When builders or developers take out a building permit for a new home, they pay a building deposit which is comprised of two parts. The first is returned to them on completion of certain requirements. The second is the landscaping deposit which is kept for return to the new owner on completion of front and back yard landscaping.
In order to qualify for this rebate, the owner must:
• Ensure coverage of the premises with grass or other landscape material to the point that no weeds or unsightly vegetation may be allowed to grow, and where there is no danger of erosion of soil either by wind or water, that will affect other private or public properties.
• Not change the elevations by any amount that will affect neighbouring properties.
• Complete the landscaping within 3 years of the date of the original permit submission.
• Contact the Town Building Permit Officer when the work is complete for an inspection by emailing email@example.com. Photos are appreciated. On passing inspection, the $1,000 is returned to the homeowner by cheque after the next Council meeting.
Please note that while fencing, or trees, or landscaping features beyond the coverage of bare ground are not required for repayment of the rebate, the Town appreciates those residents who beautify their property by adding these elements.