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Roadside Development Permit Application

When building a structure, planting trees or excavating near a provincial highway, you may need a roadside development permit.

This permit is required for any work within 90 metres of the right-of-way of a provincial highway. This is done to:

  • protect the right-of-way for future widening;
  • control snow drifting;
  • maintain the integrity of the highway; and
  • provide safe driving.

1. Guidance

A permit would be required from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure for:
  • a building or structure;
  • any excavation including wells or dugouts, and the placing of embankments;
  • planting trees, hedges or shrubs;.
  • erecting any sign within 400 metres of the highway property line, except:
    • when a sign is less than three square metres in area and erected on property where goods and services are provided; or
    • when the sign is less than three square metres and used to advertise a local agricultural or unique activity located on property other than where the sign is erected.
  • constructing approaches to a highway, including highways within a city, town or village (if the department maintains the right-of-way). If an approach is permitted, the Ministry will specify the size of culvert required;
  • lighting installations; and
  • utilities – special permits are required to install any utility along or across public highways. This includes pipelines for water, sewer, oil or gas and above or below ground lines for power, telephones, etc.

2. How to apply

These are the different types of applications the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure would typically accommodate:

  • Approach – Any access off a provincial highway
  • Roadside Development – Any construction work within 90 metres of a provincial highway
  • Pipeline – Any work involving a pipeline (oil, gas, sewer, water, etc.)
    • Crossing or parallel to public highway
    • Crossing or parallel to provincial highway
  • Utility – Anything that doesn't already fall within the scope of roadside development or pipeline such as fibre optics, copper and power.
  • Other – Anything that does not fit within any of the above such as, but not limited to parades, races, surveying, litter, clean-up, filming, etc.

3. Typical Plans

These are the types of plans the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure would see on an ongoing basis. This should help you determine what type of permit application you will need to fill out and submit to us.

Here are some examples:

Sight Triangle

Formed by the two roads or rights-of-way and a third line at an intersection, the sight triangle must be kept clear of obstructions such as hedges so that people in one road can see cars approaching on the other. The minimum separation from the centreline of the intersecting roadway to an approach centreline is 90 m on the through highway.

Sight Triangle


The setbacks of objects along a provincial highway are put in place for various reasons:

  • To protect the right-of-way for future widening;
  • To control snow drifting;
  • To maintain the integrity of the highway and protect the public investment; and
  • To provide a safe driving environment.

Minimum Setback Lines on Provincial Highways

Highway Type Access Management Level Homes Trees, shrubs, Granaries, Dugouts, Well Sites, etc. Commercial Development Comments
Four-lane w/frontage 1, 2 9 m from property line 30' 4 m from property line 13' 4 m from property line 13' Minimum set back shall be applied to new buildings, structures, etc.
Four-lane 1, 2 60 m from CL
55 m from CL
55 m from CL
Minimum set back shall be applied to new buildings, structures, etc.
Two-lane to be twinned 2, 3 100 m from CL
95 m from CL
95 m from CL
CL spacing between two road ways is usually 39.4 m
Two-lane 3 60 m from CL
55 m from CL
55 m from CL
Two-lane w/frontage 3, 4, 5 9 m from property line
4 m from property line
4 m from property line
Two-lane 4, 5 60 m from CL
38 m from CL
55 m from CL
Includes highways that will never be four-lanes.

Setbacks for a Tower

  • Height of tower = Distance from the property line
    • Reasoning: No possibility for a tower to fall onto the roadway.

4. Apply

Choose the appropriate permit application

Other Use Permit

For work within 90 metres of a provincial highway, a permit needs to be submitted to the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. The letter needs to include the type of work being proposed, and whether it will impact traffic flow. It must also include the legal land location and the dates and times in which the work will take place. If a road closure is required, a letter must be submitted and include:

  • a detour plan indicating the legal land location of the closure points, and RM and/or municipality (village\town\city) roads to be used;
  • written consent or approval of the RM and/or municipality (village\town\city) to utilize their roadways; and
  • a detailed traffic plan indicating the signs used to detour the motoring public and their proximity to the highway.

You are encouraged to discuss your application with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure before submitting it. Before any final decision is made, the Ministry will review the request and advise you whether any additional information is required or if there are any concerns with the application.

Please send completed applications to:

Central Region
Northern Region
Southern Region

18-3603 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK  S7P 0B2

Phone: 306-933-5184
Fax: 306-933-5805

Box 3003
Prince Albert, SK  S6V 6G1

Phone: 306-953-3500
Fax: 306-953-3533

1630 Park Street
Regina, SK  S4N 2G1

Phone: 306-787-4688
Fax: 306-787-4910

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