VILLAGE OF SHELL LAKE
A BYLAW TO PROVIDE FOR THE ABATEMENT OF NUISANCES
The Council for the Village of Shell Lake in the Province of Saskatchewan
enacts as follows:
1.This Bylaw may be cited as The Nuisance Abatement Bylaw.
2. The purpose of this Bylaw is to provide for the abatement of nuisances, including
property, activities, or things that adversely affect:
a) the safety, health or welfare of people in the neighborhood;
b) people’s use and enjoyment of their property; or
c) the amenity of a neighborhood.
3. In this Bylaw:
a) “Designated Officer” means an employee or agent of the Municipality
appointed by Council to act as a municipal inspector for the purposes of this
b) “building” means a building within the meaning of The Municipalities Act;
c) “Municipality” means the Village of Shell Lake;
d) “Council” means the Council of the Village of Shell Lake;
e) “junked vehicle” means any automobile, tractor, truck, trailer or other vehicle that
(1) has no valid license plates attached to it; or
(2) is in a rusted, wrecked, partly wrecked, dismantled, partly dismantled,
inoperative or abandoned condition; and
ii) is located on private land, but that:
(1) is not within a structure erected in accordance with any Bylaw
respecting the erection of buildings and structures in force within the
(2) does not form a part of a business enterprise lawfully being operated
on that land;
f) “nuisance” means a condition of property, or a thing, or an activity, that
adversely affects or may adversely affect:
i) the safety, health or welfare of people in the neighborhood;
ii) people’s use and enjoyment of their property; or
iii) the amenity of a neighborhood
i) a building in a ruinous or dilapidated state of repair;
ii) an unoccupied building that is damaged and is an imminent danger to public
iii) land that is overgrown with grass and weeds;
iv) untidy and unsightly property;
v) junked vehicles; and
vi) open excavations on property;
g) “occupant” means an occupant as defined in The Municipalities Act;
h) “owner” means an owner as defined in The Municipalities Act;
i) “property” means land or buildings or both;
j) “structure” means anything erected or constructed, the use of which requires
temporary or permanent location on, or support of, the soil, or attached to
something having permanent location on the ground or soil; but not including
pavements, curbs, walks or open air surfaced areas.
4. Unless otherwise specified, the owner of a property, including land, buildings and
structures, shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Bylaw.
Nuisances Prohibited Generally
5. No person shall cause or permit a nuisance to occur on any property owned by that
6. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit a
building or structure to deteriorate into a ruinous or dilapidated state such that the
building or structure:
a) is dangerous to the public health or safety;
b) substantially depreciates the value of other land or improvements in the
c) is substantially detrimental to the amenities of the neighborhood.
7. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit an
unoccupied building to become damaged or to deteriorate into a state of disrepair
such that the building is an imminent danger to public safety.
Overgrown Grass and Weeds
8. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no owner or occupant of land shall cause
or permit the land to be overgrown with grass or weeds.
9. For the purposes of this section, “overgrown” means in excess of 0.20 meters in
10. This section shall not apply to any growth, which forms part of a natural, garden that
has been deliberately planted to produce ground cover, including one or more species
of wildflowers, shrubs, perennials, grasses or combinations of them, whether native
or non-native, consistent with a managed and natural landscape other than regularly
Untidy and Unsightly Property
11. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit any land
or buildings to become untidy and unsightly.
12. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit any
junked vehicle to be kept on any land owned by that person.
13. Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit any
basement, excavation, drain, ditch, watercourse, pond, surface water, swimming pool
or other structure to exist in or on any private land or in or about any building or
structure, which is dangerous to the public safety or health.
Maintenance of Yards
14. Notwithstanding the generality of section 5, no person shall cause or permit on any
property owned by that person:
a) an infestation of rodents, vermin or insects;
b) any dead or hazardous trees; or
c) any sharp or dangerous objects.
