Local Government - FAQ
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers of staff at the Rural Municipality of St Andrews Municipal Office.
 
Feel free to contact us if you still require more information to your question:

How much does it cost for a tax certificate?
The cost for a tax cirtificate is $50.  A tax certificate is a document confirming that taxes have been paid or indicate what amount is owing.  This is usually requested by lawyers when ownership changes are taking place.

Where can I hunt?
A hunting area map can be found on our website under > Local Government > Forms, Downloads & Maps

How many dogs can I have on my property before I have to get a kennel licence?
You can have three dogs on your property before you are required to get a kennel licence.

I want to put an access/driveway on to my property, what do I need to do?
A culvert permit must be obtained from the R.M. Office which costs $450 ($100 for the permit and $350 for a refundable damage deposit).  The $350 damage deposit will be refunded after the culvert has been installed and backfilled, as long as there were no damages done to the road or culvert. The R.M. will provide the homeowner/builder with the correct culvert size required.  The culvert must be purchased by the homeowner/builder and also installed by same, but before the culvert is backfilled, the homeowner/builder must contact the R.M. office so that our Public Works Department can go out and verify that the culvert is at the correct elevation and placement and is pegged correctly. Once it has been inspected, the homeowner/builder will be advised if everything is ok or not and that the culvert can be backfilled/covered.  A final inspection will then be done by the R.M. once covered and the damage deposit of $350 will be refunded if there are no damages to the culvert or road.

Where do I find out information on zoning and building permits?
Red River Planning District (806-A Manitoba Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba - Phone: (204) 482-3717 / Toll Free: 1-800-876-5831 / E-mail: info@rrpd.ca) Additional information can also be found on our website under > Residents > Land Use and on their website at www.rrpd.ca.

When are taxes due?
Taxes are due on October 31st of each year.

Is there a discount for paying taxes early?
Yes, there is a 2% discount if taxes are paid before July 31. Discount is also applied to any prepayments of taxes.

What if I want to make an early payment for taxes?
Any tax payments that are paid prior to receipt of the tax bill will be credited towards the tax account and receive the appropriate 2% discount.

Do you accept post dated cheques?
Yes, we accept post dated cheques.

Do I have to obtain a dog licence for my dogs?
Yes, a dog licence must be obtained on a yearly basis for each dog. If the dog is spayed/neutered, the cost is $12 and if it isn't spayed/neutered, the cost is $40.  If paying by cheque it is made payable to "R.M. of St. Andrews".  We require the owner's name, address, phone number, breed of dog, color of dog and rabies certificate number.  The tags can be obtained from the Municipal Office in Clandeboye or you can mail the information in with a cheque and the tag(s) can be mailed out.

Do you send out monthly tax statements?
No, the tax bills are printed by the Province - Manitoba Local Government and will be mailed out once during the middle of the year.

When are tax bills sent out?
Tax bills are usually mailed out in June or July of each year.

I mailed in my tax payment at the end of October. I just received my paid receipt and it shows that there is a balance owing. Why?
Payment was likely received after October 31. If there is no postmark by Canada Post (or if it is illegible), then we stamp it as the date received at our office and you will be charged penalty for the month of November for late payment.

I sent in a payment for the amount that was stated on my tax bill but yet I received a receipt showing there are still taxes owing? Why?
If there were arrears owing on the tax statement, then the tax amount due would change each month because of the monthly penalty charge.

What is the penalty/interest rate charged?
1 ¼% interest rate charged per month

How can I find out how much an individual's property taxes are?
We are unable to provide property tax amounts to anyone other than the owner due to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. You may figure out taxes on a property by taking the total assessment of the property and multiplying by the municipal and school division mill rates.

I want to know about septic fields and wastewater issues, who do I contact?
You would contact the Environment Office in Selkirk. They are located at 446 Main Street. You may call 785-5023 for further information. This is also where you would obtain permits for installing a new septic field/injector system etc.
 
