BYLAW NO. 5/2005
 
A BYLAW OF THE TOWN OF ASQUITH, IN THE PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN,
TO PROVIDE FOR THE ABATEMENT OF NUISANCES WITHIN
THE TOWN OF ASQUITH
 
The Council for the Town of Asquith, in the Province of Saskatchewan, enacts as follows:
 
Short Title
1.          This Bylaw may be cited as The Nuisance Abatement Bylaw.
 
Purpose
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 neighbourhood;
 
            b) people's use and enjoyment of their property; or
 
            c) the amenity of the neighbourhood.
 
 Definitions
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 purpose of this Bylaw;
 
            b) " building" means a building within the meaning of the Municipality Act;
 
            c) "Municipality" means The Town of Asquith;
 
            d) "Council" means the Council of The Town of Asquith;
 
            e)  "junked vehicle" means any automobile, tractor, truck, trailer or other vehicle that
 
 
                         i) either:
 
                              (1) has no valid license plates attached to it; or
 
                              (2)   is in a rusted, 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
                                  Municipality; and
 
                              (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 neighbourhood;
 
                        ii) people's use and enjoyment of their property and includes:
 
                        i) a building in ruinous or dilapidated state of repair;
 
                        ii) an unoccupied building that is damaged and is an imminent danger to
                            the public safety;
 
                        iii) land that is overgrown with grass and weeds;
 
                        iv) untidy and unsightly property;
 
                        v) junked vehicles;
 
                        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 surfaced
                areas.
 
Responsibility
 
4.         Unless otherwise specified, the owner of 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 
           person.
 
Dilapidated Buildings
 
6.         Not withstanding 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 building or structure:
 
            a) is dangerous to the public health and safety;
 
            b) substantially depreciates the value of other land or improvements in the 
                neighbourhood; or
 
            c) is substantially detrimental to the amenities of the neighbourhood.
 
Unoccupied Buildings
 
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 the public safety.
 
 
 
Overgrown Grass or 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 metres in height.
 
10.       This section shall not apply to any growth which forms part of natural garden that has been
           deliberately planted to produce ground cover, including one or more species of wild flowers,
           shrubs, perennials, grasses or combinations of them, whether native or non-native, consistent
           with a managed and natural landscape other regularly mown grass.
 
Untidy and Unsightly Property
 
11.       Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit any land or             buildings to become untidy or unsightly.
 
Junked Vehicles
 
12.       Notwithstanding the generality of Section 5, no person shall cause or permit any junked
           vehicles to be kept on any land owned by that person.
 
Open Excavations
 
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 heath.
 
Maintenance of Yard
 
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
 
            b) any dead or hazardous trees; or
            c) any sharp or dangerous objects.
 
Outdoor Storage of Materials
 
15.       Any building material, 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.
 
16.       Materials referred to in Section 15 shall be elevated at least 0.15 metres off the ground 
            and shall be stacked at least 3. Metres from the exterior walls of any building and at least 1.0
            metres 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 doors
           removed.
Fences
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 for
           The Town of Asquith.
20.       The Administrator for The Town of Asquith is hereby authorized to further delegate the
            administration and enforcement of this Bylaw to the Town Foreman of the Town of Asquith.
 
Inspections
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 
           Municipality 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 Act.
26.       Orders given under this Bylaw shall be served in accordance with Section 390(1) (a),(b)  or (c)
           of The Municipalities Act.
 
Registration of Notice or 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 subject to the order.
 
Municipality Remedying Contraventions
29.       The municipality may, in accordance in Section 366 of The Municipalities Act, take 
           whatever actions or measures are necessary to remedy a contravention of this bylaw.
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 the 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.
            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 the Designated Officer or any other person acting under the
             authority of this Bylaw; or
            c) fail to comply with any provision of this Bylaw.
22.       Every person who contravenes any provisions of Section 31 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;
            c) in the case of a continuing offence, to a maximum daily fine not more than $2,500 per day.
 
Coming Into Force
34.       This Bylaw shall come into force on the day of its final reading.
 
No. 5/2005 adopted by Council on the 12th day of December, 2005.