Outdoor Storage of Materials
15. Any building materials, lumber, scrap metal, boxes or similar items stored in a yard
shall be neatly stacked in piles and elevated off the ground so as not to constitute a
nuisance or harborage for rodents, vermin and insects.
16. Materials referred to in Section 15 shall be elevated at least 0.15 meters off the
ground and shall be stacked at least 3.0 meters from the exterior walls of any building
and at least 1.0 meter from the property line.
Refrigerators and Freezers
17. Any refrigerator or freezer left in a yard shall first have its hinges, latches, lid, door or
18. Fences shall be maintained in a safe and reasonable state of repair.
Enforcement of Bylaw
19. The administration and enforcement of this Bylaw is hereby delegated to the
Administrator/Clerk for the Village of Shell Lake.
20. The Administrator / Clerk of the Village is hereby authorized to further
delegate the administration and enforcement of this Bylaw to individuals who are
knowledgeable in the area of non-compliance issues.
21. The inspection of property by the Municipality to determine if this Bylaw is being
complied with is hereby authorized.
22. Inspections under this Bylaw shall be carried out in accordance with Section 362 of
The Municipalities Act.
23. No person shall obstruct a Designated Officer who is authorized to conduct an
inspection under this section, or a person who is assisting a Designated Officer.
Order to Remedy Contraventions
24. If a Designated Officer finds that a person is contravening this Bylaw, the Designated
Officer may, by written order, require the owner or occupant of the property to which
the contravention relates to remedy the contravention.
25. Orders given under this Bylaw shall comply with Section 364 of The Municipalities
26. Orders given under Bylaw shall be served in accordance with Section 390(1)(a), (b)
or (c) of The Municipalities Act.
Registration of Notice of Order
27. If an order is issued pursuant to Section 24, the Municipality may, in accordance with
Section 364 of The Municipalities Act, give notice of the existence of the order by
registering an interest against the title to the land that is the subject of the order.
Appeal of Order to Remedy
28. A person may appeal an order made pursuant to Section 24 in accordance with
Section 365 of The Municipalities Act.
Municipality Remedying Contraventions
29. The Municipality may, in accordance with Section 366 of The Municipalities Act,
take whatever actions or measures are necessary to remedy a contravention of this
30. In an emergency, the Municipality may take whatever actions or measures are
necessary to eliminate the emergency in accordance with the provisions of Section
367 of The Municipalities Act.
Recovery of Unpaid Expenses and Costs
31. Any unpaid expenses and costs incurred by the Municipality in remedying a
contravention of this Bylaw may be recovered either:
a) by civil action for debt in a court of competent jurisdiction in accordance with
Section 368 of The Municipalities Act; or
b) by adding the amount to the taxes on the property on which the work is done in
accordance with Section 369 of The Municipalities Act.
Offences and Penalties
32. No person shall:
a) fail to comply with an order made pursuant to this Bylaw;
b) obstruct or interfere with any Designated Officer or any other person acting under
the authority of this Bylaw; or
c) fail to comply with any other provision of this Bylaw.
33. A Designated Officer who has reason to believe that a person has contravened any
provision of this Bylaw may serve on that person a Notice of Violation, which Notice
of Violation shall indicate that the Municipality will accept voluntary payment in the
sum of fifteen hundred dollars ($1500) to be paid to the Municipality within
fifteen (15) days.
34. Where the Municipality receives voluntary payment of the amount prescribed under
Section 33 within the time specified, the person receiving the Notice of Violation
shall not be liable to prosecution for the alleged contravention.
35. Payment of any Notice of Violation does not exempt the person from enforcement of
an order pursuant to Section 24 of this Bylaw.
36. Every person who contravenes any provision of Section 32 is guilty of an offence and
liable on summary conviction:
a) in the case of an individual, to a fine of not more than $10,000;
b) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $25,000; and
c) in the case of a continuing offence, to a maximum daily fine of not more than
$2,500 per day.
Coming Into Force
38. This Bylaw shall come into force and take affect on July 17th, 2007.
Read a third time and adopted
this 17th day of July 2007