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Municipalities Today is a web-based newsletter published monthly by the Ministry of Government Relations. It lists deadlines, training opportunities, services and programs that may be of interest to Saskatchewan municipal administrators.
View past editions of Municipalities Today by visiting the Publications Centre.
As of February 14, 2022, the provincial public health order requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test was rescinded. In addition, the public health order requiring masks to be worn in indoor public spaces expired March 1, 2022.
It is important to seek legal advice if your municipality wishes to continue requiring proof of vaccination or the use of masks.
Once again, Ministry of Government Relations trade show booths will be open at the upcoming annual Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) and Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) conventions in our provincial capital.
Ministry staff will be available to provide information about building standards and licensing, community infrastructure, municipal administration, community planning and Indigenous and northern relations.
The booth at the SARM convention will be open Tues., March 15 and Wed., March 16. During the SUMA convention, the booth will be open Mon., April 4 and Tues., April 5.
Trade shows for both conventions will be at the International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina.
Now is the time most municipalities are starting to prepare their 2022 assessment rolls. Remember all property must be assessed. If you have property within your municipality that does not have an assessed value, you will need to contact the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA).
Your assessment roll must be prepared no later than May 1, 2022. If your municipality is unable to meet this date, council is required to pass an Extension of Time Bylaw no later than May 31, 2022. The preparation of the assessment roll cannot be extended past July 30, 2022.
To try and mitigate the number of assessment appeals filed, administrators are encouraged to explain to their property owners what their assessment means. Go over and above what is legislatively required. Explain to property owners the difference between assessment and taxation. Post information on your website and/or social media pages. Administrators can also direct property owners to SAMAView to view their property report.
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Saskatchewan's Building Code Regulations require every building with a residential occupancy to have carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms installed by July 1, 2022, regardless of when the building was constructed.
Residential occupancies are rented or owned buildings with sleeping quarters such as:
Building owners are required to install independent smoke and CO alarms or combination devices that detect both smoke and CO. The number and location of devices must conform to requirements of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
Devices with a 10-year tamper resistant battery are permitted to meet this requirement provided the building is not already required by the NBC or a municipal bylaw to have a hardwired CO and smoke alarms.
You can download and read building advisories to learn where CO and smoke alarms should be installed in residential buildings by visiting the Publications Centre.
Local authorities and their building officials are encouraged to take a passive approach to enforcement. After July 1, 2022, if building officials are present for another reason (e.g. a permit inspection) and notice the building is not in compliance with the new requirement, they could write an order to have the owner to install the missing alarms.
If you have questions about the new CO and smoke alarm requirements, please contact the Building and Technical Standards branch at 306-787-4113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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