Development Permit procedures are established and used by the City of Estevan in order to evaluate individual site development proposals, including proposed changes in land or building use. In most cases, a development permit is required to be obtained before a building permit can be issued. Unlike a building permit (which approves the details & commencement of construction), a development permit authorizes a site to be developed, used, or changed for a specific purpose or use allowed for in the zoning bylaw, under the provisions prescribed in the zoning bylaw, and in compliance with the conditions of permit. Development review is intended to:
- ensure that specific proposals will be undertaken in accordance with the City’s adopted development standards and land use regulations including parking provisions, building setbacks, building coverage, open space/landscaping, access provisions, etc. -ensure that specific proposals will be undertaken having proper regard for Engineering standards including water/sanitary sewer, storm sewer, drainage, streets/traffic flow, site grading & leveling, franchise utilities and access.
- ensure that specific proposals will be undertaken in accordance with certain performance standards so as to ensure such developments/uses will not conflict or otherwise cause negative impacts with other developments in a given area.
In order to obtain a development permit, an applicant must complete and submit a permit application form, accompanied by support information. It is recommended you meet with a representative of Land Development Services to discuss the proposal before making an application. The applicant must provide adequate details (ie. Plans/reports) regarding the proposed development including detailed site plan(s) and related information which will allow the City to properly evaluate the proposal in accordance with its bylaw and regulatory requirements. The information required for submission will depend on the type of development proposed. The City may require additional information, and may refuse to accept the application if certain information is requested and not provided.
Standard applications must include the following:
- Two copies of a detailed site plan (drawn to scale) shall be attached containing all the following information.
- a) The location and dimension of all buildings, setbacks and property lines affected.
- b) The location and dimensions of all existing and proposed landscaping elements (trees, berms, fencing, swales), sidewalks, entry and exit points, parking and loading areas, streets, lanes, and walkways.
- c) The location and dimensions of all utility and access right-of-ways, power poles, street lights, hydrants.
- d) The location and dimension of all parks, public reserve, or open space in the area.
- e) The number of dwelling units for residential uses and the floor area(m2) for commercial, Industrial and Institutional uses.
- A written description detailing the proposed development.
As part of the City’s development review process, the following will be taken into consideration:
- Land use regulations associated with the respective zoning district
- Existing and Proposed use of building/site
- Lot size/dimensions
- gross floor area & coverage of building(s)
- building setbacks
- site access provisions
- utility servicing
- storm drainage
- waste containment and screening
- parking & loading area provisions
- storage areas
- site elevations including proposed grading and landscaping
- buffering and landscaping
- building height/elevations
- performance standards.
Non-refundable Application Fee- $100.00 (permitted use) $250.00 (discretionary use)
Note: applications involving rezoning, subdivision, public right of way work, and free-standing signage are subject to additional fees. All associated development costs are the responsibility of the developer/property owner.
Decisions & Timing
The time period for processing a development permit application will depend on the type of development proposed. Upon receipt of a complete permit application and support documentation, the Land Development Officer will undertake a review to confirm whether or not the proposal complies with the City’s zoning bylaw and related regulations. After review, a development permit will either be issued with or without conditions, or denied. Under certain circumstances, there are provisions for an Appeal to the Estevan Development Appeals Board.
Building Permit procedures are established and used by the City of Estevan in order to evaluate design, construction, and occupancy of new buildings, and the repair, addition, alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation, and change in occupancy of existing buildings. In most cases, a building permit cannot be issued unless a corresponding development permit has been applied for and obtained. Unlike a development permit (which authorizes a site to be developed, used, or changed for a specific purpose or use), a building permit authorizes a proponent to commence construction of a building or structure in accordance with the conditions of permit. Building permit review is intended to:
- ensure that a proposed construction project is being undertaken in accordance with procedures, processes and requirements adopted in the City of Estevan Building Bylaw.
- ensure that a proposed construction project is being undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Uniform building and Accessibility Standards Act & Regulations and National Building Code of Canada.
