BYLAW NO. 6-2019



A bylaw of the Town of Asquith in the Province of Saskatchewan, to regulate the use of Shipping Containers within the town limits of Asquith.


  1. Definitions

In this bylaw, including this section:

  1. Council” shall mean the Town Council;

  2. Shipping Container” shall mean a prefabricated metal container specifically constructed for the transport by ship, rail, or transport truck;

  3. Town” means the Town of Asquith;

  1. General Rules

  1. Only one 20-foot container will be allowed per property.

  2. Notwithstanding Section 2(a), on application by an individual the Town by special resolution my in its discretion approve a shipping container in excess of 20 feet in length up to a maximum of 40 feet in length.

  3. Shipping containers can only be used for storage purposes as an accessory to the principal use of the site or as a temporary use during construction of a residence (Section 3). Shipping containers must remain compliant with site requirements in those zoning districts.

  4. Shipping Containers must be repainted to neutral colors, determined by council, conducive to the neighborhood prior to their placement. Containers must be free from rust, numbers, and lettering.

  5. Any Shipping Containers determined to be unsightly, misused, unsafe, or inappropriate in any way as determined by the sitting council, must be removed at the owner’s expense within a time period specified by the Town.

  6. Shipping Containers cannot be stacked.

  7. Shipping Containers are not to be used for display or advertising.

  8. All individuals/companies moving in a shipping container must provide the Town Office with a diagram indicating where the shipping container will be placed on the property. A picture of the proposed shipping container should also be provided to the Town Office.

  9. Any person who fails to comply or violates any provisions of this Bylaw is guilty of an offence and liable to summary conviction to the penalties set out in The Municipalities Act.

  1. Temporary Permits

  1. Shipping containers may be temporarily placed on a site in any District during construction when the shipping container is utilized solely for the storage of supplies and equipment that is used for the site, provided that a valid building permit has been issued for construction on this site. The shipping container must be removed from the site upon completion of the construction or within six months, whichever comes first.

  2. A permitting fee of $250.00 must be paid before a shipping container is allowed on a construction site. Permit shall take the form of Appendix “A”.

  3. When placed on a site, a shipping container shall:

      1. Not be placed on a public right-of-way or dedicated lands;

      2. Be located a minimum of 1.2 metres from any property line;

      3. Be located so as not to create a safety hazard (i.e. traffic site lines); and

      4. Be located so it is readily accessible at all times to be removed.

  4. Only one shipping container be allowed on a construction site.

  1. Accessory Building Permits

  1. Shipping containers that will be forming an accessory building in a residential area may not be placed in any front yard and must be placed within a fenced enclosure.

  2. All shipping containers must be located a minimum of 1.2 metres from any property line.

  3. A yearly permitting fee of $250.00 will be charged and must be paid prior to shipping container being moved on site. Permits shall take the form of Appendix “A”. All permits will run from January to December 31 of that current year. Permits purchased after July 1st will be issued at a cost of $150.00 for the remainder of that year.

  4. Failure to renew the shipping container permit will result in that amount being added to the taxes of that property.

  5. SAMA will assess all shipping containers as improvements to the property and as such the assessment will be added to that property’s taxes.

  1. This Bylaw shall come into force and take effect on the date of the signing thereof. Bylaw No. 11-2015 passed June 10, 2015 is hereby repealed.