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Appealing Decisions Made by Municipalities

The Appeals Process:

  • Protects an individual’s property rights.
  • Deals with errors or unique situations.
  • Protects against unnecessary delays.
The appeals processes exist for applicants and municipalities to appeal decisions made respecting applications for certain permits or approvals.

1. Area

Processes exist for applicants, municipalities and, in some cases, other interested parties, to appeal certain decisions, permits and approvals. Appeals may also be allowed if decisions are not made within certain time limits, or if a party objects to the terms or conditions attached to some decisions. The following lists areas where appeals may be possible:

  • architectural control districts
  • development permits
  • demolition control districts
  • direct control districts
  • holding provisions under zoning bylaws
  • interim development control
  • minor variances
  • servicing agreements
  • development levies and servicing fees
  • subdivision applications
  • request for additional information during subdivision review
  • orders to repair or correct contraventions under The Municipalities Act or The Planning and Development Act, 2007

If you want to appeal a decision or error made respecting an application for a development permit , or you want to contest a repair order issued by a municipality, your first appeal must be made to the Development Appeals Board appointed by the council of the municipality in which your land is located. Any party not satisfied with a Board's decision may be eligible to further appeal as explained under Planning Appeals Guide and information sheet. 

If you want to appeal a decision made on a subdivision application, the time it is taking to get a decision on a subdivision application, or the terms or conditions in a proposed servicing agreement, you may be eligible to file an appeal with the provincial Planning Appeals Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board. For more details, see the appeal guides below.


It is your choice as to whether or not to have a representative. You may have legal counsel, a land surveyor, a planning consultant, or anyone else you feel will adequately present your case.

This information is only a guide, the actual wording given in legislation must be used and it is recommended a solicitor be contacted for advice.


2. Information Sheet

The information sheet provides more information in these areas:

  • Development Appeal Boards
  • Board membership
  • Board jurisdiction
  • Starting an appeal
  • Hearing notices
  • Hearing conduct
  • Board decisions
  • Further appeal
  • Planning Appeals Committee

3. Development Appeals Board Guide

Any municipality or district with an approved zoning bylaw must establish a Development Appeals Board (DAB) within 90 days after the bylaw comes into effect.

This guide provides direction to local municipalities, districts and appellants on the:

  • guiding principles of a DAB;
  • the organization and administration of a DAB;
  • processes for initiating an appeal;
  • processes for holding hearings; and
  • preparing a decision.

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