For more information contact Jade Volesky at (306) 634-1819
In order to obtain a building permit, an applicant must complete and submit a prescribed form, accompanied by detailed construction drawings and specifications which will allow the City to properly evaluate the proposal in accordance with its regulatory requirements and related codes. The plan submission and construction details required for submission will depend on what type of construction is proposed. The City’s building official should be contacted in this regard. As part of the City’s building review process, the following items will be taken into consideration:
- Zoning Requirements/Development Permit conditions
- Compliance with the City of Estevan Building Bylaw
- Referrals made to the City of Estevan Fire Department, Engineering Department, and Provincial Health Inspector
- Conformance with Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act and Regulations and the requirements of the National building code
Proponents are required to arrange for City inspections during various stages of the construction work.
The cost for a building permit is based on $6.00 per $1000.00 of construction value (2017). All building permits and associated fees must be paid once the review is completed in order for the permit to be issued. Basement Staking Plans & Real Property Report fees for Single-Family Residential Construction are $1,235.00 (2017) plus G.S.T. All building permits are subject to a $20.00 SAMA fee.
Decisions & Timing
The time period for processing a building permit application will depend on the type of construction proposed. Upon receipt and review of a complete application and support information, the Building Official will either confirm compliance or non-compliance with the City’s building regulations and related codes. After review is complete a building permit will either be issued with or without conditions, or refused.
Building Permits are required:
- To erect a new building or structure including but not limited to garages (attached & detached), carports, decks & patios, porches, entrance steps, retaining walls, swimming pools, and mobile homes.
2. To renovate, repair, add onto, alter, change the use of, or reconstruct an existing building or structure.
- To develop all or part of a residential basement, recreation room, or install a fireplace.
- For any repairs which change or affect the structural nature of a building or structure.
- Any work regulated by City of Estevan Building Bylaw and the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act & Regulations or N.B.C.
Building Permits are not required:
- Fences, private sidewalks & driveways, planters (Fences are required to comply with zoning height restrictions).
- Painting, Cabinet work, decorating and laying carpet.
- Repairs using similar or same materials for the purpose of maintenance and which does not affect any mechanical or structural work.
- Accessory Buildings and Structures (garden sheds, etc) that do not exceed 10 square meters in area, provided that minimum setback requirements (from property lines) are maintained as cited in the City of Estevan Zoning Bylaw.
Sign Permit procedures are established and used by the City of Estevan in order to evaluate sign development proposals. A sign permit authorizes a recipient to proceed with the erection, alteration, or continuance of sign at a specified location in accordance with the provisions prescribed in the Sign Bylaw, and in compliance with the conditions of permit. Sign application review is intended to ensure that sign proposals will be undertaken in accordance with the City’s processes, procedures, and standards established in the City Sign Bylaw.
In order to obtain a sign permit, an applicant must complete and submit a prescribed sign application form, accompanied by support documentation. The applicant must provide adequate details regarding the proposed sign development including a detailed site plan and related information which will allow the City to properly evaluate the proposal in accordance with its bylaw and regulatory requirements. Proponents should reference the City of Estevan Sign Bylaw prior to submitting a formal sign permit application.
Where a sign is proposed for placement or encroachment onto City owned or controlled lands, City Council approval will be required, and pending approval, the proponent will be required to enter into a requisite ground rental/encroachment agreement with the City of Estevan.
There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee associated with a sign permit application. This fee must accompany the complete application submission.
Signs approved for placement on City-owned or controlled properties, are subject to a $150.00 annual ground rental fee.
Signs approved for encroachment onto City-owned or controlled properties, are subject to a $150.00 annual encroachment fee.
Decisions & Timing
The time period for processing a sign permit application will depend on the type and location of the sign intended. A complete sign permit application that does not involve City owned or controlled lands will be processed in approximately a 1-2 day period. Sign Permit applications involving City owned or controlled lands will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process.