companies are asked to comment on extending and protecting service lines. Line locations must be shown on a plan of proposed subdivision. Utility companies may ask subdivision applicants to enter into easement, installation or relocation agreements.
NOTE: People planning new construction or excavations must contact all utility companies for line locations and service connections.
Assistance is available by calling Sask1stCall at 1-866-828-4888 or on-line.
Water Supply and Waste Disposal
Residential development must be served by acceptable water, sewer and garbage systems. Multiple lots should be connected to communal systems.
In the case of a rural or isolated site, health regulations require a residence using a sewage lagoon, seepage pit or jet disposal to have a minimum parcel size of four hectares. A lagoon must be 30 metres from property lines, a pit three metres and a jet 60 metres. Otherwise, a mound or buried absorption system must be installed or sewage must be hauled to an approved disposal site.
Ministry of Highway and Infrastructure permits are required to build highway approaches or other development within 90 metres of a highway. Land may be required for highway widening or service roads. Landowners are responsible for road and/or driveway construction.