I never received a paid receipt for my taxes - why?
As of 2016, the R.M. of St. Andrews no longer mails out paid receipts for taxes unless requested by the property owner.  This change came into effect to save tax dollars on postage for these significant mailings each year.  We would be more than happy to mail, fax or email a paid tax receipt if requested.

What is the process/steps for building a residential building or non-residential building?
 
Below is information on the RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROCESS as well as NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROCESS (Commercial/Industrial and Multi-Residential).
 
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INFORMATION/PROCESS (April 2014)
 
This information is intended to provide general information to persons who are planning to, or who are building, a new home in the R.M. of St. Andrews.
 
Contact the Red River Planning District for a Building Permit
The first step is to contact the Red River Planning District (formerly known as the Selkirk and District Planning Area Board) for a building permit application.
 
Red River Planning District (RRPD)
806-A Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, Manitoba  R1A 2H4
Phone:  (204) 482-3717
E-mail:  info@rrpd.ca
 
Visit the R.M. of St. Andrews Office
 
R.M. of St. Andrews Office
P.O. Box 130, 500 Railway Avenue
Clandeboye, Manitoba  R0C 0P0
Phone:  (204) 738-2264 or 1-866-738-2264 (toll free)
 
After contacting the RRPD, the next step is to visit the R.M. Office for a Lot Grade Application, Civic Address Sign Fee and Private Approach Permit (if needed).  If the lot you are planning to build on does not have an existing approach, you will need to get a permit to build a new approach.
 
The R.M. will process your information, complete your lot grade permit and submit it to the RRPD so they will release your building permit.
 
Please note that starting June 1, 2014, all residents are required by By-Law No. 4219 to pay for their civic address sign.  The fee will be approximately $40.
 
What you will need to bring to the R.M. Office
 
Site Plan
A site plan showing the location of the proposed building(s); must include locations from at least two perpendicular property lines, location of driveway and location of any existing structures in relation to the proposed building(s).  This information is needed to set your lot grade and ensure water will drain away from the house.
 
Building Cross Section
A plan showing a section view of the proposed building(s) foundation, basement windows (if applicable) and main floor.  This information is needed to assist in setting your lot grade.
 
Lot Grade Permit Fee and Deposit
A payment of $2500 is required for residential lots.  It is broken down as follows:
 
- A deposit of $2000 is required and will be refunded after the home is built, landscaping is completed and the lot grade final inspection is done and approved.
 
- A lot grade fee of $500 is charged for the lot grade survey, installing the lot grade stake, lot grade administration and on-site visits.
 
Private Approach Permit Fee and Deposit (If Applicable)
A payment of $450 is required for residential lots.  It is broken down as follows:
 
- A deposit of $350 is required and will be refunded after the approach is completed and the final inspection is done and approved.
 
- A private approach fee of $100 is charged for the permit administration and the on-site inspections.
 
Civic Address Signage Fee
A payment of approximately $40 is required for the purchase of the civic address sign plate and sign pole.
 
What the R.M. does for you
 
The R.M. will review your building plans, visit the building site and complete a land survey to determine what your lot grade will need to be and install a lot grade stake with the required lot grade elevation.
 
Next the R.M. will complete your Lot Grade Permit and submit it to the RRPD.  As soon as the RRPD accepts the Lot Grade Permit they will provide you with a building permit.
 
Once the civic address sign is made, the R.M. will install the sign post and sign beside your driveway at no cost.
 
Once the building is built, the roof downspouts and splash pads (or approved equals) are installed and the landscaping grading is complete, please contact the R.M. to schedule a final inspection for your lot.
 
The R.M. will then visit your lot for a final inspection.  Once verified that the lot grading requirements have been completed in accordance with the Lot Grade By-Law No.4255, your deposit will be refunded.  Your deposit may not be refunded if there is damage to municipal property, lot grading is not complete, roof downspouts are not installed, and so forth.  The R.M. will inform you and require you fix the problems before the deposit is refunded.
 
NOTE:  Please be familiar with the "RESPONSIBILITY OF PROPERTY OWNERS" Section of the Lot Grade By-Law No. 4255 (Section 7.00) as you, the home owner, will be responsible for maintenance of your lot grade, control of storm water, maintenance of roof downspouts, sump pump discharge, splash pads (or approved equals) and maintenance of swales.
 
 
 
 
NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INFORMATION/PROCESS (April 2014)
 
This information is intended to provide general information to persons who are planning to, or who are building Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential Sites in the R.M. of St. Andrews.
 
Contact the Red River Planning District for a Building Permit
The first step is to contact the Red River Planning District (formerly known as the Selkirk and District Planning Area Board) for a building permit application.
 
Red River Planning District (RRPD)
806-A Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, Manitoba  R1A 2H4
Phone:  (204) 482-3717
E-mail:  info@rrpd.ca
 
Visit the R.M. of St. Andrews Office
 
R.M. of St. Andrews Office
P.O. Box 130, 500 Railway Avenue
Clandeboye, Manitoba  R0C 0P0
Phone:  (204) 738-2264 or 1-866-738-2264 (toll free)
 
After contacting the RRPD, the next step is to visit the R.M. Office for a Lot Grade Application, Civic Address Sign Fee and Private Approach Permit (if needed).  If the lot you are planning t build on does not have an existing approach, you will need to get a permit to build a new approach.
 
The R.M. will process your information, complete your lot grade permit and submit it to the RRPD so they will release your building permit.
 
Please note that starting January 1, 2014, all residents are required by By-Law No. 4219 to pay for their civic address sign.  The fee will be approximately $40.
 
What you will need to bring to the R.M. Office
 
Lot Grading Plan
Two copies of a lot grading plan for the site, prepared by an Engineer.  This certified plan shall show:
- Building Location(s)
- Lot grade elevations in meters, above mean sea level
- Catch basin locations (if applicable)
- Land drainage sewer sizes and locations (if applicable)
- Entrances to buildings
 
Building Cross Section
Two copies of a plan showing the section of the foundation and floor(s) of the building(s) to be constructed.
 
Lot Grade Permit Fee and Deposit
A payment of $2750 is required for Non-Residential lots.  It is broken down as follows:
 
- A deposit of $2250 is required and will be refunded after the building(s) is built, landscaping is completed and the lot grade final inspection is done and approved.
 
- A lot grade fee of $500 is charged for the lot grade survey, installing the lot grade stake, lot grade administration and on-site visits.
 
Private Approach Permit Fee and Deposit (If Applicable)
A payment of $450 is required for residential lots.  It is broken down as follows:
 
- A deposit of $350 is required and will be refunded after the approach is completed and the final inspection is done and approved.
 
- A private approach fee of $100 is charged for the permit administration and the on-site inspections.
 
Civic Address Signage Fee
A payment of approximately $40 is required for the purchase of the civic address sign plate and sign pole.
 
What the R.M. does for you
 
The R.M. will review your engineered lot grade plans, visit the building site and complete a land survey to determine what your lot grade will need to be and install a lot grade stake with the required lot grade elevation.
 
Next the R.M. will complete your Lot Grade Permit and submit it to the RRPD.  As soon as the RRPD accepts the Lot Grade Permit, they will provide you with a building permit.
 
Once the civic address sign is made, the R.M. will install the sign post and sign beside your driveway at no cost.
 
Once the building(s) is built, the roof downspouts and splash pads (or approved equals) are installed and the landscaping grading is complete, please contact the R.M. to schedule a final inspection for your lot.
 
The R.M. will then visit your lot for a final inspection.  Once verified that the lot grading requirements have been completed in accordance with the Lot Grade By-Law No. 4255, your deposit will be refunded.
 
Your deposit may not be refunded if there is damage to Municipal property, lot grading is not complete, roof downspouts are not installed, and so forth.  The R.M. will inform you and require you fix the problems before the deposit is refunded.
 
NOTE:  Please be familiar with the "RESPONSIBILITY OF PROPERTY OWNERS" Section of the Lot Grade By-Law No. 4255 (Section 7.00) as you, the owner, will be responsible for maintenance of your lot grade, control of storm water, maintenance of roof down spouts, sump pump discharge, splash pads (or approved equals) and maintenance of swales.